Hiring a band vs. DJ has by far been my biggest stress of the wedding planning process. It's the one time I can say I turned Bridezilla on some people while talking about it.
One of the things we love most about New Orleans is going to a bar and listening to amazing live music. It's a melting pot of amazing talent. When we decided to get married in the big easy, having a band was the only option we talked about and we were certain that it would be a simple task to book a talented one at a decent price. Not so much. Utilizing all the sources out there - Wedding Wire, Wedding Bee, The Knot and even getting quotes from Gigmasters, I came up sticker shocked, depressed, stressed and empty handed at the end of the day. Kinda reminds me of when we started looking for Second Line bands. Speaking of which, took nearly $1k from my music budget. Have to keep that one in mind.
On a budget, the last thing I wanted was to spend more than half of what we are spending on the reception on a band, regardless of how talented they are. Yet I sat there trying to justify spending the same amount of money on a band as what our honeymoon will cost while speaking to my Matron of Honor last week. She stepped up to the plate, yelled at me and put me in my place. Job well done friend. I had to get over my aversion to wedding DJ's.
I asked a few other wedding party members what their thoughts were and was shocked to hear the responses. It seemed that those standing up with us on the big day preferred a DJ. Here are a few statements I heard.
- They wanted to hear the originals, not a bands rendition of a song
- Nothing worse than a band trying to sing a song that they cannot execute
- They want music on request
- Can a wedding band sing Shoop by Salt n Peppa
We are officially booked and another big item has been crossed off our list. We also hired a wedding officiant on the same day. It was a very productive wedding day and I can honestly say I do not know what I would do without the help of Wedding Wire, Wedding Bee and The Knot.
So I need music suggestions!! Help?