Wedding day is one of the most special days for couples. That’s why they start preparing months before this big day. And one of the most important things to plan for is the wedding music. At that point arises the question of whether a DJ or an orchestra would suit the wedding better. In fact, both options have their advantages and points to consider. We compiled some themed wedding music ideas for those planning to tie the knot soon...
What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a DJ for your wedding?
Hiring a DJ has always been a popular option when it comes to weddings. There are many reasons for this. First of all, a DJ comes cheaper than a whole orchestra. Plus, there is no limit in what a DJ’s playlist can offer. And this unlimited range of options can respond to any request by the happy couple or the guests, from traditional songs and romantic ones to belly dance music. If you are looking for a playlist that will accompany many different kinds of dances whether in an indoor or outdoor venue, then a DJ set will do just fine. Moreover, hiring a DJ will guarantee non-stop music throughout the wedding, even in times when people didn’t really like a song playing, as it’s very easy for a DJ to switch between songs. The only thing you should consider when choosing your DJ is that you should find the right DJ for the right music. So make sure to take a look at the playlist before agreeing to a DJ. Everything proceeds systematically with a DJ from the entrance music and the first dance to other dance tunes. Nothing is left to chance to ensure a smooth run from the first song to the last. And if you have a specific song request you can tell the DJ about it beforehand. In short, hiring a DJ is pretty advantageous as a DJ set can meet any request regardless of the wedding concept.
And here are the points to consider...
You should learn about the musical background and history of the DJ you’re planning to hire.
Don’t be shy about sharing your ideas with the DJ for the entrance, the first dance, and all other moments.
You should definitely check out a few songs from the DJ’s playlists.
You should learn if the DJ can accommodate different requests that may come as surprise during the wedding.
The guest profile and the wedding concept should be made clear to the DJ.
If the sound system will be provided by the DJ, make sure that it is technically sufficient and suitable for the atmosphere.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiring an orchestra for your wedding?
Orchestras are often not the first choice. This is because they are a bit more expensive. On the other hand, not all orchestras can make smooth switches like DJs. But what’s really important is that the wedding’s tempo should raise and slow down step by step. However, there may be times when rapid switches will be needed as some guests may suddenly come up with a song request. To avoid such risks, hiring a DJ would be a better idea than hiring an orchestra.
It is quite important to have a correct idea about the wedding’s socio-cultural structure and profile before deciding on an orchestra. Orchestra types are not limited to wedding bands though; you can also prefer bands which make concept music that fits different kinds of events. But still, it is kind of hard to find a band which can start with, say, Beethoven and wrap up with folk music. Yet, if you’re looking for a wedding-oriented orchestra (a band which only plays wedding songs) there are plenty of options out there. Bands which play many different types of music, on the other hand, are not that easy to find as we said. Therefore, it’s better to start looking for an orchestra only after deciding your wedding concept. For outdoor or countryside weddings, you can prefer bands which are known for romantic songs. But for indoor weddings you may want to hire an orchestra which will jazz up the atmosphere with upbeat dance music.
And here are the points to consider...
You should learn about the musical background and history of the orchestra you’re planning to hire.
You should carefully check out the repertoire.
You should learn if surprise song requests can be met or not.
A demo day should be arranged with the orchestra or their previous work should be watched/listened to.
And if you have a specific song request you can tell the orchestra lead about it beforehand.
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