Some people will tell you that the key part of any great wedding is the delicious food, others will tell you that the perfect venue with a breathtaking view should be the focal point of any wedding planning. The list is endless. But for me, it was the music.
Having attended a lot of weddings in my time, the thing that always caught my attention was people’s reaction when a certain song was being played. Music has the ability to move people and bring about all kinds of emotions in them. It can also make them let loose on the dance floor and create everlasting memories.
With that in mind, I found myself at a crossroads when the time came to plan my own wedding. I knew for sure that all my planning should be centered on finding just the perfect musicians to make my special day really memorable.
I had two options:
Even though I had the prejudice of DJ’s being loud and obnoxious playing songs that are completely inappropriate for a wedding such as the Macarena, ChaCha, Slide or YMCA, my opinion changed dramatically when I heard the wedding DJ NJ two years ago. I realized that today’s DJs are artists in their own right, offering eclectic mixes of musical styles for all ages.
The great thing with DJ’s is that you can create your wedding playlist, with all the special songs you and your loved one relate to and they will arrange those songs in a way to make your wedding flow seamlessly. They can also work in small spaces without a lot of equipment and keep the music going during the entire night.
This does require a lot of work though. You need to think about which songs should be played during the ceremony, the reception, entrance song, first dance song, bouquet/garter toss songs, last dance, etc.
You also need to think about the so called “Do Not Play” list of all the songs that would smear your special day.
It seems as though nothing can get guests excited and create a sense of sophistication and elegance like a live wedding band. A great bandleader possesses not only musical talent but also talent for interacting with people on the dance floor, paying attention to the “feel” of the room and selecting the music accordingly.
Live music is more emotional, which is what the day is all about. And the dramatic presentation should also be considered. Wedding bands with musicians, vocalists, and all those instruments make a great impression on the guests.
However, 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.
Many bands won’t give you the option of choosing your own playlist.
Having all this knowledge after careful research, I opted for a DJ for the simple reason that me and my husband’s music taste is very particular. Not a lot of people listen or know the songs that we hold so dear. Songs, without which, our wedding would have been incomplete, if we had hired a wedding band.
We had the most amazing DJ who incorporated our songs into the program perfectly and who made everyone kill it on the dance floor till the early hours.