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Should Your Hire a Band or DJ for Your Wedding?


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Once plates have been cleared, the toasts have been made and the cake has been cut, your guests will want to hit the dance floor.  So here's the age-old question: should you hire a band or a DJ?

The right music at your reception sets the mood and ensures your party kicks on into the evening.  So, firstly consider your guests.  If most of those on your guest list are under 40, they won't be turned on by jives and jitterbugs.  On the other hand, don't be surprised if you see your grand parents up and leave once the DJ turns up the acid house!

Why choose a band?

There is nothing like live music, which can energise the crowd, and get people up and dancing.  The sound quality will most likely be better than that of a DJ, and musicians can change the tempo of songs to accommodate Uncle Jack's request for Frank Sinatra's 'My Way'!

However, most bands have a signature style, and will have a hard time switching genres or styles. You might find yourself listening to a band that makes everything sound like Vivaldi's Four Seasons - in which case, expect your guests to be snoozing rather than grooving!

You also need to consider the appropriateness of your venue (a large band may overpower a small venue), and the fact that the musicians will need to take breaks - when the music stops, so will the dancing.

The right band can complement your wedding theme. Think of a ragtime band to accompany your art deco inspired wedding, or a Celtic band for your Irish theme.

For many, the cost of hiring a wedding band is prohibitive - you can expect to pay between $2,000 and $20,000.  And expect to pay even more for the likes of Elton John! 

Why choose a DJ?

When it comes time for your first dance together as a couple, a DJ will play the original song that you both fell in love with, rather than an imitation you may barely recognise.  A DJ can segue songs from toe tapping dance numbers to the perfect ‘cutting the cake song' or background music as someone makes a toast.

Most DJs have libraries of thousands of songs - so they'll have 80s classics for your friends as well as songs that Aunt Mabel can sing along to.  And you can flick through your DJs catalogue in advance and select your favourite tunes.

But beware of the DJ on autopilot!  The DJ will have an important role in the proceedings, so make sure you are confident he or she can do the job with aplomb!  Frequently, a DJ (or band leader) will act as the MC of a wedding reception, so you'll need them to be entertaining but not annoying - polished and professional is the key.



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