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Bands vs. DJs: Booking the Right Entertainment for Your Rincon PR Wedding

10 Jul Bands vs. DJs: Booking the Right Entertainment for Your Rincon PR Wedding

rincon pr weddingNext to the venue and caterer, booking the right entertainment is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your Rincon Puerto Rico wedding, because the music and atmosphere at the reception can definitely make or break a wedding celebration. When it comes down to it, you’ll have to choose between a band or a DJ, but there are a number of factors related to each option that you should take into consideration before making your decision, including cost, space, your personal tastes and how you envision the overall feel of your wedding reception. This may seem like a daunting task, but have no fear; your Puerto Rico wedding planner can help you hash out the pros and cons of hiring a band or DJ for your wedding, so you can ensure that your friends and family members leave the reception with big smiles, great memories and happy feet!

Budget

Generally speaking, wedding bands tend to be more expensive than DJs, which makes sense because they will perform live throughout the night. The cost of a wedding band can be a deal-breaker for some couples, but, if possible, try not to make your decision based on cost alone. While a DJ may be less expensive, some may also have a lackluster stage presence, which could prove to be a mood-killer for your guests.

Space

Always check with the venue before you book your entertainment, because some reception sites may have restrictions on the number of musicians and pieces of equipment you can bring in for the wedding. Electrical power supply and noise limitations are also a factor you should take into consideration. For example, some locations may not be able to accommodate a 12-piece band and others may prohibit the use of large speakers during the reception.

Variety

While it will probably be easy for a DJ to find any track you want played during your wedding, not all wedding bands will be able (or willing) to learn new songs for the reception. Whether you choose a DJ or band, it’s important that they play both slow and fast songs, as well as new and old songs, to encourage different groups of guests to hit the dance floor. When it comes to DJs, their repertoire of music is hard to beat.

Vibe

This is a big one. The overall vibe of the reception is what most of your guests will remember best, and the type of music you choose is what will set the overall tone for your wedding. Do you want a more intimate atmosphere with a charismatic DJ whose emcee skills keep the party going, or a live performance from a wedding band that can read the mood and select music based on the feel of the room? A good bandleader will even act as the master of ceremonies at your reception, interacting with guests both in their seats and on the dance floor.

The Legwork Will Be Worth It…

Whether you and your spouse-to-be settle on a band or DJ for your wedding reception, be sure to get a sneak peek at the entertainment prior to the big event. You can ask to see a taped public performance or attend a dress rehearsal to see how they dress and interact with the crowd, and it’s always a good idea to ask for a play list so you can pick out songs that you love and know you want to hear during your wedding. Getting referrals from the last few weddings the DJ or band performed at can also help you get a feel for how the entertainment worked out, and will help weed out the options that are sure to fall short of your expectations.

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