Post # 1
Our wedding is still a good ways off, next summer, but the hubby to be and I are planners! We are attacking the issue of music at our wedding with great vigor and I am curious how other brides of wedding past, & brides of wedding future, weigh in.
Brides of Wedding Past-Did you go DJ or band and why? Any note worthy stories?
Brides of Wedding Future- Which way are you leaning and why?
Post # 3
We had a DJ and she was AMAZING. I love that it gives your guests the ability to request music of any genre, you don’t need to worry about whether or not the band knows it. I’ve been to one wedding with a band, and while I thought it was pretty novel, I didn’t dance as much as I have at other weddings…
Post # 4
DJ – that way you know they will have all of the music you want and there will be more variety in the types of music that night.
Post # 5
i was totally set on doing an Ipod because i didnt want to fork over the money. but we decided having someone MC was really important so we are going DJ.
p.s. i loooove the wedding singer!
Post # 6
A DJ will be able to play alot more of a variety and that will help getting everybody up and dancing. Also, bands tend to need to take breaks and only have so many songs. A DJ doesn’t.
Post # 7
I love the weddingsinger. But I will always vote DJ!
Post # 8
DJ all the way. I told Fiance we could have a wedding singer if and only if Adam Sandler himself came to our wedding and sang!!
Post # 9
I think a cover band can be more fun IF they have a broad range and play music that everyone knows. True that a DJ can provide you with more but if you have a mixed age crowd – you won’t be playing the latest club songs or anything too ecclectic anyway.
Post # 10
we’re having a band that does a really wide range of music, but during their breaks they have one person “DJing” off CDs, so really it ends up being the best of both worlds. i found that arrangement was not uncommon when i was researching bands.
Post # 11
I’m a little scared by some DJ’s too though. I have been to some weddings and Cheesy doesnt even cover it…
Post # 12
It depends on what you want. If you like one type of music A LOT (and you know your guests will too), tehn get a band. If you want cheaper, easier, and more variety, get a DJ.
We had a very diverse crowd, some people didn’t even speak English…so we thought a DJ would be best, with a bilingual MC.
If you all love swing for example, then why not a band?
Post # 13
i think it all depends on the vibe you want. we’re having an irish rock band, and i could not be more excited! obviously if you want variety this is not the rout for you, but i think that live music is a lot more fun. i wanted my reception to be more like a concert than a club, but djed weddings can be a blast too, with the right dj.
Post # 14
I love weddings with a band. Live music is more energizing and inviting to dance. Sometimes i feel like a DJ is withdrawn and not in tune with the guests. We’re having a band that plays tons of different types of music, (standards, everything from the 50s to today’s top 40s and even some foreign stuff).
Post # 15
This was really tough for us, because we LOVE LOVE LOVE live music, and going to see live bands is one of our favorite shared interests. But we also have an extremely diverse guest list, AND we have very eclectic tastes in music, so we knew that finding a band that would meet our expectations for our reception would be difficult to say the least, and likely very expensive.
We lucked out by finding a musician (guitarist) who is also a wedding DJ. He combines both live performance (with a backing track) and recorded music, so we get a little of both. We first saw him performing live (he plays local bars as a guitarist), and really liked him, and THEN we found out he DJs at weddings and has a good reputation, as well. So that was a stroke of luck for us!
Post # 16
Um iPod? Does that count?
As a guest, all the DJs have been great and I had a wonderful time dancing. But the one I really *remember* was when a couple hired a blues band. That was hella fun.