(Closed) Band or DJ?

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ve yet to go to a wedding with a live band. Actually, I do take that back; a friend of FI’s got married at her parent’s house and the Dad, Uncle, and a few neighbors free-styled some jazz music. But, I don’t think that counts in this context.

I’ve only been to weddings with DJs and that’s the route we’re going. I think the song options are greater and I’d be afraid of the band having an “off” night.

Could you maybe compromise with live music for the ceremony?

Post # 4
853 posts
Busy bee

I’ve been to a wedding with a live band, and it was really great….for about the first 10 songs. Then everything ended up sounding exactly the same. The band covered a lot of good hits, but nothing had the same feel as the original songs. I agree with the above post—live music for a ceremony is nice and then you can shake things up with a DJ for the reception.

Post # 5
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I really enjoy a live band, but honestly most of the live wedding bands I’ve heard really weren’t that enjoyable. They’ll most likely be a cover band if you’re trying to get people to dance (it’s really hard to dance the night away to jazz) and people are merciless when they judge a band doing covers.  Ive if it’s a good cover, it’s still a cover and it’s hard to focus on it being good just because “well that doesn’t sound like The Foo Fighters, what are they doing to this poor song?”

Which is why we picked a DJ. Saving money definitely helps but it’s just so hard to find a cover band that does a wide range of familiar songs and does them all well, let alone the unique/special/obscure songs that might be important to you.

Post # 6
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My Fiance originally wanted a live band too. Then we attended a wedding with just a live band (and in a different language/from a different culture to boot) and after that, we agreed it was not a go. Honestly, it sounded pretty much the same the whole entire night and I don’t know about you, but I like a little variety for my music, especially if we’re looking at hours and hours of playing. I kind of feel like a live band is like listening to the same CD over and over again. The nice thing about a DJ is that s/he will read the crowd and see what’s working and adjust as necessary, whether it is country, soul, rap, hiphop, whatever. A band can only adjust so much.

Post # 7
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The last two weddings I went to had wedding bands. One was dull and one was truly amazing! It’s funny that the bands reflected the personalities of the couples!

The dull band, very few people danced and I made friends at the table I was assigned too. We all went out drinking after! The amazing band even had the brides 70 year old aunt out on the dance floor!

We chose to have a DJ because I know him personally and know he is amazing! I didn’t want to risk a band having a bad day at my wedding. Also, what vocal talent I and Fiance like may not be appealing to all of our guests. For us, a DJ just made more sense.

Post # 8
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are hiring a live band… the only catch is that we’re now obligated to rent the whole pavilion, as opposed to just a portion of it. The venue manager’s argument is that it’s harder to contain the noise of a live band so they won’t be able to rent out the other side of the pavilion. My husband is a musician so there’s no second-guessing, a live band is a must.

Obviously, we have to pick a good band, watch their gigs and look over their repertoire to make sure they’re a good fit. Our band plays covers of a wide variety of genre. But we like them particularly because they can do jam-a-roke for our guests who want to do karaoke with the live band.

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