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Wedding DJ or Wedding Band?

Who doesn’t like a kick-ass dance party that lasts until the wee hours of the morning? I know I do, both as a wedding guest and as a photographer. But there’s a decision you need to make when planning your wedding and deciding what type of dance party you’d like to have: should we hire a wedding DJ or wedding band?

You can’t go wrong either way, but read on to find out what’s right for you.


To be honest, there really aren’t any cons to hiring a wedding DJ, so long as you make sure to hire a good one. The best wedding DJs read the room and understand the flow of a wedding so that they can keep the dance floor hopping all night long.

One of the main benefits to hiring a wedding DJ over a band is cost. A DJ is one person, typically with less gear than a band, so it’s going to be cheaper than hiring a full band. Also, a DJ doesn’t necessarily need to take long breaks between sets, and even if they do the music doesn’t stop, which means there’s no interruption in the dance party.

Check out our list of the best wedding DJs in Colorado and be sure to hire one of these folks for your wedding!

should we have a wedding dj or wedding band play our reception?


The only real downside to hiring a live band to play your wedding is cost. A five-piece band means that five people need to get paid, eat dinner and probably have a few drinks as well. Also, a live band can’t play for four hours straight, so there will be intermissions and you’ll need to have a plan in place that doesn’t kill the party.

On the bright side, the energy that a great live band can bring to a wedding reception is on a whole other level. Some of the wildest and craziest dance parties we’ve seen have had live bands and they always make for a night to remember.

If you decide you’d like to hire a live band to play your wedding reception, we recommend checking out this list of the best weddings bands in Colorado!

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Like we mentioned above, only you can decide what’s right for you and your wedding budget. That said, we honestly believe you can’t go wrong either way. So long as you hire one of the amazing DJs or bands on our list, of course!

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