How To Decide Between A Live Band Or A DJ For Your Wedding

How To Decide Between A Live Band Or A DJ For Your Wedding

Are you planning a wedding and struggling on deciding between a live band or a DJ? Many couples find it difficult to choose between a band or a DJ for the big day. That is because there are pros and cons to both. The good news is that the team at Nanina’s In The Park is here to help you make the best decision for you! Keep reading for tips on how to choose who plays the music on your wedding day.

What Is Your Budget?

The first question to ask yourself when you are trying to decide is how much money you want to spend. A live band will typically be more expensive than a DJ. The average live band for a wedding can cost around $4,500, while a DJ typically costs around $1,000.

Does Your Wedding Have A Theme?

Another question to ask yourself is whether your wedding has a theme. If you have a Great Gatsby-style wedding, then choosing a band that specializes in music from that era is a great option. How closely you want to have the music from your wedding match your theme can help you decide between a live band and a DJ.

Does Your Venue Have Any Restrictions?

Venue restrictions are also something to consider. Live bands typically take up more space than a DJ, so you should check with your venue to make sure that the reception space can accommodate live music. Having a quick conversation with your venue’s wedding coordinator might make the decision very easy for you!

What Type Of Vibe Do You Want To Create For The Wedding?

Another thing you should think about is what type of vibe you are trying to create for your wedding. Do you want a romantic, sophisticated, and intimate aesthetic for your wedding? If so, a live band might be the way to go. If you are trying to have a big blowout bash to celebrate your nuptials and have a lot of people eager to dance the night away, a DJ might be the way to go.

Can You Do Both?

The good news is that if budgets and space allow, you can do both! You can have a live band or string quartet play music during the cocktail and dinner hour and then switch to a DJ later in the evening so you can get the dance floor rocking.

Dance The Night Away At Nanina’s In The Park!

It doesn’t matter if you choose a live band or a DJ for your wedding, if you are looking for the perfect place to have your reception, Nanina’s In the Park is it. Our elegant ballroom is the perfect place for your reception, whether you have a string quartet, rock band, or a DJ dropping hits all night. If you are interested in learning more about our stunning wedding venue or would like to schedule a tour, contact us today!


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