Good music will set the mood you want at your wedding whether you choose to book a band or hire a DJ. There are pros and cons for each and no matter which you choose, take the time to listen to their work to make sure the performance will meet all of your expectations on your special day.
They are able to provide a variety of music and styles and are more likely to accommodate any last minute requests. A good DJ can guage the mood of your guests and pick music accordingly, going back and forth between background music and dance hits. They also can paly for longer periods and are able to schedule music even when they take their break.
Another thing to consider is who will be making announcements at your reception? It is recommended to hire a two-person DJ team to keep things moving smoothly.
A dedicated DJ to ensure your music continues during your entire celebration and also an MC, who coordinates to ensure all vendors and guests know what is happening and when. This is very important especially when doing announcements and introductions. Much better than a mysterious voice coming from the speakers from a solo DJ behind a table. It's a once in a lifetime celebration. We recommend investing in two people for your entertainment.
If you love live performances or a particualr type of music, a band will be a better choice. Band members can interact with your guests and put on a fabulous show in addition to providing great music. You also have the flexibility of asking them to update an older song or to play a song in a different style.
On the flip side, bands don't have as long a playing period. During breaks, you won't have any music at all unless you provide it. You are limited to the songs the band knows and if you have a special request not in their repertoire, it may cost extra for them to learn it. Smaller venues may have a hard time finding space for a band and you could windup with a crowded dance floor and reception area.