Reasons for Having a Live Band Instead of a DJ or iPod Playlist at Your Wedding

Live bands make weddings more memorable and interactive, and leave a lasting impression on wedding guests. Live bands also create atmosphere and ambiance, adding a level of sophistication and glamour to a wedding, rather than feeling like a high school disco complete with casually dressed DJ and tunes such as ‘Y-M-C-A’. Live performers are generally easier than iPod playlists can often turn into wedding disasters due to their logistics, or simply be unimpressive and a bit of a ‘let down’. It’s not as simple as ‘pressing play’ on an i pod. What PA system will the i pod be plugged into? Do you have the correct cable adapter to fit their system? Does it have a mixer board to prevent feedback and ‘screeches’?

Is the sound system at the venue (if they even have one) powerful enough to fill the reception venue and allow all the guests to hear the speeches? Who will be manning the i pod throughout the evening to pause it during speeches, press play for the bouquet toss, press pause for the cutting of the cake, press play on the correct first dance song etc. It’s actually a huge responsibility, do you really want to put that pressure on a friend or family member? Jazz Fever offers professional DJ services including MC-ing at very reasonable prices.

Live bands are reasonably inexpensive when you consider how integral a part they play to the success of a wedding. Moreover you can usually get 4-5 professionally trained musicians for the same cost as one DJ. Wedding reception music is arguably the worst aspect to scrimp on as research shows they are one of the main factors that influence a guests’ enjoyment at a wedding. Live bands can cater the repertoire to reflects the couple’s personal taste and style, and play their favourite songs.

Live bands are better than a DJ or iPod playlist because they add that ‘wow’ factor and sense of occasion. Their repertoire can be customized to the age of guests in attendance. Live bands are good because they can accommodate a particular wedding theme eg the band can dress in 1920’s attire if you are having a Jazz Age themed wedding. If you ask most people, they would tend to agree that live bands generally look more impressive to have 4-5 people on stage rather than one underdressed DJ. Moreover bands take approximately half an hour to setup and pack up their equipment, whereas a DJ takes at least one hour. Lastly live bands can bring personality and stage presence, and the Band Leader can also double as MC. This can save couples a significant amount of money and help keep their wedding under budget.