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Should You Hire a DJ or a Live Band for Your Wedding Ceremony?

Deciding whether you want a band or a DJ to entertain your guests on your big day is an important task. What you opt for will surely set the tone for how the wedding day plays out. Choosing between the two options can be complicated because there are many things to consider.

Today, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each option, and help you make the final decision. All betrothed couples strive for wedding perfection. Your choice of music will play a large part in either achieving or missing that goal.

What Is Your Budget?

As always, the first thing everyone thinks about is the budget. How much can you afford to spend on music? Having a DJ is usually a bit more affordable than hiring an entire wedding band.

Still, most bands offer fair rates. It’s helpful to keep in mind that bands must split the payment between all members– so you’ll be paying for multiple people and instruments. When you do the math, you can see why the seemingly high price is actually quite reasonable. Of course, you can always come across bands that aren’t that pricey and are well within your wedding budget. However, you should keep in mind that you get what you pay for. If able, you may want to splurge and hire a quality band.

What Kind of Ambiance are you Seeking?

Consider the general tone you want to set for your wedding. Few things are able to set the mood better than music. So think about the overall theme of your wedding. You’ll want to make sure that every detail fits and there isn’t a clash of themes.

A DJ can bring any genre of music to the table. With them, you’ll be able to choose studio versions of any song you choose. On the other hand, a band gives you the magical feeling of a live performance. They can put their own spin on the classics and today’s top hits– making your special day even more memorable.

How Much Space Do You Have?

Once you figure out the seating chart, the cake table placement, and the possible dance floor, you need to see how much room you have left for your entertainment. A DJ will take up significantly less space and can put on a show from just about anywhere. In contrast, a live band with instruments might need a lot more room to set up and perform properly.

Our venue, Hidden Creek is large enough to accommodate either a DJ or a band. We have a convenient audio system already set in place, so your entertainers can just plugin and get the party started.

Consult Your Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner can make your wedding day a lot less stressful. If you have one, they can provide expert insights and will help you make the best decision. Since wedding planners deal with logistics, they will be able to tell you which option would be best for your budget and what will work well at your chosen venue. 

It’s always best to get several opinions before making a final decision. After all, a wedding planner is there to make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

The Choice Can Come Naturally

If you already have a clear idea of what your big day should look like, you’ve probably already pictured your guests dancing to a certain type of music. Just imagine the kind of music you want playing —  is a string quartet or a charismatic DJ more in line with your vision? Just stay true to your style, and everything will fall in place. 

If you still struggle with making the decision, our lovely wedding planner can help you set everything up. Contact Hidden Creek to book a tour of our beautiful venue or ask any questions you might have. We want to ensure your special day is as memorable as it can be.