There is a lot to decide on when organising your wedding reception and one of the most important things is whether you should have a live band or a wedding DJ. There are advantages for each one and much depends on the type of reception you have planned and the amount of room in the reception area.
If the reception is in a small room there probably won’t be enough space for a live band to perform, but you could still have one or two performers if that is important to you. It is also necessary to decide whether there is going to be dancing and how important that part of the reception is to you.
A live band can often get people up and dancing more effectively than a DJ. Having a live band is quite trendy and can provide the X factor for your wedding, especially if you love to hear live music and enjoy dancing to it.
However, since dancing takes place at most wedding receptions most wedding DJs do have the talent to get people moving and make the gathering rock. Still, if dancing is going to be a big part of your reception, it will pay to make sure the DJ is skilled in this area, should you choose to go with that choice as many brides and grooms do.
As far as budget goes, the wedding DJ is a cheaper option as there is only one person to pay. If you choose a live band, their fees are based on how many people are in the band, even if they don’t actually itemise the cost in this way. You can hardly expect a live band with 4-6 performers to play for the same cost as a single DJ. This is why the professional wedding DJ is so popular, especially when the budget seems to be expanding rapidly with all the other costs.
Choosing the right DJ is important and one way to do this is to ask your friends who they hired or who their friends hired that did a great job for them. A company that provides a DJ along with other wedding services is also a good choice, because you know that they depend on the skills of their DJ and their own customer service to stay in business. If their DJ is not skilled and talented they would not keep him on in that capacity.
So after discussion with friends, family and fiancée all you have to do is decide what is best – and most affordable – for your wedding reception, whether that is a DJ or a live band. Only you and your fiancée should be the ones to make the decision.