Post # 1
Hi Bees, I need your help! My fiancé and I are not big dancers, but we know family and friends like to and we want to have a great reception. while we can afford a band the DJ is definitely more budget friendly. What did you guys use and why? i can’t make a decision!
Post # 3
We’re getting a DJ for more variety. I’ve just never been a big fan of the “wedding band” sound and with a DJ you can play the 80s music that your FI loves plus the Country music you’re into and even an R&B slow jam for your Uncle Joe without them all just being lame covers.
Post # 4
@Dixiesgirl: Here’s the thing about DJ’s….I can go literally anywhere, including my car and hear the songs he’s playing…and that is fine, there’s nothing wrong with it…but sooner or later, as a group of wedding guests…we start to hate the DJ, and I can’t really explain why, but depending on the list of songs blacklisted by the bride and groom and his personal taste…we might miss out on the bicentennial exhibit of Uncle Bob doing The Robot because he’s not going to play the ONLY song he’ll do it to…..and that blows.
But when you’ve got a wedding band, even if they’re bad…especially if they’re bad, we love the band…as a group we get behind these people because they’re up there, makin it happen and even if the lead singer is flat and looks like he spent the night under an overpass…he’s killin himself trying for Bowie’s Let’s Dance and sure it honestly sounds like cats in heat but WE LOVE THE BAND FOR TRYING!
Post # 5
I hired a band. They just bring a different energy. But my band comes with a dj, as in he’s a member of the band so when they break the music is still going and he can play whatever they can’t. I went to a couple of auditions and you can get a good feel of talent from that. And also look up reviews.
Post # 6
We had a DJ and it was great. He played a huge variety of songs and entertained requests by the crowd, including ethnic songs. I’ve been to weddings with bands and honestly, it sounds like the same song over and over again. I mean, a band can’t really transition from, for example, hip hop to country to ethnic to pop to swing. A DJ however has limitless possibilities.
Post # 7
@Nona99: ah I know exactly what you’re saying! I feel that even if a band isn’t the greatest, there’s still always the excitement of a live band especially when they play a song you love!
Thanks for all the input 🙂 There is such a good argument for either band or dj, I don’t think I could go wrong with either. I’m so indecisive especially when I don’t care either way! I think I’m just going to have to decide which would be better guest experience.
Post # 8
I think DJ’s tend to make a gig out of weddings. They often change the song every 30 seconds and create their own smash ups which I think makes dancing difficult. It can get worse if you happen to book a chatty DJ,
My only issue with bands is the price. A DJ in my area is around $2,000 while a band is anywhere from 5,000-7,000 depending on the band and the number of musicians hired.
We are going with a band……
Post # 9
We’re going with a DJ. But if you choose DJ you have to do a lot of research on which ones are good. Because some just plain suck or are very hammy and corny with not a lot of versatility. Our crowd will be very multicultural with an age range between 0-70 so a DJ just made more sense.
I was watching Four Weddings yesterday and one bride had a beautiful venue, beautiful dress and good food. But the other brides found her reception boring and marked her lower than the rest because she had a live band that made them snooze.
The last reception I went to with a live band, they tried hard to get everyone involved but a lot of people left early because they were limited in how many different kinds of music they could play well and how quickly they could switch it up.
It’s ironic too because live bands cost more since you pay more for the cost of labor of multiple people on stage. And it’s considered a more formal affair if you have one. But more formal doesn’t necessarily guarantee more fun. Either way you gotta do your research.
Post # 10
To me, nothing is better than a live band—if it’s a good band, of course!
Post # 11
I wish we could have done a big band, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money. Our wedding is small with only 35-40 guests, but maybe if it were bigger we would have splurged. We’re doing a DJ.
Post # 12
DJ here. I would have LOVED a band, but (a) it was not in the budget because we had prioritized other things over music and (b) as people have pointed out, bands are somewhat limiting, especially something like a bluegrass band, which is what I wanted.
Our compromise is a very highly recommended DJ, a pile of fantastic song requests from our friends’ RSVPs, and hopefully sneaking a little bluegrass into the cocktail hour/dance party 😉