Band Or DJ? Here’s Some Advice To Help You Decide

March 15, 2021

The party typically really gets going once the music starts, especially when it comes to wedding receptions at The Sutherland wedding venue Raleigh. But should you hire a band or a DJ to provide the tunes after you say “I do”?

The party typically really gets going once the music starts, especially when it comes to wedding receptions at The Sutherland wedding venue Raleigh. But should you hire a band or a DJ to provide the tunes after you say “I do”? You know you can never go wrong with music that is being performed live, but on the other hand, a DJ can play a much larger variety of songs. Now that we’ve got you thinking about your two options, we want to share with you a few tips on how to decide between hiring a band or a DJ for your wedding reception at The Sutherland wedding venue Raleigh. Here are a few things to consider before making your final decision:

What Vibe You Are Going For?

The type of music your partner and you pick for the wedding reception can totally help set the overall vibes and tone of your wedding. You want the entertainment to be memorable for your guests while also being a good representation of the bride and groom’s personalities because after all, the music will inspire the ambiance of the rest of the evening. Make sure you have seen your options perform in person so that you know exactly what you are getting. 

The Variety Of Songs Matters

Are you and your partner more into dancing to 70’s disco music, throwback grunge from the 80’s and 90’s, covers of your favorite acoustic songs, shagging to beach music, or boogying to a variety of today’s top hits? The answer to this question could easily help you decide which option to pick. A DJ will be able to take song requests on the spot, and some bands will be able to do so as well to a certain extent. Make sure whichever option you go with, everyone is on the same page about the variety of songs that you want to will be played during your reception.

How Much Space Is Available?

The Sutherland has plenty of space to accommodate either a DJ or a full band, but other wedding venues in Raleigh might not. Obviously a large band will take up more space than a one-man DJ booth, and you want to make sure you leave plenty of room for dancing. So once you have a good idea of how much room can be reserved for the entertainment at your reception, you’ll have a better idea of your options.  

Your Budget Might Decide For You

What the deciding factor inevitably comes down to when planning most weddings is the budget. When comparing pricing, DJs generally cost less - unless you are wanting DJ Pauly D to make an appearance. On the other hand, band prices can vary by the number of musicians in the band, the amount of time you want them to play, the day of the week your wedding is on, and what time of year it is. 

The Sutherland Wedding Venue In Raleigh

In the end, the decision of hiring a band or DJ for your wedding reception can only be made by you and your partner, and maybe your families if they are helping to front the bill. Whichever you choose, The Sutherland wedding venue Raleigh will be more than happy to accommodate your entertainment of choice!

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