Post # 1
I love the band we’ve hired but obviously they can’t play everything so we’re most likely going to to hire a DJ as well. What I’m not sure about is how long the band should play for. Should we have both the band and DJ play all night and alternate or should we have the band play for a couple of hours and the DJ for a couple of hours? Really really stuck here.
Post # 2
PinkStripes: I’d suggest alternating. The band will probably take breaks anyway. Have you priced the options? Our DJ offers a package with live musicians, so its possible your DJ would also.
Post # 2
We hired a swing (like a mini big band) band for the start of the reception through to just before the final speeches of the night (best man and groom). So we had them from 6.45pm when people were starting to move into the marquee from cocktail hour and get seated through to 8.45 pm. They played two sets of 50 minutes each with a 20 minute break in between where they just put an ipod of similar style music on. After the final speeches we then used an ipod for the really dancy part of the evening. (We could have had a DJ but for what they wanted to charge us for 2.5 hours work and they wanted us to supply some music (wtf) we decided to just ipod it.) This break down seemed to work really well – the band put everyone in a really good mood during the meal and really set a great tone for the evening. Then everyone was ready to rock out to the more dancey tracks a bit later on on the ipod/dj.
Post # 4
Astra: thank you so much I will definitely ask about that when I’m looking for djs!
Post # 5
Lollybags: that’s sounds great! I thanks for the input 🙂
Post # 6
I have DJ many weddings working with live bands…
They key is this..since you booked the band already…ask them would it be okay for the DJ (you going to hire) to use their speakers, but pluging into the band’s Audio Mixer.
if Yes, then dj fee’s would be less since he is not bring equipment
if NO, then you have space issues and where/what sound equipment would be present.
As far as sharing music STAGE?…ask yourself what is the band for? most weddings i have done the band is for traditional music like foreign sounds (culturally base) and DJ is for dancing (american top 40, edm music).
DJ does most of the work at the end.. reserve for dancing and ending off the night…he could also be used to play your first dance, father’s dance and walking intro’s…
band used to play/sing music for your culture, rock themes or for older generations (ball room stuff)
and make sure to alternate them so they can have breaks for drinks and dinner.
hope that helps…
(biggest thing is about Sound equipment and usage of it) I personally like the DJ supplying all the sound equipment and have the band plug into the dj’s mixer. reasons why
1. Dj most of the time close out the reception
2. Dj provides lighting and visuals with his package
3. Band could pack up and leave after their songs.. (shorter time so should be cheaper)
4. Dj’s don’t mind band using their equipment; whereas Bands don’t like dj’s using theirs (more band members have to decide and band (musicians think dj will mess up thier audio equipment)
5. Dj’s are less DIVA ish…. not as tempermental as band would be