Choose A Live Band If…
You Have A Sizable Budget
If you’re on a tight budget, a wedding band definitely won’t be the most cost-effective option. With all of the equipment, time, effort, and talent that goes into a wedding band production, it’s little wonder that live bands cost significantly more than a DJ.
Your Guests Aren’t Dancers
If a lot of your guests don’t like to hit the dance floor, then a DJ might just bore them to tears. Live bands offer the best of both worlds, allowing your dance-adverse guests to enjoy an incredible show while still keeping dance-loving guests movin’ and groovin’.
You Want to Get Emotional
Almost everyone agrees: There’s just something about live music that can transform an otherwise “okay” song into an incredible tear-jerker. If you’re hoping to see your closest friends and loved ones get a tad sentimental on the big day, then booking a band might be for you.
You Want to Impress
Live bands are an impressive sight with their costumes, instruments, and charismatic presence. Their sound quality is golden as well. After all, what’s better than hearing music played right next to you? Overall, if you’re hoping to host an impressive occasion, a live band is a great way to top off an elegant evening.
Choose A DJ If…
You Want Non-Stop Music
While bands will need to stop for breaks, a good DJ will transition from song to song all night long without any lulls. If you have a high-energy group who loves to keep it moving on the dance floor, then a DJ might be the best option for you.
You Have Limited Space
Live bands often take up a great deal of room and aren’t ideal for smaller venues. Even the most elaborate DJ setup takes up very little space compared to a band. If you don’t have a lot of room to go around, opting for a DJ may be the less claustrophobic option.
You’re Looking for Variety
Even the most skilled band will have a limited repertoire of songs they can play. If you want to play songs from a wide variety of genres and eras, then a DJ might be best for providing the versatility that you crave.
You Need an Emcee
A good wedding DJ will know how to take music requests, craft spectacular playlists, and emcee your reception like a champ. Bands are known for playing amazing music, but usually aren’t as skilled in making announcements and keeping the event “flowing” properly.
You have a million details to take care of when you are planning your wedding, but the one detail that most likely will make your wedding party the most memorable is the music provider you choose. You will most certainly want to leave your guests with memories of an amazing day and evening of music, fun and dancing, so should you hire a live wedding band or a Dj.
Of course your decision of which one to hire will be based on a number of factors. These factors include things such as your budget, Importance of live music versus digital music to you, ability of music provider to interact with your guests, and whether or not you need more than just dance music for the event. Let's take a look at each of these considerations
1. BUDGET: A great 6 piece wedding band like JumpStart is obviously going to cost you more than a single DJ "spinning records" but the benefits of a band are obvious and well worth the extra cost. The "WOW" factor of a well rehearsed band performing a range of songs from different genres and with a tight live sound will create a more exciting experience for your guests and a great band will have stage lighting equal to or better than a DJ. A great live music experience will leave you and your guests with a lasting memory of the fun they had on your wedding day. Many couples have told JumpStart that, without exception, cutting their budget on other items such as flowers or maybe a photo booth in order to cover the additional cost of hiring a live band over a DJ, was the best decision they made regarding their wedding music. It's probably safe to say that your guests will long remember the fun they experienced with your wedding band over your flower arrangements
2. LIVE MUSIC V. RECORDED MUSIC. As mentioned the WOW factor of a live band far outweighs that of a DJ. Not only can a great wedding band play many genres of music like a DJ does, but a band provides a superior visual experience compared to a DJ. A great live wedding band like JumpStart will provide well rehearsed cover songs and a great live performance can energize a crowd like nothing else.
3. GUEST INTERACTION: This is the one feature that a live band beats a DJ on every time. A vibrant 6 piece wedding band can pump energy into any crowd and as is the case with JumpStart band will have guests join them on stage to dance and interact with the band. This is as exciting as it is memorable and something only a live wedding band can provide.
4. MORE THAN JUST DANCE MUSIC: Having a live wedding band like JumpStart will give you access to several musicians. A band can break down to one or two musicians to play live music for your ceremony, providing not only live music but a mic and separate sound system setup for vows and readings. The same separate sound system can be set up and the full band can perform a cocktail hour set, generally of soft, easy listening music. It is rare to see a DJ have the ability or the equipment to accommodate up to three separate locations for ceremony, cocktail hour and dancing.
Although it may appear that a live wedding band will cost more than a DJ, when you consider the wide services a band can offer, the fee will pale in comparison to the amazing memories and excitement a band will create. You just can't beat LIVE MUSIC!