The Ultimate Question: To Hire a DJ or a Band?

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DJ or a live band?

The music is the soul of every great wedding. It starts from the moment the flower girl stumbles down the aisle and ends long after the newlyweds have driven off into the sunset. When it comes to music, it can really make or break a great party. As you begin planning your big day, consider what kind of party you want it to be and whether you want to hire a live band or a DJ.


When deciding between a DJ and a band, consider the mood you’d like to have at your party. What musical genre best reflects your personalities and inspires the ambiance you want to create, Electronic Dance or Classic Rock? The type of music that best suits your personality has a large influence on your choice. For example, big band sounds are generally better enjoyed live.


Ask yourself the range of variety you’d prefer to have at your wedding. While a live band can easily switch from groovy jazz to twangy country, a DJ would be the better choice if you want to follow Endless Love with the Electric Slide. If you want your party to maintain the same vibe the majority of the event, a live band is going to be the better option.


This one is usually on the top of everyone’s list. In the price war, DJs generally cost less, and prices vary depending on a long list of things. A large band will generally be more expensive than a DJ, but a smaller, lesser-known band, may actually save you money. When it comes to the budget, quality should be the ultimate deciding factor. A cheaper DJ may be the lesser performer than a more expensive one. A similar concept applies to live bands as well.

The Venue

When it comes down to it, you have to base your decision on the restrictions the venue place on your wedding (if any). Is there enough space for that string band you’ve always wanted? Or will the DJ allow for your guests to have more room to boogie? Take the space in the room into consideration.

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