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BVTLive Answers: Has Anybody Rented Both a DJ and a Live Band for a Wedding?

Advice From Pros and Brides, Wedding & Party Bands

Deciding on the perfect entertainment option for your special day is a big question for couples to decide on. The age old debate between having a live band or a DJ at your wedding may be tough for music lovers who see the advantages of both.

So, has anybody rented both a DJ and a live band for a wedding?

Live bands will add personality and interaction to your dance floor. The great ones will also play and learn any songs for your wedding. DJs will be able to play and mix the original recordings from classics to Top 40, EDM and Hip Hop.

If you see the pros of both a live band and a DJ, why not have both?

Tips On Having Both a DJ and a Live Band at Your Wedding

The average wedding lasts anywhere from six to seven hours between the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception. Music and entertainment plays a large part in making your wedding day exciting for your guests.

Plenty of couples choose to have both a live band and a DJ at their wedding. One of BVTLive’s lovely brides, Lindsay, recently had a gorgeous Philadelphia wedding at The Bellevue where she had the Eddie Bruce Experience and DJ Jon Gill at her reception. Guests danced the night away, with an alternating mix of relentless dance music performed by the band and DJ Jon Gill.

One important thing to consider when contemplating booking both a live band and a DJ is the order in which they will perform. BVTLive’s dance bands are known for getting people out onto the dance floor and creating interaction with guests. Many of our couples choose to either have the band and DJ alternate throughout the night, or save the DJ for later in the evening when you don’t want the party to stop.

Typically if the couple wants to save the DJ for later in the night, the live band will perform for about the first few hours of the reception, and then switch over to the DJ for the rest of the evening or alternate sets through out the reception.

What is Your Budget?

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The question that you have to ask yourself when looking for what kind of entertainment best suits your wedding is: what is your budget?

DJs are typically a more affordable option, and live bands generally cost a little more. If you are trying to stick to a strict budget, it may be more realistic to just choose one entertainment option. If you are willing to pay more for some fabulous wedding day music options, then why just choose one? Keep in mind that the incredible dance floor experience that you will get from having both a live band and DJ is priceless.

Advantages of Having Both a Live Band and a DJ at Your Wedding

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All of our live bands at BVTLive are wedding professionals who consult with couples before their big day to determine exactly what their music taste is and how they imagine their wedding night going. Our bands will also develop custom playlists for each couple, with the addition of learning three-to-four new songs that are not included on their extensive song lists.

If you love EDM or Hip Hop music, a DJ is a great option to play some of those beat-heavy, electronic tunes that you love.

A mix of both a live band and a DJ is an absolute dream for couples who want to have an unforgettable wedding. Not only will your live band get the dance floor packed with guests and create an amazing atmosphere, you can have the flexibility of your DJ playing the original versions of the songs you love.

DJ Fusion and DJ Blend Options

For couples who want the flexibility of having both a DJ and a live band and want to spend a little less on entertainment, BVTLive has some great options for you.

Two of our live bands, Deja Blue and City Rhythm, have talented band members who can also perform as a DJ at your reception for no additional cost. If you book either of these bands, we will work with you to determine exactly what you want to make it the wedding of your dreams!

Another option that we offer to couples is our DJ Fusion and DJ Blend. Our DJ Fusion is typically live musicians playing along with a DJ. Check out this great video of an example of DJ Fusion. This video features DJ Gaetano with Michael Romeo on Drums, and Nils Mossblad on saxophone at the 70s themed holiday party for the staff of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia.

Our DJ Blend options typically include solo musicians playing at your ceremony and cocktail hour, and then transitioning to a DJ at your reception.  The options are limitless when it comes to DJ Blend weddings, so check out this video from a wedding in June of 2017 at the Manor House at Commonwealth featuring BVTLive Strings for the ceremony and cocktail hour followed by the reception with DJ Linx with fusion by Lisa Sebastian and Edgardo Cintron.

Final Thoughts

If you are interested in booking one of our live bands, DJs or specialty acts, contact us now. Here at BVTLive, we pride ourselves on making your wedding day dreams come true!

Caroline Kinsley is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware. With a degree in media communications, Caroline’s passions are marketing and journalism. Before joining the BVTLive team, Caroline interned at Delaware Today Magazine. Caroline also writes for a Philadelphia based wedding blog, Yeah Weddings. Caroline joins our BVTLive team as the marketing specialist and helps with writing blog content, updating social media profiles, editing video footage, and assisting the marketing director. Caroline has always had a passion for the wedding planning process, being the daughter of an event planning executive.

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