When it comes to planning something as important as your wedding, you want every last detail to be precisely what meets your highest expectations. You only get one wedding (ideally), and you shouldn’t feel bad about agonizing about the details. That being said, it comes with a great deal of pressure.
Next to deciding your guest list and wedding venue, the next thing to consider is what entertainment you want present for your wedding and reception. You’d be surprised at how customizable this can be. From classy jazz bands for weddings to a simple wedding DJ, you can tailor your wedding entertainment to every last detail.
In this blog, we’re ranking the top five options for wedding entertainment, and detailing the pros and cons of each. Don’t settle for making a playlist for yourself. You can do better, and you deserve it.
According to The Knot, before the pandemic, the average cost of a wedding band was $3,700 in 2019 and $3,900 in 2018. So you get what you pay for. And it doesn’t even have to be a band, though that is an option listed below. Let’s rank the options.
5. A Wedding Party Band
This is your typical wedding band that plays a couple hundred songs and has the traditional two guitars, one bass, and a drum set, along with the singer. This is a solid option that makes a lot of noise and can take several different recommendations.
But they are limited. They don’t know every song that exists, and you might not want traditional instruments for every song you hear. This is a safe option that provides some fun, but you can do better.
4. Wedding Dancers
Opt for a higher level of entertainment that sparks multiple senses. The music is one thing, but having a spectacle like coordinated wedding dancers is sure to wow your guests and provide an outside-the-box entertainment option.
However, this is another expense to add to your wedding, so if you’re watching your budget, it may not be the option for you.
3. Photobooths, slideshows, and memory screens
For other visual options that are sure to tantalize your guests, consider focusing heavily on photos. From photo booths for guests to make their own memories, to slideshows showing memories between you and your new spouse, you’ll spark emotions from your guests that will help build an unforgettable experience for them and yourselves.
2. Jazz Bands or Musicians
Nothing says class like jazz. Hiring jazz musicians can add a high-end component to your wedding that will be nice, subtle, and classy. You might not be able to get the hip-hop songs you want from them, but they can make up for it by playing some classics that will mean a lot to you and your guests.
Plus, you don’t just have to have jazz musicians. You can have a speaker and playlist for when you want to take the party to the next level. For more intimate settings, like during dinner or the couples’ first dance, jazz musicians can make all the difference.
For the most complete and versatile wedding entertainment option available, choose a wedding DJ. They can play any song you want to hear, including jazz, and can even do more, like MC services and coordinating important events throughout the celebration.
Many are cheaper than live bands, and they bring their own equipment. They can even take requests from guests and make important announcements during the night.
With so many options available, the possibilities are endless for your wedding. You can even have a live painter on-site or have wedding games for your guests. But for an all-inclusive wedding entertainment option, it’s clear the DJ is the way to go.
But make your wedding everything you want it to be. If you want jazz music, go for it. If you simply want to build the playlist yourself, go for it. It’s your special day.