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Live Band vs. dj

Christin, on October 15, 2020 at 3:30 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 14
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Hey everyone! Which did you choose between a live band or DJ, and why? I feel like there are pros/cons to both!

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Latest activity by Rebecca, on October 16, 2020 at 2:17 PM
  • Shelly
    Devoted January 2022
    Shelly ·
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    We're choosing DJ! Live bands are very cool, but we have such a wide range of music tastes that a DJ better suited our needs! Also, the DJ we're going with will do our ceremony and reception, have wireless mics for toasts and ceremony speaking, as well as lights for the dance floor.

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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine Online ·
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    This is the EXACT same for us lol.

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  • Dallas
    Dedicated November 2020
    Dallas ·
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    Same as the first one!! DJ due to music taste, and our DJ is also providing karaoke for our guests to sing in they would like.
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  • Kieu
    Savvy October 2021
    Kieu ·
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    Originally was only going to hire a pianist, but I came across a live band (male and female vocals) that sounded pretty amazing. They have mics to use for speeches/toasts, will take on MC duties, and have a pretty large repertoire, but I’m pretty excited to have someone live singing the ceremony songs instead of prerecorded music. I think you have to consider the vibe you are going for and if you look around, a lot of live bands these days also can do a mix of singing live/playing recorded music. Ours is a Sunday brunch intimate wedding, so live music was pretty much a no brainer!
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  • Hanna
    Super June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    We chose a live band. They played instrumental music for our ceremony as well. We chose a band because we had a formal wedding at a very fancy venue, and it went better with the vibe of the wedding. We loved how our band was able to improvise to fit our style, and they catered to both our tastes and to our crowd in a personalized way. The cons were the cost--live bands are SO much more expensive than DJs. But our live band made for such a unique and memorable experience at our wedding and we loved it!

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  • M
    Super October 2022
    Michele ·
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    Dj hands down! We like to hear music by the original artists. Also it's much less expensive
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  • mrswinteriscoming
    Expert December 2021
    mrswinteriscoming ·
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    We are having a 6 piece live band.

    I prefer bands over a DJ because I feel like the dancing atmosphere is so much better with a band. With that said, it needs to be a good band who understand the crowd!

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    DJ: usually cheaper, wider variety of music, better for younger guests who love to dance, can work the room.


    Band: classier, can’t beat live music, better for older guests or a black tie wedding, great for ambience too.
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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I did a Dj just because he was a package for photobooth and mc too
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  • Minimalist Bride
    Master April 2021
    Minimalist Bride Online ·
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    Hiring neither but if I had to, i would go with the DJ bc it's cheaper.
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  • Rebecca
    Rockstar August 2019
    Rebecca ·
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    My father had always been pro-live band... until he realized they would have a very strict set list, and would have to take a break... and cost a LOT more than a DJ.

    Thankfully, he realized that *before* I had to talk him into the DJ (who I paid for anyway, but I didn't want to argue with my dad).

    Bands can be really great, but on a cost-to-benefit ratio, I say DJ.

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  • Leonardia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Leonardia ·
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    DJ , first is cost, but then with our specific venue there really was not a place for a band to set up. Plus, when it comes to music, especially the special songs, I always prefer the original version over a band doing it...unless it's the actual artist...and I can't afford that lol

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  • Christin
    Beginner June 2021
    Christin ·
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    This is great feedback! Thanks so much everyone, I really appreciate it!!!
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  • Rebecca
    Super January 2020
    Rebecca ·
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    These are the exact reasons we decided to have a DJ as well!!

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