Music & Entertainment

How To Choose Between a Band or DJ

Terrific tips to help you solve the eternal wedding-day music question

When you have the band-versus-dj discussion, you need to think about what each has to offer before signing a contract. Jung Lee, a co-owner of Fête, a top New York event-planning firm, says, "A great dj is better than a mediocre band any day, but a live band has wonderful energy that you can’t get from recorded music." You decide which fits your party better.

Reasons to book a DJ:
>> He’s affordable (dj prices start at about $500 for five hours; bands are often a minimum of $3,000)
>> Will play any song you want
>> Can work in small spaces without a lot of equipment
>> Keeps music going during the entire party with no lull
>> Is trained to choreograph the reception and make announcements

Reasons to book a band:
>> They make a more dramatic presentation, with musicians, vocalists, and all those instruments
>> Have unique personalities
>> Their infectious energy can get people on the dance floor
>> Guests who don’t dance will still enjoy watching the show
>> Live music is more emotional, which is what the day is all about

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