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In addition to choosing the location for your wedding and choosing an elegant setting, choosing the right music for your wedding completely sets the tone for your reception. Are you and your future husband partygoers? You’ll need a DJ to put out their best jams and keep everyone out of their seats. Looking to organize a discreet and intimate sit-down dinner? A good band singing sweet tunes is just the ticket. Here, two wedding planners point out the benefits of both options.

Book a DJ:

The advantage of hiring a DJ is that it is versatile: you can change the tone and the song list throughout the night. “Book a DJ if you want Sinatra over dinner and Top 40 to dance to – and to save a lot of money,” says Lauren Geissler of Downey Street Events. “Pick a DJ that matches your style. Is he an energetic host or the silent type? Can he build a playlist from a few suggestions, or does he need a complete handpicked list? DJs are also known to bring in gifts, such as lights and playful props, so make sure you’re okay with a club vibe on the dance floor.

Choose a group:

“If your main priority is a crowded dance floor, nothing turns a crowd on like live musicians,” says Calder Clark of Calder Clark Designs. “If your budget is tight, hire a local band, like a bluegrass band, and limit the reception to four hours, that will give you a three hour dance set.” Also consider that if you hire a wedding ring, will it rally the crowd as much as your favorite DJ would? And while a more budget-conscious band might not be as versatile, some songs sound better in their original form (“Livin ‘on a Prayer” live? Yes, please!).

-Written by Brides

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