- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015 - James House Mansion
My fiance and I have nailed down most of the majors for our Octover wedding and have, thankfully, easily agreed on most thongs do far. Now, though, we have come to an impass. My fiancé REALLY wants his friend’s band to play the wedding whereas I would really prefer to book a DJ.
The band is a well establishe cover band that plays clubs, etc all the time (they played at the Sands casino in PA for New Years) so I know they aren’t an amateur garage band or anything, but I am still not comfortable with booking them for the wedding. My main concern is that they seem to play mostly pop and dance style covers (expected from a club band) whereas we are much more into hard rock, metal, and for me, Motown, country, and funk. My fiancé says they can play this type of music well but I have not personally heard it. I have only seen their promo videos which do not show this.
I feel like with a DJ we can get any variety of music, mix it up, and have specific songs played in their original format, which the guests will be familiar and comfortable with. In the interest of full disclosure, I am also biased because I used to be an event DJ 😉
Ultimately the most important thing to me is that people are dancing and having a good time at the wedding, not sitting around bored, and that we aren’t listening to music we dislike all night.
I have never attended a wedding with a band, so my question to you, fellow bees, is what have your experiences been, particularly with bands? Have you been to weddings with bands that provided a variety of music and people were up dancing all night, or was it more sedate? Did the bands seem to only do a few genres well or were they diverse? Did the room seem to have more or less energy than weddings with a DJ? Did people seem to mind that the songs sounded different than on the recordings? Did people seem intimidated to get up and dance in front of live performers or did that seem to encourage them?
I realize much of this depends on the specific band or DJ, but any insight is really appreciated!
Thanks a million!
PS: Since my fiancé is friends with the band, it would actually be LESS expensive to book them than it would be to book a DJ, so the usual argument that a band is more expensive doesn’t apply here.