DJ vs. Wedding Band: How To Decide Which Is Right For Your Day Guest Author: Donna Maurer

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Getting ready for your wedding day is a lot of work. Although you may not think it’s significant, one of the most important choices you’ll have to make for your big day is whether to hire a local DJ or a wedding band for your big day. Both are wonderful options for your wedding venue, but a few things you should take into consideration is the location of your venue, the date of your wedding, how much you’re willing to spend, and how large your guest list is. Here’s a short guide to help you figure out whether you should hire a professional DJ or wedding band for your big day.

Should You Hire a DJ?

A great way to keep the dance floor going at your wedding is to hire a professional DJ. Not only is this a cost-effective way to play music at your venue, but you’ll also have access to hundreds of songs to choose from to play while dancing with your significant other. Plus, a DJ won’t take up too much space. If you have a smaller venue, this will be the best way to play music, besides hooking up a Spotify playlist to a speaker system.

However, even if hiring a professional DJ may seem like the ideal choice, if your wedding’s theme is elegant and classical, it might just not fit the style of the venue. Additionally, you may rather hook up your iPhone to a speaker if you’re on a rather tight budget.   

Should You Hire a DJ?

Should You Hire a Wedding Band?

Hiring a wedding band is a great way to have classical music flow throughout your venue and truly make your big day feel as special as it can be. Although a wedding band may be expensive for your wedding, you have to remember that you’re hiring professional musicians, whose music may seem invaluable. Not to mention, the memory of having a professional orchestra play at your wedding may seem like something out of a dream.

Although hiring a wedding band may seem like something truly special, you can’t forget that most come at a great cost. Also, if you have a small wedding venue and budget, you might not have enough funds or room to house a full wedding band at your venue.

How to Make the Right Decision

Figure Out Your Budget

When deciding whether to hire a professional DJ or wedding band, you should figure out your budget. If you have a relatively narrow budget, you should book a wedding DJ, but if you have more than enough money to spend, you should book a local wedding band from Around Town Entertainment in NYC. Although a wedding band may seem like a lot of money, you’ll get a chance to lower the cost of their services by requesting a band from a friend’s referral. You may not want to low-ball a wedding band; but, if they’re part of your dream wedding, they’re worth spending the extra money for your big day.

Figure Out Your Budget

Book Your Wedding Venue

Booking your wedding venue is an integral part of planning your big day. While comparing the different venues that you can host your wedding at, you should consider whether to hire a DJ or wedding band, so you can ensure you have the necessary space. After all, you won’t need the same amount of space for a DJ as a wedding band. However, make sure you keep in mind that the more space you need, the more your venue will cost. Fortunately, most venues will have a designated area for a wedding band, so you won’t have to worry too much about making sure you have necessary space for an orchestra to carry you down the aisle with their music.

Plan Out Your Wedding Date

When determining which you should use, either a DJ or wedding band, you should keep your wedding date in consideration. Typically, a wedding band will need more notice in advance for your booking to go over what music you want to be played and to get a look at the venue, where they’ll be playing. Unfortunately, if you don’t have enough time to give much notice, your chances of efficiently hiring a wedding band might be more challenging than hiring a local professional DJ. This is mainly due to it being much easier to choose what kind of music you want to be played at your wedding and compile it into a wedding with a DJ over a professional wedding band. If you want specific songs played at your wedding by a wedding band, they might more time to prepare for the event.

Plan Out Your Wedding Date

Determine How Big Your Wedding Will Be

The size of your wedding is also another significant factor in deciding whether you should hire a local DJ or wedding band. If your wedding is fairly small, you may not want to spend a lot of money on a wedding band, and rather hire a local professional DJ. If the size of your wedding guest list is pretty large, you should consider hiring a wedding band over a DJ because more people will be able to appreciate the music that you’re paying for. Unfortunately, if you hire a local DJ, your guests may think you’re trying to cheap out on the music over a professional wedding band.

It’s never easy to decide who to hire for your wedding band, whether it’s a professional wedding band or local DJ. There are quite a few things you should keep in mind to help you make your decision, such as the type of venue, the size of your wedding guest list, and how much money you have to spend. Hopefully, with the help of this short guide, you can have a much easier time making the right decision. Start discussing your wedding music options with your significant other today, the sooner you start, the more affordable booking your DJ or wedding band will be.


Author’s Bio

As an experienced content creator, Donna has covered numerous topics related to the beauty industry. She is a former writer for an esthetician and skin spa and she’s constantly researching the latest skin care products and tutorials. Donna loves sharing new routines and treatments that worked for her, in the hopes that others will find similar, positive results.


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