• Wedding DJ (and band) Pro's & Cons

    When you and your fiancé have the inevitable band versus DJ discussion, you need to think about what each has to offer before signing a contract. Our take? A great DJ is better than a mediocre band any day, but a live band has wonderful energy that you can't get from recorded music. But before you decide, take a moment and consider the pros and cons of each, then choose the one that's the better fit for your party.

    Booking a DJ

    Pros
    • A DJ is more affordable than a band (DJ rates typically start at about €500/€600 (for a professional one) for four hours; bands are often a minimum of €,2500-3,000, again for a good one)
    • He or she will play any song you want
    • Can work in small spaces without a lot of equipment
    • Keeps music going during the entire party with no lull
    • Is trained to choreograph the reception and make announcements, which means you also get an MC to help with the reception's flow

    Cons
    • A DJ with a less-than-stellar personality can be a dance-floor buzzkill (not me don't worry!)
    • Improvisation is tough if, say, you need to cut a song short on the fly

    Booking a Band

    Pros
    • They make a more dramatic presentation, with musicians, vocalists, and all those instruments (make sure you clarify their setup)
    • Have unique personalities
    • Their infectious energy can get people on the dance floor (if they have the above!)
    • Guests who don't dance will still enjoy watching the show
    • Live music is more emotional, which is what the day is all about

    Cons
    • The higher rates might be prohibitive for some couples
    • No matter how great the band, they can't have the repertoire of a DJ, who can keep a huge variety of music on hand and play guests' song requests

    I hope that's helped but contact me for more information at any stage. Colm

     

  • When you and your fiancé have the inevitable band versus DJ discussion, you need to think about what each has to offer before signing a contract. Our take? A great DJ is better than a mediocre band any day, but a live band has wonderful energy that you can’t get from recorded music. But before you decide, take a moment and consider the pros and cons of each, then choose the one that’s the better fit for your party.

    Booking a DJ

    Pros
    • A DJ is more affordable than a band (DJ rates typically start at about €500/€600 (for a professional one) for four hours; bands are often a minimum of €,2500-3,000, again for a good one)
    • He or she will play any song you want
    • Can work in small spaces without a lot of equipment
    • Keeps music going during the entire party with no lull
    • Is trained to choreograph the reception and make announcements, which means you also get an MC to help with the reception’s flow

    Cons
    • A DJ with a less-than-stellar personality can be a dance-floor buzzkill (not me don’t worry!)
    • Improvisation is tough if, say, you need to cut a song short on the fly

    Booking a Band

    Pros
    • They make a more dramatic presentation, with musicians, vocalists, and all those instruments (make sure you clarify their setup)
    • Have unique personalities
    • Their infectious energy can get people on the dance floor (if they have the above!)
    • Guests who don’t dance will still enjoy watching the show
    • Live music is more emotional, which is what the day is all about

    Cons
    • The higher rates might be prohibitive for some couples
    • No matter how great the band, they can’t have the repertoire of a DJ, who can keep a huge variety of music on hand and play guests’ song requests

    I hope that’s helped but contact me for more information at any stage. Colm