The entertainment industry has evolved rapidly over the past few decades, due in no small part to revolutionary breakthroughs in technology – and, as such, the wedding entertainment business has evolved with it. But in such uncertain times, and in such a competitive climate, it’s easy to be fooled by untruths and lies. Are wedding bands becoming redundant thanks to the infinite number of tunes a wedding DJ can access at a fraction of the cost whilst using a fraction of the space, and with a lot more control over volume? Are DJs actually necessary at all, just maintaining a constant flow of pre-recorded music, with none of the magic nor any of the spectacle of a live performance? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding ‘no’ – read on to find out more about what the score really is in the wedding music world:
Live Wedding Bands Are Not Too Loud
Agreed, nobody wants to be sat with their head next to the big bass drum – but a wedding band who knows what they’re doing won’t allow this to happen. Experienced players will know how to pitch themselves in relation to the acoustics of the room they’re in, and will know there’s a high probability of elderly relatives. Amps and PAs can have their volumes turned down to be in accordance with your venue’s sound restrictions and your guests’ aural sensitivity, less aggressive songs can be chosen, and drummers with knowledge and control can use bunch sticks, brushes, electronic kits, cajons or just play quieter.
DJs Aren’t Always Cheaper
DJing is a rich, if relatively recent, art form, with a wide variety of skills and styles involved. And presiding over a roomful of friends and family drunk on love and Prosecco is an art form in its own right. Pro wedding DJs will be aware of the challenges that entertainers face – but will also know how to work the room like a treat. This is what you’re paying for – a fun, memorable evening of music and dancing. And an expensive (and therefore likely experienced) wedding DJ will be well versed in witty banter and know how to handle any request thrown at them, so you’ll be in safe, fun to watch hands. On the other end of the scale, you can often hire yourself a professional solo musician, like a guitarist, pianist or harpist, for significantly less than a top-end wedding DJ – so don’t feel like your choice has to be limited.