Post # 1
Fiance are starting to look into booking entertainment for our wedding. We are Greek so it’s important to use that both American and Greek music be played. We are debating between having just a DJ that can play everything, or use the same DJ plus a live singer and a band. The only difference would be that the acoustics for the Greek music would sound so much better live. I’m not sure what to do. Which would you choose?
Post # 3
Well, I am a bit biased, because I absolutely LOVE it when a wedding has a DJ and a band, and I will be having both as well. They both offer certain things: DJ can play absolutely any kind of music, with no limits. They also act as MC for the night– keeping things moving along, possibly bantering with the guests, playing games, etc.. Also, people love to dance to songs they know, and tend to dance more with a DJ.
The live band brings a great energy to the night; everyone enjoys live music. It’s also fun to WATCH the band, even if you don’t get up and dance- gives some good visual stimulation, as well as music. In your case, they would be able to play authentic Greek music which I’m sure your guests will enjoy.
Here’s the question: Is it in the budget to have both? If so, I say go for it. My band will just play a couple of 25 minute sets during the night, just to mix things up a little. They are friends, so while they aren’t playing they can enjoy the party, too!
Post # 4
we are having a band. they are “the” band in my area of the province and their dances sell out VERY quickly…….most of my guests are older (35+) so they play old rock i guess you call it (john cougar mellancamp – those kind of tunes)……and usually EVERYONE is up on the dance floor! i know with our guests although my friends like the top 100 list on the radios, most won’t dance to it. And i love dancing to the top 100 too, but i want to choose what would get my guests up dancing, and the band is my pick.
Post # 5
Why not have a band play Greek music (and other genres) during cocktail hour and then hire a DJ/MC for the rest of the evening? I think that would be more economical than say, having both at a 4-5 hour reception. I looked for a DJ/band combo in my town as well and the starting fee was about $4,000 for a combo because you’re most likely paying for each entertainer per hour.
Post # 6
I am also biased because I have a DJ/live music combo 🙂 I think they are great!
Post # 7
I’ve been to a wedding where they had a DJ and a singer. No band. The DJ would play the instrumental while the singer, well, sings. I’d imagine this would be a nice compromise if budget were an issue.