Years ago, when tradition reigned, it was unheard of to retain anything but a standard wedding band as entertainment.
But once the disco era evolved and dance club DJs morphed into celebrities, the wedding industry was also transformed.
Nowadays, it’s just as common to hire a DJ service as it is live musicians.
Choosing one over the other is really just a matter of personal taste, with some couples even hiring both, so that the DJ takes over when the wedding band is on breaks.
A good DJ should be specifically experienced with weddings, because aside from spinning tunes, there are of course, certain rituals that must take place, such as the first dance and the father/daughter dance.
He should also be vivacious and personable, because just as the bandleader, he’s the master of ceremonies. It’s up to him to get the party going and keep it flowing at a steady pace.
If you decide to hire a live band instead, the options these days are endless. To narrow it down, focus not only on you and your fiancé’s favorite music, but also on your guest list.
You want everyone attending to join in and have fun on the dance floor, so if you are huge fans of heavy metal – well, you may want to rethink that!
A few entertainment ideas to consider for your wedding include:
Pick a decade of music – 40s, 50s, 60s -- and there’s a wedding band that specializes in it!
Rock comes in many forms, so if your crowd loves southern sounds, there’s a band for that. All acoustic or blues? There’s a wedding band out there that can handle that too.
Tribute bands offer the sounds of one particular genre or group. Examples include an all-Beatles, all-Rolling Stones or all-Greenday band.
Single tribute acts are also fun to add to your wedding entertainment. Surprise guests who are fans of Jimmy Buffet, Elvis Presley or Madonna with a special performance.