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How to Decide on Your Wedding Musical Entertainment

Choosing the right wedding music can be a tricky decision. Whether you go for a DJ, live band/musicians or a playlist on your own device, each option has its benefits and things to consider. When it comes down to it, what matters is your personal preference and what works best for your needs and budget.

Below, I’ve outlined the three most popular options along with what I believe are the positives and things you’ll want to consider for each:

Bride and groom dancing to live band under pink lights and floating clouds
Photo cred: Adventure Club Photography



  • Bring the energy of a live performance to your event

  • Create an extra special touch for your guests

  • Is a unique option


  • Often the most expensive option, especially if you’re hiring for the entire evening

  • Usually have specific requirements for space and facilities (particularly when it comes to outdoor events)

  • Require additional management of logistics

Wedding guests dancing outside with string lights twinkling
Photo cred: Dustin Finkelstein Photography



  • Is able to create an interactive atmosphere

  • Likely to keep the dance floor full all night long

  • Has a wide range of music options & can mix in the moment to keep the party going

  • May be willing to MC the event - gives you one less thing to worry about


  • Usually have specific requirements for space and facilities (particularly when it comes to outdoor events)

  • More expensive than doing it yourself

  • Require additional management of logistics



  • Can be free or a much lower cost than hiring entertainment

  • Great for creating an intimate atmosphere and can be tailored to fit any occasion and music taste

  • May require less coordination and management leading up to the day


  • May need someone to check on or operate the music - this often ends up being a wedding guest or wedding party member

  • All responsibility for ambience and music falls on the person making the playlist or acting as the MC which can impact the flow and feel of the event

Spotify playlist with a few songs showing

Check out some of my curated Spotify playlists here:

No matter which option you choose, it's important to make sure that it fits your needs and what you envision for your big day. With careful consideration of each option, you'll be able to make the best choice for your wedding musical entertainment!


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