I think I’ve mentioned before that Stallion and I will be having a live band at our reception, but I’ve never discussed how we made that decision. No time like the present!
Honestly, bees, I kind of assumed we’d be going the DJ route. I swear, weddings in New Jersey are astronomically more expensive than the rest of the country. The few people I knew that had had bands at their weddings paid astronomical sums of money for the privilege. Like, approaching five figures. Not. Happening.
So let’s review the pros of a DJ ”¦
- Virtually unlimited song choice, which comes in handy should you want to subject your guests to a particularly obnoxious sorority rap song.
- No breaks, so you and your guests can keep the party going all night long.
- Often, DJs can provide additional services such as uplighting and ceremony amplification.
In conclusion, I was fully on board with Team DJ.
Just kidding, that’s not the conclusion!
I hadn’t even started the search yet when my dad offered to reach out to a good friend of his, who is a member of the B-Street Band, to see how much they would charge to play our wedding. I know, I know, how stereotypically Jersey of me to have a Springsteen cover band, but a) the price was right, b) these guys put on a kickass show, c) their non-Springsteen catalog is rather massive, so it’s not like I’m having a Springsteen-themed wedding, and d) BRUUUUUUUUUUUUCE.
But Filly, you may be saying, I thought bands were out of your budget! Which is still true. But here’s the thing—while the band does play weddings sometimes, they’re not strictly a wedding band, so I wasn’t hit with the dreaded wedding mark-up. You know, how anything remotely related to a wedding costs approximately 100 times more than it would otherwise? There are some areas where you can’t really avoid the wedding mark-up unless you go super non-traditional, like foregoing a big white dress, but sometimes, if you widen your search a little bit (e.g. hiring a great local band instead of a specialized wedding band), there can be serious cost savings.
So I may not have an endless variety of songs to choose from, but the list they provided me is pretty extensive! Plus, there will be an iPod playing during the band’s breaks, so if anyone is dying to hear Katy Perry at the reception, it’s not out of the question. And, at the end of the day, there’s nothing like live music to get people up and dancing, right? Rock and roll, man.
Me. (via Tumblr)
What entertainment did you provide at your reception? Were you Team Band or Team DJ? As a guest, which do you prefer?
- Boston, MA
- Wedding Date:
- April 2014
- The Grand Hotel, Cape May, NJ