DJ or Wedding Band? | Jekyll Island Wedding Planner

Are you trying to decide whether to hire a wedding band or a DJ? Find out the pros and cons of each before you choose.

Wedding Band Pros

  • The sound quality for a live band is usually better than with a DJ.
  • Good musicians are accustomed to changing the tempo of songs to adjust to the dancers on the floor.
  • Live music can energize the crowd like nothing else.  People will usually get more excited and start dancing.
  • If you are having a themed wedding, such as a 1930’s or 1940’s theme, you might choose a swing band to go along with it.  A fairy tale wedding might call for an orchestra.











Wedding Band Cons

  • Hiring a wedding band is very expensive. Most bands charge between $2000 and $20,000 and some are even higher. 
  • Some wedding bands play one sound, and have a hard time switching between genres. You could easily end up with a band that is too classical, too jazzy, or too much like a “wedding band”.  Also, they may not be able to play your favorite songs or not very well.
  • Bands play loud. If your reception is in a small venue, the band could be too much for the size of the room’
  • Don’t forget that musicians need to take breaks.  Most bands turn on a CD for you, but it just doesn’t put out the same energy as live music does.









DJ Pros

  • Your first dance song is the same song and sung by the same artist that sang it when you fell in love.  Nobody wants an imitation cover song.
  • DJs have libraries of thousands of songs of all genres. They’ll have music that everyone will enjoy from the youngest to the oldest.
  • DJs also know how to quickly change from a great dance number to the perfect song for cutting the cake, or tossing the garter or bouquet.   They know the best background music when someone is making a toast.
  • The music will never have a break.











DJ Cons

  • Sometimes, you’ll find a DJ that is bored or on autopilot.  They usually have a set routine and this can cause them to become bored.  Or worse, they might even start making corny jokes or try to show off between songs.  This could mean they are doing everything on autopilot.  If the DJ is on autopilot, he might even play songs from the “do not play list” or possibly ask the bride’s father to make a toast, even if her father is not there or announce the new couple as the wrong name. You will want to make sure you meet with the DJ that will be performing your wedding and that you have a good feeling about him and the playlist he will put together for your wedding.

The most important thing to do is to see the wedding band or DJ performing, to be sure they are right for you.   Most band leaders and DJs will be the emcee of the wedding reception, so you will want to make sure they are entertaining and charismatic.

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