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Should I have Live Music at my Wedding?

The advantages and disadvantages explained.

When it comes to wedding music, there is no right or wrong answer – it all depends on what you and your partner want. That said, there are some pros and cons to having live music at your wedding that you should consider before making your final decision.

On the plus side, live music can provide a more personal atmosphere than recorded music. This is because the musicians are playing specifically for your event and are using a skill they have been practicing for years and years. Additionally, live music can be a great way to fill any awkward silences during the reception!

However, there are some drawbacks to having live music at your wedding as well. Firstly, it can be significantly more expensive than recorded music from a DJ, as you will need to pay the musicians for their time and talent. Additionally, live music can be unpredictable – if the band makes a mistake, there’s no way to edit it out!

If you’re still undecided on whether or not to have live music at your wedding, read on for tips on how to choose the right type of live music for your big day.

How to choose the right type of music for your wedding

When it comes to wedding music, there are a lot of factors to consider. You want to make sure you choose the right type of music to set the tone for your wedding, while also taking into account the musical tastes of your guests. And, of course, you want to choose songs that have personal meaning to you and your fiance! With so much to think about, it can be tough to know where to start.

One of the most important things you can do when choosing wedding music is to figure out the atmosphere you want to create. Do you want a more intimate gathering with live acoustic music, or a big party with a DJ spinning dance tunes? Once you have a general idea of the mood you’re going for, you can start narrowing down your options.

It’s also important to do some research on what type of music your guests will enjoy. If most of your friends and family are into country music, then hiring a jazz band might not be the best idea. Of course, you also don’t want to pigeonhole yourself – if you love jazz but think your guests might not be too keen on it, try choosing one or two jazz standards that everyone will recognize.

When it comes to choosing songs that have personal meaning to you and your fiance, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, think about songs that have special significance for your relationship. Perhaps there’s a song that was playing when you first met, or one that was popular when you got engaged. These types of songs can be really powerful when included in your wedding day soundtrack. You can also choose songs that reflect your individual personalities or taste in music – for example, if one of you loves classic rock and the other is into Motown soul, find a song that combines both genres.

Finally, when booking a band or DJ for your wedding, make sure you have seen them perform live before making a commitment. This will give you a good sense of their stage presence and whether they’ll be able to get your guests up and dancing. Once you’ve found someone whose style meshes well with your vision for the big day, sign on the dotted line and enjoy knowing that the music at your wedding will be just perfect!

The benefits of having a DJ vs. live music at your wedding

A DJ can provide a wider range of music than a live band, and is typically less expensive to hire. Bands on average have about 100 songs in their library to choose from where DJs have hundreds of thousands and can always download songs on the spot if needed. You also have to understand that an average person only knows the Bon Jovi version of Livin on a Prayer and that is what they like to dance and sing to. Bands often rearrange their songs to fit the singers in the band and can even have significantly different versions then the song your crowd is used to. Additionally, a DJ can take requests from guests and play music throughout the entire wedding, without the need for breaks. Finally, a DJ requires less space than a live band, making them a more convenient choice for smaller wedding venues.

The cost of hiring live musicians for your wedding

The cost of hiring live musicians for your wedding can vary widely, depending on the type of musicians you hire and the length of time they play for. The average cost of a live musician is $400-$600 per hour and ranges due to the instrument they are playing. Harps will cost more than violins for the simple reason of moving the instrument from place to place. However, there are some factors that can affect the price, such as the number of musicians in the band and the location of the event. Additionally, if you want the musicians to play during dinner or other parts of the reception, that will likely increase the cost.

There are a few ways to save money on live music for your wedding. One option is to hire student musicians, who will typically charge less than professional musicians. However, you will get what you pay for when it comes to people that are still learning and are not yet professionals. Another possibility is to choose a band that specializes in weddings, as they may offer discounts for multiple bookings. Finally, you could simply limit the amount of time that the musicians play during the reception. For example, you might only have them play during the ceremony or cocktail hour.

As you can see there are a lot of things to consider when choosing between a band and DJ. It ultimately depends on your personal preferences and your budget.

David Isidor


Originally from Haiti, MC David brings a unique brand of entertainment to his events. Using his island charm and charisma, David’s parties are always amazingly high energy and crazy. His accent just invites you into his party world and transports you and your guests to a totally unique party experience. Years ago, David was given the stage name of Irv when he traveled the world dancing with his dance crew. So not only is he a talented MC but he is also an unbelievable dancer that uses both skills to get your guests dancing all night long. Let MC David transport you and your guests to an unbelievable party experience.


Mykael Wilson
Entertainer / DJ
Mykael is a dynamic MC that will change the way you party. His 15 years experience in the industry makes him unique in his professionalism and fun. Mykael also has over 15 years experience as an amazing dancer touring all over the world and energizing countless crowds. At your party, he will bring a unique style of high energy fun and have your guests bouncing all over the room. If you want to experience something totally different, Mykael is your choice. Be prepared for a party unlike you have ever seen.
Antonio Smith
Antonio is the hottest MC in the Philly area. Originally, from Brooklyn, NY, Antonio has relocated and become a part of the Pulse Entertainment family. His unmatched energy and charisma just make people want to party. Antonio’s amazing dance moves also set him apart from most other MCs in the area. Watch him flip and slide all over the dance floor amazing your guests and hyping up the crowd. You and your guests will love partying with Antonio.
Jared Beck
Engineer / Light Designer / Video Designer
Jared is one of the smartest people you will ever meet. Having worked with NASA, TESLA and other amazing tech companies, Jared found his love for event production. Jared is Pulse Entertainment’s Chief Tech which means he knows everything about every piece of equipment we have. He also is responsible for training the Pulse Crew on how to use everything the right way as to benefit our events that we do. Without Jared, you would see only the basics as he is responsible for much of the larger production elements that we do.
Anthony Lewis
Anthony is a wildly fun MC. His unorthodox approach to entertaining gives his clients a unique and fun event. From dressing up in all sorts of costumes to break dancing on the dance floor, Anthony is highly energetic and the life of the party. In addition, you won’t meet a more friendly and overall great person as Anthony. His clients always rave about how he goes above and beyond for them. Let Anthony bring you the amazing party you have always dreamed about.
Dan Janson
DJ / Entertainer

Dan has been a DJ for over 15 years.  Originally, a New York style club DJ, Dan has transformed his talents of beat mixing into an amazing wedding style.  His blending of music really gets a crowd moving and excited.  Dan is the utmost professional and is always making sure he is giving the client exactly what they want.Dan is the man for an unbelievable wedding

Chad Akselrad
DJ / Entertainer
Chad began in the industry as one of Pulse’s first DJs. As an MC, after entertaining a wide range of crowds through a wide range of events, Chad found his niche catering mostly to weddings. He prides himself on his music knowledge and planning expertise. Chad’s unique style and fun-loving attitude always put smiles on people’s faces and gets guests dancing on the dance floor.
Hunter Most

DJ / Entertainer

Hunter likes to think of himself as the technology guy when it comes to what he loves about doing parties. He has always been fascinated with advances in lighting and DJ equipment so when he is out doing a party, you can bet he has the best gadgets. His style is what he likes to describe as “Incredible Hulkish.” When just chatting with him while he goes over your important details, you will notice that he is cool and calm. But when you get him to your party, he “Hulks” out and transforms his personality to fit the client’s needs. Whether it be a quiet emcee they want or a loud and dancing with your kind of guy, he can adjust his style to be what you are looking for.

Cole Yeager

General Manager/Entertainer

Cole has been an entertainer all his life. From his childhood classrooms to every Mitzvah and wedding , school dance, and corporate event he performs at, his quick wit and fun personality have always been on display. Standing at 6 feet 4 inches tall, he is hard to miss and certainly commands the attention of a crowd. Cole’s dynamic style and preparation for his events consistently has him striving to go the extra mile for his clients. For him, there are two moments at every party that he receives the most joy from. The first is when everyone is on the dance floor dancing as hard as they can having a great time. The second is when the party is over and the client comes up to him and thanks him for giving them a party that beat their expectations.

Ross Akselrad
Owner / Entertainer
Ross is the Owner of Pulse Wedding Entertainment and has been entertaining for over 30 years. Ross started DJing when he was 11 years old and instantly took to it. From that moment, Ross knew he was destined to entertain. When Ross was 16 years old, he opened Pulse Wedding Entertainment and has grown it to be the leading event entertainment and production company in the Philadelphia area. Ross’s award-winning talent and attention to detail has given him a reputation of excellence that is unmatched in the industry. Featured on radio, TV, and numerous articles for his expertise, Ross is considered the East Coast’s special event expert. From planning to production, Ross brings his unique approach and his professionalism to ensure a fun and successful event for all of his clients and their guests.Having worked with some of the biggest names in music, sports, and entertainment, Ross knows how to produce the very best for his celebrity clients. From Motown legends such as The Temptations to the #1 all-time selling female supergroup Salt-N-Pepa and teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, Ross Akselrad has provided the necessary services to either plan, produce, or capture their local events. Trust Ross to make sure your event is a complete success.


Are you looking for someone to actually marry you? Then you have come to the right place. Many of us
here at Pulse Wedding Entertainment are licensed officiants and able to perform your marriage
ceremony. We will customize and personalize your ceremony to be a reflection of what you want and
will make it a memorable and easy process.
Full and Custom Lounges-Your choice from over 40 different pieces of furniture and colors to create full
event lounges. These have a variety of price ranges as they are mostly customized for your needs and
budget. Why not add a cool LED Bar or Custom Tufted Leather or Mirror Bar to your next event. To go
along with them, think about adding some cool cocktail tables or chairs to make your bar area pop. We
can even customize the tables with decals of your event logo. VIP Lounge Areas-A mix of sofas, 1/4
round benches, and LED cubes surrounded by pipe and drape. They come in small, medium, large and
custom sizes.
A talented vocalist will enhance your celebration with a selection of tunes during dinner breaks. Add a
great LIVE touch to your already amazing DJ with a percussionist. Smooth, personable and interactive
LIVE touch is always created with our saxophone players. String and Jazz trios provide the elegant
musical addition to your Ceremony or Cocktail Hour
This is a light with your name on it. It is completely customizable. Create the ultimate in personalization
to your event. Project your name through light and onto the dance floor or walls of your venue.
Adding a snow machine to your event will definitely give the appearance of a wintery wonderland.
Whether just used for important dances or to set the overall atmosphere of a winter-themed event, the
snow machines is a really cool special effect.
These effects are great for venues that don’t allow fog. We use compressed Carbon Dioxide to create a
fog type effect that brings concert effects to your event. Our C02 cannons shoot onto the crowd at
different parts of the event adding the extra ambiance to the dance floor. Our C02 Guns are handheld so
we can control where we shoot the C02 and it is really cool letting our clients use it as well to shoot it
out into the crowd.
This is the latest effect that we are using for all sorts of events and wedding first dances. We use a
 special low lying fog that stays close to the ground to give the effect of you dancing on top of the clouds
 for your special dance. We can also use this fog as an effect on any dance floor for all your guests to
 enjoy the feeling of dancing on a cloud.
Lights that are put around the perimeter of the room to give your room a “club” type colored
 atmosphere. Add a sophisticated warmth that will enhance and coordinate the colors of your event.
With many booth options, including our social booths & red carpet step & repeats, a great way to create memories for all ages who attend your reception. The LED Glow Photobooth has custom features like drawing, digital props, filters, and other cool things. When it comes to customizing your photo, we offer many options like having the guest of honors name or logo on the print as well as custom colors and graphics. As far as sharing goes, the LED Glow Photobooth is the first photo booth to be able to receive an Instagram-sized photo via text as well as allows you to Text and Email your photos to your phone or email address. The LED Glow Photobooth comes with unlimited personalized photos, a props package, two friendly attendants to assist your guests and operate the booth, and a personalized memory book. All photos are given to you via a link to download within a few days of your party. Here are some digital examples and a possible setup option for it.  Our Mirror Booth lets you see yourself in full length taking the picture and sign the photo when you are done. This is a really unique style of the booth and comes with unlimited personalized photos, a  props package, one or two friendly attendants to assist your guests and operate the booth, and a  personalized memory book. Additional options like a custom or regular backdrop are also available.
Our indoor sparklers are an amazing special effect to add to any event. Create the wow factor that
 will have your guests freaking out and talking about your event for years. An amazing addition to
 your Grand Entrance or First Dance. Indoor fireworks that are 100% safe, no flame, no smoke
 Important Note: We are the only company in the Philadelphia area to have a separate fireworks
 insurance policy for these sparkler machines. Venues will not be covered by other companies
 general liability insurance and this is a requirement for most venues.