The Perks of Hiring a Wedding DJ vs. a Live Band

DJ Music ServicePlanning a wedding can be one of the most exciting, yet hectic times of a couple’s relationship. Creating the guest list, sending out invitations, and choosing the perfect wedding attire, are just a few of the decisions that must be made; and the music choice plays a major role in creating the type of atmosphere desired. Choosing between a live band or a DJ, may not seem as important as many of the other items on a wedding to-do list, however, choosing the right type of music can either make a wedding reception a fun and memorable candidate for a YouTube video, or easily forgettable.

However, there are pros and cons to hiring any form of musical entertainment, there are many reasons why hiring a DJ, as opposed to a live band, may be preferable. Often live bands tend to have a very specific musical personality, they may specialize in pop, oldies, rock and roll, or R&B; but most DJs come with a large and diverse collection of music. DJs can also change genres and themes at just the push of a button. You may want to begin your reception with some quiet romantic mood music, but then choose to crank up the party during cocktail hours. A live band can certainly start the reception with a few slow songs and then transition into dance tunes, but not with the amount of options that are available to a DJ, who now has access to a whole world wide web of music. It is much simpler for a DJ to spontaneously switch musical styles upon request, than it is for a band to switch to a new set list of songs.

A Special Event knows that after so much care and detail has been put into the planning of this most special day, a bride and groom deserve to relax and party with their guests, without worrying about whether or not the music will be current, diverse, and appropriate for the crowd.

Here is a summary of some of the perks that come with hiring a wedding DJ:

–Many bands specialize in a certain genre of music, a DJ offers a large variety of different genres and has the ability to go back and forth between the genres very quickly.

–It is much easier to make song requests when you have a DJ.  A band may know a wide variety of songs, but DJs use modern technology that gives them access to just about any song that has been recorded within the last few decades. This also eliminates the chances of an off-key singer ruining your favorite song.

–If space and time is an issue, hiring a DJ instead of a live band can solve that problem. DJs have much less equipment to deal with, which makes for an  easier set-up and break-down at the end of the event.

–Last, but certainly not the least of wedding concerns, is the budget. Wedding DJs can also be a lot less stressful on the wallet; unless the DJ is a famous celebrity, it is usually more economical to pay one person, than it is to pay a 5 piece band.

One Comment

Dave Anderson

I did not realize that there were so many advantages to hiring a DJ over a band. I agree that it would be good to be able to hear a variety of different songs and genres rather than just one type and style of music. Also, with a DJ you would be able to pick out a playlist of songs that you would like to hear so that the wedding is even more customized to you and your family.

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