(Closed) No DJ or band? DIY music? Poll included

posted 5 years ago in Music
  • poll: What Should I Do for Music?

    Live Band


    DIY (Laptop and Speakers)

  • Post # 2
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    With 45 people, I can definitely see having a laptop with speakers set up. Just ensure whatever streaming service you have is ad-free, and that the songs crossfade into one another. Make sure you have specific playlists set up for each hour. Also, ensure you’ll have a friend/family member who doesn’t mind ensuring the songs are going in the right order. Don’t foget about who would transport/set up the speakers from ceremony to reception area.

    I had mine ready to go but couldn’t find anyone willing to man the laptop. Also, our guest list is at about 100 people. So we’re hiring a DJ now. 

    Post # 3
    4035 posts
    Honey bee

    “I thought maybe having a live band would be cheaper for some reason over a DJ.”

    Unless you’re considering a very small band, I highly doubt it. We previewed 10 different bands, for my daughter’s wedding, and the least expensive was $6500; 2 musicians for the cocktail hour and 9 for a 4 hour reception.

    Post # 5
    7881 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We went the DIY route with the music for our small wedding, and we saved so much money! DH created a playlist with his google music subscription. We downloaded it to an old smartphone that we hooked up to some speakers. It went pretty well! It was fun cultivating the list. He spent a lot of time making sure the flow of the songs fit our event. Timing is everything!

    Post # 6
    3838 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

    I voted laptop and speakers. We’re also having a small wedding (20 people including us and the vendors) and we just couldn’t justify a dj or band with that party size. A laptop will be fine especially since it’s for background music and not dance music (although a laptop for dance music is fine as well)

    Post # 7
    1386 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We had 40 guests and a live band. Next to our photographer – it was the best money spent. It really sete the tone for the reception. It provided background music as guests mingled, ate, dranks – plus is alllowed for a first dance and a fathe daughter dance. The band leader also acted as MC – so she annouced various things which took the pressure off of us since I only had a DOC for the ceremony. 

    We only paid $550 for our 3-piece band. They were all students at one of the highly ranked jazz programs in the country so that’s why the price was amazing. The lead is an accomplished singer and did this on the side.  


    Post # 8
    246 posts
    Helper bee

    We had a small wedding of 36 people and went the DIY route.  We had an evening wedding with dancing, but DH thought it would be odd to hire a DJ for such an intimate party.

    We used spotify to create our play list, and plugged our laptop into the venue’s sound system.  We had separate playlists for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and then dancing.  Spotify allowed us to upload the full playlist onto our computer, so we didn’t have to stream any music or worry about an internet connection.  Creating the playlist and putting everything in order took quite a bit of time, but other than that it worked very well for us.

    Post # 10
    9262 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I’d do a DJ if you can swing it. They can usually read the room and keep it interesting.

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