Band or DJ?

posted 3 years ago in Music
  • poll: Band or DJ?
    Band : (11 votes)
    52 %
    DJ : (10 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would go band if I could afford it!

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We had both!  The bluegrass band played during cocktail hour, dinner and the first part of the dance, then DJ took over!

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee

    @SweetFlower:  

    If I may ask, how did that work out financially? I’ve contemplated doing the same with a string quartet, but I am unsure if I would be able to afford a DJ after that, especially for only two hours or so! 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Fanciful:  We found a great band, that is young and just starting out, so they only charged $750, and we rented the DJ equipment from a local school (we had connections) for $200 that my cousin ran for us.  So, basically we lucked out and had both for under $1000.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee

    I answered without having an idea of the cost, but if I could afford either of them, I would go with the live band ! 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @GrannyPantiesRock:  I play in a cover band.  We do everything from bars & clubs to weddings & corporate events.  Our starting fee for weddings is four times what we charge at a bar.  You can probably negotiate the bands price if that’s an issue.  I’m sure they’d rather do a wedding for twice as much if it came down to it!  It will also help a lot if you offer to feed them & give them drinks ;).

    Being on all different ends of this, I’ve noticed that people kind of freak out over cover bands if their good & can keep the energy up.  At our wedding, we were lucky enough to get a friends band to play for a great rate since I’d worked with them before.  We got so many great comments about the music & no one wanted to stop dancing when the time came.  A friend of ours who got married a month before us said that he wished people had the same reaction to his DJ. And they paid as much for him as my band usually charges at wedings.  

    DJ’s can be great & a lot of them are really good at what they do, but that’s only one person.  A band is at least 4 people and that’s so much more energy & excitement for your guests.  Just my opinion, but I’m probably a bit biased ;-). If you have any technical questions about hiring a band, please feel free to ask me!

     

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    We had a band and it was a lot of fun! Everyone was dancing!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @GrannyPantiesRock:  I have been to many events. The events with bands almost all flopped. And I have seen AMAZING bands. But they usually can only play one style of music very well and then the rest so/so. No matter how great they are ALL bands play a song in which everyone looks at each other and thinks “this is horrible.” 

    Bands are definitely “classier”. But DJs are way more fun. If you want people to enjoy themselves go with a DJ. 

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Our band is charging $200 per piece.  We are debating between 3-piece and 4-piece, still.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Band at cocktail hour and dinner, DJ for the dance party. I really enjoy listening to live music, but sometimes I just want to hear the original artist. I mean, it’s tough for the band to successfully play some of today’s over-produced pop music (which is one of my guilty pleasures). The two weddings I’ve attended with full bands for the reception were fantastic, though!

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    DJ bc the type of music I like I want to hear the actual artist and not a band recreating the songs.

     

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