Response: The following thoughts might help you make a decision.
1. A pianist may cost more per hour than a DJ.
2. The earlier the reception, the less people dance, so you will want background music during the meal time, then maybe some dance music. Guests also stay for a shorter time earlier in the day than they do at an evening reception.
3. A DJ will make announcements for you, such as announcing the cake cutting and toasts and they can provide a microphone for toasts. If you have a pianist, you will need to secure a microphone and ask someone to make announcements for you.
4. A pianist cant play for that long without breaks. You will want to find out how often breaks occur and how long they are.
You might consider the possibility of having both. You could hire a pianist to play for an hour during the meal time, then hire a DJ for a 3 hour package this is usually the minimum hours that you can get.
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