Good music will set the mood you want at your wedding whether you choose to book a band or hire a DJ. There are pros and cons for each, and no matter which you choose, take the time to listen to their work to make sure the performance will meet all of your expectations on your special day.
DJs are less expensive to hire and use less room than a band. They are able to provide a variety of music and styles and are more likely to accommodate any last minute requests. A good DJ can gauge the mood of your guests and pick music accordingly, going back and forth between background music and dance hits. They also can play for longer periods and are able to schedule music even when they take their break.
A DJ can be just as charismatic as a band but the performance vibe just isn’t the same. Also, some genres, such as big band, really do sound better when there are live musicians playing.
If you love live performances or a particular type of music, a band will be a better choice. Band members can interact with your guests and put on a fabulous show in addition to providing great music. You also have the flexibility of asking them to update an older song or to play a song in a different style.
On the flip side, bands tend to be more expensive and don’t have as long a playing period. During breaks, you won’t have any music at all unless you provide it. You are limited to the songs the band knows and if you have a special request not in their repertoire, it may cost extra for them to learn it. Smaller venues may have a hard time finding space for a band and you could wind up with a crowded dance floor and reception area.
The earlier you start your search the better; talented bands and DJs book far in advance. With a little persistence and a sense of what you want, you’ll find the perfect music to dance the night away!