Post # 1
I need advice….what are you gals doing for music at your reception? We’re not sure wether to solely get a DJ or a Band or get both!! I really would definitely prefer a DJ since they can play a variety of music and guests can make a wide range of requests….but my Fiance is really into getting a Jazz Band. Hummmm, should we get both? Suggestions?
Post # 3
I have a DJ and my reason for getting it over a band are a few. We needed music to be played in both English and Arabic (FI’s family is Lebanese) and Portuguese (my mother’s side of the family) and a Band simply can’t do that.
DJ does not need to take a break from playing — If he needs a break there is still music going and most people wouldn’t notice.
There is no risk of a band not playing a song correctly, if we want the Glee cover of a song, the Glee cover will play.
If you really have the budget for it go for both, I would recommend at that point simply using the Jazz for cocktail hour and the ceremony (if you’re fine with Jazz at the ceremony, depending on the type/religion that may not work) Then it wouldn’t be too expensive and you’d both get what you’d like and have the best of both worlds.
Thats just my opinion though 🙂
Post # 4
Love jazz bands! If you know a good one they can usually play anything. Personally I’m getting a dj (cheaper). If you have a huge budget, get both.
Post # 5
We are getting both because I wanted Dj in laws wanted band. I been to weddings with band while it’s ok I prefer DJs. So our band will be playing mainly old school classics/background music, our first dance, and the dj is coming on for the last three and half hours our reception. That’s a good option and depending on what kind of cocktail hour you have you probably can use them during cocktail hour too.
Post # 6
I’m only having a DJ bc I dont care for the sound of a band. However, if your budget allows, I would get both a DJ and a band since your Fiance wants the band and you want a DJ. It would be the best of both worlds.
Post # 7
My fiancé really wanted a band for the reception and I really wanted a DJ, so we compromised…for the ceremony we are having a cello and violinist play and for the reception I get my DJ lol. So maybe split it up so you each can have what you want 🙂
Post # 8
Fiance and I love jazz bands but we decided on a DJ. Our guests wouldn’t dance as much to jazz/swing-type songs, so we put their comfort first on this one. We are having the DJ play 30’s/40’s music for cocktails and dinner, so we’re getting a bit of both.
Post # 9
We are having both, but mainly a band. The have DJ that comes on when the band needs to take breaks. This way, we get the best of both worlds – the great band we love but also the DJ who can play the songs the band can’t.
Post # 10
depends on your group-bands seem to be for more chill, older mature crowds, the dj will get your party hopping and keep people on the dance floor in a different way 🙂 I woudl strongly suggest to your band to not be afraid to change things up for a more peppy tone if things start to get settled too early in the night though! that seems to be a big complaint on 4 weddings w/the bands.
yes, I know, I shouldnt be watching 🙂 but I cant help it, I’ve watched it since before I was even engaged 🙂