When it comes to entertainment for your wedding, music can make or break the party so you need to make the right decision. But what is the right decision?
Deciding between a wedding band or a DJ is a tough decision and seeking advice from your family and friends doesn’t make it any easier at all! With this in mind, we spent some time quizzing some couples on Facebook to find out what they had to say about choosing between a wedding band or a DJ.
“Our decision to get married was a bit last minute so it was just easier to book a DJ than find a band.” – Wendy
“We didn’t want the hassle of auditioning bands so went with a DJ as it was far easier.” – Alicia
“I was put in charge of entertainment and I wanted a band, so that’s what I organised, they were amazing!” – Tom
“When it came down to budget, we went for a DJ, we didn’t realise bands could be so expensive!” – Sandy
“Easy decision….DJ!!! Takes up less space, cheaper, better range of songs, it was a no-brainer for us really.” – Michaela
“We had the band my husband plays in and it was great to watch him playing along with his bandmates!” – Sarah
“A band for sure, they were great at working the crowd and really got everyone dancing!” – Maria
“Band! It’s all about the energy!” – Charlie
“I wanted a band but my partner wanted a DJ. He won in the end but it was a great night anyway!” – Amy
“If I want to listen to Guns n Roses, I’ll listen to the original artist, not a band trying to be them! DJ every time!” – Paul
“You can’t beat live music but bands just don’t have the variety of music to appease all ages. We chose a DJ” – Heather
“Originally we wanted a band until we saw a DJ at a friends wedding, and booked him on the spot!” – Sammy
“When it came down to it, we either booked a band who played a wide range of songs all in the same style, or we booked a DJ and got all the songs we liked playing in the original style we were used to. It was a simple decision really for us.” – Jonathan
“We wanted someone who could take care of all the music during the day and we couldn’t find a band who could do that for us so we went with a DJ and had an amazing party!” – Laura
“We had a mixed experience whilst looking for a DJ, some were either too full on wanting us to book their top package whilst others were set in their ways when it came to music. We found a great band one night in a bar and went with them, they were fantastic, and brought a DJ with them too!” – Sara
So there you go, the jury’s still out we’re afraid and no closer to making a decision as to what’s best! Clearly, both a wedding band and a DJ have a wide range of skills (and music) that they can bring to a party – it’s all down to your own personal tastes.
Our best advice if you are considering a band, ask them if they have any previous wedding experience. Most bands sound great in pubs and can really rock the joint but when it comes to weddings, they suck! Not because they’re rubbish at playing instruments, they just don’t have that…whatever “it” is that gets the wedding party rocking. Having said that, some of the DJ’s we’ve seen over the years also seem to lack the basic skills you need at a wedding party.
You’ve also got proper function bands. They are great at weddings as they keep the energy levels high throughout their sets but they also usually come at a high cost.