(Closed) Should I splurge on a band?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think you should….you only live once and this is your WEDDING band you are going to wear every day, right!?  People might say you can upgrade later, but I say live for the moment, do it now, because I get sentimentally attached to things and probably wouldn’t want to upgrade later.  (Can you tell I splurged on my wedding band!?)  Honestly, my wedding band was more important to me than my wedding dress, since I’ll be wearing it every day forever!  Also, I paid for my band myself with savings.  Do you have a pic!?  I want to see it!  =)

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I say go for it! I think it’s hard after living the student lifestyle to “splurge” on things even if we really want them, but it seems like you really want it, it won’t affect you too much, and you just need to be told it’s okay. On your wedding day, it’s definitely okay to get something you really want, especially since you won’t be even close to going into debt over it.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We prioritized what was important to us in our budget and we plan to spend the most on those things. If music is a priority for you and it’s in your budget, then you should go for it. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you can afford it, and STILL live comfortably, then do it! In my case, if we picked the band, then we’d be living on the streets! LOL not really, but seriously.  How many songs can your band play, how many requested songs?  My friend recently got married, and the band they had said they could only “learn” 5 songs. Boo.  But I want a live band too (not sure I could afford it, but it doesn’t hurt to look, right?), and not sure what the general process was.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

It depends on how amazing the band is. We loved a band that was $6000 and we also really liked a DJ that was $1200. I have never been to a wedding with a band so I asked all my friends, everyone said they prefer really great DJs over a band, but only because they had never been blown away by the band they saw. I could not comfortlymake this splurge, I am already SO over budget so we went with the DJ for $1200 then added a jazz trio with vocals (to play rat pack tpe music) to play during dinner which was $1200 also. It was a good compromise for us. However, if I had $6,000 more in my savings I would have definetly hired the band because they were that good. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@ jackndiane: Embarassed oops!  LOL, sorry…having a moment!!!!  i have rings on my mind!  I still say GO for it!!!  hopefully some of my advice still applies!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are paying that much for a band and it will be SO worth it! Just keep in mind that you will need something for set breaks as well…does the band provide their own canned music? Ours does not so we had to hire a DJ for set breaks since we did not want a lull in the music when the band goes on break.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@jackndiane: Awesome! Then you’re all set girl! Try not to feel too bad about the splurge. Fiance and I love our band and we know we will only do this once so might as well do it right!

What helped us was putting ourselves on a payment plan. We booked the band 10 months before the wedding at a discount of $3500. That means we both had to save up $175 each a month. It helps make it less overwhelming.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I say yes to the band! I got married last weekend… And the band was a huge hit! It is a band that many of my friends and I travel places to listen to, and they made a great addition to the night! I was originally going with the dj, but my dad actually insisted we upgrade to the band. This was in part due to his old school traditionalist nature, but he convinced me it was worth the extra cost. On a side note, I have always had a bit of a crush on the lead singer. My fiancé and friends had all known this for quite some time. They arranged a slow dance for only he and I that night. It was embaressing and hilarious at the same time! Haha. The singer was very sweet about it and it was great for photos! 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

An awesome band can make for a truly great party. I am also pretty frugal but Darling Husband insisted on it and I am so glad we splurged. If we get together with friends/family now and the wedding comes up, its nearly guaranteed they will comment on how great the band was and how did we find them.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m also a grad student and getting a band for the wedding.  Most weddings I’ve been to – the DJ sucked.  We wanted to create a good experience with a band.

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