Congratulations! You are newly engaged, and now living in the excitement that follows engagement: planning a wedding. However, many couples also find the wedding planning process to be stressful and confusing. There are so many decisions to be made, and so many options available for each decision. Even choosing the type of music that will be played at the ceremony and reception is not a straightforward decision.

One of the most common questions we get asked is whether a couple should hire a live band or a DJ for their wedding entertainment. Ultimately, the answer to this question depends on the individual preferences of the couple, but there are some pros and cons you can consider for each option to help you make the decision that is right for you.

Hiring A Live Band For Your Wedding

Long before there was such a thing as a disc jockey, couples had to rely on hiring live soloists and ensembles to provide the entertainment for their wedding ceremony and reception. Because of this, choosing to hire live musicians seems to add a timeless touch of elegance and intimacy to even the most modern wedding.

If you find a good quality live musician to hire for your wedding entertainment, they are often able to provide an element of energy and excitement to your guests, while also being able to make changes to their musical selections as necessary based on the atmosphere of the event. However, choosing to hire performers can be tricky, because they will almost always be more expensive than hiring a DJ to cover your entertainment. They require more breaks in between sets of songs (which can provide dull moments throughout the event), and they are often limited on the styles and genres of music they are able to perform.

Hiring A DJ For Your Wedding

As technology began to evolve, so did the choices couples had in hiring wedding entertainment. Today, many couples choose to hire a DJ to provide their wedding entertainment because a DJ is able to access hundreds upon thousands of songs and artists. They have access to selections from varying genres and styles to create a completely customized playlist for your wedding reception and ceremony. They can play a much wider range than even the most versatile live soloist or ensemble band could and have more tracks than could ever be played during the allotted time span of the ceremony and reception.
Another bonus of having a DJ play your music instead of a live musician is that there is never any variation in the quality of the music – each song will sound just like the original recording, every time. However, the benefit of the recording can also be a negative for a DJ, as they don’t have the same amount of flexibility a live band has in altering the original song to fit for the couple, to change the tone slightly, or to allow wedding guests to join in on stage and sing along.

Can You Hire Both A Live Band And A DJ For Your Wedding?

When it comes down to it, no couple should have to compromise on the type of entertainment they want to have at their wedding ceremony or reception. One option that is becoming increasingly popular is to hire both a wedding DJ and live musicians. The couple is then able to create a completely customized entertainment experience that takes advantage of the pros and eliminates the cons. This allows the couple to maximize the benefits of both, and truly enjoy every minute of entertainment provided at their ceremony and reception. Any great DJ will be happy to work alongside the couple’s selected live musicians to create the right balance of both at the event.

If you’re newly engaged and planning your wedding ceremony or reception, contact Spike Events through our online form or by calling us to discuss the personalized entertainment packages we have available. Please call early to ensure you can reserve the date for your next special event before it is booked by someone else.