When deciding whether to hire a DJ or a live band for your special day, there are several pros and cons to consider for each option. Music is one of the most important aspects of the reception, and it can make or break your experience. You want to hire someone you trust to play songs that you and your guests will enjoy, and who will hype up the crowd while pleasing everyone – from your 10-year-old niece to your grandfather. Not to worry: Seabrook Island Weddings has compiled a list of our top tips when choosing the music for your wedding.
Consider the Mood
First, you should determine the mood you are going for at the reception. A live band can give off a classic, traditional, or even retro vibe. They also might be more memorable to your guests since they are performing and not only playing music recorded by other artists. A DJ is more modern and may appeal more to a younger crowd. To a certain extent, you know what you’re going to get with a DJ since they play pre-recorded music. DJs are also entertainers and make for a good show. By evaluating the venue and details, you can gain a better understanding of what might suit the atmosphere.
Know Your Audience
Although it’s your special day, it’s also important to please your loved ones. If you think your guests would jive more with one option over the other, it may be something to seriously consider. If you think of specific songs your friends or family might want to hear, a DJ may be better depending on the band’s repertoire. Ultimately, the decision is yours, but knowing your audience will help. No matter which option you choose, the DJ or live band should play a variety of music.
Evaluate Your Budget
Hiring a DJ is often more price-friendly than an entire band. They may even provide special lighting or the dance floor. With a DJ, you are only paying one person, whereas a band is more extensive. There are more people to pay, they have more equipment, and prices can vary. However, if you decide to go the DJ route, you want to make sure you hire the right person with a good personality since there is only one person entertaining.
Take Account of the Space
Depending on your venue, one option may be a better fit than the other. For example, if you are tight on space, a DJ might be more realistic. However, if you have more room to fill, even potentially for a stage, a band might be the more suitable option. It’s also important to consider the acoustics of the space and what might sound better. Some venues have recommendations or restrictions, so it’s important to evaluate that and ask questions.
Think About the Music
If you’d like more options, a DJ has a library of thousands of songs at their fingertips, and you can provide them with a list of songs that they can easily prepare and play. It also may be easier to please the crowd with a variety of music. In contrast, a band is familiar with the songs they normally play, and there won’t be as many options for requests. However, they are fun to experience and are usually experts at the songs they perform. You should determine if hearing live music or the original artist’s music is important to you. Overall, you want to provide entertainment that will keep you and your guests engaged.
Although it can be a stressful decision, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of hiring a DJ or live band. You should always vet your entertainment by going to a concert or performance where they were hired. Whoever you choose should be aware of your likes and dislikes, and they should be easygoing and eager to please you. Contact Seabrook Island Weddings today if you have any questions before you put those dancing shoes on!