Choosing Your Wedding Music: Live Band, DJ or Both?

Wedding music - decisions, decisions, decisions. Will it be a live band, or a DJ? How about both? In this article we explore all the options for your perfect wedding soundtrack.

Choosing Your Wedding Music: Live Band, DJ or Both?
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Choosing music for your wedding is much more than a matter of preference. It is not simply a question of choosing a playlist; there are many decisions you have to make. First of all, you will probably face the age-old question – is it better to have a DJ or a live band for the soundtrack of your big day. Both choices will be successful as long as you choose professionals – experience is essential!

Credits: Miracle-Moments Wedding Photography

However, the important thing is that they are clear about what kind of entertainment they provide, because a DJ and a live musician will perform in different ways and create different atmospheres.

Credits: Laura Lees Photography

The new trend for your wedding music

In this post, we do not want to go over the pros and cons of the two solutions. Rather, we will show you a third way that is becoming a real trend for wedding parties. Recently, more and more couples are choosing to combine the DJ set with live music. Usually, they get a live band – a jazz repertoire is a classy choice – for the aperitif and have the DJ for the highlight of the party. This way, you can create an intimate, welcoming situation for your guests and then let them have a blast on the dance floor!

But if you want to add a touch of originality to your wedding party, then your choice could fall on a duo: DJ plus live musician. This is a different situation where the musician and the DJ set merge into one. Together, the DJ and the musician will provide a new and, above all, unique sound to your favourite songs.

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No one could provide this DJ – Live Musician hybrid better than Gruppo Arechi. They can provide you with every music style you could name, and the best in the business at that.

If you are hosting a destination wedding in Italy, Gruppo Arechi should be your port of call. Thanks to its experience performing in concerts and organising events around the world, this team offers you the opportunity to enjoy some unforgettable entertainment on your wedding day. They are well known for their talents across the globe and have performed at events for many famous people. The renowned Gruppo Arechi boasts incomparable musical talents through performances that will enhance your wedding, giving it a unique and special atmosphere.

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Likewise, if you have chosen a beautiful city in Portugal, or a breezy Portuguese coast, you will want to contact DJ Beecuts. This team have years of experience, and with extensive musical knowledge and understanding of the crowd, DJ Beecuts ensures that your party will always be lively by observing and adapting easily to the mood of the bridal couple and their guests. His music collection covers a variety of styles and is carefully prepared to please all generations present at your wedding.

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Another great option is Music&Co., an organisation specialising in providing music services and lighting solutions for their bridal couples. They are based in Tuscany and are well known for their professionalism and high level of expertise. They will accompany you with a wide range of music on your big day – ranging from jazz, gospel, classical, pop, renaissance music to piano bar sounds.

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The perfect entertainment

We also highly recommend ProfessionalWeddingDJ for our brides and grooms who are getting married in Italy. There are many eclectic possibilities: DJ & sax duo, DJ & percussion duo (the most popular instruments to perform with alongside a DJ) and DJ & electric violin duo (a new combination). But be careful: there is a fine line between perfect entertainment and absolute disaster if you do not choose two musicians who complement each other.

Credits: Kate Chruscicka – a wonderful option for your violinist in the UK!

It is not just about choosing a good DJ and a good musician. It is essential that they know each other and have already worked together and, on top of that, they must rehearse before your event. Moreover, the DJ must be able to choose the songs and the right beat for the musician (saxophonist, percussionist or violinist) playing with him.

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So, a DJ plus live musician is not simple; it requires harmony, preparation and experience. However, it is an original and captivating way to entertain your guests, and it could really work for you!

Credits: Jody Belli from Professional Wedding DJ

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Contact the suppliers mentioned in this article

Miracle Moments Wedding photography
Kate Chruscicka Live Music & Bands
Laura Lees Photography Wedding photography
Dominic Lemoine Photography Wedding photography
Gruppo Arechi Entertainment Live Music & Bands
Music&Co. Live Music & Bands

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