Post # 1
We have just today decided to scrap the band hire and just have a DJ. We would still like to have an actual person minding the tunes, rather than the laptop.
We’re kinda fussy about music – grunge time was our time – and with a normal mixed guest list to cater for, we know we can’t hire a band that would play music we’d want to dance to. I don’t think a party where about 5 people dance is ideal!
My other quib – and I know it’s petty, but it is what it is – is that I kinda like to hear songs precisely as they were intended, if you know what I mean. Dream a Little Dream (Mamas & Papas) is our first song, and if it’s a live band playing it, I just know I’ll be listening in a critical way, to hear any mistakes, rather than just dancing happily with my honey.
So, seeing as we’re gonna be running around talking all night – once the First Dance is over, leastways – we’ve decided to hire a DJ (that we happen to know) for about 500 euro, instead of band+dj for about 1800 euro. (Ca. $600 and $2000 respectively, I think.) If you’re wondering why anyone would want both, here the band usually play 9-12, then DJ 12-2am.
Do ye all think we’re mad? Tbh I’m dreading telling his family, there are a few musicians in it, and they wouldn’t understand my choice to find money for the photog but not a band. I’m not loooking for advice, really, as we are quite happy with our decision, and himself will happily tell FSIL to back off if she gets too opinionated. I just wanted to know what you all think!
Post # 3
I MUCH prefer a DJ to band. I like having the greater variety of music / sound plus like you, I like to hear the songs as they were intended.
Post # 4
I had a band at our “after the reception party” and loved them. I chose the music I wanted and they played it. It was so much fun. I considered a DJ and the laptop route, but the band adds to much to the party. We had an Ipod ready for band breaks and just a different variety of music, but we never even set it up. I vote band all the way!!
Post # 5
I’m totally with you. The Guy wanted a band, but I held out for a DJ, because I want to hear my favourite songs the way I know and love them!
Post # 6
We prefer a DJ because we know everything is true to the original. Also, we knew that if we got a band, we’d want a really good band, and we didn’t have the money for it.
Sounds like you found a good compromise. Are you happy?
Post # 7
Well we’re happy out. It’s a great feeling to instantly wipe about 1300 off the wedding bill! And we know the DJ well, so I wouldn’t feel shy about telling him what we want him to play.
And, we will actually have a wee bit of live music – FFIL and FSIL sing professionally part time, and are insisting on singing a few songs, so that should appease anyone looking for live music! They were really offering to do the whole night, but I’d rather have them relax and enjoy our wedding.
Post # 8
I would pick a dj everytime because they are cheaper (if cost is a concern) and they play music by the original artists as people are used to hearing them. Unlike an ipod, etc, they have a ton of music available that they can quickly grab based on what the crowd responds to and not play what the crowd doesn’t like.