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The Ultimate Wedding Question: Hire a DJ or a Band?

Let’s face it: you don’t want to have just any wedding – you want to have the party of the year.  You want to throw the kind of wedding that’s so fun and exciting, your friends will be talking about it for years to come.  You’ve got the food in place, the perfect venue booked, and a dress that will stun and amaze…

Now all you need to do is hire a DJ or a band.

Not surprisingly, this can be one of the biggest dilemmas couples face when planning a wedding.  The music at a reception can set a critical tone in determining the events of the night: play the right music, and the wedding’s a blast.  Play the wrong music, however, and the reception quickly becomes a letdown.

You want your guests to have the time of their lives, which is why you’re taking this question so seriously.  So if you’re still on the fence as to whether you should hire a DJ or a wedding band, keep the following advice in mind:

  • Think about the type of bride you are and your musical tastes.  If you and your sweetheart love an eclectic array of music that many bands won’t know about, you might want to consider hiring a DJ.  If, however, you love nothing more than getting down to the latest hits and the classics of yesteryear, a wedding band can be a viable option.
  • Consider your budget.  While a wedding band and DJ can both run at similar price ranges, you’ll be expected to feed your band while they’re at the reception.  This could end up costing you a few extra hundred dollars in costs, depending on the size of the band and the price of the plates.  However, don’t emphasize cost over quality – the DJ or the wedding band singer is going to be the one introducing you and your sweetheart as a newly married couple.  If someone has a wonderful vibe and truly “gets” you as a DJ or wedding band, you should go with your gut instinct.
  • Read customer reviews before hiring any DJ or wedding band.  You don’t want to discover any nasty surprises on the night of your wedding – like your DJ likes to go to gigs drunk or the wedding singer who loves to play every Whitney Houston song known to man.

If you’re still confused about the issue, outsource it to your future husband; one of the traditional tasks of the groom is to pick the music for the wedding.  It’s a great way to check another task off your growing wedding to-do list!