Post # 1
I have a feeling that this topic must come up regularly, but I didn’t see any polls on it. FI and I are currently debating the merits of a band vs a DJ. Honestly, I see the benefits of both and am having so much trouble deciding.
The tough thing about a band–for us–is that we are planning from out of state, so it would be tough to check out local bands live before we book.
What did you have/will you have?
Post # 3
We had a band, but had decided on a DJ until my Mom recommended the band we went with. The reason we chose a DJ is because:
- Our venue was small
- A LOT less $$
- More song selection
- We knew the DJ already since my sister used him
Then my Mom recommended our band and sold us on it so we ended up having a band instead. There are a lot of unknowns with a band, esp if you are planning from out of town so make sure you at least know someone who has heard them before. It worked out famously for us and was the highlight of our wedding, but I’ve been to weddings where the band was not good and it killed the mood.
Post # 4
We’re having a band, and are really excited for it. We never considered a DJ because of the style of our wedding (cocktail reception with a jazz lounge feel). In our area, DJs aren’t much cheaper than bands, and Boston has a lot of great young (not too long out of college) bands because of the universities in the area (especially Berklee). We booked our band after hearing their music and conversing with them by e-mail, but we’ve not seen/met them in person. We’re comfortable with this, as they’re very professional by e-mail and had all the answers we needed.
One thought I had for you is, if you’d want to meet/interview/watch a band before booking them, would you want to meet a prospective DJ in person too? I think we’re oddballs in not meeting our music professionals, but I think other brides/grooms usually meet the DJ/band beforehand. Maybe not, but thought I’d throw that out there — if you’re planning from out of town, you might need/want to meet the music people no matter what!
Post # 5
If we could have afforded it, we would have gone for the band. Instead, because we couldn’t afford a band, we refused to have a DJ and decided to just have an iPod wedding. The DJ just wasn’t our style (we had a vintage-inspired wedding).
I’ve been to a few weddings this summer with bands, and if you find a good one, they’re totally worth it!
Post # 6
Dj. They have a wider variety of music they can quickly access. The songs they do have are by the original artists as folks are used to. They are cheaper, if budget is a concern. They are able to quickly change to another song if what is playing doesn’t work with the crowd.
I have yet to see an Ipod wedding work due to the logistics involved and most bands are strictly personal preference with their own spins on the music and don’t fit what some folks are into.
Post # 7
We’re having a band. We think it’s more elegant and formal.
Post # 8
We’re having a DJ. He’s the brother of one of my bridesmaids and he recently DJ-ed for a friend’s wedding, so I know he’ll do a good job. If for some reason that doesn’t work out, I think I’d go with another friend or an iPod.
Post # 9
We are having both. Since we couldn’t afford a band for the whole night and were a little worried about finding the perfect band we are having a band for cocktail hour and a DJ for the reception.
Post # 10
We’re having a DJ – I want to hear the original versions of the songs I love. However, a great band can make your reception; you’ll pay big bucks for it around Philly though.
Post # 11
I agree with others that it just depends on the style of reception you want. We want an elegant ceremony and dinner, but after the dinner is over we want people dancing until they drop! So for us we felt like a DJ was better. I’ve tried to dance to bands before, but I just can’t get into it the way I can with a DJ.
Post # 12
Ipod reception with a friendor MC
Post # 13
I agree that it depends on the feel and atmosphere you want your reception to feel. We were thinking about a band but I more so than my ficance listens to more of a variety of music and we felt a DJ would be better for us than a band
Post # 14
We’re having both — a big band earlier on and then a DJ for later on. The band will play “older” music, like Sinatra and the DJ will do Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga. We thought it would be fin to have a little bit of everything.
Post # 15
We’re having a band!
Like BostonBrideToBe said, there are tons of great bands in our area. We’re having a formal black-tie reception and a band fits better for our event.
Post # 16
we are having a DJ. We will have live music at the ceremony though. both the FI and myself played instruments and were in band in college and have access to a plethora of awesome musicians…best of both worlds. Good Luck!