Wedding Music and Entertainment Options

The Pros and Cons of Each

When it comes to selecting the music and entertainment for your wedding ceremony and reception, there are so many variables and things to consider. This article will help you navigate through the waters of choosing how to entertain your guests for your wedding by weighing the pros and cons of each option. Read on for more info. 

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    String Quartet

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    One great option for your wedding entertainment is to hire a string quartet. A string quartet is a musical ensemble made up of four string players – two violins, a viola and a cellist.

    This option is great for: 

    Classic, elegant and timeless style weddings.

    Cost:

    You'll have to hire musicians who are trained in stringed instruments. You could opt to hire a string quartet for just the ceremony, or for the reception as well.

    Style of music:

    Classical. 

    Pros:

    • Classy and elegant
    • Not as much space...MORE required as a full band

    Cons:

    • Can be pricier since you'll have to pay multiple musicians
    • Limited amount of songs and styles of music

     

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    Acoustic Guitar

    Another idea for your wedding music is to hire a single acoustic guitar player. If you're looking for a light and enjoyable volume for your wedding music, an acoustic guitar might be the perfect choice for you.

    This option is great for: 

    Laid back and simple weddings. Backyard weddings. 

    Cost:

    You can probably get away with only hiring one musician to play guitar for your wedding so it could be quite affordable depending on the musician's skill level and experience.

    Style of music:

    Acoustic...MORE and folksy

    Pros:

    • Simple Set up - not alot of equipment needed
    • Can be inexpensive, only 1 musician required

    Cons:

    • Limited in the amount of songs to play
    • Will require taking breaks throughout the event

     

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    Live Band

    When it comes to the ultimate entertainment for a wedding, a live band takes the cake. Unfortunately, the awesome entertainment comes at a hefty price in most cases. 

    This option is great for: 

    Couples who love to dance and want a lively reception experience. 

    Cost:

    Live bands are often the most expensive option. 

    Style of music:

    Anything your heart desires! Hire a band who plays your musical genre of choice. 

    Pros:

    • Great experience for your guests
    • Better quality sound
    • Fun and lively

    Cons:

    • Expensive
    • Limited...MORE to certain styles of music
    • They'll need to take breaks

    Helpful Articles:

    Pros and Cons of A Wedding Band

     

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    DJ and Emcee

    Professional DJs are a great idea for your wedding music as they can really manage the flow of your reception as well as queue up music. 

    This option is great for: 

    Couples who still want a great dance party, but can't afford the full band. 

    Cost:

    Depends on experience and services. Anywhere from $500+

    Style of Music:

    Whatever you choose! Work with your DJ to select music that works for your event and fits your preferences.

    Pros:

    • Large collection of music
    • Likely more cost-effective than a live...MORE band
    • No need for breaks in music
    • They can make announcements for you / emcee the event

    Cons:

    • Still costs money

     

    Helpful articles:

    How to Hire a DJ

    Questions to Ask a Wedding DJ

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    DIY DJ / iPod Playlist

    If you're looking to save money, you can totally DIY your wedding music with the help of your iPod or laptop. 

    This option is great for:

    Couples on a budget. Anyone who has access to sound equipment and considers themselves semi-technologically savvy. 

    Cost: 

    Very little if you own or can borrow the equipment.

    Style of Music:

    Completely up to you and your playlist selection.

    Pros:

    • Very inexpensive / possibly free
    • Not very complicated to set up
    • You get to pick exactly what you want to play

    Cons:

    •  You may...MORE need to do alot of the work yourself
    • No one to emcee

    Helpful articles:

    How to DJ Your Own Wedding

    DIY Wedding DJ