(Closed) Band or DJ?

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i prefer a dj also. my cousin had a band play for her wedding and they were good, but there wasn’t a variety of music. they did have cd’s to play on the stereo when the band was on a break, but it wasn’t the same.

could you have the band play for the half evening and the dj the other half? or maybe they could take turns? 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would say it depends on the band…our band plays a wide array of music and sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G (I know someone who actually booked their wedding date around them!) but its also costing us 10k! We chose them bc they have received rave reviews and I think a band is better than a DJ as far as entertainment goes…BUT if the band can’t play the latest hits stick with a dj! OR have the band play during the ceremony and maybe even a few songs throughout the night

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Band up to cake cutting, then DJ? I think a half and half situation would be best.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’d go with the DJ. My major reason is the lighting and wedding experience some DJs have. They really keep the night flowing and help direct the guests from dinner, to cake cutting, to first dances, etc.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

We never even questioned that we’d rather have a live band. My fiance is a musician. He instantly nixed a DJ because he absolutely hates the idea of them. We also hate a lot of modern club music. And since our wedding guest list is mostly family, it wouldn’t be appropriate anyways. If you have a lot of younger people coming and dancing is a priority then a DJ may be best. They’re certainly cheaper too.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you can afford a good band, do it!! I would think a decent band would be at least 5K. Ours is 6K, but we are only having 1 performer for the ceremony and cocktail, 3 hours of live band (6 performers) and then the last hour of DJ since it will mostly just be young people dancing at that hour. I would probably do a DJ over an amateur band though…

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d have him play for cocktail hour and then switch to a DJ. That way, he can also enjoy           some of the wedding. 

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