(Closed) If it was in your budget, would you go for a live band over a dj?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Honey bee

I would always pick a dj hands down. Most people tend to prefer hearing songs as they were recorded by the original artists. Not everyone likes the versions that live bands perform. Never seen a live band at a wedding, but every wedding with a dj had a packed dance floor the entire time.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it probably depends on the band and the type of wedding you’re having. A big wedding might make a live band more worthwhile. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I would still do the DJ, if I could afford it have our favorite band play a few songs. But everyone has different tastes in music, I think a DJ generally provides the most variety.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

There are a few bands in my area that really get the crowd going. They have so much energy and talent and they draw you in. They also personalize songs for the couple or certain groups (calling bridesmaids onto the stage for “Girls Just Want To Have Fun…etc). It really adds a lot of energy to the wedding. DJs are great, but I would opt for a great band any day.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Absolutely a band! We’re not ‘dancey’ people and neither is anyone in our friends or family. I’m honestly not sure we even want a DJ because the dancing honestly isn’t going to matter much. I’d LOVE a live band, though – that’d be so much fun and there’s a local one I have half a mind to ask because they’re highly enjoyable (but I don’t know if they’ve ever done weddings, so…)

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Nope. My mom really wanted me to have a band until she realized how much they are, especially considering my friend owns a DJ business and is giving me a great deal. Plus, my group of friends and cousins all like to hear the songs by the original artist. There is also a much wider variety of songs you can hear from a DJ. Bands are limited to what they know and what they are good at singing.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Depends on the Band. In Philadelphia, there are absolutley some fabulous bands I wish we’d have hired.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would say a band for sure, especially a really awesome cover band. Usually bands will have a dj to play music in between sets, so honestly, it’s the best of both worlds!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree that it depends on the type of wedding you’re having.  We had an afternoon brunch wedding with no official dancing.  Actually nobody danced except the kids, but we had a 3 piece jazz band playing and it was great background music.  If you’re having a dance party type of reception, I’d choose a DJ.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re having a live band–but let me give some background on that. My parents are musicians and have subbed with the band many times, so I think they cut us a good deal. Like, ‘more affordable than the DJ’s in town’ deal. That’s what I wanted anyway, the wedding is for ALL my guests, not just the young ones who want a DJ pumping through the walls. I know if my parents go to a wedding with a DJ, they leave ASAP because its just too loud and they don’t know any of the songs lol

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

A band, hands down every time!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It really depends. We are friends with an AMAZING cover band that is very popular in our area so we got an incredible deal on them. But, we are also having a DJ for set breaks. Again, we are friends with the DJ as well so we got a good deal with him too.

If you pick the right band they can REALLY get the crowd going! I’ve been to a wedding with a live cover band that ROCKED and then six months later went to two weddings with DJ’s and the DJ’s could not get anyone on the dance floor because they were so bad. Whatever you decide to do just check their reviews and get recommendations from people you trust.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

If it was a talented band with a lot of passion and energy I would choose the band. I went to a wedding with a live band once and there is something about it… they get the people engaged and it’s like you’re at a concert. I didn’t think I would like it but I did.  

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@CanAmBride: Agreed! Live bands can personalize the songs to fit your wedding, bring people onstage, and they bring a level of entertainment to your wedding that a DJ just can’t. Just my opinion though…I love DJs too it’s just a different feel.

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