There are so many choices when it comes to selecting the music for your wedding reception: dance band, soul band, swing band, DJ... the list is almost endless!  Here are our tips for how to navigate this decision process when planning your event.

If you have been to an event recently and loved the band, start there!  Nothing is better than experiencing a band in person.  Track down their name and find out their rate.  If they are not in your budget, we suggest calling your local entertainment-booking agent to find out who plays in a similar genre. Finding your band can be a challenge so be patient with the process... but when you find something you like, don't hesitate!  When an agent sends you a list of bands, remember that these bands are not on hold for you.

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If you don't prefer a band or it's not in your budget, a DJ is a wonderful alternative.  DJs also range in price and style - from classic tracks to a more nightclub sound.  If you prefer contemporary music, a DJ may be your best option as DJs have access to the widest variety of music.  Try to attend an event where your preferred DJ is performing or if the DJ is out of town, be certain to connect on the phone and check out their website.  You'll want to make sure that they are willing to work with the mood you are trying to set with your wedding music. Whether you use a band or a DJ, a crowded dance floor is a true sign of a successful wedding!

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All photos taken at an Easton wedding by Holland Photo Arts.