Natalie
Beginner July 2022

Band or dj

Natalie, on June 22, 2021 at 2:12 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 26
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Hello fellow Brides 👰‍♀️


Did you choose to hire a band or a DJ to get your party rocking?

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Latest activity by Llise, on June 28, 2021 at 8:18 PM
  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    DJ. i never thought about a band. i just felt like a DJ was better in terms of being able to do announcements and he could play the entire night vs a band needs more breaks

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    Definitely a DJ. I feel like they play such a variety and a band is sometimes limited.
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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    DJ! I have been to several weddings with bands and they are always awful. Typically no one dances to a band and they are usually too loud. I am always team DJ if you want your guests to dance.

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  • Rebelle Fleur
    Rockstar July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    Definitely a DJ. You have endless musical choices and less moving parts.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    A dj hands down. They have a wider variety by the original artists and are less expensive.

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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
    SHY ·
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    DJ for us! We like how they have a wider range of musical genres to play, and they tend to be far less expensive than a live band. If you're wanting your guests to get on the dance floor and party hard, I always suggest going with a DJ.

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  • Clarissa
    Rockstar October 2021
    Clarissa ·
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    DJ. I think bands have a style of music they typically play. Although they could probably deviate it wouldn’t be their true style so it might not sound as good whereas a DJ can mix all types of genres and play to the crowd more.
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  • mrswinteriscoming
    Rockstar December 2021
    mrswinteriscoming ·
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    Personally I have never liked DJs at weddings because I think the atmosphere of a band beats a DJ every time.

    Generally speaking though, whether it be a DJ or a band, there are differences between those who know how to entertain and those who don't.

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  • Eyonna
    Devoted May 2021
    Eyonna ·
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    Definitely DJ and he did an awesome job. Everyone was dancing
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  • Hailey
    Just Said Yes July 2022
    Hailey ·
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    We are doing Dueling Pianos. They are doing DJ services and live performances!

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Band! And a Frank Sinatra impersonator. We had a swanky 50’s/60’s local reception and everyone was 40+ years old. A band can be really classy and everyone loved the love music, many people danced.


    In my 20’s/30’s, I mostly saw DJs at weddings and those were fun too. Depends on the type of wedding and the guests whether a DJ or band is best.
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  • Katherine
    Expert October 2021
    Katherine ·
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    Dj for me. I'm not a fan of live music since most cases the song doesn't sound like the original at all
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  • Nisha
    Expert May 2022
    Nisha ·
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    We chose a DJ to handle music for the ceremony and reception.
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  • Molly
    Expert August 2021
    Molly ·
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    We are doing a DJ. Besides the fact that I believe a DJ can be a better MC, I believe a DJ can handle a wider range of musical styles than a band.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    Hiring a band was a no-brainer for us! We had a very formal wedding and a band was a much better fit with our overall vibe than a DJ.

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    We hired a saxaphonist for the ceremony and a DJ for the reception. But I really love weddings with bands because it provides a nice live concert feeling. But we went with a DJ because we’re having a rooftop cocktail style reception. So the majority of our music will be played in the background to vibe to while mingling because it won’t be much of a major “dance party“ style.
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  • Ellen
    Devoted October 2021
    Ellen ·
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    Went with a DJ. He knows how to announce and mix the music so I felt very comfortable with that. They also know how to get things rocking!
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  • Katie
    Expert August 2021
    Katie ·
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    I think a dj is better because like others have said they can play anything and while they are eating and taking breaks they can still have the music play. When you get a band the are going to need breaks and they only ever really play one type of genre. We got lucky though because we hired a dj/saxophone player. He will play saxophone during the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner and dj the rest of the night.
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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    DJ. I love a band, but I did not have the budget for it.
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  • Katie
    Dedicated May 2023
    Katie ·
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    I think a truly great band is the best! There's a band that alternates between the bars at my university during the school year and the bars down at the beach in the summer that were able to play a wide variety of current hits and classics and have fantastic energy. I would hire them in a heartbeat if I had an unlimited budget, but they do NOT come cheap and it's simply not in the cards for us. A DJ is definitely better than a mediocre or crappy band, comes with less equipment and manpower, and has access to more variety of music.

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