Coffee with Calluna :: Bands vs DJ’s and First Looks

It’s another week of #CoffeeWithCalluna and we’re so excited to share a few more tips and tricks. Each week we’ll answer questions we receive from our readers. Send your questions about weddings, planning, style, or anything really and we’ll answer them!

XO, Calluna


  1. “I am debating between a band or a DJ for my wedding…what are some pros & cons of both options?”

Music is an incredibly important element of a wedding, and when the music is right everybody will be out on the dance floor. Couples often debate between a band or a DJ and as long as you do your research, read reviews and evaluate the feel you are going for, both can be fabulous options. We have listed some of the pros and cons of both below that will hopefully make your decision a bit easier!

The DJ :

  • Pros:
    • DJ’s are great at appealing to a variety of requests! Whether you are dying to hear a classic crowdpleaser (everybody likes a good YMCA) or a modern day pop song, DJ’s can play a large spectrum of music with the click of a button!
    • DJ’s also tend to be less expensive than bands, often coming with less equipment which means your Dj will take up less space! This is ideal if you have a smaller venue.
    • DJ’s require less breaks than bands, so there should be a pretty steady flow of music and entertainment for your guests!
  • Cons:
    • For guests not looking to dance, a DJ can be less entertaining than a live band performance.
    • If you hire a DJ with a less than fabulous personality, the mood of the party may be impacted. Make sure you vibe with your DJ’s personality and share similar taste in entertainment and music style.

The Band :

  • Pros:
    • Live music will allow the crowd to feel the excitement of a performance. Your guests will be entertained by the live aspect of a band, and will be inspired to stay out on the dance floor.
    • A live band makes for a gorgeous addition to the party! All of the instruments, musicians and vocalists will add an element of beauty to your reception. Their presentation and place on the stage will inspire guests to show off their moves.
    • Live music can often be more emotional, which is important on a wedding day. We adore the sight of a father-daughter dance to the heartfelt songs of a live vocalist.
  • Cons
    • Bands tend to be a bit pricier than DJ’s due to equipment and travel costs, which can be difficult for some budgets.
    • While bands can perform a variety or music and styles, it can be hard for them to take every song request on demand, so a particular style may be required.

Photo Credit | Jessica Christie 


  • “I have heard about some couples doing “a first look” and I can’t decide if I should do one! What is your opinion?”

First looks have become extremely popular in the past few years but it is completely up to you! If you are a traditional couple you may wish to stick with the tradition of seeing your partner for the first time while you are walking down the aisle. Couples do first looks for a few reasons, one being the amazing photos you can get! We love the suspense and surprise that a first look produces. Secondly, if you are feeling incredibly emotional and are nervous about seeing your partner for the first time as you’re walking down the aisle, a first look could be a great option to settle some of those nerves. Lastly, if you are eager to spend as much time with your guests as possible, first look photos could be a good opportunity to get some photos done earlier on in the evening! We love these photos from some of our couples that chose to do a first look and some that didn’t, either way it will be a magical day.

Photo Credit || Laura Murray Photography (top) | James & Schulze (bottom)


Featured Image | Bridget Burnett Photography

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