(Closed) Band vs. DJ at intimate wedding??

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

Live music is suitable for any size venue. However have you heard this band? Are they are covers band and able to play the variety of music you’d want. Some bands play a particular niche. 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper

Good live music is always appropriate and always my preference all things being equal. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

My wedding will be about 80 people and I would LOVE to have a live band! I don’t really think it’s that small… Make sure they are actually good though!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

We are going with a DJ instead of a live band. We would feel more comfortable knowing that our DJ has the songs we want played as opposed to a live band singing. We are also having cultural music at our reception.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

My daughter’s reception had a 11 piece band, with only 95 guests. They have an extensive songlist, avaialble online, and the couple chose what they wanted played. About half of the members also sang, so there was a lot of diversity in the songs they sing. I think they went back to the 1930s and 1940s, so a tune could be played for the grandmothers.  They were told not to have the volume on high. They took a 20 minute break, for their vendor meal to be served, but had 2 different solosits perform, so there wasn’t any gap time. Two of the members played during the cocktail hour, too.

Edit – a band would not be overkill, for a smaller wedding, especially if they only have 4 pieces. And yes, a bandleader or one of the bandmembers will do the usual MC work – announcement and introductions, move the timeline along, etc.

How big is the room youre using for the reception? Des it have room for a band (probably will take up more room than a DJ), and room for a dance floor, with the number of guests you are hosting? I have no idea what a DJ would cost; the least expensive band we listened to, at a showcase, was $6500 for 9 pieces, with 2 pieces for a the cocktail hour and 4 hours with 9 pieces for the reception.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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2XMOB :  Sounds like a great band but how does that answer the OP’s question?

OP I would stick with the DJ rather than a band you know almost nothing about. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - The Summit Country Day School Chapel/The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors

We are using a 6 piece band for our 180-200 guest wedding (so a bit bigger). Our band can go as small as 3-4 and as large as 14 piece for larger events. Hearing the band in person is key. Our band offers showcases all the time so we know exactly what they sound like. They also played for a wedding one of my bridesmaids went to and she said people were dancing all night. They will play 5 45 min sets (including cocktails and a dinner set) and DJ on their breaks. I have a planning page where I add songs they must play and songs they should not play. They will also play our entrance into the reception and all of our special dances live. I am a musician so having live music was a priority. 

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Honey bee

I had a band at my wedding and wish I’d had a DJ instead. The band was *great*, but there’s just something about hearing music by the original artist that makes a better party, IMO. Gets people UP and DANCING!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We chose a band specifically instead of a DJ because of our smaller wedding. To me, a DJ is to pump up the party. A band feels more responsive to the ebbs and flow of the crowd. We picked a pretty cool motown/classics band that we think everyone will enjoy — enough to get on the dance floor but also just some sweet tunes for hanging out and mingling, too.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We had a DJ at our 65 person wedding and while he was great, I think a band would have been more fun and actually fit the size of our wedding better than a DJ.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had 45 guests and a live, 3-piece, band at our wedding. It was not overpowering in the least. We recieved so many compliments and it really aided with the ambiance of the event. No regrets – they played contemporary songs along with some jazz favorites. Really fit us as a couple. 

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