Hey Laura- I got married at Moon Dance Villas this past July and, like you, originally wanted a band for the reception because I wanted everyone to have a true Jamaican experience. However, after talking it over with the coordinator, Oneika, and meeting with one of the owners of Sound Illusion (Paul), decided to go with a DJ for the reception. It was one of the best decisions I made when planning. I don't know if your guests are big dancers or not, but ours were and I so so glad that we chose a DJ for the reception because while the band was excellent in their own right (we used The Front Page Band for the rehearsal as they are the MDV recommended vendor), the music the play is much more limited. They are a true reggae band. They did play "My Girl" at my mom's request which was really nice of them, and we had a fantastic time dancing, but they were not certain of the words etc. I imagine it would have been the same with any other requests not typically in their set list. So if you want variety and really want to get the party going, I say go with a DJ. In choosing a DJ we also considered Kevan Stewart, who I read plenty of great things about. The only concrete reason we didn't go with Kevan is because we were able to personally meet with Paul from Sound Illusion.
It may seem like Kerry is pushing you toward a DJ, I know, but if she is like the MDV coordinator, she is probably just looking to make your wedding exactly as you want it. I spoke with our coordinator about the same thing and was told, basically, I should do what I prefer. But I was cautioned that she had seen weddings where brides had used a DJ for the rehearsal and a band for the wedding reception and people ended up having what seemed to be a better time partying at the rehearsal. I just throw that out there because it was what made me change my mind about having a band for the reception.
I have sample songs from Front Page and can email them to you if you'd like. You can PM me with your email address. Know that whatever you choose to do, your wedding will be fabulous!