Post # 1
Looking for input on both whether a band or DJ is best. I want the music to be a focus of the wedding so i am willing to pay extra to have a band if its THAT much better, but i’m not sure if it is. Let me know what you think about the pros and cons of each.
Also we are having a wedding in MASSACHUSETTS so if you have a recommendation for a band/dj in the area please include!
Post # 3
Pro for a band- live music is always fun. Con for a band- one kind of music, have to have a plan for music during the breaks..
Pro for a DJ- pretty much any song you can think of. Con for a DJ- it’s not a live band
Post # 4
Most people I know, and myself included, prefer djs. They have nearly every song available (and you can request songs before the wedding if they don’t have them already) and are quickly able to change the types of songs as the crowd responds to them. Also, because they have such a wide variety of music on hand, guests are able to hear songs as they are used to hearing them by the original artists. If cost is a concern, a dj is much cheaper and you get more from them.
As far as breaks, they can set music to play and take a quick break as needed with no interruptions, where a band cannot do that.
Post # 5
thanks, i was really considering a band for a while but i think yall have very good points.
Post # 6
we’ve been having the same debate lately, but I think we’re going to go with a band. everyone I’ve spoken to that has had a band has told me that it was one of the best decisions they made, and what people have commented most on after the wedding. I disagree that bands only play one kind of music. the ones we are considering play everything we want – oldies, motown, rock, top 40, and the “standards.” plus most bands do take a 10-15 minute break out of every hour, but any good band will have music cued up on a cd during this break so you don’t have a lull, plus it gives you a chance to have any songs outside of the bands repertoire. there are some songs we will purposefully request on cd – our first dance song, for example, is a specific cover of an old classic. every band I’ve spoken to has been fine with playing it on a cd, although they’ve also all offered to learn the song if we wanted.
I honestly think you can have a great wedding with either a DJ or a band (or even just an iPod), but the views here seemed very one-sided so I figured I’d put the other perspective out there. FI is super into music and my brother is a professional musician, so I do think people kind of expect us to have great music at our wedding. we are foregoing a lot of things that some people might think you have to have, but this is something we’ll probably splurge a bit on.
Post # 7
We’re doing a live band/DJ combo.
I think live bands can set a really classy, unique atmosphere at a wedding so we’ll have a jazz band for the first few hours of the reception. For the last hour, they will switch to a DJ to play songs from an ‘approved list’ that still fit our vibe but are more aimed at the younger crowd so they can go a little wild the last hour after older guests leave 🙂 Best of both words, I think!
I agree with PB & J that having a live band doesn’t mean one stlye of music – even with the jazz band we have, they can play modern ‘pop/michael buble’ jazz and also the slower, swankier classics. How variant the music is, is all in how effective you are in communicating your wants with the band!
Post # 8
@kostahowsk: that’s my dream combination! my brother is actually a dj on the side (not for weddings, he tours with other artists and does shows in LA) and i was considering maybe asking him to do a set at the end of the wedding. then i thought about the logistics of that….needing turntables, all his records, etc….and i decided to give up the dream and just let him be a guest at the wedding. i hate having so much musical talent related to me and not using it, sigh, but what can you do, i want him to have a fun time and not be lugging instruments across the country.
Post # 9
Echoing a bit what pb&j said, a lot of people in my family are musicians and they definitely prefer a live band, no contest. There is something special about live music to me and I think it can really make the event.