Choosing Between a Wedding Band and a Wedding DJ — Part 1

When it comes to your wedding day, you want every moment to be perfect. While there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, what matters most is that you’re celebrating one of life’s greatest milestones with the person you love. One way to ensure everything goes smoothly is to hire a professional to handle your music and sound. The question then becomes, should that professional be a wedding band or a DJ? We’re helping you find the answer in this two-part blog series! In this post, we’ll cover wedding bands. Check out our next post for information on wedding DJs.

At Entertainment Unlimited, we help couples plan their ideal wedding by coordinating every sound-related aspect of the event. We even work with caterers and event staff to make sure that each special moment happens exactly when it should. Whether you choose to hire a wedding band or a DJ through us, you’ll certainly be happy with the results! Learn more about our wedding services and contact us to get started!


Why Choose a Wedding Band?


Creates an Authentic Experience

It’s hard to deny the magic of live music. Your guests will love knowing that your music is raw and real, and you will, too! There is something quite romantic about live music, especially jazz or classical genres. The songs played at your wedding will never be played in exactly the same way ever again, because every live performance is slightly different. If you resonate with that idea, a wedding band may be just perfect for you!


Perfect for Themed Weddings

If your wedding will be themed to a specific time period, fantasy world, or style concept, a wedding band can make the entire experience feel absolutely immersive. Imagine going back in time and dancing the night away at your own 1920s soiree, or walking into the whimsical world of your dream — the right music can make it happen!

Provides Entertainment

It’s hard to deny the excitement of watching a live band or musician. A wedding band is a two-in-one bundle of music and entertainment. Not only will you and your guests love dancing and listening to great music, but you’ll also enjoy the experience of watching the band, musician, or vocalist. Depending on the variety of instruments, there may be a lot going on to create the melodies and harmonies that keep your guests engaged.


Considerations

Less Music Variety

One downside of choosing a wedding band is that they can only play so many types of tunes. Some bands may be able to switch around their instruments and vocalists to create new sounds, but you should be ready to commit to the main style the band or musician offers.


Bands Need Breaks


An important thing to keep in mind is that band music relies on humans — you can’t just plug in a band and have them play endlessly. Your wedding band will need breaks, so be sure to work with them to coordinate when they can take a breather. You can always fill in the silence with a playlist of your own!


Book Your Wedding Band or Musician with Entertainment Unlimited!

If the thought of having a live band at your wedding is already making you excited, get started now! Entertainment Unlimited can connect you with the perfect musician for your special day, whether you want music for the entire event or just for the ceremony. If you’re curious about hiring a wedding DJ, check out our next blog post and learn more about our DJ services. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Choosing Between a Wedding Band and a Wedding DJ — Part 2


This is the second post in our series dedicated to helping you choose between a wedding band and a DJ. In our first post in this series, we talked about wedding bands and why you may want to hire one. Today, we’ll cover the same information about DJs!


Entertainment Unlimited is excited to be a part of your big day by providing you with the best music and sound options in New England and beyond. If you’re having a wedding in New York, New Jersey, anywhere in New England, or in Florida, we can help ensure everything goes smoothly with your music and sound equipment. Learn more about our wedding services today!


Why Choose a Wedding DJ?


Keeps the Music Going


The great thing about hiring a wedding DJ is that your music will never stop, and every moment can be perfectly coordinated. Unlike wedding bands, DJs can take breaks without letting the music stop. A great DJ will still be attentive and proactively manage your wedding playlist while acting as a professional MC, so you don’t have to worry that they’re simply letting a playlist roll.


Limitless Variety


Having a DJ at your wedding allows you to have an endless variety of music for every moment. If you want something calm and romantic for your walk down the aisle, but want to switch it up with pop and electronic on the dance floor, your DJ can make it happen. The latest trending songs are right at their fingertips, as are old favorites that are sure to please guests of all ages. If you plan to switch between music genres during your wedding, hiring a DJ can make the process much easier than trying to coordinate your playlist and a live band. That being said, a DJ can easily work with a live band or musician so you don’t have to worry about anything!


Guest Requests


One of the most exciting parts of having a DJ at your wedding is letting guests request songs they know and love. While you may be hesitant to allow too many guest requests in between your own playlist picks, your guests will have a great time being involved, and you might just find a new favorite song out of your guests’ requests! While live bands can only play song requests that fit within their genre and skill set, a DJ can access nearly any song you can think of.


Ideal for Dancing


If dancing is going to be one of the highlights of your wedding reception, a DJ is a must. You’ll likely want someone who can keep the energy high while reading the room to sense when to play music of a certain genre or speed. A wedding band is less ideal for dance-heavy receptions, unless you prefer to dance to the same style of music the entire time. With a DJ, you can still dance to classic styles like jazz, but you’ll also have the option to switch to line dancing or pop hits without delay.


Considerations:


Less of a Live Experience


One downside to hiring a wedding DJ is that you won’t get the same experience as you would when listening to a live band. A wedding band or musician can create special moments unlike any pre-recorded music ever could, but it all comes down to the type of music you love most. If you prefer vocals, classical music, or jazz, a wedding band may be a better choice for you. On the flip side, the right DJ is still entertaining and engaging, and can play any type of music you want.


Not the Best Fit for Small, Intimate Weddings


If your wedding will not include time for dancing or much mingling, you may prefer to hire a wedding band or musician instead of a DJ. A wedding band can still create the perfect atmosphere for dancing that is slow, traditional, or era-specific (such as the 1920s or 1950s).


Hire a Wedding DJ with Entertainment Unlimited!


If you’re planning a wedding in New York, New Jersey, or anywhere else in New England or Florida, Entertainment Unlimited can help you pick the best DJ or wedding band for your needs. We’re happy to set up a consultation with you to discuss your wedding and which sound and music options will work best for you. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today or book a DJ now!


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