Live Band and a DJ?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
6674 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve been to a few weddings where they had both and it worked out very well, with something for everyone.  I’m assuming that most  bands will not charge you any less for two hours than they would have for four, though. 

Post # 4
1981 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We are doing something similar. We found a guitarist/singer to perform for cocktail hour and dinner, but we aldo want a DJ. Our solution is to have the guitarist only at cocktail hour. And have both at the beginning of the reception. That the way DJ can announce us for the grand entrance, play songs for the first dance, etc. And in between, the guitarist will perform until the end of dinner. The the guitarist will leave and the DJ will be the only vendor there. We will have 2 hours of overlap, so it costs a little extra, but I think it will be worth it!

Post # 5
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I was just in a wedding that had a band and a DJ. It was kind of cool, the band would play for a while and then take a break, during which the DJ would fill in. DJ played during dinner and whatnot. The only issue was that the DJ was JUST a DJ, not an Emcee, and he didn’t announce anything (the lead singer of the band announced the entrance of the bridal party), so we never knew when something was about to happen. I was in the bathroom for the entire first half of the slideshow, and no one at the head table realized the cake was being cut since it was never announced, so we missed that, too. So as long as you have a good DJ who knows what the heck they’re doing, I think it’s a swell idea. 🙂

Post # 6
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We are having both but my wedding hasn’t passed yet so I can’t tell you how it worked out 😉 we’re doing the band for the first  couple of hours +a bit and the dj for the rest and also in between the bands sets (as most bands, ours included, take breaks) and cocktail hour. The band said they’ve done it this way before and it works quite well. Our band also told us not to hire a dj and just let them play from an iPod betweem sets but I didn’t like that idea because a dj has the ability to feel the room and mix/change songs depending on the vibe of the crowd. You can’t do that with an iPod and I really want it to be a constant party the minute he dancing starts without the awkward two stepping people tend to do when a song has dragged on too long.

Post # 7
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had both and it worked out great.  I felt the same way you did, I wanted dance music and an Emcee to announce the wedding party & have the specific songs we needed for the first dance & parent dances… but I also love live music & wanted a band!  The music “schedule” was something like this:

  • Ceremony – DJ played list of songs we gave him
  • Cocktail Hour – Band played acoustic set with lots of folk & bluegrass songs
  • Entrance, 1st dance, parent dances – DJ played specific songs we requested & introduced wedding party
  • Dinner – DJ played easy-listening music
  • Reception – Band played most of the night, about 3 hours
  • Late night – DJ took over after our Mock Exit & played for a few hours… most people were gone at this point, but me and my girls danced the night away!

It really worked out perfectly.  The band played a TON of really great, recognizable songs that kept people dancing and the DJ did what we needed him to do as an Emcee.  It helped we got a friends & family discount on the band or else we would not have been able to afford both.

Post # 8
5391 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

BWLE:  We haven’t had ours yet but we’re having several different musicians: an acoustic guitarist/singer who will play as guests arrive for the evening reception, and during the bands break (so, from 6.30-7.45pm and then 9-9.30pm); a band who will play from just before 8pm until 11pm; and then a DJ who will be on from 11pm-1am.

The main difficult we’ve faced is where to have them all set up as we have a venue with limited space, and they can’t share equipment; so, we’re setting the DJ equipment up diagonally opposite the band, in as compact a space as possible, and the DJ will start moving this out just before the band stop so that the transition is as smooth as possible with no breaks in the music. In a bigger venue, it would be a lot easier; with ours it will take careful planning. So, that’s one thing to consider unless they’re happy sharing equipment.

As far as music goes, I think it will work very well; you are able to cater to everyone, and can have different ‘vibes’ for different parts of the night. So for eg our band will play lots of 60s and 70s rock and pop, whereas the DJ will play more up-to-date things, meaning we have most tastes catered to.

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