(Closed) DJ or band for wedding reception

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2839 posts
Sugar bee

We had both.

We had the band for cocktail hour and during the reception, they played 45 minute sets with 15 minute breaks in between…which was when the DJ would come on.  The band finished at midnight and the DJ took over for the rest of the night.

Post # 3
40 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

um maybe i would go with the band, but it’s not wrong to go with both too since picking only DJ might end having them not entertained enough

Post # 4
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2023

I say dj. I hate hearing bands do covers. 

Post # 5
2949 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

90% of time, I would way a DJ is the better choice, but my brother’s wedding last spring they had a band and they were AWESOME!! If you can get a band that is genuinely awesome, it’s worth it. 

Are you wanting to have more traditional music options for the old school family? Maybe you could have a DJ for the dance/party (assuming you’re doing the typical dinner and dance reception) but hire a band for an hour during dinner to play traditional Colombian music? 

Post # 6
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I was struggling with the same decision a few months ago. And similar to your situation, I have a number of elderly German relatives who love polka dancing and don’t dance very much to more “modern” music, and I wanted to make sure they were entertained and got a chance to dance too.

We ended up deciding on a DJ, because 1) it was cheaper, 2) we really prefer hearing the original version of a song rather than a cover, and 3) our musical tastes are more diverse and we didn’t want to be limited by a band’s repertoire. This way, we can play the country and rock that we want to hear, some fun oldies for our parents and their peers, and throw in some polka songs for my German relatives to dance to. 

I also really like sboom’s idea of having a Colombian band play during dinner as sort of a compromise. That could also be a good option!

Post # 7
2310 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Live band all the way! But ours will take breaks and when they do a DJ will go on! 

Post # 8
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

If you and your Fiance have similar tastes within a small set of genres, bands can be great! I was the Maid/Matron of Honor for a wedding where both the bride and the groom (and their families) only wanted to listen to classic country. During the breaks, I plugged in my iPod for some line dances.

Anything beyond that, get a DJ. I love country, but I also like the 70s and my Fiance likes oldies and Motown. It’s too many different styles to expect a single band to cover well.

Post # 9
13576 posts
Honey Beekeeper

My bias is for a band and the energy of live music, as long as they are good. 

Post # 10
1593 posts
Bumble bee

DJ. I do not want to hear covers of my favorite songs. I don’t care how good the band is.

Post # 11
2544 posts
Sugar bee

Generally I think you’re safer with a DJ just because a band often limits the style of music you can play. You can have the DJ play more oldies and classics earlier on in the night and then newer ‘younger’ stuff later on in the evening.

Or if you’re really set on having a band, you can have the band play the ‘classics’ earlier on and then make your own dancey playlists for later in the evening when you might want more modern stuff. 


Post # 12
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

We went with a dj it was a lot cheaper then hiring a band. I think with a Dj you can get wider range of music but bands are always nice.

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