Search

Pro’s and Con’s of a Band and a Wedding DJ



  • 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


5 views0 comments