There are certain things which are essential for a successful wedding. Like the bride, the groom, a venue… and of course, the music. Music is the crucial ingredient for a happy wedding to get everybody onto the dance floor so they can party their socks off.

The music, however, can be tricky to get right. You want to compile a list of songs that are a nice reflection of you and your couple, while ones that your guest will love. OK, so once you have the type of music sorted, you still have to decide on the toughest choice of the all… get a Band, or hire a DJ?

Well, the definitive answer is… it depends. Really, we aren’t here to tell you whether you should hire a DJ or band at your wedding, only you and your partner can make that decision. That’s why, in today’s guide, we are going to inform you of the pros and cons of each option, while making you aware of some other factors you need to take into consideration. Sound good?



Let’s start off with the more traditional option. There’s no doubt about it, bands are amazing. There are so many advantages to having a band at your wedding that we really don’t know where to begin. To start, even just watching these guys or girls rocking out with their instruments can be a great way to get the party started and increase the mood in the venue.

In addition to that, it’s hard to argue that a live band doesn’t just sound incredible. You can be almost guaranteed that any heartfelt love ballads are likely to be more emotional and heartfelt when they are played by a live band. Even the guests will enjoy watching the band, as their infectious personalities will frequently lead all members to the dance floor, who doesn’t want that!?

Unfortunately, however, it would be a lie to say that everything is rosy. You have to be 100% sure that the band itself plays your type of music. You may even wish to go as far as hearing them play before you decide to book them. Bands will also require breaks in between sets, so make sure to take this into account when you are making a decision, as it will result in frequent lulls in music. A band will also require a fair amount of space and electricity, so make sure that you are prepared for this as well.



Now comes the recent trend of hiring DJs. Straight off the bat, a DJ will quite literally have an endless supply of songs that are available to them. This is good because it means they can tailor to the mood or even perform some special requests. You may even take the time to ensure that they have a list of your favorite songs before the day itself arrives.

As well as that, DJ’s can take a break without having to pause the music, and some reputable DJ companies will have a stand by DJ, who is prepared to take over should an issue arise. Furthermore, they are often cheaper than bands and take up much less space.

Now on the other hand, hiring a DJ does give you the option to play ‘your songs’, it is still risky, in the fact that it may not evoke the same kind of energy from the crowd as live music. Along the same lines, if the DJ doesn’t have a personality, then they may really kill the vibe and the atmosphere of the venue. To be on the safe side you may wish to speak to people who have hired your DJ for their wedding, just to make sure that s/he is the real deal.

So now that we have gotten the pros and cons of each of them out of the way, it’s time to consider some other factors that you should keep in mind.


Do you have a theme in mind?

If you plan to have your wedding themes as the Great Gatsby for example, you may not wish to hire a techno DJ for your reception party. The theme is something that you must take into account when you are planning your wedding. You could find a DJ or band who is familiar with the music that surrounds your chosen theme. How closely you want the theme of your wedding to match the music may be the deciding factor between whether you opt for a band or a DJ.


Will you make your own playlist?

A lot of couples nowadays avoid this, and sometimes it can actually cost them! Maybe for those who don’t have a huge budget or who have similar tastes in music, this could be the best option for you. Keep in mind that you will have to select a playlist that is able to run for more than four hours potentially, and you should consider how the afternoon will flow, in addition to special songs that you’ll wish to play throughout your special night.


What about costs? Can I have both?

Almost always, a band is the most expensive option. This is because of the sheer amount of equipment which is involved in a band set up. You should evaluate your budget as an indication of whether you should opt for a band or hire a DJ. If you are really keen to have a band play at your wedding but aren’t able to afford a band for the full duration of the day, you may wish to have a band play for your ceremony and for cocktails, yet hire a DJ for the reception party.


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