There is no overstating the fact that good music to an extent determines the success of a wedding.
It can make or break a wedding celebration—music is most times thought of as the heart and soul of a reception, and a factor which determines the success of a wedding.
Hiring a talented live band or a DJ is necessary, but how do you decide which to go for?
It starts with asking yourself some basic questions, specifically what type of music arrangement suits your personal taste, budget, space allowances, guest number, and excellent dance moves best.
Here, we list some things to consider while you make your music choice and pick the best.
Live Band: Pros and Cons
There’s nothing like a live band to set the mood at your wedding and get the guests excited, hereby creating a sense of happiness and belonging.
A good band leader will be the master of ceremonies at your reception, interacting with folks on the dance floor, making the guests eager to sway to wondrous music, paying attention to the vibe of the room and finally selecting great music accordingly.
Pros: Live music is, well, exactly what it is- live. You and your guests will experience the pleasure of a live performance.
Anything can happen to raise the excitement level, from an infectious reggae interlude to a moving hip-hop moment.
Cons: Bands can be more expensive than DJs.
Also, no matter how great the band, they can’t have the instruments and professionalism of a standard DJ, who can keep a huge variety of music on hand.
DJ (Disc Jockey): Pros and Cons
The days of disco fever and flashing, blinding lights are gone.
Today’s disc jockeys are artists in their own right and are well reckoned with, offering balanced and exciting mixes of musical styles for all ages.
Plus, the songs played will sound exactly as you remember them, encouraging guests to sing along and catch the most fun.
And, depending on the amount of repertoire a DJ brings, they’ll take up less dance floor real estate and can be rearranged with less stress, making more dancing room available.
Pros: If there are a dozen songs you’re dying to hear at your wedding, it likely won’t be a problem for your DJ to find each track.
Also, DJs are generally less expensive than bands. A DJ with a charismatic stage presence and excellent MC skills can really set the mood and keep the party going.
Cons: On the flip side, a DJ with a less-than superb vibe and aura can be a party killer.
Also, improvisation is tough if for instance, your dad is not catching up with the tempo on the father-daughter dance or your nieces and nephews decide to ruin the dance with some bad moves.
You should also know that all professionals business persons would be open to your likes and dislikes, and willing to work together with you to achieve the best.
Give them your personal request list, songs they must play and, perhaps more importantly, a do-not-play list. Worried you’ll hear “Agatha Moses” on your very big day and special event?
Then you should specifically prohibit the playing of a song you feel strongly about in your agreement before you sign any contract.
Also,make sure you ask to see a DJ or band in action before you finally hire them so you can have an idea of the picture they would present to your guests.
Also, you could ask for a playlist and look for songs you know and love, and songs you know would work with your guests.
There are a lot of tips but hopefully these just do justice and go a long way in helping you make the right choice.
What do you think? are there other options asides from a live band or dj, drop it in the comment section. We are always willing to learn.