Today we’re adding a new category called Hot Topics! It’s a chance to give our readers the “floor” so to speak to share their opinions on certain topics related to weddings. For our first Hot Topic, we’re going to talk about having a DJ or a Live Band at your wedding reception.
New York Magazine’s Summer Wedding 2012 issue covered this topic and had 2 DJ’s and 2 Bandleaders talk about this to see what the differences are between having a DJ or a band at your wedding. Jason Fioto from Generation Events is one of the DJs featured on this article and this is his advice to couples who are thinking of having either a DJ or a live band at their wedding. “Like all wedding decisions, take the “should” out of the equation. “Should” you choose a DJ because the venue manager says they “have a DJ booth and everyone uses it”? No. “Should” you choose a band because your friend says it’s “more black tie”? Absolutely not! Bottom-line, think about how you like to party and find the best person or group for the job. As long as the entertainment is great and you’re enjoying yourself, everyone else will too.”
I remember the one time when my husband and I considered having a live band at our wedding, because we thought that it would be more fun live. In the end we decided to go with a DJ because we thought that our options wouldn’t be limited in terms of genre. Looking back, I remember the packed dance floor that night as our DJ went from one genre to another since our guests cover different age groups.
As this is a popular topic with most engaged couples, Inspired Bride would love to hear what your thoughts are about having a DJ or a live band at your wedding reception.
Jayson and Rachael says
In a perfect world… Both. If I had to choose one or the other, DJ.
Bands are awesome at doing what they do best, playing music. However, a wedding reception is about MUCH more than just music and needs to be handled correctly to build energy and momentum which gets everyone out on the dance floor having the time of their life. Not all DJ’s are created equal either!!! I’ve seen everything from terrible to excellent DJ’s; the excellent ones can take a normal wedding reception and take it to the next level, while the worst just let the energy out of the event like a balloon hitting a needle.
Bands. As I said before, bands are usually good at playing music, but most (if any) band leaders can’t pull off being the MC and make the right announcements, at the right time, and using the right tone of voice. Bands also need to take breaks and if any one member of the band is having a bad night, it can effect the whole group.
So… in a perfect world I’d have a band and DJ-MC. The MC would run the show, make announcements and get the energy flowing for the band. When the band takes a break the DJ can fill in and the party keeps going.
Anyway, I’m done. Thanks for the opportunity to comment. There is a wedding / event DJ/MC in Virginia, Liz Daley @ http://www.lizdaleyevents.com that’s simply incredible. -Jayson and Rachael
So in a perfect world
I would go with a DJ because of the variety of the music like you mentioned, but a great band that can get the crowd going is always tons of fun.
Adrienne @ MyDeejay says
Why choose? Many of our clients decide to go with both a band and a DJ – the DJ handles the reception music and the band handles cocktails and dinner. The great part about that arrangement is that the DJ can cover for the band when they need to take breaks.
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