• by Devyn

Band vs DJ: Which One Should You Choose?

Choosing between a Band or DJ is a common conversation that couples have while planning their wedding. I have found that couples either walk in knowing exactly what they want or they need a ton of direction navigating this topic, which is totally fine!

I am personally team DJ and so is my fiance Nathan, we just happened to fall into the category of knowing exactly what we wanted. However, if you are just starting out and are trying to navigate this conversation here is my advice -


This goes back to one of my posts on IG a few weeks ago- what is your weddings style?! Are you looking for a more laid back feel or more sophisticated and a bit fancier? Trends show that DJs are usually more laid back than let's say, a 7-piece band.


Are your guests the type to sit back and chat while watching a live performance and head to the dance floor for a few songs here and there? Or are your guests the type that are looking to spend the entire night on the dance floor? If your answer is to sit back and chat maybe going with a trio or a quartet is the best direction to take. If your answer is to DANCE then going with a 7 -piece band or a DJ is the way to go!


Are you looking for a wide variety of music or are you looking for the wedding top hits? If you want to be able to go from throw backs, pop, country, reggae, hip hop, classics, etc. then I would recommend going with a DJ over a band


Are there restrictions at your venue? Be sure to ask about sound constraints, space availability as well as electric needs. A 7-piece band is going to require a lot more space than a DJ. Additionally, another thing to keep in mind is, it is easier for a DJ to turn down the music than it is for a multi-piece band, if your venue does have a noise ordinance.


Are you trying to work within a budget? If so a DJ may be the best option for you! On average brides will spend $650 - $1,350 on their wedding DJ. Compared to a live band, couples in the U.S. typically spend between $2,800 - $6,500. It is important to keep in mind these are just estimates, the pricing for DJs and Bands may vary depending on where and when your wedding is taking place, as well as a number of other factors, like the number of musicians and length of time.

If your budget allows my recommendation for my brides is live music during the ceremony and/or cocktail hour with a DJ for the reception!



Devyn, Emerlad Events

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