(Closed) Band or DJ???

posted 8 years ago in Music
  • poll: DJ or Band?
    DJ : (12 votes)
    55 %
    BAND : (10 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 3
    249 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think bands are definitely more fun. We’re having a band and using an Ipod with our dance favorites while the band is on breaks.

    Post # 4
    121 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I can give this input because the band vs. dj argument was a huge contention in my family:::

    A band is amazing because they bring an actual “live” energy into the room, people will naturally gravitate to that energy and that area. Bands are definitly more expensive, but bring in a whole different feel.  

    A Dj will play exactly what you want to hear- the way it was recorded and intended to be played *but* you need to deal with the disk jockey talking and trying to get everyone out on the floor all nite, as well depending on them to read the room and pick appropriate music.

    In terms of the actual music a band and a dj both will play what you want to hear, but you should also remember the types of people you are inviting to you wedding– are people predominantly older that are coming to celebrate? Will they be put out by contemporary dancing/club music, or what to hear the oldies/classic etc? Glen Miller and the big band feel is what my FH wanted, and felt embodied the Timeless element a wedding should convery– music that will always be classic- not just top 20 hits. We wanted to carry the thread of timelessness through the whole event- as it also reflects our love for eachother. To us a band was just way more classy. BUT it is very expensive to find a band- and we needed  to sacrifice on many other things to have it. At the end of the day you need to decide what is important for you to have your guests remember– the music and dancing and energy of the room or the food and details and other efforts you put in.

    In no way am i trying to down play a dj either, i am just conveying why a band was a better fit for our event. DJs are fun and affordable, and if you find a really great one (i totally suggest going to see them live or doing a preview) they can also be fantastic.

    Post # 5
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We’re doing a band too.  It was never a question for us.  It’s kind of the best of both worlds because during “set” breaks we can play other types of music that the band may not play.

    Post # 6
    1752 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I want the eveinging to flow, I want someone to orchestrate the night, I want crazy lights & good energy.  We are going with a DJ because they can play ALL the musice that we like & can really get a crowd going if they are good!

    Post # 7
    114 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Fiance and I are both music majors and absolutely LOVE music. That’s why it’s important for us to play the music that we want to hear, not only the music the band knows. We want the night to be a celebration of our relationship so that means playing the music that’s been a part of our lives for the past 6+ years. We listen to a variety of music and want to be able to play a little bit of everything, especially the more obscure songs. For us, the choice was obvious. Plus, I hate 99% of covers so to me, listening to a band all night would be like listen to one cover song after another. 

    I do think bands can be fun though. There’s something about the energy of a live band that gets people moving and in the spirit of the night. Honestly, if we had room in the budget, I’d love to have a band during cocktail hour/dinner and then a DJ for the dance portion. 

    Post # 8
    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’ve been to DJ and band weddings and they’re both fun!  I don’t think you can go wrong either way.  If your guests are ready to get down and boogy, you’ll have a great night with a live band or DJ!  🙂

    Post # 9
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I prefer djs because they have a wider variety of music as heard by the original artists as most folks are used to (and prefer) hearing them.

    Post # 10
    2641 posts
    Sugar bee

    I prefer the DJ too. 

    Costs less,

    fewer mouths to feed,

    fewer ppl to deal with getting sick or not showing up on time etc.,

    takes up less space,

    the company can more easily find a replacemnt (I would think),

    Can play whatever songs you want -the way you’re expecting to hear them,

    isn’t too loud.


    (I never really considered a band.)

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