Band v. DJ – The Great Wedding Entertainment Debate

Perception, Reality and Myths of Wedding Entertainment

A wedding reception without entertainment is a bleak idea. When your guests look back on your big day, they'll likely not remember many details including your vows, the centerpieces, or the shape of your ice luge. Those features are important but they're mostly only important to you. Looking back, what your guests will remember is how happy you two were on the day of the wedding and how much fun they had. Entertainment is the pulse of the experience you'll be giving your guests and the decision you make on who provides it will set the tone. Wedding entertainment can come in many forms but the two most dominate are DJs and live bands. 

When Bands Are The Right Choice

There's just something about live music, right? The feeling of being in a room with musicians creating music right in front of you brings a different level of enjoyment for those who appreciate the difference. The best live bands have a style all their own which is how they create such strong bonds with their fans. Because bands are focused on being true to who they are as artists, they're exceptional when their theme matches the theme of an event. Themes such as "Roaring 20s" or ones with a heavy emphasis on ethnic traditions pair well with live bands who share those sensibilities. What bands lack in flexibility they make up for in authenticity. 

Entertainment Myths

The barrier to entry to become a DJ is smaller than that of a band. Bands require more investments in time and money and the team dynamic is also a crucible. Because of this, the myth of the "cheesy wedding DJ" is pervasive because...they're out there. This myth is based in some fact because there are more wedding DJs than there are wedding bands. They negatively color how many see a profession that makes a huge impact on people'e most important days. This is why it's important to compare apples with apples. When you are evaluating between a professional mobile disc jockey and a professional wedding band there are distinct advantages and disadvantages by their vary natures. When you're exposed to tasteful DJs who double as or partner with Masters of Ceremony one of the biggest wedding entertainment myths disappear. There are DJs who are every bit as classy as live bands. 

When it comes to bands, one myth we've heard many times is that bands are too loud for guests. We understand where this comes from. Some bands focus mostly on playing in bars or clubs where loud is the point and apply a one-size-fits-all method to sound amplification. If you compare those bands to a professional DJ, you'll find the band lacking in control over decibels. The reality is, professional bands who focus on private events know the difference between a bar and an elegant evening of dancing. 

What DJs Have Over Bands

There are a number of ways DJs are different than bands but chief among them is flexibility. Bands have a style and they know the songs they know. DJs have access to any song in human history and the skill to arrange them in a manner that segues coherently. If you need to include a song that is unique and means something special to you, is not a very well-known track, and/or is from a specific ethnic place, DJs have access to and can incorporate those songs into the night appropriately. Another big difference is cost. While DJs and Bands swing wildly in both directions when it comes to pricing, the averages between the two usually result in bands costing couples more. Besides their specialized skillsets and demands for gigs outside of weddings, bands simply have more people to pay. In addition, they often require additional labor to set up and tear down equipment as well as sound designers. As an example, Selective Sound Entertainment could provide wedding entertainment in addition to full room lighting and a photo booth for the same cost as most wedding bands. 

Another area where we see the majority of bands (and there are exceptions in our market) have difficulties over DJs is work centered around being a Master of Ceremony. Some bands don't even offer this vital service with what they do because they feel it is a different skill than dance floor entertainment...and it is. That's why our teams have years of training in both skill sets because it's a requisite of what we provide.

Best of Both Worlds

All this said, you can always have everything you want...for a price! We have our own party band, Rock The House Live, which was specifically put together for special events. After years of hearing the DJ v. Band debate, our family of companies decided to put together an option that includes the best of everything. We offer clients our MC/DJ services to handle breaks, introductions, formalities, and they get our coordinating services out of it as well. There isn't any discount, but we do all the work with coordinating with the band and all the vendors, so they get the best of both worlds. When you hire both a band and a DJ you have the ability to have the very specific style of music you love for your reception, the heightened experience of live music, an organized evening, as well as everyone of the most popular songs to dance to so everyone is happy. We offer a versatile party band which comes with our MC/DJ team who work and train together to create a unified complimentary experience for guests. 

As long as you know the truth of the benefits and challenges of one form of entertainment over another, you can make an informed decision. We've been in business a long time while holding a stellar reputation because we ask the right questions before you sign to see if we are a good fit for each other. Our mission is for you to get the best entertainment you can get and provide that to you if we're right for you.

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