Top 4 Tips When Selecting Your Wedding DJ or Band

When planning your wedding, a large portion of the budget goes to the reception. Every vendor will tell you that their specific service will “make or break” the wedding. Do NOT get me wrong, EVERY aspect of the wedding is important! Food, flowers, decor, photography, etc all have their place. Music, however can truly make or break the party vibe during your reception.

Having a professional DJ or Band is one way to amp up the party and ensure your guests are satisfied on the dance floor all night long! There are some pros and cons of both types of music and it really depends on what your budget will allow. Here are some things to think about when considering a band or a dj.

  1. Can the band play a wide variety of music? Is this a “wedding band” or strictly a bar band? Wedding bands know all of the tried and true classics, know how to keep the party going and will *usually* know how to professionally MC the event as well…think Wedding Introductions, Dinner Service, Father/Daughter dance, Cake Cutting etc. A bar band that you and your fiance love to listen to on a Friday night might not have the working knowledge of weddings or the elements that go into creating a seamless event. Bar bands also *may* be limited on their range of music and will not take requests. If the band can not play Sweet Caroline at the drop of a hat, you might have some unhappy guests. This is NOT a deal breaker, just something to consider and questions to ask.

  2. Will the DJ be the same person MCing the event? There is a huge difference between knowing how to read a crowd, play music and mix beets and actually interacting with the guests. A DJ who also MC’s the event has to ham it up from time to time and get the wedding guests on their feet. You can not have a dud on the mic…it makes for some awkward transitions.

  3. Will your DJ or band perform during the ceremony? Is there an extra charge for this service? How many breaks does the band require? How long are their sets? DJs usually only require a meal break and then play for the rest of the night. If you have a band, do they play all night or do they have scheduled 10/20/30 minute breaks? What music will be played during their set breaks?

  4. What does your budget allow? Bands can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Totally depends on who you hire, how many pieces are in the band and how long you need them to play. DJs will *usually* be the more cost effective option, but do not cheap out. remember, you get what you pay for.

  5. Most importantly, find someone who you and your fiance connect with, who will be able to read your crowd and truly speak to your guests in a way that will keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning.

 Photo Credit: Mayden Photography
Photo Credit: Mayden Photography

Both bands and DJs can create a successful wedding or event. One is not better than the other, they just offer a different vibe to the evening. The most important thing is finding someone who you and your fiance connect with. Make sure this group or person will be able to read your crowd and keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning. Nothing ruins a reception quicker than a dud on the microphone. Find that person with the energy you require and no matter who you choose, you will be happier you chose a professional.


Top Photo Credit: Ann & Kam Photo 

2 Replies to “Top 4 Tips When Selecting Your Wedding DJ or Band”

  1. One of my friends got engaged last month, so she’s been looking for a professional to DJ her wedding. Thanks for pointing out that one should take into account whether or not they want their DJ to also MC the event. All of these tips will help my friend find a great DJ for her wedding, so thanks for posting them!

    1. Hi Taylor,

      You are so welcome! There are so many things that need to be considered when planning a wedding. A DJ is one of those things that people “take for granted” and assume a DJ will take care of. Not always the case! Best of luck with your friends wedding planning!

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