Post # 1
I am dealing with this dilemma…dj or band?
Obviously a dj is more cost effective, but a band seems to give a lot more of a bang for your buck. I know I can find a good band by going to hear them, but how does one pick a good dj?
What would you prefer…a dj or band?
Post # 3
I just voted "band" and it popped up that 100% of the people were going with a band. Immediately, I thought, "Wow!! Everyone is doing a band!!?" …then I realized I am the only one who has voted so far! Ha!
Anyway, I’m really excited about the band. We’re going with a group called LisaRene from Chicago and she can really get the crowd going. Good luck!
Post # 5
My cousin had a band that was AWESOME and it was like being at a concert with dancing. However, I think the band cost them $10,000 or something that was WAY outside my budget.
Generally most of the bands were too expensive and the cheaper ones don’t really have a huge repetoire of songs to choose from (you have to make sure they can learn to play your first dance song). I wasn’t really keen on having my first dance to what’s essentially a cover of the song we wanted.
We had a DJ- it was the same DJ who my cousin had at his wedding in 2006 and my sister had at hear wedding in 2007 (since they were so good at my cousin’s wedding). So it was a no-brainer for us.
If you’ve been to wedding in your area that had good DJs, get their contact info and hire them.
Also- I wouldn’t be above asking a DJ if I could sneak into a reception venue to discretely peek in on a wedding reception to see how things are going.
And then of course is the obvious Wedding Bee has local boards- someone may have posted some reviews of their DJ on there or you can post asking for recommendations.
Post # 6
We’re actually doing both, we’re going with the band during cotail hour and dinner and after that the DJ will keep te party going.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
We also did both — didn’t pay that much more for a dj. i think it was one of the best decisions we made. the band kept everyone dancing (esp the older folks), and later in the night the dj got the young’uns really dancing.
Post # 8
I like DJ’s for a few reason.
2. Take up less space
3. Not as loud (IMO, from the wedding I’ve been to.)
4. Less room for error (A DJ has to be somewhat lively -but then just play the songs, as we know them from the original artists. If a DJ gets sick, someone else can fill in. I’d recommend a company, as opposed to "one guy." A band has to be lively, and good musicians. There are more peole who can get sick, or just might not have it together that night. If the lead singer gets sick, who will replace him/her? Will it be someone from the demo tape you’ve heard? How will you knwo that person is good?)
5. DJ will be more available to take requests. I guess I’m making an assumption here. But I’m thinking a DJ will have a greater inventory, so to speak. , A band might not know a certain song you, or a guest might request. Not to mention people can talk to a DJ in the middle of a song. But you have to wait until a song is over with a band. Again if you are making a request or need to orchestrate the special dances, announcements etc., it’s easier to communicate with a DJ, and not interrupt the music.
Just my opinion.
Post # 9
I love bands, but its not in our budget to get a good one. I rather a really good DJ than a bad band.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall
We are having a harpist for our ceremony and a dj for our reception 🙂
Post # 11
We’re going the ipod/laptop route. I don’t want to worry about somebody playing/requesting "Macarena" or anything from that genre. A friend of ours is a DJ and said if there are requests, he’ll oversee things. Another friend is a comedian and will emcee (God help me). I keep telling my dear fiance that my money saving plans warrent a pair of killer shoes.
Post # 12
I prefer a DJ because of the variety of music they can play!
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum
We wanted a band, but we can’t afford one! We hired a really great DJ though.
Post # 14
Band is nice if you’ve got the money! Honestly, I wouldn’t splurge on it. DJ’s gets the job done at a fraction of the cost! I picked the DJ that did my FI’s sisters wedding. I would ask your friends & family for suggestions… or look for reviews online!
Post # 15
My FI’s frat brother is a radio dj in Dallas and he has offered to dj our wedding.