Choosing your wedding entertainment: a Sydney wedding DJ vs a live band

You’re planning your wedding extravaganza in Sydney, and you need to figure out what you’re going to do for your entertainment: should you opt for a wedding DJ or a band? Both are awesome, but which one’s more you?

Why you need awesome music at your wedding

Your wedding music isn’t just a playlist––it’s the life of your party, setting the tone from your smoochy first dance to your ‘I don’t want this to be over’ last dance and sparkler exit. A great wedding DJ or band will make your reception a super fun night for you and your guests, as well as representing your musical tastes as a couple.


DJs and live bands can both create a high energy, memorable wedding reception (a Spotify playlist cannot, so don’t even…), but there’s a bunch of deciding factors that go into which one will be right for you and your special other.

A wedding DJ is the best choice if…

You want maximum versatility and variety of music. A good DJ can read the room, switching things up or changing genres as needed. Want to hear a bit of everything? A DJ’s got your back. With the easy availability of digital music these days, we can even find that obscure Romanian song that your mother-in-law wants to hear.

You don’t have a lot of floor space. DJs typically need less space and have quicker setup times, making them a more practical choice for some venues. You don’t want to have to down-size the dessert buffet to make space for a band.

You have a lower entertainment budget. Generally, hiring a DJ can be more budget-friendly than a band. You’re looking at an average of $2,000 to $3,300 for a great Sydney Wedding DJ vs $4,500 to $10,000 for an awesome band.

Above all, a DJ can curate a personalized experience that reflects your style, pulling tunes from a whole mix of different genres and mixing them creatively to provide a seamless soundtrack to your night. And you get to hear each song by the original artist, the way it’s supposed to sound.

DJs also have access to an almost unlimited catalogue of music and can take requests on the night.

Live wedding bands are awesome because…

Nothing compares to live energy. There’s something magical about live performances – the interaction with your guests, the spontaneity, and the raw energy.


They have visual appeal. Bands not only sound great, they look great too. They can add a dynamic visual element to your entertainment that’s hard to ignore.


They bring a personal touch. A band can bring a personal, intimate feel to your wedding, especially during key moments like your first dance. They bring their own flavour to well-known tracks delivering them in a way that is original and new.


Bands bring a unique energy that’s hard to replicate. Live music has a way of engaging an audience, making it impossible for your guests to stay in their seats… but it comes with a hefty price tag.

So how do you choose between a DJ or a band for your wedding entertainment?

As you plan the entertainment for your Sydney wedding shindig, consider which option works best within the confines of your venue and your budget, as well as the overall vibe of your day. Wedding DJs are adaptable and affordable with a massive music library of your fave songs up their sleeves. A live band will be more costly but can offer a live experience that’s worth every cent.


At the end of the day, there’s no right and wrong answer to whether a DJ or a band is best for your big day­­––it comes down to personal preference and your wedding planning budget. Whichever way you go, make sure to do your research first, so you’re confident that whoever you book will be a valuable addition to your wedding day.

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