(Closed) Band or DJ? Both?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Amy43026: My Fiance and I are struggling with this question right now. Last night we went to check out a possible band and we realized that it wasn’t worth the extra money for us. However, if you really LOVE the band, then it might be worth it to you!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t really understand why someone would have both?  Of course, I understand the predicament of choosing one over the other, but I feel like if both a DJ and a band were hired, it would be crazy expensive and they would just step on each other’s toes…

I have been to weddings with live bands & they were very fun.  I have been to (more) weddings with DJs & they were very fun, too.  FI and I would have loved to hire a live band, but it just wasn’t in our budget and it wasn’t a priority for us.  (I think the DJ will be great, though!)  You have to decide what your budget priorities are, and if having a band is really important to you, see if you can find a way to afford it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Ms Bookworm: I saw venor review by somebody who had both. She said that they hired the dj to play during the band’s breaks. It seems a bit excessive to me, and the band we were considering would have played our ipod music for us during the breaks, but each to her own!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Amy43026: We had a 3 piece bluegrass band for the ceremony (which was outside) and cocktail hour (~$500). Then a DJ for the dinner and reception (~$700). It worked out ok for us. In retrospect though, I’d have probably gone with the bluegrass band for the whole wedding~just because everyone came from far away and we spent more time talking than dancing.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personally I prefer a DJ but only because most wedding bands that I’ve seen have been on the cheesier side. A DJ can play just about anything under the sun but a band is limited to only the songs that they know. With that said, I know that great bands do exist but they’re going to cost you. $4800 is a pretty significant difference. If I were you, I’d put that money towards something else, like an extra fancy HM! As long as you’ve hired a great DJ, you’ll have a fantastic party. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee

I prefer djs since I want to hear songs by the original artists. Plus, it’s cheaper.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Amy43026: It depends on how formal your wedding is or the kind of mood you want to set. DJ would definitely give you more a party vibe. We’re actually having this dilemma right now too.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

DJ

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re going with a DJ!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m partial to DJ’s, but at a friend’s wedding last year, we hear this AWESOME DJ/live music combo, and when we got engaged, that was the first thing we knew we wanted.  Its a DJ along with a keyboardist, vocalist, and sax player.

I think its a great compromise and the best of both!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We ended up hiring a band.  I actually haven’t seen them play yet, but my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor scoped them out for me.  They said they were exactly what I wanted.  They’ve also played at a lot of clubs and professional events, so I hope it works out.

The best part about them is for an extra $150 bucks they were willing to DJ their breaks.  They will bring everything and set it all up. 

I feel like it’s the best of both worlds.  Live music and the songs and the classics we want by originals.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Wow, this is exactly what I’m dealing with! It’s helpful to hear what others are doing. I already know a saxophonist who is willing to play at our wedding, but I have to look for a DJ still. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We are definitely going with a band!!

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