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Band or DJ or both?Roxanne J
I'm thinking about having a live band during the ceremony, and a DJ at night. How much realistically should I expect to pay for each? Or should I just go with one for the entire day?
Lights & Sights Entertainment
I always tell my clients this when they ask my opinion on this exact topic - you cannot beat live entertainment! The overall feel and the vibe of a band playing far exceeds that of what a DJ can provide even if they go nuts with the visual effects (which can be really cool or really cheesy depending on what your wedding theme is). I always run the risk of talking myself out of a job when I say all this to couples, but at the end of the day - it's about what you want for your wedding day.
The best way to decide is obviously weigh up the pro's and con's of each - for example a DJ has the capacity to play any song you like and can generally find one at a reasonable price, but you then tend to rely heavily on the skill of the DJ (their ability to read a crowd, play the music that you and your guests want) and whether you like their particular style.
A band has that incredible feel that only live music can give and can really cap off a great day/evening. The flip side is that a really good band can cost you some big $$$ and can be limited in the setlist they play (they obviously need to know how to play the song you want!). Also, they will not be able to keep going at 100% for the entire day/night - they need breaks and generally don't fare well if they're not fed and watered - same with DJ's for that matter!! :-)
Do your research and don't be too hasty in choosing - the music you choose will make or break your day. Also ask if each supplier has different rates to package up services (we certainly do!) or will offer a discount if you book really early etc. It never hurts to ask.
Good luck and have fun with your preparations for the big day!!
Andrew from Lights & Sights Entertainment
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