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DJ vs Live Music
How big is your budget?
First and foremost, the size of your entertainment budget will immediately rule out whether you can afford to hire a wedding band. A wedding band can cost significantly more than a DJ.
A wedding band can cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 and higher, whereas a professional DJ usually costs from $75-$150per hour.
What kind of music do you want to have at your wedding?
Your decision to hire a band vs. a DJ will also depend on your musical preferences. A DJ will be able to play unlimited different types of music and virtually any song that you request. Wedding bands are available in virtually any genre of music that you could want, but they will each have their own unique signature sound.
How big is the reception hall?
The size of the reception hall is another factor that you must take into consideration. You aren’t going to want to cram the wedding band into a tiny corner—you will need room for several people as well as their instruments and amplifiers.
A band will need more room to set up than a DJ, especially if they have a lot of members. A DJ will only need room for a table, PA speakers and lighting setup.
Drawbacks of Hiring a Band
Drawbacks to hiring a band might be that the band is really only good at playing one sound and might not be good at alternating between playing different types of music.
 One thing to think about is that bands will need to take breaks throughout the night. DJs won’t need to take as many.
If you want to hire a band, you’re going to have to do a bit more planning. Ask if you can see them perform before you decide to hire them.
Make sure to hire a reputable band, otherwise you could end up with a group of amateurs or no-shows!
Benefits of Hiring a DJ
A good DJ should be able to play any song that you or your guests request. A good DJ will have a music library of thousands upon thousands of songs to choose from, and it’s easy for them to buy a song that they might not already have in their collection.
It might be a lot more time-consuming for an entire band to learn a new song that you want them to play if they don’t already have it in their repertoire.
A DJ will cost less to hire and will be about to play through the entire 4-4.5 hours or your receptions without really having to take breaks.
They also act as the emcee for the event, making announcements throughout the night.
You should interview DJs in advance and make sure that they agree that this is part of what they will be doing.
Drawbacks of Hiring a DJ
Some DJs can be boring because they are used to playing the same old songs at every wedding. Hiring a DJ will allow you to choose whatever you want for your playlist, Be sure to interview the DJ before you make your decision, or you could end up with someone who is unprofessional or inexperienced.
Remember, great entertainment is the key to a successful and memorable event. No matter who you decide to go with, skimping on the entertainment is never a good idea.
Whether it’s a band or a DJ that suits your needs best, make sure you do your research and hire someone of quality for your wedding.
   When you sit down with Jerry Daniel of JD DJ Services you will see right away what you’re getting a professional DJ with years of experience and great ideas. A professional DJ that knows how to read the crowd and get everyone up dancing and keep them dancing.
 Being able to play for all age groups is very important , whether you hire a band or a DJ if they can only play to a certain style or genre of music then you are going to be in for a long boring night that will likely have people leaving your event early.

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Covering the Orangeville, Shelburne and surrounding area, JD DJ SERVICES offers years of 
experience in the business with a wide variety of music genres,  

from 50’s & 60’s to today’s top hits.

Our music selection is second to none & geared 
to get everyone up dancing and ensure you and your guests have a great time. 

JD DJ Services is a Proud Member of the Canadian Disc Jockey Association       

The Canadian Disc Jockey Association is the longest running DJ trade association in the world, established in 1976 as an advocate for both DJs and consumers of DJ services. You can trust that any DJ displaying the CDJA logo adheres to professional standards, many of them simple things that you should expect a pro to have.

How Important Is The DJ?


More than 70% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their DJ.
Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the DJ.
During wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their attire, reception site
and caterer. Within one week after their reception, 78% of brides say they would have
made the entertainment their highest priority! When asked 81% of guests say the
thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment. CAUTION: Whether it was
good or bad!!! Don't judge your DJ on price alone. Keep in mind you get what you pay
for when shopping around. Don’t allow your day to be a horror story with DJ based on
price alone. Meet and get to know your DJ before you settle. What they bring to the
table can mean the difference between the worst event of the year or the best!
Even if it’s not me, make sure your DJ fits your needs not just your wallet!

*These statistics were published in Bride & Groom Magazine in 2005. Sources include:
Simmons, 2001; National Bridal Service, 2003; The Knot, 2006; Brides Magazine, 2009.

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