Wedding planning can be a great deal of fun, especially when it comes to choosing whether you will have a band or DJ at your reception. Of course, that doesn’t mean that is an easy decision to make. With so many great acts to choose from, how’s a girl – or her groom – supposed to decide? If you and your fiance are feeling stumped about how to know which option is right for you, don’t fret. We have a few questions that can help make this choice a lot easier for you!
What Do You Want Your Reception to Feel Like?
If you are hoping your reception will be a huge dance party, a live band is a great option. Not only does a band offer great energy, but they’re usually open to all kinds of musical requests and suggestions (especially if you make them prior to your wedding day, when they have plenty of time to prepare).
From trios on stringed instruments, to large jazz ensembles and rock groups, don’t’ be afraid to choose a band or group that is meaningful to the two of you, whether or not they fit within the usual wedding expectations or not.
Most importantly, find someone that suits the vibe you’re trying to create – whether that’s rocking or more relaxed, romantic or rockabilly!
Who Do You Want Speaking to Your Guests?
If, on the other hand, you envision a skilled emcee guiding your guests’ every experience, throughout the night, you may want to consider hiring a wedding DJ, instead.
DJ’s sould be skilled at warming up a crowd, but also at introducing you and your new husband as you enter the room, start your first dance, and even as you cut your cake.
Let the Interview Sway Your Vote
As with many wedding vendors, an in-person interview is often the best way to determine which band or DJ is best for you. After all, you want someone whose personality suits yours well.
If your potential band or DJ is based out of town, try to set up a Skype interview, or Facetime, so you can still get a feel for his or her style, even if that can’t happen in-person.
And always ask for videos of past performances, so you know whoever you choose will do a great job live!