Live band at reception – would you use a DJ or preset playlist for band breaks?

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 2
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Honey bee

I’d just do a playlist- I love live music so I actually like having a lower key break- you can run to the washroom, grab a drink, cool off, etc, without feeling like you’re missing the party. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Definitely just plug in an iPod, and make sure you have a “bouncer” friend nearby to make sure no one tries to change the song! All you need when the band takes a break is a little bit of background noise; no need to hire a DJ to keep partying. People will probably appreciate the break. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We had a live band and DJ.

The band performed 45 minute sets and went on breaks for 15 minutes…which was when the DJ came on.  

We had the band from 5pm – 12am and the DJ took over afterwards. They came from the same production company and were both part of our package.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

“Irish-American punk/rock band”

Can I come?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

I would check with the band first, but usually they have their own “house music” they play for in between sets… therefore you wouldn’t need a DJ/iPod for that reason. Usually…but not always! It’s worth asking.

I’d skip the DJ in it’s entirety as you’ve already spelled out that you don’t need a master of ceremonies- just someone to announce it’s cake time, etc. 

And like others… can I come? SOunds like fun!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Galleria Marchetti

We also had a DJ in addition to our band, but she was part of the band. She took her breaks while the band was playing and then vice versa. She really didn’t play that much as it was really only while people were eating that the band took their breaks. We did a NY style reception with dancing between courses. So the evening was broken up a little bit. 

For your situation I think an iPod will be fine for the breaks, especially if you are eating. If you are hoping to be dancing while they are taking their breaks then you might want to consider the DJ. I think it has more to do with your timeline than anything else.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We’re having a band who blew the budget so are having to use their preloaded playlists in between the two sets and for the last hour. Sure it’ll be fine but I’m a bit disappointed there won’t be adaptability and I really want 2 songs played last on the night so I’m worried if the timings are off I won’t get them! Haven’t spoken to them yet about this though so may all be fine! 

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Wannabee

I recommend that you download Serato Pyro on a IOS Phone or Ipad it will sync up with your Spotify Premium account and it will beat mix and transition your playlist nicely for you. The only possible cost you would have by doing this is for paying the small fee for Spotify premium.

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