When planning your wedding, there are various elements of the day that will influence the overall atmosphere. While lighting and decorations are one key area, another is that of your music. Tied strongly to our emotions, music can tug at the heart strings and bring fond memories swimming to the surface.
You'll no doubt already have had discussions with your partner on your choice of tune for the all-important first dance, but have you considered how your music will play?
A good DJ will be able to read the room and sense whether your guests are in need of a slow dance or a fist pumping tune.
When it comes to setting the mood for your reception, a DJ or a live band can both do the job, but generally only one will be the right fit for your big day.
There's nothing quite like a live band to give proceedings a little bit of ambiance. You can choose your band to suit your theme, from some soulful jazz crooning, to a laid-back acoustic set. Big band sounds are usually ideal to get your guests onto the dance floor.
Before you shake hands on it, make sure you nail down costs, remembering that some will charge from the moment they arrive until they pack down. Don't forget to ask about overtime, in case the party goes on longer than planned.
Once you've scouted out a potential band, see if you can head along to a performance, and try visualise how they'll fit into the overall feel of your wedding. You can also check YouTube or Vimeo for videos of past performances to give you an idea of what to expect.
It's important to bear in mind that the more popular a band is, the further you'll need to book them in advance. Bridal Guide recommends starting your search for the perfect musicians up to six months before the day.
The obvious advantage with a DJ is the unlimited access to some of your favourite songs of all time. Fancy a bit of Earth Wind and Fire's 'September' before the latest Maroon 5 track? Done and done.
A good DJ will also be able to read the room, as it were, to sense whether your guests are in need of a slow dance or a fist pumping tune.
A DJ will also cost less, which could be an important factor in your decision after factoring expenses for your wedding dress and venue.
Keep your eye out for disk jockeys with a stage personality – they can easily act as an MC if you need, to stir your attendees into a dancing frenzy. A less-than-average DJ can potentially bring the mood down, so apply the same selection criteria as with choosing a live band.