Should I Hire A Live Band Or DJ For My Wedding?

Live Wedding Band or DJ?

Live Wedding Band or DJ?

When it comes to rating wedding experiences, one thing most people consider is the music. What happens on the dance floor is a sure way to know whether your guests are having a good time or not.

It is, therefore, an important factor to arrange for an outstanding performance. Whether you are settling down for a DJ or investing in a live band, good performance is very necessary. According to a recent survey, about 75% of the people will want to settle for a DJ. Whichever choice you decide to settle for depends on your personal preference.  However, there are certain points to put into consideration whether it’s a party, a wedding or a function.

Cost and Budget

The first thing to consider before settling for a DJ or a Band is the budget. The cost of hiring a DJ in London usually starts from £100 per hour. Bands usually would charge an upward sum of around £1000 to £2000 for an evening performance. The cost of the band always boils down to the size of the band and the amount of equipment and instruments required to be set up.

One of the ways to cut down on the cost is to cut down the number of musicians in the band. You may choose to go for a smaller group to save cost. Revolve provide a unique experience as we have created our very own custom accompaniment tracks for Brass, Keys, Synths which are played live throughout our live performance. This gives us an incredible sound of a full 9 piece arrangement for a fraction if the cost!

Live Wedding Band or DJ?

Live Wedding Band or DJ?

Talent Hunt

Tracking down a great DJ or band begins with asking key individuals, family, and friends for a recommendation. Consulting top venues and clubs can offer some useful information in regards to the performance of DJs and bands. You can check out agency sites such as Last Minute Musicians who have a fantastic collection of Wedding Bands, Party Bands & Function Bands. If you’re in London and looking for a live Wedding Band you may wish to try Revolve. We are your reliable source if you’re looking for a personalised performance at your Wedding or Party.

Conduct live Auditions

The next step is to make a list of all your choice of bands and make out time to pay them a visit. Some bands and DJs can be reached only through their agents and representatives. There are a few questions you need to ask before signing up a DJ or a band. Some of the questions include:

•    Enquire how often they take a break during a performance and what the length of every break is.

•    Is there a provision for recorded music to be played during the break period?

•    Are there any policies in regards to overtime?

•    What is your backup plan in case of emergencies?

Ensure to note all the basic points before jumping into any agreement.

Ensure to see a sample of the work

Before you conclude your signing, endeavour to request for a sample of performance from your intended DJ of Band. There are a lot of receptions in the UK that can accord you the opportunity to have a peek at the events that go on. Keep a special interest on sound, style of performance and appearance. Ensure you like what you see or you may decide to look elsewhere.

Sam Crabtree