So you've made some pretty important decisions so far. You've probably chosen the theme, colors, and the flowers for the wedding. You may be in the process of choosing bridesmaids dresses and how the wedding cake is going to look (did you remember the grooms cake?) but one of the most important decisions you have to make is probably still on the backburner because you just don't know which choice to go with: "Should I choose a band or a DJ for my event?" Luckily, we're here to go through the list of pros and cons of each, trying to be as impartial as possible, so you can have the best experience possible at your next wedding, quinceanera or other awesome parties.
Researching Your Entertainment Options
If you've done any research so far to hire a DJ or a band, you have probably already discovered some of the pros and cons of each for yourself. But if you are just starting the process and really wanting to know what some of the benefits and disadvantages as to one over the other, we're glad you're starting here. While we have been in the business for over 20 years, we know a thing or two about the pros and cons of hiring DJs over bands, but aside from that, we have also decided to take a look around the web to see what others have thought on the subject as well, just to prove we were really trying to be unbiased! What you will find in this article is years' worth of our experiences as well as what we found when we looked around the web based on others' experiences. What we wound up with is a pretty detailed article with a lot to offer you in terms of actual reasons people chose one or the other. We hope it helps you in your decision-making process so you can get back to the important things like deciding on chocolate or vanilla.
What Kind of Event Are You Hosting?
One question that may help you narrow down your choices would be to think about what kind of event are you having. Is it a wedding? Is it a birthday party? Is it a corporate retreat? Thinking about the mood of the event you will be throwing will help you determine the music, the person or people providing the music, as well as the overall vibe you want to have at your event. When you're throwing a private birthday party, you might want to make a big show of it and have an actual live band playing covers of your favorite songs. Or maybe you would rather just have one person playing your favorite music versus a whole 5 piece band. These types of decisions can really help you narrow down the field.
DJs can make great emcees, besides just being able to play music and some can even provide ambiance equipment and dance floors for you and your guests to enjoy during the party. Many, many weddings we've helped with, enjoy our DJs taking requests for certain songs or types of music. But if you're hosting a quiet, more intimate and formal event setting, you may not feel as though a DJ fits with the theme of your event and would prefer having a string quartet, for instance, instead.
No matter what you are doing or the type of party you're throwing, keeping in mind the mood of the guests and overall space and that will help you determine whether you might prefer a DJ or a live band.
DJs: Pros and Cons
Some people may feel as though DJs will make their party or wedding feel like they are going out dancing and drinking at the club, but that simply isn't the case (all of the time). DJs are well-trained emcees as well as playlist operators and can also help make announcements and transitions from one part of the reception or event to the next. Because of this adaptability, among other positive aspects (like being less expensive) DJs are a very popular choice for weddings, and other, similar life events.
But don't just take our word for it! Take a look at the list below to see all the reasons we've compiled for you based on our experience and research:
Bands: Pros and Cons
Bands are another popular choice when looking at entertainment options for weddings or other special occasions, but they do tend to cost a bit more due to the fact that there are more people to pay. However, nothing can really take the place or experience of a live band or orchestra playing a beautiful or emotional melody, and people that may not like dancing can still get into the performance simply by watching.
There are certainly some pros to hiring a live band, so take a look at our list below to help you make your own decision:
Other Things to Consider When Choosing Bands vs. DJs
Besides the type of event you are hosting, there are a few other items to think about when you are deciding between a live band and a DJ for your party.
- Budget. Think about your budget. If you don't have a lot of extra cash around for a live performance, a DJ is definitely a more budget-friendly option.
- Type of Music. Another consideration is the type of music you are wanting to have played at your event. If the band can only play blues but you know you're going to want to throw in a little Lady Gaga, a DJ is your better bet.
- Guests. Will Aunt Merna want to hear an old song from her hay day? Perhaps your niece Georgia would really like to hear Baby Shark. A band may or may not be able to accommodate the tastes of many of your guests, which may put a damper on the mood of your party.
- Location. Can your band fit in your venue? Will your venue allow live music? Live music can take up quite a bit of space that you may not think about when you're first starting to sign contracts. DJs take up a lot less room but still need to see the space so they can alert you to any accommodations that may need to be made.
- Recommendations. Always consider recommendations and reviews for the entertainment you're looking to hire. Some personalities may work with yours, while others may not. Don't get caught in a situation where the band or DJ is attempting to make lame jokes during your reception. Not cool.
- Experience. This is a big one that many people may not remember while they are trying to plan all the details. Experienced entertainers have seen a lot in their time and can generally deal with any situation. Brand new entertainers may still be learning. Ask your professional how long they've been in the biz.
Many experienced brides in this WeddingWire forum chose DJs for their weddings and were very happy with the results. Their reasons varied, but the top few reasons seemed to be cost and variety. Whatever you choose for your event, one of the number one rules is to see the band or DJ live in person or a video of another performance or event that they were hired for. This can help you get a sense of the personality of the people you plan to hire as well as their overall performance as a band/DJ. If you see things from them that you don't particularly enjoy, you can ask them if its something they are able to change, but if not, you know you need to move on to another provider.
Ultimately, there is no wrong choice in whether you decide to use a band or a DJ for your next event, but with all of the pros for using a DJ, we totally endorse that decision! And if you're in search of a DJ service for your big day or any other event, feel free to give us a call or click here for a quote. Our staff is always happy to help, especially if it makes it easier on you!