Wedding DJ or a Band?

There is a misconception out there that in order to have a grand affair one must have a band.  Either option can make for a wonderful event…the key is finding skilled performers.  Finding a skilled wedding band is doable but tough. You pay what you get for.

Here is a breakdown on why hiring a wedding DJ is the better choice:

  1. Range of Music – For the most part you want the music at your wedding to cover various genres. It’s highly unlikely that a band singer will be equally as good at covering Michael Jackson as say David Bowie.  Few accomplish this well. Furthermore, it doesn’t make sense for bands to deviate too far from the popular fare, so if you really wanted to hear your favorite indie band song, you’re likely out of luck. With a wedding DJ you get the original song, performed by the original artist. With a little bit of up front planning, a wedding DJ, having access to the entire iTunes catalog and then some, can play German industrial music along with Michael Buble and throw in some ABBA for good measure and make it fit and sound seamless.
  2. Song Bombs – You wanted to hear your favorite rap song, but it doesn’t seem to be going over well with the guests.  A band will have to play the song to the finish; there is just no seamless and elegant way for them to end the song.  Sure, they can try hand signals and eye winks and maybe even high tech ear phones to coordinate, but it’s not going to be smooth.  A wedding DJ, on the other hand, can quickly mix out of a song that’s bombing without kill the mood and keep the dance floor going.
  3. Breaks – Wedding DJs do not take breaks. That’s right, they will play straight through. A band will definitely take at least 2 breaks.
  4. Last Minute Requests – A wedding DJ with access to the internet can quickly download a last minute request from the couple and mix it in without a break in the music and festivities. A band?  Not quite so easy.
  5. Costs – Hiring a wedding DJ will be a fraction of the price of a good band. Not only is the up-front cost less, but any other costs such as food and refreshments and tipping are going to be much lower with a wedding DJ as well.


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Wedding Planning Facts

  • During wedding planning, brides said entertainment is among the least of their priorities...Yet, within one week after their WEDDING, nearly 80% said they would have made the entertainment their highest priority.
  • 72% of brides surveyed say they would have spent more time choosing their wedding entertainment, and nearly 100% of brides say that they would have spent more of their budget on it.
  • When asked, 81% of guests said what they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.

*Source: The Wedding Report 2012.

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