Wedding Wednesday Tips- What to know before hiring your musicians or DJ

Happy Wedding Wednesday loves! 

Did you know that before I entered the world of Wedding Planning, I was a dancer?! I was a professional dancer for YEARS so music is in my blood! I am known to break out at a dance party at any given moment so this is one of my favorite posts to write. 

Events With Ambiance- Amber K. Sanders- Chicago Wedding Planner


The first thing to think about, do you want a DJ or live band? Both are great options, so let's talk about the differences between the two: 

DJ vs. Live Musicians

Hire a DJ because: 

  • DJ's can provide a greater variety of music than live musicians
  • You want to make sure that your favorite songs sound the way you are used to hearing them 
  • You want almost continuous music; live musicians will need breaks
  • There is a limited amount of floor space at your reception venue
  • You are on a limited budget

Hire live musicians because: 

  • Live music is more exciting, and more people are likely to dance
  • All of the music will follow the same style ( jazz, reggae, blues, rock), which is essential if you are hosting a theme wedding
  • You aren't likely to hear a style of music that you don't like

Here are some things you may want to know before hiring a DJ or live musician that may make your decision easier: 

  • Do you want to hire them for the ceremony? If so, and you are using a place of worship, have you gotten clearance for them to perform there? 
  • What type of music do you want during your ceremony? 
  • Will the DJ or musicians need to accompany any vocalists during the ceremony? 
  • What mood do you want at your reception? Subdued and romantic or Dance Dance Revolution?
  • What songs do you want to be played?
  •  What songs do you NOT want to be played? 
  • When do you want music played, and do you have special songs you want to hear during special moments ( ie. cake cutting, toasts, bouquet and garter toss)
  • Do you want the DJ or band leader to be the master of ceremonies? 


I know this is a lot to think about, but if you know what type of wedding you want your guests to enjoy, the choice is easy! 

Until Next Time, 

XOXO, Amber 




amber sanders

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad’s fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a “Party Planner”, it was just fun for me to help her. After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move! I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events,as well as studying and becoming a Certified Wedding & Event Planner/Designer through Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having to gain as much "real world" experience as possible. In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am grateful to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!! I am blessed to surround myself with people who are just as passionate about my business as I am; for me, Event Planning is about more than just throwing a great party, it's about creating an unforgettable experience for my clients and their guests!