Can’t choose who should play your wedding tunes? Here’s everything you have to understand to find the right music maker for your day.
No doubt about it: Music can make or break a wedding event celebration– consider it as the body and soul of a reception. Working with a talented band or DJ is a necessity. However how do you find exactly what you desire? It starts with asking yourself some fundamental questions, specifically what kind of entertainment fits your individual taste, venue, budget, guest demographics and killer dance moves best.
Things to consider:
What Is Your Style?
Vibe: The kind of music you choose can set the tone of your wedding and strengthen a theme. And it’s the thing individuals frequently keep in mind. Consider what musical category best reflects your character and influences the venue you wish to create: country western, modern jazz or romantic string quartet? Big Band swing or down home country? The way the music is provided– by live band or DJ– will impact the overall mood of the event. The type of music you want may likewise dictate your decision too– huge band sounds are normally best live, for example.
Range: No matter whether you choose a band or DJ, make sure they play upbeat and dance along songs, in addition to old and brand-new tunes to motivate all guests to hit the dance floor.
Budget: In the investment war, DJs usually cost less, and prices differ depending upon equipment requested and whether it’s a weekday or weekend. A 12-piece band, for example, will typically be more pricey than a DJ, given that there are more people to pay. (There are always exceptions; star DJs can be as pricey as live bands.) Band costs vary by the variety of artists, the quantity of time you desire them to invest, day of the week and what time of year it is.
Space: Have your heart set on an eight-piece band? You first have to inspect whether the reception venue has any limitations on the variety of artists and sound you may generate, and whether there are any electrical power supply or sound constraints. For instance, an historical landmark might not allow you to use big speakers. Ask these concerns prior to starting your search.
Band: Pros and Cons
There’s absolutely nothing like a live wedding band to get a crowd thrilled and develop a sense of sophistication. The band leader should interact with attendees and act as master of ceremonies. They should be able to “read” the crown and pick much according to what people are reacting and dancing to.
Pros: Live music is, well, live. You and your guests will experience the satisfaction of a performance. Anything can take place to raise the excitement level, from a transmittable horn area interlude to a moving solo.
Cons: Bands can be more expensive than DJs. Likewise, no matter how excellent the band, they can’t have the repertoire of a basic DJ, who can keep a huge variety of music on hand.
DJ: Pros and Cons
The strobe lights and disco music are in the past. Disc jockeys today are artists in their own right, providing eclectic blends and a balance of musical styles for all ages. One big advantage is the music played will have the sound you remember and will encourage audience participation. And, depending on the amount of equipment a DJ brings, they’ll use up less dance floor property and can be moved with relative ease.
Pros: If there are a dozen tunes you’re dying to hear at your wedding, it likely won’t be a problem for your DJ to find each track. Also, DJs are normally less expensive than bands. A DJ that has stage presence and excellent emcee abilities can truly set the mood and keep the celebration going.
Cons: On the opposite end of the spectrum, a DJ with a less-than outstanding character can be a celebration killer. Likewise, improvisation is tough if, for example, some of the attendees are set on country line dances while others want to slow dance. Many people think that because there is a DJ they can request any song they choose.
See Them Live
Ideally, you will want to see a DJ or band in action before you make a decision so you can determine firsthand the way they dress and interact with the crowd. (Ask to see a taped reception or attend a gown wedding rehearsal, but never crash another couple’s reception.) If that’s not a possibility, request a playlist and look for tunes you know and like. If a band gives you a CD or a link to a video, make certain that the musicians you hear or see are the same musicians who will play at your reception. Before making a final decision, ask for a list of references or referrals. Then follow up with those references and ask specific questions.
On strategic test is the song you are dreaming of for your first dance. If the band doesn’t know and seems hesitant to learn it or the DJ does not have the rights to the song then it is time to move on.
Prior to You Sign
Know that all specialists should be open to your likes and dislikes. Provide your personal request list, tunes they should play and, maybe more notably, a do-not-play list. Worried you’ll hear the “Electric Slide” at your special event? Particularly forbid the playing of a song you feel strongly about in your agreement.
Dennis Hubbell has worked with hundreds of bride to ensure they day is perfect. Call him today to schedule a time to discuss your special day.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588