How Much Does A Wedding Band Cost?

Demystifying the Pricing of Live Music!

If you have been browsing bands and live musicians recently, you’ve probably noticed that the prices can vary significantly. This is based on several factors which we’ll go into in this blog. We display the prices for all our acts on our website so you can get an idea of numbers there, but here is a guide which outlines the factors which affect price in further detail.

Band Size

The number of musicians in the band is a crucial determinant. Larger bands with more members generally charge higher fees. It’s true that a larger band will often have more impact, but if you’re looking to keep costs down, book a smaller band – a high energy 3 or 4-piece band with the right experience can work for weddings up to 200 people.

Experience & Reputation

Established and renowned musicians or bands with a proven track record often command higher fees compared to lesser-known or emerging talents. The more experienced a band is, the better they will be at reading the room and getting everyone up on the dance floor. Their musical competence and stage presence will come across, making it an awesome musical experience for everyone there. It may be much cheaper, but asking an amateur musician or your uncle Dave who dabbles on the decks is a risk you don’t want to take on such an important day! Your wedding entertainment isn’t something to scrimp on – it’s one of the elements of your wedding that will stay in peoples minds forever.

Duration of Performance

The length of the performance, including the number of sets and total hours, can impact the pricing. There will be a minimum charge regardless of how short a time the musicians are required. The standard time a band will perform for is 2 x 45 minutes or 3 x half hour sets. Bands will usually need 60-90 minutes to set up so might arrive around 6pm if they’re playing in the evening. If you require the band to set up earlier than usual there may be an extra charge for early arrival. Likewise, if the band is required to stay after midnight there is usually an extra charge for a late finish.

Travel & Accommodation

Accommodation may be required for the band if they finish late and are far from home so this might need to be factored in. Also, parking, congestion charge and fuel will be factored in to their price. If the event requires the band to travel to a different country, travel and accommodation expenses may be factored into the pricing along with transfers and daily expenses.

Equipment Requirements

Bands may charge extra if they need specific equipment or instruments for the event. They may take a sound engineer with them or sometimes this will be a band member.

Peak Seasons & Demand

During peak event seasons or times of high demand, musicians and bands may charge higher fees.

Customisations

If the client requests special song arrangements, specific genres, or personalised performances, the pricing might be adjusted accordingly. A lot of bands will be able to accommodate requests at no extra charge but if there is an obscure request they may need to charge a small extra amount to source the music or arrange it.

Additional Services

Some bands may offer additional services like DJ sets, sound engineering, confetti canons, extra lighting and dancers which can affect the overall cost.

Negotiation

Prices can often be negotiated based on the specific needs of the event and the flexibility of the musicians or band. If your event is not during the weekend the price may be lowered or if it is not in peak wedding season, so all worth bearing in mind.

Good professional musicians for events have spent many years studying and practising to master their art. The maintenance of their instruments and equipment, the cost of insurance and the time spent preparing for events is also a factor taken into account when you hire a professional.

Browse our wide range of bands and musical acts here and we’ll help you to find the best possible fit for your budget.