Let’s face it, the music selected for your wedding will set the mood for the entire day. The style chosen can make your guests immediately jump on the dance floor or create an uncomfortable “we’re not sure what to do” atmosphere. The biggest decision factor to all of this is whether you prefer a live performance from a band or a festival like ambiance created by a DJ. Below we’ve broken down the pros and cons to hiring each.
Pros of Hiring a Band
- Bands can create a one of a kind experience which tends to be more memorable.
- Bands are able to assess the wedding’s atmosphere and amplify their performance if necessary.
- Bands can go great with themed weddings.
- First dances preformed by bands can make them more emotional.
- Bands are appealing even to guests who aren’t dancers.
Cons of Hiring a Band:
- More space is required to accommodate the band’s needs.
- Bands tend to stick to the genre that they are most comfortable preforming which can lead to less variety.
- Bands are typically more expensive.
- Bands take breaks throughout the night which can create a lull in music being played.
- Bands can require more difficult logistics (e.g. designated space, staging, etc.)
Pros of Hiring a DJ:
- DJs tend to be more cost effective.
- DJs provide music selections from different genres.
- DJs are likely able to emcee the entire night. (e.g. walking down the aisle, toasts, etc.)
- DJs take song requests.
- DJs have a simple set up and take less space.
Cons of Hiring a DJ:
- It may be harder for a DJ to engage with the crowd.
- A DJ’s visual appearance may be limited.
- DJs may be less entertaining compared to a live performance.
- DJs can be less personal.
- DJs are less appealing to watch.
In the end, the music played at your wedding is completely up to you and your fiancé. If you prefer to save money and have a variety in your music selection, a DJ is a great solution. If you two envision a lively atmosphere with everyone on the dance floor, then a band may be the better option!