Your Wedding Dancefloor: Live Band vs DJ vs Spotify

wedding dance floor entertainmentIf you are currently planning your wedding, it’s highly likely you’ve had to think about what style of dance floor you want to have. Are your guests the type to dance into the early hours of the morning? Or do you just want to celebrate with a couple of slow dances and then head to bed early?

Music is a universal language, and there are typically three choices for how to get the music cranking on a wedding dancefloor: a live band, DJ or Spotify playlist. But there is no one perfect choice for every wedding, which can sometimes make choosing difficult. Whilst a live band will create an undeniable atmosphere, DJs and Spotify literally have every song ever at their fingertips. Plus, we can’t forget that Spotify only costs $11.99!

Here are the pros and cons of each to help you with your important decision.

Live Band:

In my personal opinion, hiring a live wedding band takes any wedding from ‘good’ to ‘great‘. A band is will establish an interactive relationship with your guests that makes it hard for them to say “no” when the music starts playing. Plus, there’s an indescribable feeling when you are watching musicians at the top of their game smash it out of the park. If you invest well, you’ll be hiring musicians who are experts at their instruments and know exactly how to read the room to get the party pumping. I’ve never been able to resist jumping out onto the dance floor myself when the band starts jamming on ‘Uptown Funk’.

From what I can see, there are only two downsides to a live band. One is the cost. The reality is that paying for a top-notch band might be out of reach for some couples who want to spend their night dancing. Ways to compromise is by booking a smaller, 4- or 3-piece band rather. They still know how to bop. The second obstacle is space. If your wedding venue doesn’t have an adequate space for the band to set up, you may end up dancing on top of them!


One of the best reasons to hire a DJ for your weddings is flexibility. They require a smaller setup than a band, they can offer unlimited music choices, and an experienced DJ can still bring a fantastic vibe to the d-floor through lighting and good mixing.

Another benefit of the DJ is that it will generally cost you less than a full band would. And you never know, you might be able to find a really good live music/DJ combo. I’ve seen a DJ who brings a saxophone with them and jams along with the songs live!

Spotify playlist:

I don’t want to spend too much time here. It’s all very self-explanatory: so long as your venue has an adequate sound system, you can probably pull off a great money-saving dancefloor with the right playlist and a few well-positioned lights. It won’t cost much – just the monthly subscription fee, but you might also need to consider Wi-Fi availability. Other than that it should work seamlessly for weddings of all sizes.

Here is a link to one of my favourite wedding dance floor playlists.

In conclusion, choosing the right entertainment for your wedding is entirely dependant on the vibe that you’re after, and the budget you’re working with. Whether it be a live band, a DJ or a Spotify playlist, the most important thing to remember is that this is your special day and you deserve to have the chance to celebrate in your own unique style with your favourite people.

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