To choose a DJ or a band? That is the question...
Some couples just automatically know the kind of musical entertainment that they envision for their wedding day. For others, it's not so easy. While the price difference between the two might be the biggest and most obvious reason to steer in a certain direction, there are lots of factors to consider when choosing the perfect entertainment for your special day. We want to help you decide what will work best for you, your wedding style, and your guests.
Let's talk budget.
It should come as no surprise that this is the starting place for this "debate." If you've got a tight budget for entertainment, then this might be your stopping point and deciding factor. On average, a live band can cost anywhere from $3,000-$10,000, while a DJ averages about $500-$2,000.
Why do bands cost so much more?
Bands are often larger and have more members that you'll be compensating for time, travel, equipment, etc. The bigger the band, the more expensive they'll be. The range in a DJ's cost will be mostly based on their experience. If it's a larger company, you'll often be able to choose your DJ based on their experience level. A part-time DJ who works events of the side will be less expensive than someone who DJs full-time.
Let's talk venue.
When you're touring venues (or if you already have your venue selected), it's helpful to ask the venue manager where DJs or live bands have set up for past weddings. Logistically, you'll want to consider electricity limitations, physical space, and noise stipulations. Bands typically will need more space, so make sure that you will have a large enough area for them if that's the route you choose. Where you put your DJ or band is also where your dance floor will be, so consider that when you're envisioning your wedding set-up.
Let's talk party people.
Another important thing to consider when choosing your wedding entertainment is the kind of party you're trying to throw. After all, you want your wedding reception to be epic, right? Not only do you want to have the night of your life, but you want your guests to have a ton of fun, too. When thinking about who will be in attendance, consider the age range and preferences of your guests. Live music is fun to watch and is a great option for your non-dancing guests. If you're looking for more a a fun, concert atmosphere, then a live band might be the choice for you. If you're wanting to dance the night away with your favorite people while jamming to top 40 hits, then you might be happier with a DJ.
To break it down for you a bit further, we've whipped up a chart jam-packed with the pros and cons of each to help making the choice between a live band or DJ a breeze!
Pros and cons of a wedding DJ:
Pros and cons of a live wedding band:
Let's be real, there's no wrong choice here and both are great options that are sure to make your wedding a day to remember.
“If music be the food of love, play on.” ― William Shakespeare