If you’re hiring a band, expect to pay a lot of money. Many musicians cost more than just one musician. And a band won’t know every single song you like. Find out which songs they do well. And expect the songs to sound different than the way they sound in your CD collection. Bands like to add their own personal touches to the music they play.
If you have a more modest entertainment budget, a DJ is an excellent option. A DJ’s music is always on key, and it’s exactly as you remember it. He/she has a much bigger song selection. He/she doesn’t take a 30-minute break every time the dance floor is just getting full. And — this is important — he/she can turn the volume down if it’s too loud for you.
The most expensive DJ’s will probably bring a much bigger sound system than you need, and play it at much higher volume than you need. Too many of them also spend a lot of time on the microphone, talking and singing over the music, because they believe you’re paying extra for their personality. The truth is, your DJ shouldn’t be the center of attention at your reception. He should be a professional master of ceremonies when it comes to handling your introductions, special dances, cake cutting, garter/bouquet and other special announcements. But he must also have the discipline to turn off the microphone and let the music do the work when it’s time to dance.
Remember, if you pick all of your dance music in advance, and you don’t let your guests make requests, the entire reception will become a concert for the bride and groom, and the guests will feel cheated. And they’ll leave early, with a bad memory of your reception. As we said earlier, your reception is a party you throw for your friends. Let them have a good time, too.