Choosing between a DJ or a live band

Photo by  Mitchell Orr  on  Unsplash

Photo by Mitchell Orr on Unsplash

Music can make or break a wedding reception. It can get people to get up and dance or keep them in their seats.  But how do you choose whether to have a live band or a DJ spinning tracks all night?  Here are some tips to help you decide:

Tip #1: Do your guests like to dance or socialize? Not everyone is a dancer.  If your crowds prefers to socialize then battling it out on the dance floor, having a DJ playing music in the background will work.  And if you're on a tight budget and if your venue has a sound system you can plug in to, then you can create your own playlist and have someone you trust manage it all night long.  

Tip #2: Is there room in your venue for a live band?  Some venues are small and won't have room to hold a live band.  This could make your decision whether to have a band or a DJ pretty easy.  But if there is room for the band, see if there's room to hold a stand or else the band will be set in the corner eye-level to all your guests.  

Tip #3: Does the live band include a Master of Ceremonies (MC)? Oftentimes a DJ can double as an MC which will help save money.  But bands usually play music and don't include an MC.  You may need to hire an MC to help announce events during the reception or ask a charismatic family member or friend to act as your MC for the night. 

Tip #4: What will you do when your band needs a break?  If your reception is for 6 hours, you'll need to factor in time for your band to take a break in-between their sets.  During their break, will you have music playing in the background?  Who will take care of the music?  Sometimes, couples have both a live band and a DJ to fill in during band breaks.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind when you start thinking of musical entertainment for your reception. Have you decided to have a live band or a DJ?  Share with us below!