Everyone loves live music. If it is done well, it can elevate the atmosphere of a wedding party and provide something really special for guests. However, DJ performances can be equally special and effective. So which is right for your wedding reception: wedding function band, wedding DJ or both? Below we outline our thoughts on the great wedding band vs wedding DJ debate.
- A good wedding band should provide music you like, performed live by (usually a group of) musicians. Songs will be similar to the original, but not exactly the same. With a DJ you get the original (and usually best) version of your favourite songs, rather than cover versions.
- A band will usually have a core repertoire of songs, and often you can have only limited input into the songs they play. With a quality wedding DJ, a much broader range of music choice is available, and you can select the exact styles of music and songs/artists you want to hear, as well as what you don’t want to hear!
- A band can provide a really good focal point during the evening celebration because their performance is usually broken down into two 45 minute(ish) focussed sets. On the other hand, a wedding DJ will usually play all night without a break. Talented wedding DJs can build excitement on the dance floor in the same way bands can by carefully sequencing and mixing songs to get everyone in a party-time frenzy.
- A top quality function band will cost well into four figures. The very best wedding DJ, with both superb song selection skills and the most professional equipment, will cost significantly less than this, and usually have more comprehensive dance floor lighting. Because a DJ will also play all night long rather than in shorter sets, a professional band will usually end up being significantly more expensive than a professional wedding DJ.
- Bands can often provide music on an iPod for music to be played when they’re having a break in between sets or after their performance has ended. The benefit of this is that no DJ is needed to fill in the gaps! The downside is that an iPod cannot ‘read the crowd’, take requests or mix seamlessly between tracks (although for some couples this may be a positive factor).
- High quality DJs offer additional services to core DJing duties, such as radio microphones for speeches, venue architectural up-lighting and more. Bands tend to be one trick ponies.
- Space is limited at many venues; it is easier for a wedding DJ to slot into a small space than a six or eight piece band. If room is tight, a DJ or single musician can be a good choice.
- Good wedding DJs will meet with clients before their wedding day at least once to ensure that they have a full and precise understanding of what music to play (and not play), event timings and finer details, such as which wash colours to use for architectural and dance floor lighting. Not all bands offer this level of service (although some certainly do).
We hope that this article gives you some further insight into the sort of musical performance that is right for your wedding celebration. Whichever you choose, we’re sure you’ll have the most fantastic and memorable day of your lives!