Why hire a professional wedding band… and not your mate’s band!

Everyone has a mate who’s a musician. But even if they’re insanely good, here’s why you should book a professional wedding band instead.

You and your partner love live music and you know that you’d love it to be a part of your big day. Now comes the hard part of deciding on a band. You’re thinking you could cut down on time, money and hassle if you asked your musician pal. In our humble opinion, it’s always going to be better if you book a professional wedding band instead.

I know I know! I’m biased! I’m part of a professional wedding band, of course I’m going to recommend them! But it’s more than that.

What you want, how you want it

By booking a professional wedding band, you can ask for exactly what you want, and that’s what you’ll get because you’re paying for it! There’s no awkward conversations about your song choices or disagreements over what kind of style you think would be best. You can pick what you want to hear, and how you want to hear it, without feeling like you’re taking advantage of a friend.


No nerves. No last minute pull outs. With a professional wedding band, you know they’re going to be there and they’re going to be great! After all, this is what they do.

Your wedding is about you…

No one wants to a be a Bridezilla (or a Groom Kong?!) But your wedding is for you to celebrate each other, it’s not about a gig for your mate. Wedding music should celebrate you and your partner’s tastes and be what you want to hear, not what your mate enjoys playing.

…but it’s also for your loved ones!

I can say this from personal experience… It is SO NICE to be at a loved one’s wedding where you aren’t working!

From a purely practical point, it means you don’t miss anything because you’re not setting up equipment or sound checking. But also, playing wedding music is a big deal! The job comes with a lot of responsibility! Although your friend will be honoured you asked them to be such an important part of your day, they may feel under pressure to say yes, even though they’d prefer not to.

Value for money

Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a professional musician as a friend? You love their band and see the discounted fees as massive bonus… But if they’re doing you a favour, even with the best of intentions, they might not bring their A-game. In other words, a professional wedding band won’t get drunk during the wedding breakfast and forget they’re meant to be playing…

Talent and experience

Yes I’m biased toward professional wedding bands, but that’s because they’re so great! These are people who have chosen to dedicate their working lives to playing music. They will create the perfect relaxed atmosphere for sipping Pimms and chatting, or make dancing the night away impossible to resist. Check out our videos to see how we do this!

And if you want the best? Book an industry expert!

The Decatur Street Trio are chuffed to say that we are now a recognised industry expert with WeddingPlanner.co.uk! Booking us means you get our knowledge and experience (as well as our incredible talent!) and ensure you get the very best wedding music for your big day.

You can check out us and other suppliers at WeddingPlanner.co.uk!

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As a professional wedding band The Decatur Street Trio are recognised as an industry expert by WeddingPlanner.co.uk
The Decatur Street Trio are recognised as an industry expert by WeddingPlanner.co.uk



Why booking live music (like a professional jazz band!) trumps hiring a DJ every single time!

Because you know as well as we do, there ain’t nothin’ like the real thing…

Everyone knows music can either make or break an event – and if you don’t? You haven’t been to the number of parties we have.

Be it a sophisticated 30th birthday, banging Bar Mitzvah, or an intimate relaxed wedding in London, you’ll want to make sure are grooving from the get-go. Although DJs will play crowd pleasers and popular chart-toppers to kick things off, there’s nothing quite like the sound of a live band, and when faced with a room filled with people you love, hoping to have a good time, you’ll no doubt want to deliver.

Here’s why you should choose live music (be it a professional jazz band or acoustic solo artist) over a DJ every single time.

Unbeatable sound

Why subject your loved ones to the same synthetic tracklist they can tune into on their way to work? Almost anyone can play song after song and get away with it, but a live band with real musical talent will bring that little something extra to the evening, so opt to fill your guests’ ears with something more authentic, soulful and memorable instead.

That personal touch

Good performers will guarantee a packed dancefloor from arrival – and not just because of their singing voice or stellar song choices. Live bands with bags of experience will know there are plenty of ways to utilise those vocal chords during a set – with talking being one of them. Chatting with guests can change the course of a party and make the most intimate of affairs even more personal, so hire a professional jazz band who oozes as much personality as they do talent to nail your booking.

Quality reigns supreme

Yes, live bands tend to be more expensive to book than your average DJ, but they are absolutely worth the cost. You’ll be paying for talented musicians to deliver a unique sound and we can assure you, nothing compares to that.

Personalise your night

If you’re best known for your penchant for swing, reggae or jazz, then why not personalise your night and give your best ones a lesson in the music you love at the same time? Add that unexpected wow factor to the evening and invite guests into your world for one night only- you never know, they might fall in love with it, too.

Bring a little life and soul to the party

DJs tend to keep their heads down, arriving and departing without uttering so much as an, ‘I haven’t got that one’ the entire evening. Live performers are far more receptive to crowds and can win over even the most reluctant of guests hiding in the corner of the room, just by being a little more human…

Good customer service

Performers are all about pleasing people, so if you book an experienced band for an event, you’ll enjoy excellent customer service to boot. With Decatur Street Trio, you’ll enjoy a thorough consultation to make sure we’re the perfect fit for your event, followed by constant communication in the lead-up and excellent entertainment on the night.

There’ll be no surprises

Unlike DJs who can adapt their playlists to suit any occasion, good bands will have an unshakeable sound they can’t (and shouldn’t) change, so when you listen to their audio, you know what you’re in for before you book. Enjoy peace of mind and avoid disappointment by choosing a band over a DJ the next time you’re entertaining.  

If you’ve been to enough parties or intimate affairs, you’ll know there’s nothing better than kicking back with a good cocktail and a little live music, accompanied by your best ones. It’s unique, special and makes for unbeatable memories. Much better than an out of touch DJ with the same songs you’d find on your average Spotify playlist.

If you’re looking for a live band, one who might be able to transport you to an intimate Harlem jazz club of days gone by, then the Decatur Street Trio might be the perfect professional jazz band for your event.

Listen to our sound or get in touch with me, Rosie, at info@decaturstreettrio.co.uk today to find out more.