5 Reasons Why a Live Wedding Band May Be Better Than a DJ

Wedding & Party Advice

Planning a wedding can be a great experience, but it can also be a stressful time especially when it comes down to the details like picking out flowers or deciding upon wedding music. The choice between a live wedding band and a DJ can be a tough one. While a wedding DJ might be able to play the original recordings you know, there is nothing like dancing to live music at your wedding. If you want a unique experience, there is no better option than a live band playing front and center at your wedding.

1. A Live Wedding Band Can Bring Nostalgia

Wedding Band Makes Guests Sing with Lead Singer at Wedding

Having live music at your wedding can be a great way to listen to cover songs of all time classics that appeal to all generations at your wedding. With a plethora of wedding bands in Philadelphia to choose from, you can decide what type of music will be at your wedding. Work with the wedding band before your big day, and you can craft the perfect set list of music for your reception.

Consider who will be attending your wedding. Will you have a mix of different ages and generations? A good wedding band will be able to play some songs from many different genres and decades of music, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

2. The Right Band Plays Your Favorite Music

There are some great cover bands in Philadelphia. If you are looking for a specific genre of music, Philly has some great choices.

But you probably want a band that is versatile and flexible. Your guests will have many different musical tastes and you may want a wide range of music from different decades played at your wedding reception.

It’s best to find a live wedding band tailored to your own personal music taste while having a wide range of repertoire they can play for your wedding. The right band for you will already have a great set list for your wedding, and it will not take much effort to tweak that list to your own personal style and music preferences. Don’t be afraid to communicate with bands. Meet with a few different bands, talk to them about your desires, and pick the right one.

3. Feel the Bass and Shake That Groove Thang!

Unique party atmosphere at wedding reception

Although a great and affordable option, a wedding DJ cannot come close to that live music dance vibe most people love when it comes to live music. With the big speakers and live drums, you and your guests can dance the night away just like you were at your favorite live concert. Having a band on-site means having instruments on-site and really feeling the music.

The overall ambiance in the room is just a touch better with a live band, and anybody that loves to dance would agree that dancing to a live drum beat and authentic singer is just more fun than dancing to a few speakers set up around the room. With a live band, you will have a hard time getting yourself, and your guests, off the dance floor! Create a great singalong and dancing experience with live music.

4. A Live Band Can Add Personality and Interaction

Check out this video of one of our bands, Big Ric Rising, creating an unforgettable wedding reception experience at the Artesano Gallery.

Let that lead singer take over the room. A trained musician, he knows how to engage with the audience and when to change up the tempo of the music. While a wedding DJ is usually off in the corner, a band is right up front and in the center of the room and becomes an interactive part of the party. This makes the whole wedding feel a bit more personalized, and guests will usually feel cozier and more engaged with a band than with a wedding DJ.

Wedding DJs will engage with the guests, but a band is more personable and can even come into the dance floor. There are more members in the band to engage with guests, more than just the solo DJ. Guests can make eye contact, and even have discussions with the band during set list breaks, meaning your guests can walk away truly feeling like they attended both a concert and a wedding at the same time. If you want your guests to remember your wedding more than any other, giving them a unique experience with a great band is a surefire way to create moments they will remember forever.

5. Live Bands Have a Fan Base

Most people do not have a favorite DJ, but may have a favorite band! While odds are against you hiring Adam Levine and Maroon 5, if your favorite band is smaller in popularity, you might just be able to hire them to play at your wedding. This would eliminate the stress of picking set lists, as you already know you love most of their music. You could trust that they would perform amazingly at your wedding since you have probably already seen them perform in concert before.

A bonus – you would get to meet and greet with your favorite band. While your wedding is going to be special and memorable no matter what, it would truly be a once in a lifetime opportunity creating wonderful memories if you can get your favorite band to perform live at your wedding. Your guests will talk about it for years to come.

Let a Live Wedding Band Carry the Night Away

There is nothing better than dancing to live music. Feel the bass and the beat of the drums. There are a lot of wedding bands in Philadelphia that can meet your needs, and you should have no problem finding a band to match your favorite genre of music on your big wedding night.

With a little discussion and preparation with the band, you can come up with the perfect set list to dance the night away at your reception, giving you and your guests a memory that will last a lifetime. You might even be able to hire your favorite band, which would truly make your wedding a once in a lifetime experience for not only you but your guests as well.

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Blog Contributed by: Nils Mossblad

Guided by his experience as the bandleader of Philadelphia’s top band, Jellyroll, and President of BVTLive!, Kurt Titchenell has kept dance floors packed and created unforgettable memories for thousands of events nationwide! Widely acclaimed as an entertainment expert, Kurt and BVTLive! have earned the most prestigious accolades in the industry. Most notably were two Jellyroll performances at The White House. Kurt's dedication to the success of every event is evident through his passion for creating the ultimate party experience. As President of BVTLive!, Kurt is committed to making your event a success.