Music has the power to inspire the guests at your wedding reception to get them out on the dance floor and boogie. It has the power to make your first dance as husband and wife emotional and unforgettable. It can be used to set a quiet, romantic mood during dinner and to create memorable moments on the dance floor that your guests will recall for years to come.
So choosing the person or people who create the soundtrack for one of the biggest moments in your life is an important decision. Music can make or break a party, and you need to find performers who understand that, whether they are DJs or bandleaders.
Today’s disc jockeys are artists in their own right, offering balanced and eclectic mixes of musical styles for all ages. For economy and convenience, you really can’t beat the effect that a polished DJ can bring to your wedding reception. While generally lower in cost than a live band, DJs offer you variety, versatility and many of the same qualities that a live band can.
One of the advantages of hiring a DJ is that you and your guests will have access to an extensive collection of music, ranging from wedding favorites that you hear all the time to the more obscure. Whereas a band may not know how to perform less popular tunes that might appeal to you or your guests, a DJ is sure to have a broad repertoire that will include lesser-known artists. This can make it easier to handle requests from your guests.
In addition to their broad repertoires, DJs offer you the comfort of knowing that the music will be performed as it was originally recorded. You don’t have to worry about a band taking artistic license with one of your favorite songs. The music is heard exactly the way you and your guests remember it.
In the price war, DJs generally cost less, and prices vary depending on equipment requests and whether it’s a weekday or a weekend. Band prices vary by the number of musicians, the amount of time you want them to play for, day of the week, and what time of year it is.
A live band and a DJ each bring something unique to the table. Deciding on what issues matter most is the key to choosing wisely. It is also possible to have a combination of both, such as a live soloist or a guitarist for the ceremony and a disc jockey for the reception, or perhaps a live band at the reception with a DJ playing between breaks.