Post # 1
I always thought I would want a DJ because they can play whatever music you want and also take requests easily but I went to a wedding this past weekend that had a band and they were excellent! I’m not sure if I had more fun because all my friends were dancing or because the music was so good but now I’m torn.
What do you guys think? Out of all the weddings you’ve been to which made you dance more?
Post # 3
Never been to a wedding with a band…but I love to dance, will dance to anything….a DJ probably has more of a selection….
Post # 4
I’ve only attended one wedding with a band, and the music was just okay. So it definitely depends on what kind of band you get. I personally prefer a DJ because they can provide a wider variety of music while also serving as your Master of Ceremonies.
Post # 5
IMO, bands do more than just play music, they entertain. We had a band during dinner and it was SO worth it! They added so much to the atmosphere and to the party! There’s just nothing quite like live music. That said, we didn’t really hire the band for dancing.
A DJ is fine. We had a DJ later in the night for dancing and people had a good time.
Post # 6
I think a DJ is always a safer choice. The songs will sound like you expect them to sound, and you can get a huge variety. Most of the bands around here are not very good, and even with the good ones there are limitations. Everything will be sung by the same singer(s), and played by the same musicians, so it’s limited, and there’s a much larger risk of mistakes. I do love live music though, so I’m happy either way.
I went to a wedding with a band that only played swing and jazz, and that was pretty cool. It fit with the overall theme of the wedding. Most of the other wedding bands I’ve heard I haven’t liked as much because you had one band trying to play a huge variety of music and a lot of it didn’t really fit with their style.
ETA: We plan on having a string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour. I’d be open to having a band for the first part of the night too. As long as you only want a certain style/ sound for a certain period of time, a band is a good way to go. I just don’t want a band for dancing all night.
Post # 7
I think it depends on what kind of party you want and what kind of music you like. We’re having a jazz band because my FI is a jazz guitarist and his family is very religious and against music and dancing so we think a band will be more appropriate. If we had people there who wanted a more modern dance party we might have gone with a DJ. Whichever you choose they just have to be talented and appropriate for the atmosphere you are trying to create.
Post # 8
Good bands are soooo much fun! I’ve been to some weddings with some DJs who could not keep things going or read the crowd very well, so I think it can be great or not so great either way.
Post # 9
Originally I wanted a band, because I like the energy of live music and I hate cheesy DJs that talk too much. But our guest list spanned all ages and musical tastes, so because we needed versatility in the music a DJ seemed like the better choice for us.
Post # 10
I like bands but they cost like 5 times (at least) more than a Dj.
Post # 11
I think if you are going to have a band, it needs to be at least a 10 peice band in order for it to really great. And a 10 peice band around my area costs around $8,000. I originally wanted a band but it was just way out of budget.
I think a DJ can be great if you get the right one 🙂
Post # 12
The band needs to be awesome. I’ve been to two weddings with AMAZING bands and it made the party. Its not something you can skimp on so if you can’t go all out I think DJ is the way to go.
Post # 13
We’re doing both! There’s a local band we LOVE, before we were even engaged we talked about having them play at our wedding. They’re a 1980’s hairmetal cover band–for you youngsters, hairmetal music is considered like Poison, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue etc So we’re having them, and they’re bringing a DJ. The DJ will do all the traditional stuff, first dances, bouquet toss … then later on the in the evening the band will play two 45 minute sets.. and during their break the DJ will play. I think it’ll be a perfect mix of old music (with the band) and new music (with the dj.) All of our friends love them too, so it’ll be like one big awesome concert with our best friends!
Post # 14
DJ – Bands make me nervous and I feel like I’m always watching them to see if they will mess up. Plus I hate when they “make the song their own”. You can’t really sing along when they do that.
Post # 15
This is always a hot debate. It totally depends on the band. A good band will not only sing but give some live entertainment action to your guests that a DJ just can’t. A good band can pump up the crowd and give it more of a party feel than a DJ can.
All of the weddings I have been to with a band were all AMAZING and I left feeling like that was the best wedding ever. A DJ however, well most of them haven’t been that good. I also hate the cheese factor that DJ’s can have when trying to get the crowd going.
We are having both – A band for the reception and a DJ for the set breaks.
Post # 16
I would definitely go with a DJ. That way they can play all different types of genres and keep all the guests satisfied.