(Closed) Band or DJ?

posted 6 years ago in Music
  • poll: Band or DJ?
    Band : (17 votes)
    27 %
    DJ : (45 votes)
    73 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We had a DJ and people were on the dance floor ALL night.

    We chose a Dj over a band because we wanted to have the option for a wide variety of music since we have guests ranging in age from 21-91.

    Also, I wanted the songs to be completely recognizable rather than a band’s “version” of the song.

    I was really happy with our choice and our guests really seemed to love the DJ.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee

    We will have a dj.  I’ve danced plenty to dj’ed weddings.

    Post # 5
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    1095 posts
    Bumble bee

    We’re having a band. It was on our list of musts. While I’ve definately had a good time at alot of weddings with DJs, I just think a good band is so lively and they really get the crowd going! 

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    we LOVED our DJ!!!  He was fantastic 🙂 and think you get a lot more options when it comes to different types of music with a DJ.  We wanted to play a wide variety of things and he did a really great job!  We danced all night long, I did not sit down once (except to eat my dinner at the start of the reception) other then that we danced every single song for 4 hours!

    Bands tend to be a lot more expensive and I really dont think they are worth it.  Most of the weddings I have gone to have DJs.  My cousins wedding had a big band play, they were so loud, they even passed out ear plugs.  It was kinda tacky and not as nice some of the DJ weddings we have gone to.

    Post # 7
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    1425 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I have never gone to a wedding with a live band. The closet would to be a friend’s wedding, which was at her parent’s house and the Dad, Uncle, and a few neighbors free-styled some jazz music.

    We’re going with a DJ. I think the song options are greater and I’d be afraid of the band having an “off” night.

    Post # 8
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’ve gone to many weddings with DJ’s which were fun, but I went to one wedding that had a band… it was THE BEST for dancing!  There was a wide variety of music and the members of the band definitely kept the party going!  They were all over the dance floor singing and dancing, and putting the mic in front of people to sing along.  Although they are a bit pricier than a DJ, a band is a MUST for my wedding! 

    Post # 9
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    1501 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We had a band and it was the best decision every. They played music that everyone loved. Our niece and nephew were up dancing and so was my Nana and everyone in between.

    8 months later and people are still talking about how awesome the band was when we talk about our wedding.

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We had a band all picked out and were ready to sign a contract. Then we did the math and figured out how much we would be paying them for how much time they would actually be playing (which would have only been 3 hours total for a 6 hour reception), and decided not to book them and save the cash. I am glad for the extra wiggle room in the budget, but know it will definitely not be the same experience. If money were of no concern, we would have booked our band. Fiance didn’t want to look for a less expensive band (it was either this one or a DJ). The DJ we booked ended up being on the higher end, price wise, but was still only a quarter of what the band would have cost us…

    Post # 11
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    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We had a band. Personally, every, single wedding that I’ve been to with a band has been WAY better than one with a DJ.

    There’s just something about a band and live music that’s just more fun and creates such a better atmosphere. I’ve found that most DJs try to be too interactive with the crowd and it’s distracting. Not to mention, a live band singing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” somehow sounds almost elegant, whereas the same thing coming over the speakers being played by a DJ might be offensive to Grandma.

    It’s worth the money.

    Post # 12
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We only had a DJ and everyone loved it just the same!  To be honest, I’m also not a fan of a live band – weird considering I myself am a musician – I think what gets me is that acoustics become important and I find myself stressing over if anything goes wrong with the band?

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee

    It’s funny, I always thought I wanted a band for my wedding, but when I really got down to planning and thinking about it, we ended up going with a DJ because they’re going to be able to play a better variety of music.  I know some bands are great and they can cover any song, but I think people (and me) will appreciate hearing songs how they’re used to being heard.  Plus the DJ we ended up going with comes highly recommended and we just knew he was the one for us when we met him!

    Post # 14
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    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I voted for DJ. Our DJ was amazing, and had everyone on the dance floor all night!

    However, I will say that I have been to a few weddings with bands and had a great time. For me, I think it depends on the variety of music that the band plays.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I just wanted to add that if you have a band they need to be able to play a variety of music and stuff that everyone knows, not their own music all night.

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Having been to a lot of weddings, I’d say DJs are much better about getting people on the dance floor and customizing a playlist based on crowd behavior. 

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