There are a number of considerations
to make when deciding whether you will hire a band or a
Professional DJ Entertainer for your Wedding Reception.
Your choice will be influenced by your budget and by
personal preference as to what kind of music you want
played at your reception. Besides the music, there are
other roles your entertainment should fulfill.
Live Entertainment /
Bands: A quality band experienced
in weddings is always a great choice. They should be able to
perform a wide selection of songs in many different genres
as they will be providing cocktail and dancing music for a
equally wide array of guests. A great wedding band will have
a "front person" who will act as Master of Ceremonies for
your reception. Keep in mind that a band that does not have
experience with Wedding Receptions is
probably not a good choice. They will most likely
not know the proper etiquette and timing required to be successful. A couple of other
cons to also consider...
Really good bands can be
Most every band will have
a limited repertoire of songs they are able to play.
Bands need to take
Professional Disc Jockey
Entertainer: A professional DJ
Entertainer is today's most popular choice. Find one who
specializes in Wedding Receptions. A Wedding specialist must
have a unique set of skills to properly direct and execute a Wedding
reception. Besides programming and playing all of the music,
he will also be your Master of Ceremonies and your event
coordinator. The Professional DJ Entertainer will have a
large music library at his disposal from all decades and
genres to keep all of your guests happy. He will work with
all of your other wedding vendors to make sure that the
event runs smoothly and on schedule. Unless you've hired a
Professional Coordinator, it will be your DJ Entertainer who
will keep things on track according to your wishes.
A few "pros" about selecting
a DJ / Entertainer:
You can hire a "great" DJ
/ Entertainer for usually much less that a "great" band.
The DJ will have a huge
selection of music - the actual songs you and your
guests want to hear rather then "cover" versions.
Anything from Glenn Miller to Lady Gaga. From the 1930's
to songs from today's top 40 chart.
With a Professional DJ,
the music never stops - No breaks!
And now a few cons and
caveats concerning hiring a DJ:
Not all DJs are equal.
There are countless DJ's around, most calling themselves
"professionals" who fall far short of that designation.
Many lack experience, knowledge, talent, music and
technical capability to be a successful wedding DJ.
(Sometimes, they don't even know what they don't know!).
Every DJ will have music, speakers and a microphone, but
that doesn't qualify them to be a Wedding DJ. There are
countless Hobbyists and part-time DJs out there trying
to pass themselves out as "professionals". Don't be
fooled. Make certain you hire a true professional!
You can choose between
solo (single op), small and large DJ companies. Each has
their own set of pros and cons. The smaller the company,
the better chance that your wedding reception will be
more personal and will receive a higher level of
attention. The larger companies employ and book for many
different DJs. They may be handling up to 15 weddings on
a single weekend. How much of their attention can you
expect to receive? You also need to make sure exactly
who your DJ will be. Many companies send a DJ to the
event who have never met the Bride & Groom prior to the
actual reception. There are excellent and poor DJ's
working alone and working for the large companies - make
certain that you have one of the very best for your
special day. The success of your party will depend on
What to look for when
searching for a "Professional" Wedding DJ / Entertainer:
A true professional
should be willing to meet you in person before you book
him (If they cannot be bothered to take time to meet you
in person, they are probably not a very good choice).
Find out how many
weddings that your DJ has performed. What kind of
weddings were they?
The DJ should be able to
provide a number of references including prior clients,
other wedding professionals and venues that you can
As "Emcee" of your event,
the DJ needs to have a clear speaking voice, great
microphone skills and needs to interact well with people
both on and off the mic.
How will the DJ plan and
run your event (how organized is he)? How is this
DJ a legitimate business or a part-time hobbyist? How is his phone answered? Will there be a
contract (a must!)?
Does the DJ provide
liability insurance (very important!)?
Does the DJ truly care
about you and your reception (or is it just another
Is the DJ a member of a
Professional Trade Organization (such as the ADJA)?
Did you know that... Jack is Vice
President and a founding member of the Southeast Michigan
Chapter of the American
Disc Jockey Association? As such, we are aware of most of
the professional DJ / Entertainers in our area. We know who
the good ones are! If we cannot help you ourselves, we know
who can... just ask us.