Important things to know when deciding on hiring a Live Band or DJ for your Wedding Reception
What’s the best form of entertainment for your wedding reception, a Disc Jockey or a live band? Hands down it is going to be a live band! A live band lets your guests know this is a true special ocasion worthy of a live performance. A live band has far more energy and entertainment value than only having a Disk Jockey because the band members are putting on a show as well as performing live and the live get-up-and-go of the band often gets people dancing far more than a Deejay. Sadly, its not the joyful union of you and your fiance that your guests remember most but the entertainment of the reception. You will hear many more congratulates on the band you hired than you will compliments on what a splendid ceremony it was, and you will rarely hear compliments on what an unbelievable Disk Jockey that guy was. Entertainment is instrumental to a fabulous party.
Some proponents of DJs will say that live music has a small song list but this is a fallacy as most pro live bands have over 16 hours or more of music and can easily pick and choose the best songs based on crowd response to assure that the dance floor stays packed and the energy never fails. Also, bands act as a Disk Jockey on band breaks and this is a great time to have them play some of your favored tunes that might not be in their set list. Also, during breaks should be when you do all your wedding activities such as bouquet and garter toss, cutting the cake , and best man toasts. This keeps the party rolling while the band rests in between sets and the remainder of time left on break can be filled with the band DJing your favorite dance tunes. You can also have the best of both worlds with a live band DJing tunes on their breaks by having the band Disk Jockey special types of music for relations of particular ethnic groups that may be at the party such as Jewish, Latin, Greek, or whatever style of music your special ethnicity of guest chooses.
Live bands vary in how pro they are as much as they vary in styles that they play. Make sure you take a look at the band’s song list to see if it is ample and it should have a good assortment of music from all eras. A band that has been around for a long time will know which tunes work best at getting people on the dance floor in the wide-ranging age groups at wedding receptions and will know which tunes are loved across all age groups. An instance would be Lady Marmalade by Patti Labelle which is just as effective at getting teenagers out shaking it as it is getting 50 year olds on the dance floor. A good live performance will have all this information ahead of time and will wield it like the hand of Thor in keeping your reception hopping through the entire night. Also, most pro wedding bands will have a band leader that acts as Master of Ceremonies announcing the bride and groom, the wedding party, cutting of the cake and bouquet and garter toss. Check to make sure that the band has an emcee that will do this for you.
There is only one drawback of a great live band. The cream of the crop of variety bands will invariably be more high-priced than one man spinning tunes. Great variety bands can be anywhere from 00 to ,000 for the best variety bands and DJs can be anywhere from 0 to 00. Most of the time, you usually get what you pay for. More expensive bands get a much higher price because of the fabulous live show they put on. They normally sound a lot better and have much more wow factor than more low-cost bands.
To sum up, a fabulous variety band will give you a much more successful reception than a Deejay by an amazing live performance and can also act as a DJ playing specific obscure tunes you may want that are not on the bands song list. The band leader will know the best songs to play and what time during the night to play them and can also act as Master of Ceremonies. If youve got the funds, the obvious selection here is a live band for your wedding reception.
Ron Ronhaar is the owner and leader of the “The Grooves” which is one of the famed Austin bands well known for their ability to get keep the dance floor packed all night with hit favorites from all eras. He has performed with several Austin cover bands for a living in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and across Texas for weddings, corporate parties, society parties and fund raisers since 1991. To see his band in action, visit the band’s live video here: Austin Texas bands