Band or DJ? The Pros and Cons of Both

Your and your partner are the focus of the wedding. From the entrance and the vows to the kiss and the exit, it’s all about both of you. You’re surrounded by everyone you love to celebrate this lifelong commitment, and it’s one of the most memorable events in anyone’s life.

Then it’s time to party!

The drinks and the food are important here, there’s no doubt about that. But the music? The music can make or break your reception celebration; it sets the tone. But how to choose? You can either use a dj or a band, and both of these musical offerings have their own pros and cons.

Here are some considerations to help you decide:

  • MOOD. The type of music you select will set the tone of your celebration and can be used to underscore your theme as well. It’s often the part of your reception that people will most often recall in the years to come. Are you and your partner rockers or disco lovers? Would a string quartet suit your vibe most perfectly? Or do you want to have square dancing? The genre you select will help you decide whether live musicians or a DJ will be best.
  • COST. DJs generally cost less than a live band, and that will also depend on equipment requirements and whether your reception will be on a weekday or a weekend. (Keep in mind that the better known the DJ is the more they will probably charge.) Band prices will often vary depending on the number of band members and the length of time, day of week, and time of year.
  • VENUE. Take into consideration the amount of space offered by the venue you are selecting. Do you have room for the Cupid Shuffle? Could it fit a big band for those 40’s tunes you were hoping to hear? Make sure you are well versed on any site restrictions, as well. You might want to have a meeting on the premises with the band manager or the DJ to determine any possible issues beforehand.
  • LIVE: A live band can get the crowd excited and create an atmosphere of sophistication, while a DJ lends a gathering that dance-party feel. Both a good bandleader and a stellar DJ will interact with the attendees of your gathering, paying attention to the feel of the room and making sure the music matches it. Live music brings with it the unique experience of a live performance, and that can be worth the higher price-tag. DJs today are also performers in their own right, and their selections are often put together to please both old and young alike.

There are many decisions to be made before your wedding day. Make sure your music matches your mood!

Here at Grand Party Central we can help you make this day magic. Call us today!

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