everything you need to know about wedding receptions

Picture of figurines dancing with an ipod

The Consequences of DIY

Ever since the iPod was released, blogs and wedding magazines  have posted DIY, money saving wedding tips. They are 100% correct that creating an iTunes playlist is less expensive than paying for a professional DJ. However, they really miss the point of why experienced wedding DJ’s are hired in the first place. If all you want is background sounds, articles like this one are correct. Just borrow equipment from generous friends (if you’re that lucky to have ones with speakers and wiring), queue up your playlist, press play and walk away. We are not disparaging that option.

We always want to do our due diligence when it comes to educating couples on the consequences of certain decisions. As long as your are armed with information, you can decide where your priorities are for each aspect of your wedding.  With that said, it’s hard for us to choke back the passion we have for wedding entertainment! We work hard to provide a lot of value for what we do and believe entertainment is a significant part of a wedding reception. To help us educate more objectively, we’ve asked a few of our favorite Cleveland wedding professionals to weigh in on this topic.

Covesa Gragg, Owner

Covesa Kelly Events 

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An experienced wedding DJ is worth every penny

Q: What would be your biggest fear if you found out the couple at the wedding you were working on decided to try to DJ their own wedding?

A: Timing. Do they have enough music for the duration? Is the music family friendly? Do they have all AV and technical components necessary to play the music?

Q: Have you ever been to a wedding without professional entertainment that ran just as smooth as when pros are there?

A: No

Q: How do DJs compliment, enhance, and collaborate with what you do at a wedding?

A: They help keep the energy high. They keep guests informed of what’s going on. They can help bridge the gaps if things are off track (catering, waiting for bridal party etc)

Q: What would you want couples to know if they were considering an ipod playlist instead of a professional DJ for their wedding?

A: You’ve spent all this money, just hire the DJ. It’s just not worth the risk.


Sara Fouts, Staff Photographer

Making the Moment

Be sure your Cleveland DJ is experienced with weddings

There is a difference between a DJ and an experienced wedding DJ

Q: What would be your biggest fear if you found out the couple at the wedding you were working on decided to try to DJ their own wedding?

A: While I would understand why someone would choose to try to DJ their own wedding, my biggest concern would be the extra stress the couple would experience with someone who isn’t familiar with DJing weddings. I would also be concerned that the DJ wouldn’t be experienced in communicating with the photographer. There have been multiple occasions where we told the DJ (who was a friend helping out the couple) we were leaving the room to use the restroom. Because they were inexperienced, they initiated events anyways and we weren’t present to capture them.

Q: Have you ever been to a wedding without professional entertainment that ran just as smooth as when pros are there?

A: No

Q: How do DJs compliment, enhance, and collaborate with what you do at a wedding?

A: DJs allow us as photographers to set-up for reception events at appropriate times. They ensure we are present and ready to capture events before they begin. To me, ensuring that the photographer is present and ready to capture before an event begins is a factor that separates professional DJs from non-professional DJs. DJs also help us have more fun! They do so much more than play music.  They read the crowd’s energy and direct it through an entertaining flow that enhances everyone’s experience at your event. We love working with DJs who love their job!


Riki Schmigel, Catering Sales Manager

A Taste of Excellence

Your Cleveland DJ plays the key role of timing during the wedding reception

The DJ plays the key role of timing during the reception

Q: What would be your biggest fear if you found out the couple at the wedding you were working on decided to try to DJ their own wedding?

A: Technical malfunctions that disrupt the flow/schedule of the evening. There also wouldn’t be a master of ceremonies to help keep things moving. i.e. transition from cocktails to dinner, speeches, cake cutting.

Q: Have you ever been to a wedding without professional entertainment that ran just as smooth as when pros are there?

A: I have catered very casual weddings that DIY their music and it has been a beautiful occasion. Typically the more traditional things like The Grand Introduction and Dances do not take place at these events.

Q: How do DJs compliment, enhance, and collaborate with what you do at a wedding?

A: DJs help to keep the timing of the event for us. This is important because we cook our food on-site and rely heavily on a timeline to time our meals.

Q: What would you want couples to know if they were considering an ipod playlist instead of a professional DJ for their wedding?

A: DJs help inspire guests to dance and be involved with the important activities of a wedding – for example cutting the cake. Sometimes without some energetic encouragement you won’t have people dancing at the wedding.


Robert Drago, Photographer

RAD  (Photography)

Wedding DJ's produce the feel of the reception

The DJ can make the reception exciting or drab; make sure they are experienced!

Q: What would be your biggest fear if you found out the couple at the wedding you were working on decided to try to DJ their own wedding?

A: As a photographer, I look forward to the reception because I know it’s taken care of and I can sit back and do my job. A large percentage of my job is coordinating and organizing throughout the day. However, when the reception starts, it’s the DJ’s show. So if I were to photograph a wedding without a trained DJ I would be very nervous and anxious about how the evening will go.

Q: Have you ever been to a wedding without professional entertainment that ran just as smooth as when pros are there?

A: Fortunately, in the last 15 years, I can only think of two occasions that a couple decided not to have a DJ. Both very small events. In both occasions, the timeline for the reception did not go smoothly and there were things missed throughout the night.

Q: How do DJs compliment, enhance, and collaborate with what you do at a wedding?

A: DJ’s are the wedding coordinators of receptions. The amount of time that is put into a reception schedule should never be overlooked. The entire feel of the reception is produced by the DJ. Every event is elevated when you have someone with experience. It can really bring the party to the next level.

Q: What would you want couples to know if they were considering an ipod playlist instead of a professional DJ for their wedding?

A: Do you like having a party with dead air and awkward silence? If so, fire up that iPod and enjoy your evening.


Diana Elizabeth, Floral Designer

Diana Elizabeth Designs 

Cleveland wedding professionals highly recommend using a DJ

Wedding professionals highly recommend using a DJ

Q: What would be your biggest fear if you found out the couple at the wedding you were working on decided to try to DJ their own wedding?

A: It would not be as smooth as they planned.

Q: Have you ever been to a wedding without professional entertainment that ran just as smooth as when pros are there?

A: Yes I have and it was confusing. The dinner music was not right and then their laptop shut down mid reception. They had to reboot and there was dead silence for a few minutes. TRUE STORY!

Q: How do DJs compliment, enhance, and collaborate with what you do at a wedding?

A: Vibe

Q: What would you want couples to know if they were considering an ipod playlist instead of a professional DJ for their wedding?

A: I just wouldn’t recommend it.


So there you have it. Five experienced wedding professionals who have seen it all with very similar answers. In short, you CAN DJ your own wedding with an ipod or iPhone. It is possible. You can also act as your own plumber, electrician, or even doctor but…you probably don’t. The reason is that when a professional is hired, you get the results you want without regret. As long as you know what you’re getting yourself into, the decision is all yours!

If DJing your own wedding sounds stressful, then perhaps an Emcee is the way to go. We have an Emcee who will make sure your event runs smoothly. Skip the stress…email an experienced DJ who will ensure you get the wedding of your dreams!

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When Your Wedding Event Trends Needs More

Most events just need their bases covered with typical event offerings. Venue, catering, entertainment…and they’re all set. There’s nothing wrong with a straight forward approach to event trends and their design. The goals of the event and a scale that is balanced is what matters the most.

That all said, there’s never been a more exciting time than now for creating memorable experiences! The technologies that are available coupled with access to a world of creative examples has empowered those of us who make the visions of event trends real like never before. The core of our company has always been entertainment but entertainment takes many forms. Our entertainers work is complimented by our lighting design, at times enhanced by our Party band, and captured for all time by our videography team.  Beyond that, the sky is the limit because we continuously add products and services we believe can add an extra element to events with the right set of goals.

Entertaining Event Trends

Sparkular

event trend shown: cold spark fountain

Indoor cold spark fountains give that over-the-top experience at your wedding reception

We now offer an indoor cold spark fountain. We can control the height and the moment they go off (for up to 90 seconds each). It’s not a low-end add-on but it’s what your guests will be talking about for years!  We make sure that each venue we are at approves its use, even though they are completely non-flammable, releases no smoke and is not an open flame.

 

CO2 Cryoblasts

event trend shown: Happy couple entering the wedding reception through CO2 blasts

Enter your wedding reception with flare

Looking for an introduction akin to professional sports events? Our CO2 Cryoblasts utilize Liquid nitrogen and raise the level of excitement instantly! These offer a similar wow moment as the Sparkular but with a different look while popping more in well-lit rooms. A popular way to use this equipment is to have the cryo jets shooting up in short controlled bursts when you walk in for intros followed up later in the night with the bride or groom manning our cryo gun which they can shoot their guests resulting in an unexpected rise from everyone! The cryo guns blast compressed air that dissipates instantly and gives them a “wooooooosh” of cold compressed air (often readily appreciated when the dance floor is packed).

Feature Spot Lighting

wedding couple's first dance under a spotlight, a great event trend to show off specific aspects at your event

No doubt all eyes will be on you while you’re under a spot light

An elegant and high-impact option can be our feature spot lighting. If you are in a ballroom without any windows or can get it that dark, we can control a beam of light that draws all eyes to where you want. With featured spot lighting, it’s easy to create an introduction akin to sporting events (complete with that style of announcements!).

 

Custom Bistro Lighting

Event trend shown: decor string lighting at an outdoor wedding

Bistro lighting adds a special feel at your venue

Backdrops and lighting as decor are incredibly “in” right now. We work closely with florists in order to incorporate complimentary lighting with their custom flower/drape backdrops. One of the more popular options is when we add our 3″ edison bulbs in different levels and configurations in front of drape and floral fixtures.

 

Mirror Booth

This unique photo mirror booth is one of our leading event trends

The photo mirror takes up minimal space at your venue while adding a lot of fun for your guests

We’ve written a lot about our mirror booth because it’s incredibly popular. Want to know why?

  • Smaller footprint than traditional booths.
  • Classier looking.
  • We can customize everything.
  • The fun can be seen by guests rather than being in a secluded draped area.
  • I-pad app integration for digital downloads.
  • Options for digital only photos at a greatly reduced rate.

Additional Event Trends

Wedding Hashtags

Asking your guests to use a specific hashtag has become a mainstay of weddings. If you want to increasing the sharing, we offer software that will display your guests posts anywhere we can put screens in the venue.

Caricature Artists

You might not have expected this one but the novelty of this being low-tech and entertaining to watch brings attention to this every time.

Ice luge

Any way to enhanced your guests getting an extra drink or two in them, only helps your chances that they will loosen up more an dance at a wedding (also can look pretty incredible with the right lighting!).

It’s your event. We can offer limitless options for the right entertainment and enhancements to meet your needs and budget. What matters most is the celebration and telling your story. We have the creativity and passion to bring yours to life!

Money jar tipped over with bride and groom cake topper to demonstrate wedding planning

We Get It

We know why wedding planning is sometimes compared to a roller-coaster. There are ups, downs, screaming, it moves fast and sometimes you can’t see what’s going to happen next until it’s happening! It’s not really fair that you plan such an important day often before you plan any other events all while having a whole new set of opinions in your ear. Let us know if any of these sound familiar to you…

1. The venue you have fallen in love with has just one major flaw…and you can’t keep from thinking about it.

2. The venue you want is cheaper on a Sunday morning…and you’re somehow seriously giving it some thought.

3. Your combined guest list is about 400% too big for your space / budget.

4. You wonder if you can get away with registering at Tiffany & Co. …

5. Hiring a wedding planner has you feeling like the boss you always knew you were.

6. Someone just mentioned wedding garter removal during your reception.

7. Your anxieties around who to choose for your bridal party are kicking in.

8. Your fiancé has been suspiciously quite about the planning of his bachelor party.

9. “Whatever you want, hunny” is both the right answer and not helpful.

10. Someone just told you that you’re going to need help to go to the bathroom while wearing your dream dress.

11. Trying to make everyone else happy?

12. After looking at 40 wedding photographer websites.

13. During your food tasting.

14. During your cake tasting.

15. As much as you are excited about marrying the man of your dreams…you just can’t stop thinking about the shoes you get to wear!

16. Your fiancé thinks a cigar bar is more important than your ice luge.

17. When you find the perfect floral centerpiece concept.

18. Your officiant might be your new best friend.

19. When you’ve gone over budget.

20. Is it THAT hard to just send in a RSVP card??

21. Why didn’t anyone remind you about your dress fitting during the cake tastings?

22. When you just remembered you didn’t have a plan for videography.

23. When your DJ / MC has coordinated everything you want with all your other vendors before you even asked.

24.When everything went exactly as you planned and if it didn’t who cares, you got married to the person of your dreams.

Want to navigate around the most anxious parts of wedding planning but get everything you want? Our advice is to surround yourself with professionals, communicate clearly, and focus on the things that matter most to you.

Let us know if you need someone to vent to who won’t be surprised if you’re in over your head. After decades in the business, we fully understand that wedding planning can be incredibly stressful and we’re here to help!

Thanks to GIPHY for being an endless source of inspiration as well as a productivity killer!

Wedding DJ, Jay R working his magic behind the DJ booth.

The Truth About Wedding DJ’s

We love what we do and we’ve been doing it for a long time. That said, event entertainment has always had a low barrier to entry. Being able to claim you are a DJ and truly acting as a professional entertainer aren’t mutually inclusive. The last thing we want to do is say anything negative about our profession nor create fear in couples minds needlessly, in regards to wedding DJ’s. We do, however, have a responsibility to educate our clients. With our wedding clients specifically, there’s a very difficult learning curve for most looking to hire professionals in order for their dream day to be realized. In our experience, very few couples have had significant entertainment negotiations prior to their wedding which often results in undue stress and even bad decision making.

While we could tell you horror stories we’ve heard from our wedding industry friends over the past decade, we don’t want to do that. In all honesty, most wedding DJ’s we’ve encountered are good people who got into entertaining for the right reasons. There is a wild skill level difference between the different ends of the spectrum but we encounter much more instances of altruistic entertainer than charlatans. In our ongoing effort to educate our region on what professional wedding entertainment services should be, we’ve once again asked regional industry leaders what they look out for. It’s our hope that these third-party voices might give you suggestions on things to be aware for not only professional and unprofessional behaviors but also traits that aren’t compatible with who you are.

Brett Yacovella, Creative Director / Wedding Photographer

Making the Moment

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

People whispering secrets in one picture and wedding DJ's hand on equipment in another picture

A professional DJ guides your event, they don’t make it theirs.

Most of the DJ’s we work with on any given event are professional and help everything go smoothly for our couples (especially the team over at Selective Sound!). However, there are some decisions that (from our perception) can make the event feel a bit funny. The most noticeable is when a well intended DJ makes the mistake of making the event about themselves. Everyone loves a good emcee that will help guide the event, but the more I experience events and listen to feedback from couples, we’re all annoyed by a DJ that showboats too hard; leading the night with long winded diatribes, predictably cheesy jokes and one-liners that they’ve rehashed and re-used throughout past events. In short, speeches and toasts should be reserved for the families or the couple, not for the DJ to become a pseudo-star.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

A DJ really understands their profession when they work hard to understand what the couple wants out of the evening, rather than assuming and working on a pre-formatted script. The best DJ’s I work with know how to influence the night to become what the couple wants; paying careful attention to pace and flow of the night, while working in response to what the guests are providing  (in terms of energy and response) all the while using the couple’s desires as a north-star for the journey. On a professional level, I always feel confident in a DJ when they take the time up front to greet our photography and video staff when we arrive at a venue. It’s SUCH a great show of teamwork when I know the DJ is going to work hard to communicate with our teams to ensure we don’t miss a moment.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Trust your friends, your instincts, and your vendors. Ask your friends how they felt about their DJ, would they recommend them? Have you been to an incredible wedding lately? Who was the DJ there? Ask your vendors  (photographers and videographers especially). Each of us are “attending” 20-30 weddings a year, and so really have the opportunity to give good feedback here. The Making the Moment staff knows who the great wedding DJ’s are, simply because we’re fully present throughout the ENTIRE wedding reception. We don’t leave the night early and we stay throughout the entire party. We LOVE experiencing a good wedding reception; not only is it fun for us and our couples, but it also makes the imagery and our wedding films SO much better.


Terry Superchick Goodman, Lead Photographer/Owner

Platinum Photography Ohio

A lady telling another lady a secret. wedding DJ's hand turning up the volume.

It’s important to meet with your DJ to make sure you mesh well

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

I find quite a few DJ’s who don’t know how to read a room. I’ve seen many dance floors empty because they just can’t seem to play the right song to pull someone onto the dance floor.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

The sign of a great DJ is when the dance floor is packed and people are dancing the whole night.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Talk to your actual DJ in person to get a feel for their personality. Talk to friends and family who’ve already been married and ask if they loved their DJ or not. Then you get a feel for who you should be checking out.


Justin Ketchem, Owner

Justin Ketchem Photography

Quote "Observe the DJ during the intros, speeches and parts of the wedding that require MC work." -Justin Ketchem Photography

Ask your DJ questions before your event to ensure they are well organized

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

Not taking the time to learn the names or pronunciation of the wedding party for the introduction.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

Being well organized and knowing when to play certain kinds of music.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Observe the DJ during the intros, speeches and parts of the wedding that require MC work. That will give a good indication of the DJ’s preparation, organization and style.


Nicole Sebrasky, Owner/Photography

Brass Key Photography

Quote:"If their personality doesn't match yours, odds are they won't on your wedding day either." -Brass Key Photography

Make sure your personalities blend together nicely so you won’t have any conflicts on your special day.

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

Dinner Music! Most DJ’s seem to default to a Frank Sinatra and instrumental playlist for dinner. In my opinion that is the worst thing you can do! What happens when you feed your guests a good meal, turn the lights down and put on slow music? YOU PUT YOUR DANCERS TO SLEEP BEFORE THE DANCE FLOOR OPENS!

Odds are your guests will be seated with people they either don’t know or haven’t seen in years. They need things to get them to socialize. Food and music are two things where people can find things in common and start conversations. We recommend our couples pick a playlist of their favorite songs that you love to hear but cant dance to. Coldplay, Queen, Smashing Pumpkins, 80’s & 90’s undanceable Hits and ballads, etc. That will get people saying “OMG! I haven’t heard this in forever”. Not only will it keep your non dancing guests around longer if they make a new friends, but it will also get your guests energized and excited for the dance floor to open!

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

Your DJ should outline the entire reception timeline. Knowing what is happening when and being prepared for it is key! Your DJ is your emcee for the night and once the reception starts, he is in charge of the flow. Having a game plan in writing that he can share with other professionals is a great way to make sure everyone is on the same page and ready to go when the time comes!

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

MEET THEM! Spend time with them. If their personality doesn’t match yours, odds are they won’t on your wedding day either. If their energy level is low or they don’t speak clearly, you should look elsewhere. Your entertainment will make or break your party. You are paying thousands of dollars, spending months or years and countless hours planning this major event…. if you don’t have someone who can keep your guests happy and having fun, you are wasting all of the effort you are putting in!


Jeff Jones, Photographer

Jeff Jones Photography

Wedding DJ's: "Hire a professional that has many years of experience in the field." -Jeff Jones Photography

Experienced professionals are essential

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

Talk to much or sing with the song that they are playing.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

Keeping the guest on the dance floor the entire evening.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Hire a professional that has many years of experience in the field.


Heather Morse, Event Planner

Marigold Catering

What no one tells you about wedding DJ's: "Make sure the DJ wants to represent you as a couple through the music." -Marigold Catering

Your playlist should be unique to you and your event, not just a standard playlist.

Whats a common mistake wedding DJ’s make that negatively impacts the event?

Some DJ’s tend to talk a little too much.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

They have a clear passion for the event and all vendors involved. They communicate their needs to vendors/the caterer before an event.

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Make sure that your wants are more important than theirs. Make sure the DJ wants to represent you as a couple through the music.


Brandi Hamerstone, Owner

All Events Planned

Wedding DJ's. "No matter how good the DJ if you don't "click" with them, they won't work for your wedding day." -All Events Planned

Matching personalities is key

Whats a common mistake wedding D’Js make that negatively impacts the event?

Trying to run the event “their” way vs the way that the client wants the event to run. Suggesting things because they think they “work” better instead of listening to the client and trying to make their way work for everyone. Trying to sell the clients on additional items and upgrades just to make money off of the account. Sometimes the client doesn’t need them and the suggestions are purely out of the desire to make more of a profit.

What is a sign that a Wedding DJ really understands their profession?

They are active in pursuing knowledge in all aspects of the wedding day so that they understand why the timing of the day happens beyond what they see. Great wedding DJ’s are open to clients suggestions and ideas and are always on the look out for ways to better improve who they are and what they do

Whats one piece of advice you have for couples before they choose a DJ for their wedding?

Sit down and interview them either in person or on the phone to figure out if their personality is a good fit. No matter how good the DJ if you don’t “click” with them, they won’t work for your wedding day. NEVER hire a DJ without talking with them.


Now that you’ve read these honest answers to simple questions that we asked veteran industry professionals, you have some homework. What are deal breakers for you when it comes to hiring a DJ for your wedding? How are going to alleviate problems that would cause you stress during your special day before they happen?  Do you have a list of qualities that you’re looking for within the event professionals you are about to hire?

With over two decades of event entertainment experience, we’ve seen a lot but no two events of ours is the same. Our clients stories are as unique as each reception we have the privilege of working on.

Ask us how we’d help express your dream.

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Perception, Reality and Myths of Wedding Entertainment

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

When Bands Are The Right Choice

Live band on a stage

A live band can bring a lot of energy and fun to any event.

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 strong bonds with their fans. Bands are focused on being true to who they are as artists.  Because of this, 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

Smiling DJ

Ask your DJ questions to make sure they can fulfill your visions.

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 DJ’s 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 professional mobile DJ’s and professional wedding bands there are distinct advantages and disadvantages by their vary natures. When you’re exposed to tasteful DJ’s who double as or partner with Masters of Ceremony one of the biggest wedding entertainment myths disappear. There are DJ’s 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.  Unfortunately, these bands apply a one-size-fits-all method to sound amplification and it just doesn’t work for weddings. 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 and wedding entertainment know how to provide an elegant evening of dancing.

What DJ’s Have Over Bands

Do you want a DJ for your wedding entertainment?

DJ’s can typically play any song you desire while a band will have limitations.

There are a number of ways DJ’s are different than bands but chief among them is flexibility. Bands have a style and they know the songs they know. DJ’s have access to any song imaginable 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, DJ’s have access to and can incorporate those songs into the night appropriately.

Another big difference is cost. While DJ’s 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 skill-sets 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 DJ’s is work centered around being a Master of Ceremony. Some bands don’t offer this vital service because they feel it’s 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

Band on stage for wedding entertainment

Pairing an experienced wedding DJ with an awesome band will make your special day unforgettable!

All this said, you can always have everything you want when it comes to wedding entertainment…for a price! We have our own party band, Party band, 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 coordinating with the band and all the vendors. This way, clients get the best of both worlds.

When you hire both, you have the ability to have the exact style of music you love for your reception. With both, you have the energy of live music, an organized evening, as well as an array or popular songs to dance to so everyone is happy. We offer a 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 wedding entertainment you can get and provide that to you if we’re right for you.

Let us know if we can help!

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