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Hiring a Band vs. Hiring a DJ

Event planning always involves entertainment choices. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event or a family reunion, you have to ask yourself:

Your choices may come down to budget and preference. But when it comes to music, consider all your options before deciding. The music you choose sets the tone for your event. It not only encourages dancing, but it also helps your guests break the ice to start conversations. Music is essential for successful event planning.

Why Hire a Disc Jockey

Hiring a disc jockey often costs less than hiring a full band. But you get what you pay for. If you hire a DJ, meet him before your event, to make sure you’re both on the same page about what music to play… and what music not to play. Most DJs have an extensive selection of music, so if you are set on a dozen or so songs, the DJ likely has them already (or can acquire them for your event).

Get a sample of the DJ’s voice and personality — since both will be on full display at your event. An appealing personality can add life to your event beyond the responsibility of spinning the right tunes. A sense of humor can keep everything light and fun. Pay extra if you must to secure a dynamic presence.

Of course, hiring a DJ instead of a band has its down side. The DJ is the master of the music. If you find out too late that he’s enamored of some form music you don’t like — disco or punk, hip-hop or country — that’s a problem. If the DJ doesn’t honor requests from your guests, that’s a problem. If he talks over the music or insinuates himself into the event, that’s a problem. If he’s anything but professional, in fact, that’s a problem. Vet your DJ before giving him your stage.

Why Hire a Band

Live music is almost always a better choice. Whether you hire a full orchestra, a swing band, a jazz ensemble, a four-piece string band, a three-piece rock group or anything in between, the sound and energy of live people playing music gets the crowd moving and your guests dancing. Of course, depending on the size and quality of the band, they’ll cost more than a single DJ. But if you budget for it in the event planning stage, you’ll be able to hear and see the difference live music makes.

Professional musicians can adapt quickly to any situation. They don’t have to go searching a database or flipping through 45s. They can start playing a new number with a cue from the band leader. And a live band can extend or shorten any song to fit the circumstances. If you really want to impress your guests, then a live band is the way to go.

In addition to the extra cost, however, bands often excel at playing one genre of music. They may not know the song or songs you really want to hear. They can only play the songs they already know. Another disadvantage is the lack of a master of ceremonies that a good DJ brings with him. A band might be composed of terrific musicians, but the band leader may not be the charismatic host you also require.

Tough Decision

Choose the music source that’s right for your event. Regardless which you choose, remember that Hendersonville Tents rents sound systems. You can get speakers, microphones and more when you get pick up the rest of your party supplies.

Hendersonville Tents Party and Event Rentals is a family-owned and operated company. 2015 marks the 31st anniversary of providing tents, tables, chairs, pipe and drapes, tableware, games, specialty lighting, PA systems… everything you need to host a memorable outdoor event. Hendersonville Tents Party and Event Rentals provides a personal touch to your party. Whatever your needs, Hendersonville Tents Party and Event Rentals has got you covered.

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