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To Band or not Band?

By FB 4 February 2008 23

My Fiancé and I have recently been having a discussion over whether to have a band or a DJ at our wedding.

I want a band as I think they provide a better atmosphere and entertainment + I really don’t see the value in paying someone $650+ to bring in a glorified iPod and play selected songs for the night. At $100+ per hour I think that’s disgusting. I would be willing to pay that kind of money for a band as I think the talent & skill they provide is w

She doesn’t like the idea of a band as she thinks the music will be to generic and they won’t have an eclectic range of songs.

In trying to convince her otherwise I want to take her to see a couple of cover bands to see what she thinks, however I have been out of the live music scene for awhile and don’t know any current/good cover bands in the ACT.

Can anybody suggest a good band that might be worth listening to and where they are playing?

They must be a cover band with wide range of music choice.

Also what is everyone’s opinion on a band vs DJ for a wedding?

What’s Your opinion?


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Blueeyedguy 11:36 am 01 Sep 08

Hi there,

Its nice to see alot of people trying to help out with your wedding entertainment regardless of the fact that there seems to be alot of extremly inexpreienced and randomly unthoughtout comments and opinions there, especially the one about having an origionals band for your wedding.

The best advice anyone in the know can give is to ask any local entertainment agent like ACT Entertainment or any venue that has cover bands of note playing there regularly such as King Omalleys or The Mawson Club etc and you will only get the name of one band locally that will make yours and has made so many weddings in the past such an unbelievable evening…….The Remnants.

They have a website that has upcoming gigs, repitoire, pics testimonials etc http://www.theremnants.au.com. They played at a function i organised not long ago and i attended a wedding they played at and they are second to none in the cover band scene anywhere i have been let alone locally.

I hope this helps.

NathanaelB 9:58 pm 05 Feb 08

Also – live bands don’t have a flexible a volume control as an iPod; you might be ok with a solo artist or a jazz trio but anything more and you’ll have to understand it’s going to get uncomfortably loud.

VicePope 9:00 pm 05 Feb 08

Unless everyone attending the thing has a very similar taste in music, it has to be recorded music. (That said, this town has some very fine covers bands, some of which have been around for a very long time. They mostly have great range and are pretty skilled but are not the original artists, are not infinitely versatile and can get tired). Do not, under any circumstances, use country music, for any purpose other than mockery. Some blues is fine (in fact a brilliant choice, given the way most weddings go).

As an alternative to the DJ, use a teenager with an agreed playlist, including some stuff that’s suitable as music to eat by and some that will quieten the crowd down before the speeches. Allow a bit of latitude for requests. Make sure it’s full recording, not tinny MP3.

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