Post # 1
Okay… So we are having this great debate right now.. we are young and will be 25 when we get married..
If you had a choice as a guest which would you prefer?
I am worried that the younger guests will not want to dance when there is a band playing.
Post # 3
We had a live band at our wedding and they were AWESOME! Everyone danced old & young (we did have a lot of friends our age at our wedding) The bad played a great mix of current music & older hits that everyone knows.
For reference; I was 26 & he was 28 when we married. Black tie wedding with about 80 guests. 7 piece band.
Edit: I just saw that you said “as a guest” … I still prefer a GOOD live band. The key word being Good… lame live bands are… lame lol same for lame DJs. If its a great DJ then I would enjoy that too.
Post # 4
We did both. We had a big band that played while people were being seated, then we had a dixie land band play over dinner, then we had a DJ later on in the evening. The big band did come out between dinner and when the DJ came on and played for a bit. People danced and it was fun, but they were only out for another 30 minutes or so
Post # 5
It doesn’t matter to me as long as there’s variety! The last wedding we went to, the DJ ONLY played house/electronic music (DeadMau5, Aviici, etc) so all of the grandparents and parents were totally left out.
Post # 6
It really depends on the band. I would have loved to have had a band at my wedding, so I’m leaning that way.
Post # 7
depends on what the band PLAYS.
you can have a great band, and we all dance, or you could have a great DJ and we dance. you could also have a shitty band and no one dances or an equally shitty Dj and no dancing.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
A good band is better than a bad DJ. A good DJ is better than a lame band. It all really can depend of the quality.
I voted DJ because that’s what we went with and we splurged a bit going with one of the top rated DJs in our state. I like hearing my favorite songs as I first heard them, recorded by the orig artist.
But I did go to two weddings last year with bands -one was pretty good and even though they didn’t do a lot of current music, it was enjoyable and lots of people hit the dance floor! Another one the band was slow and played very old outdated music. Few people danced, many left early.
Post # 9
There is nothing like a great live band. But there is also nothing worse than a bad one.
Post # 10
A DJ can accommadate all tastes in music… where as a band is fewer.
Post # 11
Always a DJ. I want to hear the real song, not some band’s cover of it.
Post # 12
Best: A good DJ
A good band
A bad band
A broken iPod
Your drunken uncle telling embarassing childhood stories
A bad DJ
So if you go DJ, make sure he’s AMAZING!
Post # 13
@MissHockey: A DJ because sometimes a band can mess up a song cover and it makes me focus on the mess up rather then the music. I rather dance to the origional.
Post # 14
Really depends on how good the band or DJ is and what they’re playing.
All things equal I would probably prefer the band since you don’t seem them as much as DJs. They need to play well-known and popular dancing songs though. A bad band would be awful though!
Post # 15
@MissHockey: We just had an ipod, but I’d ALWAYS pick a good live band over a DJ, there’s nothing like the atmosphere of live music!
Post # 16
I hear so many horror stories of people getting a “great” expensive DJ and then nobody danced enough or the DJ played songs nobody could/wanted to dance to. If you go the DJ route do your homework. This goes the same for a band. Choose a band you love and what most of your guest will love dancing to. For those who choose not to dance(scared, old, ect.) at least a band will be great entertainment and the dance floor won’t be a awkward ghost town. I would personally love see a great band and get to dance so win-win.