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Having music at your wedding reception seems like a no-brainer, but it actually can be a long process to make sure the proper music is being played at the correct time. Choosing a band or DJ for your wedding can decide the vibe that you set for not only your reception, but for your overall wedding as well. Because of this, deciding between a band or DJ is a decision that should be given proper time and consideration, as there are definite pros and cons to both. A band provides an intimate and chill atmosphere, where people are more likely to sit and listen. On the other hand, a DJ provides a party atmosphere where people get up and dance.


Budget Friendly

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Weddings are expensive by nature, so we inevitably look for ways to cut back on the costs. If you’re looking for a budget friendly option, DJs generally cost less than bands. The higher cost associated with bands is due to the fact that you have to pay more people as bands are typically composed of four or five members. Additionally, the DJ or band is typically fed at the weddings they work. Hiring a band means feeding four or five people, whereas having a DJ would only mean feeding one additional person. When looking at your overall budget, each additional person you feed translates to a higher price for you.


Space Friendly


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Does your chosen venue have enough room for the entire band and their instruments? From a logistical standpoint, you need to make sure that your chosen venue has the proper electrical supply to support the bands instruments. You also need to make sure that there are no space limitations. Beyond that, you need to be sure that your reception site doesn’t have a limitation on the amount of instruments that can be brought in. If you choose to go with a DJ, they will simply need a table to place their equipment on. This can be positive as you can place the DJ anywhere in your chosen venue; however, this takes away from the unique experience of having a live band.


More or less variety

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It all boils down to what kind of atmosphere you want to have at your wedding. If you’re going for a certain type or genre of music, a band may be the better choice for you. It is important to note that bands can be relatively adaptable with the range of music they play, but unlike DJ’s, they don’t have instant access to the thousands of songs. If you want a more diverse selection of music, a DJ is the way to go. However, a DJ comes with their own potential limitations such as awkward pauses and breaks you while wait for them to work out any possible technical difficulties.


Why not both?


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If you really can’t decide, there are ways to incorporate both a band and DJ into your wedding. It is becoming increasingly popular for couples to have a band during cocktail hour and a DJ at the reception. As long as you are willing to spend a little more money, you can have both the balance the limitations of both a DJ and live band. Including both can provide a unique experience that your guests will likely remember for years to come.


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