Arguably the best part of a wedding, or at least the most entertaining, is the reception. After exchanging vows, I do’s, rings, and finally the big kiss, there is dinner, and music and dancing to top it all off. It’s a long day for not only yourself, as the wedding party, but for your guests as well, so choosing the right entertainment is essential. You can choose to hire either a live band, for a more classy sound, or a DJ, to spin your favorites. Let’s take a look at each:
- Live band – Live music has a uniqueness that recorded songs just can’t match. A good band lights up the room and can get everybody grooving. If you’re looking to hire a band for your wedding reception, you should read online reviews from other couples who hired wedding bands. You would do well to listen to them live, once you’ve narrowed down your choices. The next step in the process is to set up a playlist. Avoid tired, overplayed wedding songs like “Y.M.C.A.” and “The Electric Slide”, unless you specifically request them. Other than playing music well, the singer usually announces the wedding party and family, as well as who is going to give toasts, so be sure to correct them on their pronunciation ahead of time.
- DJ – Hiring a DJ to play at your wedding reception is always a safe call. Just as with bands, do your research. Read online reviews from couples who hired DJ’s for their receptions. Once you’ve chosen your top three picks for DJ, give them a listen. You’ll be able to gauge their personality and style better. Next, give the DJ your playlist and make sure s/he can play those songs. You’ll want the playlist to feature a little of everything, so as to connect with every person in the room and entertain them throughout the night. Again, the DJ will be making announcements, so make sure s/he pronounces everyone’s name correctly beforehand.
The wedding reception is all about entertainment. It’s your choice whether you decide to hire a live band or a DJ. Keep in mind, though, that live bands are typically more expensive than their DJ counterparts. Whichever you choose, do your research in the beginning stages to make sure you’re getting the best entertainment for your big day.