(Closed) DJ or Band?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
4037 posts
Honey bee

I would love to hear a swing band. I don’t dance, but I love to listen. I grew up listening to my Mom’s swing music, from the 40s and 50s.

I had a live band and so did my two daughters. They play a wide variety of music and most have songlists, so you can make your own choices. Bands also have sessions where you can hear them give a live, sample performance as well as multiple videos available online.

Post # 3
597 posts
Busy bee

We did a DJ simply because of the cost. Bands are awesome but can be SUPER expensive  We went to a wedding last year that consisted of about 6 people and they were amazing! Then we found out they were $10,000. Talk about a disappointment lol

Post # 4
1317 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015


Post # 5
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Our venue is providing a DJ as part of the package. For the ceremony I asked a friend to play his guitar for the processional (simple Beatles songs) and then a full version of All You Need is Love when we leave. Not sure how this all might work in the end but seems simple enough. And with the exception of a nice gift for the friend, probably a nice bottle of whiskey, it doesn’t add extra cost.

Post # 6
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We’re doing a DJ. It was FI’s big thing to make sure we had good music. We have an awesome DJ who will be doing lots of mixing and fun transitions. At the end of the reception, we’re surprising our guests with a whole EDM/hip hop hour. Our friends love that kind of stuff. Haha

Post # 7
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We are having a DJ. Having a band just wasn’t worth the cost to us, and although we love live music, a DJ fits what we want more. Also, I feel like it’s easier to have a bad band than a bad DJ.

Post # 8
3586 posts
Sugar bee

I am going with a DJ. I don’t really care for bands because they may not be able to play everything I like. Plus i am more into edm music as well as my Fiance do that is not something they could play.

Post # 9
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We were going to go with a DJ to be cost effective. But my mother complained and insisted we get a Band and she’s paying for it so why not. It means some more money out of pocket for us, but an extra $4-5K is not worth the lifetime of grief I will get from her for not having a band, lol.

Post # 10
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

rararachael:  We’re having a band. It was one of the only things Fiance has cared about during the planning process, and now I’m really glad we went that route. They’re a wedding band, so they play a lot of different things – pretty much all the “hits” from the 1960s-today with a spattering of swing/jazz mixed in. We went to see them live and they were incredible. They also play songs during their breaks – we can either provide them with a CD or they’ll basically play DJ and play what they have.

That said, bands are extremely expensive. I feel like we got a good deal, but we’re still dropping 7K on the music (for a 7 piece band).

Post # 11
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had a DJ. We went to a wedding where the bride requested 50’s music and it was AWFUL. The band was fine but you couldnt dance to it at all. When the band took a break and “Call Me Maybe” came on….wow you’d think everyone in the place was a huge Carly Rae Jepsen fan. 

I understand that you may like a certain type of music, but the reception is about your guests having fun too. If I couldnt dance at a wedding, I’d end up really bored and probably leave early so please keep that in mind. 

Post # 12
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had a dj. A good band is way too expensive. 

Post # 13
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We are having a DJ. My Future Sister-In-Law had a band at their wedding that was an 80’s cover band. Which is really nice to listen to when your sitting having cocktails/hordourves/dinner.. but after everyone got up to “try” to dance, it didnt last very long. People were slowly trickling back to theirs seats. It is hard to dance to 80s music. After an hour there was literally NO one dancing and everyone sat around talking.. 

To me its all about really hype music that will get people up on the dance floor, and a DJ can accept requests and and aquire to everone’s taste in music. You need to think about your guests and keep them happy. A reception with no one dancing is just awful to be at. 

Post # 14
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

DJ. I’ve never found that bands keep people on the dance floor as long as a DJ can.

Post # 15
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We’re doing a big band (11 or 12 piece, I can’t remember at this point.) They play just about everything.

I’ll take a good wedding band over a DJ any day.

Live music was one of our top priorities when planning! 

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