Dancing In The Dark: Choosing the Band or DJ

Chris and I conducted a very unscientific survey of some of our closest friends and confirmed our hypothesis that the two most memorable parts to any wedding are: the food and the music! [It goes without saying that the love of a couple, family and friends are really what count, but humor me here].

After we decided to host our big day at the Oyster Point (with its fine cuisine and beautiful environment), we immediately turned our attention to selecting the entertainment for the evening.

When it comes to music, there are options at every budget range. I’ve been to great weddings that were fueled by tunes playing off an iPod system. I’ve danced late into the evening with a DJ spinning for ecstatic wedding guests. In most cases, iPod playlists tend to be cheaper than DJs and DJs tend to be cheaper than live bands. As I mentioned in my introductory post – you have to define your budget up front.  This will guide all the decisions that you make along the way. For Chris and I – we knew we wanted to make the investment in live music – the love of which is a common bond we share.

Before the MTV show came along I used to tell every one that I lived at the Jersey Shore.  I still say that, but I have to follow it with – not THAT Jersey Shore.  It was really important to us that our guests experience our JERSEY SHORE here in Monmouth County.  There is one band that epitomizes summer fun in the MC – Brian Kirk and the Jirks.  Chris and I had both seen this local favorite live on many occasions. We also liked the fact that he was a big Red Bank supporter and former resident of our neighborhood. One night soon after our engagement, we stumbled into the Downtown to find Brian on stage. We knew then that he was OUR WEDDING SINGER.

We thought you would appreciate this old clip from YouTube of Brian Kirk and his band on a day when one of his life dreams came true. Bruce Springsteen showed up at Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright, NJ (a local favorite on the beach where Brian has played regularly for years). The estimated date of the video is Labor Day 2001.

In case you’re curious – yes, Brian Kirk and The Jirks will be playing quite a few Bruce songs on our big day. Follow Brian Kirk and the Jirks on Facebook and Twitter!

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3 Comments on “Dancing In The Dark: Choosing the Band or DJ”

Based on my experiences of photographing weddings for over 30 years…you made the right choice of picking a live band for your wedding. Not that there is anything wrong with a DJ, but chances are you will get the same play list they did the week before. With a live band you get a better variety and something that you will long remember. Enjoy the day!

Whoo Hoo!!! Can’t wait Jersey Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks guys. I think we made the right choice too. stay tuned for the upcoming posts. :) this really was quite the journey.

hope you are both well.

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