Wedding DJWedding DJ and Band – DJ vs Band: Who Wins the Wedding Entertainment Battle?

Wedding planning is both exciting and stressful. While your big day needs to reflect your tastes as a couple, there is also a great deal of pressure to entertain your guests from start to finish. When the cake has been cut, the speeches delivered and tears of joy shed, attention will naturally turn to the dancefloor. But should you book a band, or hire a DJ for the evening’s entertainment? Here are some helpful points for consideration.

1. How mainstream are your musical tastes?

If there is one thing that divides opinion, it is music. If your musical tastes are more Rage Against the Machine than Rihanna, it’s more unlikely that a live band will be able to cater for your preferences. Most wedding bands play from a finite list of cover songs, reflecting broad musical tastes in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. While a band comes armed with a setlist, a DJ has a whole world of music at their fingertips. If your style is more offbeat than mainstream, a professional DJ is far more likely to hit the musical nail on the head – meaning you’ll be dancing along to the tunes you love on your special day, regardless of how ‘current’ or popular they are. Before the day itself, be sure to discuss the type of music you would like to hear with your DJ. After all it’s your big day, not anyone else’s.

2. What time are last orders?

If your wedding party is set to finish in the early hours of the morning, the entertainment will need to go the distance too. A band will typically play for up to two hours*, whereas a DJ can keep the music playing for much longer – stretching out as long as the last guest is dancing. The duration of your entertainment will be a major factor when considering DJ vs band.

* Two further points on this. Many bands state that they’ll provide music/a DJ between sets, and sometimes even after they finish as well. The reality in 85% of cases is that it is just an iPod that is provided and in around 10-15% of cases it’s an inexperienced person with very little DJ experience, unable to read the audience as a professional DJ can do, and with a much smaller music collection. Speak with people you know that have booked live music previously to check on their experiences of what was provided between band sets and after they’ve finished.


3. Do your guests love to dance?

If your wedding guests are hesitant dancers, a good DJ will not see this as an obstacle. An experienced DJ will assess the crowd, and get them onto the dancefloor with carefully selected tunes – from the youngsters right through to the grandfathers. Even song requests will not disrupt the flow of music: instead, they will be cleverly interweaved with your pre-agreed musical vibe.

4. Do you have budget restrictions?

If budget is no object, there is of course no harm in booking both a band and a DJ. Just bear in mind that band sets can run over, so to get your money’s worth from both, you will need to provide each with a generous time slot. Ultimately, your wedding day is entirely tailored to your personal wishes. By staying true to your own personality and tastes, you can’t go too far wrong. If you do opt to use a DJ, I will provide you with a login to my client area upon booking, where you can submit your music request list at your own leisure.