Most couples when considering booking entertainment for their wedding will nearly always opt for a DJ, and quite right too as a great DJ is always far better than a mediocre band. Conversely, a good live band can provide the energy that recorded music will find it hard to compete with. However, some couples who also like Live Music will opt for a Live Band, and some without even considering booking both a band & a DJ.
A DJ is more versatile than a band in being able to change things around to suit the mood and style of your guests.
A DJ has a massive song repertoire and will be able to play any song or any genre that you require, or that the night or your guests may take you to
A DJ is more adaptable and can change things around to suit any mixed music taste audience to ensure your party is memorable.
A DJ can play any song that you require
A DJ will keep the music going without a break or a lull and an experienced DJ will be able to use his musical knowledge to lift the mood by skilful use of his vast music collection.
A DJ is experienced enough to compere your evening, make announcements, and adapt to changes if required which helps with the flow of your wedding reception.
A DJ can play requests for your guests on the night
You may not know how good or bad this DJ is until after your party, when it’s too late, so check out reviews and research, research, research.
They all have unique personalities and with an experienced band who have been together a while, this will enhance the energy and entertainment value in the show that they provide.
Their infectious energy can get people onto the dance floor.
Guests who do not want to dance will still enjoy the visual aspects of their stage show.
Live music played well is more emotional than recorded music, and to a certain extent, this is what the day is all about.
A band is usually not versatile regarding songs they play. Their set is their set, so you need to ensure that the band you have booked is the band that you know will make your party rock and create memories for you and your guests.
However, on the night, when they started their set, they were 2 songs in, and I took the opportunity to visit the loo. On the way, I was stopped by the groom, who asked me to tell the band to turn the music down as guests were complaining. My polite reply was that they are a rock band, and, in my opinion, rock needs to be played at a certain volume. (I personally did not think it was too loud, but guests were complaining to the happy couple). However, it was not really my place to tell them and I advised that I felt as he had booked them, he should tell them and that it was awkward and embarrassing for me to do so. Two songs later, nobody on the dance floor, the band doing their thing for which they had been booked, and the bride came up to me behind my decks to ask me to ask them to turn their volume down? Again, I politely declined her request and I certainly was not in a position as a fellow entertainer to embarrassingly interrupt their set. One song later, still nobody interacting with the band at all, and the groom asked me if I minded going back on as he was going to ask the band to finish and pack away and go home.
So again, do your research, consider your budget, and if it is to be a band, make sure they are right for your wedding party.
When considering a live band for a wedding, I also advise that whilst as a bride & groom they can have whatever they want because it is their wedding, it is also important to consider their guests too. As the ‘party hosts’, to coin a phrase, although it is their wedding, I am sure that they also want their guests to have the best night possible. Therefore, whilst personal preference is important, it is also a major consideration to look at the style of band they might like to book. A couple may have seen a brilliant band playing in their local pub, but are they right for a wedding party also? They may like them, but will most of their guests like them, will they want to get up and dance to them? (This is ultimately what all brides want: -a full dancefloor). So, this is where careful consideration is important in selecting the right band playing the right music for any given event or function. Whilst you are not going to please everyone, it is important to try and please as many people as possible. Again, with respect, a good DJ can provide this service, but only the best bands can also do this, hence research and asking the right questions before you book is a no-brainer.