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Band or DJ?

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When people think of weddings, one of the first things that comes to mind is the music and dancing. Really, the music is the heart and soul of the celebration. But how do you know whether you should hire a band or a DJ? They both have their pros and cons, and when picked properly, both can throw an awesome wedding party. But how do you decide?


Step 1: Consider your budget

While prices vary from band to band and DJ to DJ, the fact is that you’re probably going to pay more for a live band than you ever will a DJ (of course, there are always exceptions to this rule, and well known DJ’s can be quite expensive too). But deciding how much of your budget you can afford to put towards music and entertainment is a good place to start when deciding whether to hire a DJ or a band. Most DJs cost between $750 and $1400, while the average band costs between $1, 150 to $2 200.


Step 2: Consider how much space you have

Bands take up more space than DJ’s. Period. If you have your heart set on a 5 piece band, you need to make sure that your venue has room to accommodate them. The last thing you would want is to hire a band, and have no room left for your guests to dance their hearts out. In addition, you need to make sure your venue allows all of the band’s equipment. Some places may not have enough electrical supply outlets, and others may not allow you to use loud speakers. If you are leaning in the direction of a band, do your research first to make sure nothing is going to fall out of place on your wedding day.


Step 3: List the pros and cons of each

If you’ve decide that you can afford a band or a DJ, and have room for either or, now it’s time to weigh out the pros and cons:



Pros of a Live Band:

    •       Live music provides your guests with an experience and vibe that a DJ simply can’t give.

       •        Live music can excite your audience and get them in the dancing mood!

       •        Live bands will make your wedding more memorable

       •        Live bands are good at keeping your audience engaged


Pros of a DJ:

    •       DJ’s take up less space

       •        DJ’s are more cost efficient

       •        DJ’s can provide a better balance of music genres

       •        DJ’s take fewer breaks than live bands


Cons of Live Bands:

    •       Live bands cost more

       •        Live bands take up more space

       •        Live bands need more breaks

       •        Live bands have less variety than a DJ

       •        Live bands may not fall into place with your venue regulations


Cons of a DJ:

    •       DJ’s are less appealing to people who don’t like to dance

       •        When it comes to hiring a DJ, personality is everything. An upbeat, lively DJ can make the party, but a low energy DJ can break it.


Regardless of who you choose, make sure you meet them in person first. You want to get a good feel for the vibe your DJ or band gives off.

Remember, whoever you choose will be the main source of entertainment for the night - and you want your party to be a night to remember, not a dud to forget.

Do you prefer a live band or a DJ for your wedding?
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