Throwing it out and getting it back " DJ or live band? |

Throwing it out and getting it back " DJ or live band?


If you’re getting married, you’re having a party.

If you’re having a party, you gotta have music.

If you gotta have music, you need a DJ or a band.

So which one?

If you’re having a mountain wedding ” and if you’re getting married in any of the region’s resort communities, you are ” and you’re likely not going to get the Rolling Stones or the New York Philharmonic, even though members of both frequent the area.

So we called around to some entertainment companies in the area looking for a little advice. They told us it all depends on what you want:

– Affordability: DJs win hands down. A DJ will run you somewhere in the neighborhood of $125 per hour. Live bands will cost you around $400 an hour.

– Flexibility: When you tell them you want something different, DJs can shift on the fly without much of a flinch. Some might fuss a little; some will try to be funny and they aren’t, but it’s easier to change CDs than trying to convince country band to play “No Woman No Cry.”

– Controllability: Did you ever try tell a band to turn down the volume? Did you ever get one to do it without being at knifepoint? Point to the DJ.

– Atmosphere: Nothing beats live music if you’re throwing a party, and you are. Lots of wedding planners we talked to won’t book anything except live bands. They say it’s worth every dime. Cut somewhere else and kick up your heels to the diving percussion. Whether it’s a flute player during the ceremony, a jazz band during the dinner, or a rock band during the reception, those in the business unanimously agree live music encapsulates the moment more than a DJ ever could.

A band needs to know between 500 and 1,000 songs to keep everyone happy during a four-hour wedding reception, but most bands worth their guitar strings know at least that many.

So, the consensus is that if you can’t afford a band, a DJ will provide the fun you want.

If you can afford a band, you can’t beat the energy that comes from a live performance. That energy, you can’t read it on a piece of paper, and you can’t hear it in a CD. Live music is reciprocating; they throw it out and you throw it back.

It sounds an awful lot like marriage.

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