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Should I Hire a Wedding DJ or Band?
Published on: Wednesday 13th of April 2011
DJ or Band?
Concerning wedding entertainment, couples want to consider their options carefully - should I hire a DJ or a Band? The following information describes the important differences:
(1) DJs (Disc Jockeys) are much less expensive. A reputable band that regularly plays receptions could easily cost $1000 and up, while the average price for a DJ is $350 and up. You can always find lower-priced or higher-priced DJs.
(2)DJs don't take breaks. You will always have music during your reception.
(3) If a particular band doesn't have a female singer or brass, or other prominent sounds, look at all the songs they can't perform properly.
(4)DJs act as coordinators and usually set the pace of your event, coordinating with the caterer, photographer, hall, and videographer, to make you event run smoothly. Bands just usually show up and play.
(5)DJs take up less space, allowing more room for dancing, etc.
(6)DJs have unlimited music variety available to be played… from big band to Jazz, ethnic to current music. If it's been recorded, a DJ can play it. Most DJs carry thousands of tunes to choose from, yet if a band knows 300 songs, that's considered amazing!
(7) Can the band re-create the sound exactly like the actual artist (for example, Harry Connick's Jazz Band)? With a DJ, you always get the original version, and DJs can often offer a variety of versions to suit your taste.
(8) The #1 complaint about bands is controlling music volume. DJs can easily control volume.
(9) A DJ has the capability of playing a current song the day it comes out, while the band has to practice it for weeks.
(10) If one of the band members gets sick, the band will sound very different from what you expected… particularly if the lead singer is absent. Reliability is much higher using a DJ, for even a cold and sore throat won't affect the sound of the music… and… a DJ service usually has another well-trained DJ as a back-up.
(11) It is customary to offer you're a meal to the entertainer. With a band, there are at least 4 or more members, and at the high cost of meals, this could easily add another $200 to your expenses!
(12) From the time you hire a band to the date of your event, there may have been a few personnel changes. A different lead singer or guitarist can dramatically change the sound of your band. You could wind up with an entirely different band on your wedding day, and they wouldn't even have to tell you!
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How to Book the Very Best in Party Entertainment
Finding the best in Party or Wedding is easy if you follow these points.
Whether it’s your wedding or a relative’s birthday, Bar Mitzvah, Quinceanera, graduation, anniversary, house warming or it’s simply the middle of the holiday season, there’s always a good reason to throw a party, and the trick to throwing a great party is to book the right entertainment. Here are some terrific tips to help you book the very best entertainment for your next party:
Tip #1 – Know What You Are Looking For - What type of event will you be hosting? How big is your event space? Will there be a dance floor or stage? Will this be a quiet, more sophisticated affair or a lively, disco style affair? How many guests will be in attendance? What languages will they speak? What cultural differences will they have? Will you have games, contests, karaoke, slideshow or video presentations, or even a photo booth? Carefully consider as much information about the nature of your event and the guests you are inviting and draw up as thorough a list of what you will need as possible.
Tip #2 – Be Honest About What You Can Afford – Taking into account the entire list of things you’re looking for, draw up an entertainment budget. If you are unsure how much each of the services you’re looking for might cost, simply conduct a bit of online research and try to determine a ballpark estimate of each item on your list.
Tip #3 – Seek Out a Talented Professional DJ – Why a DJ over a live band? Because they can deliver most everything you need for a fraction of the cost of hiring a live band and renting from separate business for all of your extras like uplighting or photo booths. Begin your search online by Googling reputable talent agencies that specialize in promoting mobile DJs in your town. Look for agencies with professional looking websites, that have been in business the longest as they are more likely to represent the most well-respected, highly sought after DJs working today. You will also want to make sure the website is designed in a manner that makes it quick and easy for you to narrow your search by date, location and price point so you‘ll have a general idea of what you can expect to spend on the services you require.
Tip #4 – Select at Least Two Candidates to Meet for an Interview – Once you’ve found a couple of promising DJs that can deliver the services you need at a price point that fits your budget, arrange to meet them in person. Meeting them in person will allow you to better gauge their personality and expertise. Plus, you can determine that they are in fact able to fulfill all of your needs at an affordable price. Ask for a quote and make sure they provide you with a list of past clients so you can call them for references.
Party planning is stressful enough on its own. Don’t let booking your entertainment add to your burden. Follow these tips and you’re guaranteed to book the very best in party entertainment!
Your wedding DJ is responsible for most, if not all of the entertainment at your wedding reception, so it’s important you hire no one but the best. No matter where you live, there are talented DJs available when you need them at a price point you can afford. On top of recommendations from your peers, an online search of reputable agencies will provide you with a host of terrific DJs to consider.
Hiring a professional DJ can make all the difference when it comes to the success of your event. Whether you’re planning your wedding, coordinating a school or corporate event, or just throwing a good old-fashioned party, you want to hire a DJ that will provide you with the best entertainment value to fit your needs.