Post # 1
What do you prefer? We are having a wedding in a room that seats only 64 people so it’s a small ballroom. Expect about 50 people, about 50% who would be likely to dance for more than 5 minutes. Bands create atmosphere but too loud? DJs too dance-y possibly but there is a library/drawing room/gardens people can explore if they need a bit of quiet time.
Or even, ipod playlist?
Post # 2
theluckyonenz: I would go with a band, and they needn’t be loud; if you feel it’s too loud, simply ask them to adjust the volume (and explain in advance the sort of wedding it is and that you want the music to be quieter). I just think that if only 20-odd people are likely to dance, you’re better with a band as then this not dancing at least have something to watch/sing along to; you can’t really watch a DJ.
FWIW we had both at our wedding and the band was much more popular.
Post # 3
theluckyonenz: I voted for band. Your wedding sounds similar to the plans FI and I are making – guest list of 45~ people, no evening guests – only all dayers, we don’t want a ‘disco’ neither of us are big on dancing.
We’re (hopefully) going to have a live band, perhaps something more swing/jazz/smooth sound.
Post # 4
I vote for live music. You can have as little as a trio. We hired an electric violinist for my daughter’s shower (80 ladies) and most of the time you couldn’t hear him, because of the chatting. Whatever size band you have room to seat, they can adjust their volume and position their speakers, so that they don’t overwhelm your guests.
Post # 5
We had a 3 piece band at our 40 person reception! I am not a fan of DJs.
Post # 6
I am going with a 3 piece band and vocalist for my 80 person wedding in a smaller space. I wouldn’t worry about the band being too loud, but, in contrast, I would worry about the DJ being too loud. I also agree that if you have a non-dancing group, the band will be far less alienating than the DJ.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2014 - Sedona Golf Resort
I had about 50 guests at my Cocktail reception and opted for a DJ. We had a lot of kids (surprisingly) and they loved the DJ! I did give my DJ guidelines and a song list but I really wanted more of a party than a formal affair. My venue was a golf course so it was beautiful outside And people could relax on the clubhouse patio. I think it just depends on what type of mood you want to set.
Post # 8
I voted band! We are having live music at our wedding (about 60 guests, reception in a restaurant) as I think it really creates an atmosphere and focal point whether people are dancing or not 🙂
Post # 9
If you can afford a band get a band if you can’t get a dj. I wouldn’t recommend a ipod wedding.
Post # 10
theluckyonenz: A band if you can afford it (we discovered they’re very expensive in our area!) If you go DJ, try and find someone based on recommendations so you know they’re good.
Some people are iffy about ipods but i’ve heard others say it worked really well for them (granted, I guess there is more room for error with this option!) It’s definitely a budget friendly option, you can have all your favourite music and there are specific apps that help you manage the playlists and breaks etc. so you just nominate someone to keep an eye on it and you’re good to go!