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June 7, 2021, 3:46 p.m.
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Live Band vs DJ For Your Destination Wedding Entertainment

When it comes to your destination wedding, you’ve likely already thought about the venue, the decor, the floral, and the food, but there is one important detail you don’t want to forget: the entertainment! It’s the final way you will celebrate the evening after you walk down the aisle, recite your vows, eat a delicious meal, and cut your gorgeous cake.

Simply put, hiring your wedding entertainment is a huge priority! The right entertainment will transform your destination wedding into a memorable event that your guests will be talking about for years to come. It can make or break how your guests feel and interact during your reception. This is especially crucial when it comes to a destination wedding where your guests spend time and money to travel hundreds, maybe even thousands of miles to attend your big day.

If you want you and your guests, to have an unforgettable time you might want to consider booking an A-List musician, DJ or comedian. If you’re not sure how to get started to find your ideal big name wedding entertainment, we’re here to break down the most popular options for you to choose from for your wedding:

Hiring A Well Known DJ For Your Destination Wedding

While live music offers the excitement of an actual performance, a famous DJ can offer convenience, a diverse selection, authentic versions of songs, better volume control and, usually, lower prices. In addition, a DJ is likely to have their most recent hits as well as using a number of other songs that your guests will be familiar with. Some couples are even hiring a DJ to alternate with a live band throughout the reception. This arrangement creates a vibrant mood that will have you dancing the night away!

If you are planning a destination wedding, a great way to get familiar with a famous DJ’s style of music is to search for them on YouTube or look up their music on streaming platforms like Apple Music or Spotify.  This is also a great way to check out their personality and how they interact with a crowd.

Since you are hosting a destination wedding and may not be able to meet your DJ in person prior to the big day, you can likely give your DJ a list of song requests you’d like to have played at your wedding. Song lists and requests vary from DJ to DJ so be sure to discuss this with the us before you choose who to hire. We recommend creating a balanced list with a variety of songs that are popular and would bring everyone, both young and old, to the dance floor.

Hiring An A-List Live Band Or Music Artist For Your Destination Wedding

When it comes to wedding entertainment, a well-known live band or music artist is always an incredible idea for a destination wedding. Live music brings a vibrant, interactive dynamic to your wedding like no other! They interact and create a great connection with your crowd.

We particularly love hiring a famous music artist from that part of the world for a destination wedding because it’s a great way to not only surprise and delight your guests but you can also use it as an opportunity to add a bit of local culture into your reception. For instance, you could have The Wailers play at a Jamaican destination wedding. The possibilities are endless! Ultimately, it’s up to you as a couple to decide your wedding entertainment

Factors To Consider When Booking Entertainment For A Destination Wedding

Before you sign the dotted line on the contract for your designation wedding entertainer, you’ll want to keep the following tips in mind to ensure a smooth and successful booking process:

Book early in the wedding planning process: If your entertainer is of high-demand, they are likely to book out quickly especially on popular wedding dates. Consider 12-18 months in advance, potentially earlier!

Consider your Wedding Design: Make sure your entertainer matches your atmosphere! For instance, a loud rock band might be a bit much for the older crowd.  Yes this is about the bride and groom, but their favorite Death Metal band might not me right for a wedding. 

Make sure their personality works for you: Regardless of the type of entertainer you choose, ensure that they are able to engage with your guests and that they are able to adapt to different environments so they can keep guests engaged and on the dance floor!

Looking To Book World-Class Entertainment For Your Destination Wedding?

If looking to get started on booking an A-List band, DJ, or entertainer for your wedding day, you can contact us today by filling out the form here or giving us a call at 212-645-0555.  If you’re having trouble narrowing down the entertainment that best suits your style, we are happy to get to know you, your taste, and go over entertainment options together.

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