Should you hire a Band or Professional Wedding DJ – Part III?

December 30th, 2015 pulsedj

Part 3 of a 3 Part Article

When searching for entertainment for your wedding, you are faced with many major decisions; one can be whether to hire a live band or DJ?

Pulse Entertainment, a Professional North Carolina based Wedding Disc-Jockey with over 20 years of experience would like to share a few tips to help couples make the best entertainment decisions.  In this three part series I will try to remain unbiased toward my own profession.  There are good points for having a live band, or a DJ,  and a few things to keep in mind when deciding.  Sometimes couples choose to hire both a DJ and live musicians, and when your budget allows it, that can be a great option. I have worked with bands and live musicians many times, and now I would like to offer some tips based on my own experience.

Dancing!, Band OR DJ?

For just one moment, let’s forget all the nonsense about ceremonies, nuptials, and life-changing events. Clear your head. Focus. And remember that beneath all the pomp and circumstance, when you slice through all the BS…your wedding is a party. Just like any party, its success will hinge on three key variables:

1) The people
2) The alcohol
3) The music

Well the first you have little control of… the second is easy and the third… well that one can be a little more complicated.

Choosing between a wedding DJ or a live wedding band many times comes down to budget.  In general, Disc-Jockeys typically cost less.  Of course this doesn’t mean that wedding DJs are any less skilled at what they do.  But a live wedding band does have more people to pay.

Once you’ve factored budget into your wedding planning decisions, the next consideration is the overall vibe and feel you’d like to achieve.  The type of music you’re shooting for, for example, may affect what works best. Big band and swing music often are more impressive when performed live.  And if you’re having a Great Gatsby wedding theme, live performers, especially if they’re playing jazz-age music (and dressed accordingly) can really add to the authentic feel of your wedding theme.  DJs, on the other hand, can much more easily keep up the pace and rhythm of the night without stop or a dip in energy. Live performers can sometimes have an off night, but recorded music is nothing if not consistent.

The decision to select a wedding DJ or a wedding band also comes down to the amount of variety you’re looking for in the music for your wedding reception.  Do you and your fiancé have different tastes in music?  Do you want to include a mix of traditional wedding music, classic favorites, a little something for the older generations, and some pop music from today? The more varied your wish list of wedding songs, the more difficult it will be for a live band to span the wide variety of genres well.  A DJ with a vast collection of songs can much more easily switch from country to classic, and even fulfill the unexpected requests on the day.

Depending on your preference, each has its own pros and cons. A wedding band can certainly be much more unique and distinctive; and live music always has a more authentic feel and plays a larger role in the overall aesthetic of the night. But a DJ will deliver the songs, whether slow and romantic or upbeat and fun, just as you and your guests remember them, making it all that much more easy to connect with and enjoy.

Whether you opt for a DJ or a band, be sure you get a true sense of the quality of how they perform, their level of professionalism, how their personalities in person might dictate their personas when performing, and how well they can work a crowd.  At the end of the day, good music, well performed, will get your guests on the dance floor and leave them all with happy, lasting memories of celebrating your special day with you.

I wish you love, happiness, an awesome wedding and a beautiful future.




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