(Closed) Band vs DJ dilemma

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
5151 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Mystikaos:  We went to a wedding recently with a band and they were AWFUL. Horrendous. No one danced all night – you should have seen how quickly the dance floor got packed when they put on a recording of Call Me Maybe when the band took a break! That said – the band was awful and that probably sways my opinion.

I would assume if theyre playing at a casino on NYE, they are pretty good! I think if they play pop/dance music, you’ll find most people on the dance floor. In terms of the heavy metal, I’m assuming they wouldnt want to play that at a wedding…that might be weird. I’m sure they can do mo-town/country covers as well!

I think either way is fine AS LONG as they are a REALLY good band! 

Post # 3
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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Mystikaos:  I’m sure it does depend on the band. While we were never interested in one, our DJ shared with us that at a lot of the weddings he’s played at, the dance floor tends to empty out when the band is playing. This was strange to me, because I think most people do enjoy live music. However, at weddings, I think people want to listen to music they know and love, and if they aren’t familiar with the songs, they may be less likely to get up there and dance.

Post # 4
551 posts
Busy bee

I went to a nice wedding with a band. They were good but did stick to one kind of music. Nobody really got up and danced. It was just more of a formal feel and not one that encouraged getting wild on the dance floor. I personally would go with the DJ.

Post # 5
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i realllllly suggest a dj. At weddings with bands no matter how good they are unless they know the band and go see them often, they will not be interested. It will be mostly older people on the dancefloor and even with that it will be very sparse. I really don’t like bands for weddings. If they are friends and will be guests maybe you can ask them to play a song or two, but I would definitely get a DJ.

Post # 6
49 posts

I’m shocked at how many people have had bad experiences with bands.  I’m a wedding photographer and almost every wedding I photograph that has a band the dance floor is packed!  But these bands were good, and well rehearsed in a variety of music that is appropriate for a wedding and they knew different genres that appeal to different generations and tastes.  

I think the most important thing whether you go with a band or dj, is that they can read the guests and get a good idea of what will keep people dancing all night long.  If I went with a band (which I wanted but couldn’t afford), I would want it to be a band with lots of versatility.  

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