The Big Wedding Entertainment Question: To hire a DJ or a Band?
When organising a wedding there are many important decisions to be made. One of which involves deciding what entertainment you want to make your day unforgettable and to ensure everybody has a magical time.
In this article we will look at whether a wedding dj or a band is best for your big day. I will try to be as unbiased as possible to help you decide what will be best for you. There are certain points that make choosing a DJ best, whilst on the other hand there are also good points for hiring a live band.
I know that weddings can be expensive and therefore hiring both a DJ and live band cannot be financially viable, so I will try my best to offer some tips and steer you to what might be best for you and your partner’s wedding. After working with many live bands and acts at weddings I have a good understanding of the pros and cons.
Hiring a Live Band
Hiring a professional band that has much experience and uses a range of instruments can add a nice touch, as it provides a unique backdrop as well as the live music they play will help bring the venue to life. Hiring a band gives an xfactor and creates much interest for guests on the day.
If you find a great band they can help get people more involved in the wedding as they provide a more tangible feel to the day. If the couple who are getting married both have a favourite band they can afford, trust and rely on then a band might be the right option.
However, if the band that is hired is unfamiliar with the couple then there are many things to check. These include:
- Has the band sat down to create a set list with you?
- Bands will have limitations in what they can actually play, so ensure that you make sure before hiring that they can play all the music you want played.
- Who will control the sound levels of each instrument playing in the band. Most bands will be able to solve issues, but nonetheless this is something to think about, as it could potentially ruin your wedding party if the sound of the guitar overpowers the singer.
- There are other aspects of the wedding that a DJ would usually help with including supplying a PA system, managing sound levels for speeches and also who will manage other equipment especially when equipment fails on the day – who will quickly resolve these technical issues?
Hiring a Wedding DJ
A great wedding DJ will be professional and well experienced which will give the happy couple peace of mind that everything will run smoothly in terms of music, timing, sound levels and equipment. This in itself can be a huge benefit for any couple trying to minimise unnecessary stress levels.
It’s much easier for one professional DJ to manage the wedding music and events. It’s always advisable to find a DJ with a good personalty in order to entertain and interact with guests, as well as being able to play the right song at the right time, which bands can struggle to do. On the other hand avoid cheesy, arrogant DJs that can end up adding to the stress level gauge.
DJs can play a huge range of music ranging from all the couples’ favourites as well as all the guests favourites from RNB, rock, indie, pop and obviously much more. Therefore if you quickly want to change the theme of the music out of the blue, then this is entirely possible with a DJ.
Additionally a good DJ can create loops and add fading effects, which can nicely connect each song so that there are no long gaps between tracks. Another thing that a DJ can do is leave his laptop on autoplay to allow he or she to talk to important people such as the Bride and Groom and people involved in speeches and other important parts of the day that gives the DJ better coordination ability.
Live bands might have a more tangible feel and add a different dimension to the day, but they might struggle if you need to quickly change up the music theme. Another thing to note about live bands is there might be long silences as the band members prepare for the next song.
One extra point is if you are catering for a band you will have more than one head to feed, usually a lot more than one! A DJ is only one head to think about for catering arrangements meaning that this can trim money off the catering costs.
I hope that some of the points made above will help you decide what wedding entertainment option will be best for you. No matter what you choose a very sound piece of advice is to meet with the DJ or band to get a feel for the level of professionalism, experience and personality of who you will hire. This will help you find the perfect entertainer that matches your expectations.
If you think that a DJ might be the best option for your special day, then I would love to hear from you. Please call me on 07793 824998 or drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org for a friendly chat to see if we will be a good match for your wedding entertainment requirements.