Post # 1
I am totally on the fence of band vs DJ! My fiance likes the idea of a DJ because he likes the idea of no variations on the songs and also thinks bands play old music…. but I’ve been to some weddings with some really really good bands and like the idea of live music, but am not opposed ot a DJ.
I’m just curious what people are doing and what your throughs on pros and cons of band or dj??
Post # 3
If it was my wedding, I would pick a band. To me, nothing is better than live music. FI and I have the same taste in music, so it would be easier for us to agree on a band. But, a DJ can be really helpful if guests’ musical tastes are all over the place. A DJ is going to be more versatile and can cater to more styles and requests. If guests aren’t feeling a certain song or music style, they can quickly change it up to get the crowd going.
Post # 4
This was a simple question of money for me. $1800 for a DJ, or $15K for a band. The choice was easy.
I’ve been to weddings with awesome bands, and bands that ruined the night. Same with DJs. Whichever you choose, they have to be a good one.
We split the difference and hired live musicians for the ceremony and a jazz band to play the cocktail hour. The reception was a DJ.
Post # 5
As much as I *love* live music, I think with a DJ, your range of music choices will be wider. Plus I really don’t like when a band plays covers of popular songs… I’d rather just hear the real song. Unless you’re hiring a band that is going to play their own music, and they have at least 4 hours of material.
Post # 6
We both love live music, so we are going with a band. However, our band takes 1 20-minute set break during which they have a dj, so we get a full range of music. Our band is great, they play ALL types of music – its a 9-piece band with 2 singers (male and female), so far there hasn’t been a song we requested that they aren’t able to play.
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand
We went with a DJ (i never wanted a band, i associate it with an older crowd and we had a fairly young crowd at our wedding). I know typically DJs cost less than bands so that’s definitely a big consideration.
Post # 8
@Sugarbee711: I play in a cover band that does weddings and events so please feel free to ask me if you have any questions! I’m obviously biased, but I prefer live music. Maybe it’s my crowd but I have been to weddings with DJs & live bands and people seem to get more into it with a live band. We got a great deal on our band because they were a band I had subbed for in the past & a friend of ours paid 3 times as much for his DJ. He said he wished he’d had our band because everyone stayed & danced until they were done.
Many bands like mine will play at clubs & bars so you can always check them out first! Most of them are willing to learn at least a few specific songs for you and if they don’t have another gig offer that night, they’re usually pretty good about negotiating price. They charge significantly more for weddings so there is definitely room to adjust. I shouldn’t be telling you that though ;-).
Post # 9
Every wedding I’ve been to has had a DJ and we are as well. We honestly can’t stand live bands. If we’re at a bar and they have a live band we leave. It’s too loud, either not music we know or not the original, and find them a bit old.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
We went with a DJ, every wedding I’ve gone to in recent years with a band didnt have as many people dancing, and a lot of people left early. This was mostly due in part to all older songs, songs no one knew…so I couldn’t justify the cost. Even with one wedding where I can admit the band was really good, I enjoyed listening to them more than dancing to them.
Post # 11
I personally hate live bands.. Hust when things are great and everyone is dancing, they take a break, after break….. haha so annoying! LOL
Post # 12
If its in your budget, definitely get a band. I have definitely enjoyed bands more so than Djs at the weddings I have attended. They interact with the crowd and a good band will get the crowd fired up.
I’m bias bc we are having a band.
Post # 13
You guys must be seeing some pretty terrible bands! That makes me sad!
Post # 14
I’m stumped and in the same boat. I’ve gotten some pretty good price quotes from some bands who had videos up of their work and they seem to really get the crowd going, and they sound good. Ugh, decisions.. decisions…
But I agree with the poster who said the most important thing regardless of which way to go is to make sure they are GOOD. I’ve been at weddings with live bands where I was staring into space bored outta my mind and weddings where I was jumping up and down on the dance floor with a DJ. So it really does depend. At the end of the day, I’d rather get a phenomenal DJ than a medicore live band if it was going to be significantly different in price.
Post # 15
@AmyFarrahFowler: Hey, what band are you using? I think I might be considering the same one… ps great screen name!
Post # 16
I voted DJ, just because I’m a huge fan of beat mixing. A band can’t do that. So yeah… a DJ all the way. And I mean a real DJ, not someone to click songs on a laptop and talk all night on the mic.