Wedding DJ or a Band? Which is better?

Have you seen How I Met Your Mother? This decision takes me right to that scene where Ted insists that Barney and Robin must get a Wedding DJ rather than a band for their wedding. So from this you’ve worked out I watch too much How I Met Your Mother and not how I can help you. Let’s dive right in to why you’re really here – to decide whether you’d rather have a wedding band or a DJ. Maybe you could have a mix of both.

Wedding DJ or a Band? Which is better?

If you’ve been to a few weddings before you would’ve experience the highs and lows of having a wedding DJ or a band. What are you thinking right now? Which would you consider to be the better option? It’s a hard decision to make, I myself have heard lots of both and can say there are brilliant DJs and bands out there that really will get your party going. But which one is right for you? With both DJ’s and bands booking up months in advance it’s an important decision to make so that once you know what you want you then have the time to find and book exactly who you want.


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We’ve jumped into an ideal world where you can have both, your wedding budget is endless the venue space is enormous and can cater for everything. Sorry sent you off to dream world, but let’s get back to reality. Some of this you can have if you just hire one of the wedding suppliers. It’s so important that this is a decision that you make as a couple – yes you might need to compromise in order for you both to feel happy with the choice, but you definitely need to work together on this. Your wedding day and reception is something that you will remember for years to come and when you look back on the day you don’t want to be full of regret over a difficult choice that was made due to a lack of communication between you and your future spouse.


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Consider the music and songs that are most important to you. What will your first dance as a married couple be? What do you want the final dance of the night to be? Do you specifically want either of these to be performed live or are you happy with pre-recorded versions? These points alone may start to steer you in one direction or the other. If that first dance feels like a key milestone to you and is something that the music will make or break, then keep that in the forefront of your mind as you start the decision-making process.


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Points to consider when choosing between a wedding Dj or a band

  • What space do you have at your venue? Can it accommodate a band or is the space somewhat restricted and would suit a DJ better?
  • What style of music do you want? Can a single band cover all the songs you might want? If you have an eclectic taste and want a good variety of music would a DJ suit better?
  • What is your budget? Can you find a band or DJ that you really like that fits within that budget? Do you have the budget to have both?
  • What is your first dance song choice? Do you have strong feelings on if it should be sung/played live or are you happy with a recorded version that a DJ can play?
  • Are you looking for something a little quirky? Something that provides you and your guests with more than just music. Both a band and a DJ can do this by letting their personalities shine through, so it’s important you get to hear and see them play so you can see their overall style.


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Why is your choice important?

Music can make or break the atmosphere at your wedding reception. That might seem like a big statement but it’s an undeniable fact. A good band or DJ can get your guests pumped up, get them on the dance floor and help them to have a wonderful time as they party the day and night away. On the flip side of that a bad band or DJ can ruin the mood, leaving everyone feeling flat and bored. Even a good band or DJ that switches up the pace or style of music at the wrong time can clear the dance floor and flatten the atmosphere. 

Whilst it’s important to have music playing that you know and love it’s also important to have your guests engaged and entertained, you want your special day to create long lasting happy memories for everyone that is involved, and music can be a key player in that process. Much of your decision will come down to personal choice, and budget, but you want to make sure that once you have selected either band or DJ that you pick the right one for your wedding reception. That means arranging to hear them perform live, understanding their full repertoire and knowing exactly what they can and cannot do.


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On another note it is important to consider that wedding bands will need to take a break during their performance. Normally a small 15 minute break. But don’t let this stray away from a band as this is the perfect time to put on some of your favourite songs and rest your dancing feet.


Have you decided what you’d like to choose, a wedding band or a DJ? Pop me a message and let me know what you’ve chosen.


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