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Should You Have a DJ or Band for Your Wedding?

When it comes to planning your wedding, one of the key decisions you'll need to make is whether to hire a DJ or a live band for your big day's entertainment. Here, we’ll guide you through the pros and cons of both options, helping you determine which choice suits your wedding style, budget, and preferences best.


Music sets the mood for your wedding, and it's essential to consider the role it plays in creating the perfect ambiance for your special day.


Setting the Right Atmosphere

The ambiance you want to create for your wedding is a key factor in deciding between a DJ and a live band. DJs can play any genre of music, making them the more versatile choice, and the ability to play all the crowd-pleasing songs is sure to get people on the dance-floor.


Live bands, on the other hand, can create a distinctive and authentic atmosphere, and if you have a specific genre of music that is special to you both, it can be a fantastic experience to have that music performed live at your wedding. 


Budget Considerations

Wedding budgets vary, so it’s a good idea to shortlist some bands and some DJs to get an idea of the price you’ll have to pay for either.


DJs generally come with a lower price tag, making them a good option for couples looking to save on their budget. Live bands can be more expensive, but the live music experience may be worth the investment for some.


Space and Logistics

Consider the size of your wedding venue and the logistical aspects involved in hosting a DJ or a live band. Live bands require more space and often need specific stage setups, which can be challenging in smaller venues. On the other hand, DJs typically have a compact setup, making them suitable for a wider range of venues. 


If your wedding is in a very large venue, you will have to make sure that the act you choose or the venue has a good AV setup so that the sound can reach all your guests. 


Music Selection and Customisation

Both a DJ and a band will be able to provide you with great music, but they do provide a slightly different atmosphere. DJs can adapt to various music genres, meaning they will be able to play all of your favourite songs and take requests, making them a versatile choice.


Most live bands will have a set list of songs or genre of music that they play, so you might have to make any specific song requests ahead of time.


Interactivity and Personalisation

Consider how interactive and personalised you want your wedding entertainment to be.


DJs can engage with the crowd, taking song requests and creating an interactive atmosphere. Bands bring a unique live performance that can be a focal point of your wedding, but they can also engage with the crowd. Either choice can also help you out with making announcements when you need everyone to gather round for the first dance or the cake cutting!


Making the Decision

Consider your budget, venue, music preferences, and the ambiance you wish to create when making your final decision between a DJ and a live band for your wedding. It might be worth contacting a few different bands or DJs and seeing who you think understands the vibe you are aiming for with your wedding. 


Make sure that you also contact your chosen act well in advance, or they might not be available on your chosen date. It is recommended that you start your search 12-18 months before the wedding. 


If you are really stuck and don’t know where to start, try contacting your chosen venue for recommendations - they may have worked with a number of great bands and DJs before and will be able to advise on their suitability and put you in contact.


In the end, the choice between a DJ and a band for your wedding comes down to your personal preferences. Both options have their merits, so make the decision that aligns best with your vision for your special day.


If you haven’t chosen your wedding venue yet, how about The Winter Gardens? Our beautiful pavilion is the ideal location to say ‘I do’. Please get in touch to learn more.

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