The wedding music and wedding entertainment can literally make or break your wedding celebration.
The question of whether you hire a Wedding Band or a Wedding DJ is one you will no doubt turn your attention to when choosing your wedding entertainment.
The two are not mutually exclusive. Bands and DJs can co-ordinate well together to give you a varied entertainment offering but ultimately your decision will also need to consider the cost and the budget you have available.
Start by asking yourself some basic questions and what type of entertainment suits your personal taste, your budget, the space available, the mix and ages of your guests and ultimately what you feel will work best for you and your circumstances.
Whether your decide on a Wedding Band or a Wedding DJ or both you need to ensure you get the right band or DJ or both to give you best wedding reception ever.
Here are a few factors that might help you make your decision:
Ideally, you will want to see a DJ or band in action before you commit so you can gauge first hand the way they dress, improvise and work the crowd. This of course may not always be possible so be sure to check out any reviews carefully and arrange to meet with them before you commit to book.
If a band sends you their songs or a link to a video, be sure the musicians you hear or see are the same musicians who will play at your reception. Similarly be sure you meet the DJ you are actually booking. There are a lot of companies acting as agents who take on bookings and hire in lower cost DJ's so they can take a cut.
Ask for referrals from the last few weddings the band or DJ played. Consider your first dance song a test. If the band doesn't know it and is unwilling to learn it, or the DJ doesn't own it and is unwilling to get it, move on.
Tell them your likes and dislikes before you book. Know that all professionals should be open to your likes and dislikes.
Give them your personal request list, songs they must play and, perhaps more importantly, a do-not-play list.
Specifically prohibit the playing of any song you feel strongly about in your contract.
Author: Ian Conway - Icon Entertainments Specialist Wedding & Events DJ
I'm a Multi Award Winning North East Wedding DJ and Mobile Disco covering Northumberland, County Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire, Newcastle, Sunderland and Tyne and Wear areas.
I was voted as the Best Yorkshire and North East Wedding DJ 2020 in The Wedding Industry Awards and the Wedding Entertainer of the Year 2019 in the English Wedding Awards.
Whilst I specialise in creating amazing wedding celebrations I'm more than happy to DJ at any event or party.