DJ vs. Band: Tips From a Raleigh Wedding Planner

by | Sep 6, 2017 | Tips

Feature photo by Danell Beede Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh wedding planner and florist.


One of the biggest questions I get asked by brides is whether they should go for live music or a DJ, and there is really no clear answer! There are a lot of things to consider before you decide which music choice is right for your event, such as your audience’s taste in music, what you and you fiance would like to hear, what type of ambiance you want your event to have, etc. Here is a bit more information on your options that will help you make a decision!


Bridal Party Bubble Dance

Photo by Casey Rose Photography


Disc Jockeys

Having a DJ at your wedding has a lot of great benefits, one of which being that you’ll get someone to guide the crowd and tell them what they need to know. You certainly have more control when you go with a DJ, because you get to talk to them about exactly which songs you would like played and when.



  • Cheaper: prices can range anywhere from $1000 to $1600
  • Variety: the music styles are way more diverse with a DJ
  • Requests: DJs can be interactive, allowing you and your guests to make special song requests
  • Direction: it’s nice to have someone there to tell the guests what’s going on where, like announcing your entrance, for instance
  • Constant music: the music will play from the start of the event until the end, even if the DJ needs to step away for a moment


Questions to Ask

Can you play/not play these songs?

What type of songs do you usually play?

In which order?

Can I listen to you live first?

What is your usual time frame?

Can you censor some songs?

How long is set up/strike?

Do you have wedding experience?


Bride Groom Reception Venue Entrance

Photo By Thirteenth Moon Photography LLC



The appeal of having a live band at your wedding is pretty obvious, especially if you know which style of music you and your fiance both want to hear all throughout the wedding. They are amazing at keeping a party alive and full of energy, and they also bring the wow factor! However, the more popular your wedding band is, the more expensive they will be, so it’s important to do a lot of thorough research first.



  • Pricey: bands can cost anywhere from $4000 to $10,000 depending on who you book
  • Less variety: typically they will have a few genres that they are most comfortable playing
  • Ambiance: bands can really liven up a room with their high energy and stage presence
  • Breaks: the performers will need a break at some point depending on how long the event lasts, which can mean a gap in music


Questions to Ask

What are your break times?

Can I listen to you live first?

How many songs?

Can you play/not play these songs?

How long is set up/strike?

Do you have references?


Wedding Toast

Photo by Danell Beede Photography


It’s important that you read your contract carefully before you hire, and remember, a good wedding planner is always happy to take care of selecting great vendors and reviewing their terms for you!




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