On top of all the details couples have to plan for their wedding, there’s also the question of how they’re going to keep guests entertained at the reception. We know it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so we’re here to help with some crucial info! First of all, it’s important to take these into consideration: the budget and timeframe of your wedding.

Budget-wise, this will be a huge deciding factor in what you can afford or compromise on for your wedding. Make sure you have a comprehensive list of what you need for the ceremony/reception, the overall budget, and what you’re willing to spend on each part.

Timeframe-wise, you’ll need to keep in mind the date, time, and event length when booking entertainment. Some bands or DJs may only accept work on certain days and for only a certain amount of time. This is why it’s so important to work ahead and reach out to a couple different options to review their policies and prices.

Now, onto the big question: should you hire a band or DJ? We figured a pros and cons list would be the best way to help you decide.

What you should consider when booking a band:

• Pros: Your guests enjoy live entertainment with performers who are hopefully well-versed in how to interact with a crowd. They’ll be able to put a fun spin on popular songs so they’re recognizable to your guests, but they also feel like a fresh rendition. Depending on the theme of your wedding, they may be the better choice for your aesthetic.

• Cons: Bands are often more expensive than a DJ; there’s more equipment and band members to cover. Plus, you’re relying on their talent and repertoire to appeal to the wide age range of your guests. They typically need more space for set up if you’ve booked a venue on the small side.

What you should consider when booking a DJ:

• Pros: You don’t have to worry about a band not knowing a requested song since it will be easy for a DJ to find the track. Typically, they are less expensive than a band, and they will still have their own unique sets and flairs to get the crowd excited. Additionally, they will sometimes offer longer set times than a band since they don’t have to worry about straining their voice.

• Cons: While a band pretty much requires a personable bandleader to set the mood, some DJs rely more heavily on their set instead of interacting with the crowd. Additionally, if your wedding theme, for instance, goes on the more traditional side (like a throwback to the 1920s for example,) then a DJ may seem out of place.

We hope this helps you choose the best entertainment for your wedding and guests’ needs. Luckily, when you book with Hidden Greens Event Venue, we can recommend some entertainment we’ve worked with to help narrow down your choices. Give us a call if you’d like to set up a tour of our beautiful indoor-outdoor venue.