(Closed) DJ, Band or both?!

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have a DJ and my reason for getting it over a band are a few. We needed music to be played in both English and Arabic (FI’s family is Lebanese) and Portuguese (my mother’s side of the family) and a Band simply can’t do that.

Other reasons:

DJ does not need to take a break from playing — If he needs a break there is still music going and most people wouldn’t notice.

There is no risk of a band not playing a song correctly, if we want the Glee cover of a song, the Glee cover will play.


If you really have the budget for it go for both, I would recommend at that point simply using the Jazz for cocktail hour and the ceremony (if you’re fine with Jazz at the ceremony, depending on the type/religion that may not work) Then it wouldn’t be too expensive and you’d both get what you’d like and have the best of both worlds.


Thats just my opinion though πŸ™‚

Post # 4
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Love jazz bands! If you know a good one they can usually play anything. Personally I’m getting a dj (cheaper). If you have a huge budget, get both.

Post # 5
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are getting both because I wanted Dj in laws wanted band. I been to weddings with band while it’s ok I prefer DJs. So our band will be playing mainly old school classics/background music, our first dance, and the dj is coming on for the last three and half hours our reception. That’s a good option and depending on what kind of cocktail hour you have you probably can use them during cocktail hour too.

Post # 6
8696 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m only having a DJ bc I dont care for the sound of a band. However, if your budget allows, I would get both a DJ and a band since your Fiance wants the band and you want a DJ. It would be the best of both worlds.

Post # 7
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My fiancé really wanted a band for the reception and I really wanted a DJ, so we compromised…for the ceremony we are having a cello and violinist play and for the reception I get my DJ lol. So maybe split it up so you each can have what you want πŸ™‚

Post # 8
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Fiance and I love jazz bands but we decided on a DJ.  Our guests wouldn’t dance as much to jazz/swing-type songs, so we put their comfort first on this one.  We are having the DJ play 30’s/40’s music for cocktails and dinner, so we’re getting a bit of both.

Post # 9
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are having both, but mainly a band. The have DJ that comes on when the band needs to take breaks. This way, we get the best of both worlds – the great band we love but also the DJ who can play the songs the band can’t. 

Post # 10
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

depends on your group-bands seem to be for more chill, older mature crowds, the dj will get your party hopping and keep people on the dance floor in a different way πŸ™‚ I woudl strongly suggest to your band to not be afraid to change things up for a more peppy tone if things start to get settled too early in the night though! that seems to be a big complaint on 4 weddings w/the bands.

yes, I know, I shouldnt be watching πŸ™‚ but I cant help it, I’ve watched it since before I was even engaged πŸ™‚

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