DJ’s to a live band experiences: we have exactly what you are looking for!
Here are some suggestions to think about before deciding what suits you best.
Music can make or break a celebration and so will your DJ or band leader. It’s the heart and soul of a reception or event. Finding one is a matter of polling friends, surfing online, shopping around with fine-tuned ears, and making a move quickly — top talent can get booked up to a year in advance. We can help you choose the style of entertainment you want. We have many professionals that will make you swoon, keep your toes tapping or evoke a sentimental memory to be treasured.
What type of entertainment you chose is what suits your personal taste, budget, space allowances, guest demographics, and killer dance moves best?
Keep an open mind, and consider these issues to start your search.
The type of music you choose will set the tone of your wedding or event. What musical genre best reflects the ambiance you want to create. Is it groovy funk or subdued string quartet? The way the music is delivered by live band or DJ, also affects the ambiance. Be sure to play slow and fast songs, and old and new tunes to encourage different sets of guests to hit the dance floor.
Budget – Prices vary whether if it’s a weekday, weekend or the time of the year. In the price war, DJs generally cost less and will depend on the type and amount of equipment being used. A 9 piece band will be more expensive than a DJ, since there are more people to pay. Band prices vary by the number of musicians and the amount of time you want them to play.
Space – Check if the event site has any restrictions on the number of musicians and pieces of equipment that can be brought in. Are there any electrical power supply or noise limitations?
Pros: Live music is, well, live.
Cons: Bands can be more expensive than DJs. Also, no matter how great the band, they can’t have the repertoire of a standard DJ, who can keep a huge variety of music on hand.
Pros: Dozens of songs won’t be a problem. They are generally less expensive than bands. Charismatic stage presence and excellent emcee skills can really set the mood and keep the party going.
Cons: On the opposite end of the spectrum, a DJ with a less-than stellar personality can be a party-killer.
Ask to see a video, public performance or ask for referrals from the last few weddings or events.
Ask for a playlist, and look for songs you know and love.
If a band gives you a CD or video, be sure that the musicians you hear or see are the same musicians who will be playing at the event.
Consider your first-dance song a test. If the band doesn’t know it and is unwilling to learn it, or the DJ doesn’t own it and is unwilling to get it, move on.
Music has a vast array of choices, let our professionals provide you with the best entertainment around.