Post # 1
We originally booked a DJ for our wedding as the prices that bands were quoting us were astronomical. We met with our DJ last week just to tie up some loose ends beofre the wedding and he asked us why we didn’t use his band (he also has a v. popular band but DJ’s as well). I said it was too expensive and he said that the rest of his band still aren’t working that night so they would do us a deal and play at our wedding for a few hundred dollars extra. This is a cost that we could absorb pretty well as our flowers and a few other things have cost less than we thought, but I am not sure it’s worth it. Any ideas ladies?
I like the idea that a band may being more enrgy and get people dancing more but I winder if a DJ is better cos the music is in its orinigal form and not by a ‘cover band’. So confused…..
Post # 3
You know, I was told a story about hiring a band too early that dropped my jaw. Basically 6 months prior to the event, this couple was quoted for a used-to-be-awesome-in-the-70s band for $10k plus a rider. This was so out of their budget its ridic. Fast forward to a month before and they still hadn’t decided anything. They called the same band up – who didn’t have anything on their calendar for that day – and they took $1500 and a pizza.
What’s my point? Take it! It won’t be an inconvenience or too expensive and it will add to the overall entertainment for the night. I’m quit jealous, actually.
Post # 4
I think I would rather have a DJ (mostly b/c of what you said about if you want specific songs, I guess they’d have to be covers), but my Fiance is really into music (has done a lot of concert booking/promotion/etc) and wants a band. The biggest issue I have with it is that he is really into ska/reggae music, which I don’t mind, but most our guests might. I guess we’ll do some research and see how much things cost…I don’t really want to fight him on it b/c this is one of the few things that he really cares about.
Post # 5
If the prices were equal, I would still prefer a DJ. People dance to the music they know, and a good DJ has a bigger selection than than the most diverse of bands.
Post # 6
I prefer a band. It seems much more festive. That was one we didn’t even have to ask each other-we both knew we wanted a band.
Post # 7
Band all the way, especially if you are getting a deal! It really makes the event an “event” and people will remember the energy a band can bring as long as they are good. I would be sure to check out references and try to hear them/see them before deciding.
Post # 8
I used to be a bit of raver, and I want my guests to have a bit of a party. Definitely want a particular vibe with a wide variety of music and I am not sure that a band could take the guests on that kind of ‘ride’.
Post # 9
I agree with charlii.rouge! It all depends on the theme/style/vibe of your wedding. I’ve only been to one wedding where there was a band (and it was the nicest wedding I’d ever been to!!). The band covered alot of old and new, more current music so I did like them.
My younger brother just happens to be a professional DJ…so you can guess which route I’m going! Lol! And he’s also the best man. He’ll be pretty busy that day 🙂
Post # 10
The energy that a band can bring to the reception would be amazing, but I think a good DJ can also bring a ton of energy. Plus, I like that the fact that the DJ can provide any style or specific song that you request, whereas, with a band you are very limitied…