What to choose - band or DJ?

06/11/2012 When organising a wedding, there's a good chance you'll be toying with the idea of hiring either a DJ or a band to perform for your reception. The obvious solution is to not make that choice at all - hire both! This has the benefit of keeping the entertainment flowing smoothly throughout the evening, with the DJ taking over from the band when they have their breaks. A DJ can also continue playing songs after the band have finished, which is useful if your wedding reception is booked until late, and you anticipate some of your guests partying into the night.

However this is obviously not a solution for many people, who can only budget for one or the other. Both have their pros and cons, and it really depends on what you want out of your wedding entertainment.


DJs do have the advantage of increased stamina - they are likely to be able to play for longer than a band will. If your wedding reception is likely to last a long time, you may prefer the consitancy of a DJ playing the whole time. DJs are also more cost effective - you are only paying for one person, as opposed to at least three people for a band. DJs are also generally more flexible when it comes to requests, as they can usually play whatever you want. A band - whilst usually open to requests - would need time to learn the songs, and may not even be able to perform them (depending on limitations due to how the original song was produced). 

A DJ can, however, have a 'cheese' factor, that may or may not be what you're after for your wedding.

Live bands

Nothing beats the great live feel of real instruments being played. It can add a element of class, with which a DJ can't really compete. Live music is very much back in vogue, having taken a back seat to DJs a few decades ago, and your wedding guests of all generations will all appreciate the vibe of a live band. Of course, this does come at an extra cost (not as much as you might think), but your day will be ever the more memorable to you and your guests. Bands can usually play music from an MP3 player or laptop in-between sets, so the fact that breaks are required isn't really a problem. Obviously these music breaks won't offer the same dynamics as an experienced DJ, who can 'read the room' and play appropriate songs on the fly - instead, they are more likely going to be pre-configured playlists.

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