From 10 Top Tips for Booking a Wedding and Party Band: What You Need To Know by Em Peasgood, Bandleader
Wedding bands vary greatly in cost and this depends on whether your band are professional or amateur, the date of your event, the amount of playing time you would like and where your event is located.
To avoid extra costs, try to draw up a rough idea of the time you would like the band to play from and to so they can provide you with an accurate quote.
As a guide, most bands perform for 2 hours either in 2 x 1 hour sets, or 3 x 40 minute sets. Some are able to offer ipod music through the sound system during the break, before the band perform and even after the performance has finished, at no extra cost.
When you ask a band for their price, ask them if this is their complete quote. Check whether they charge VAT and ask them what is included in their fee. A lot of bands offers extras free of charge and you want to make sure you are getting the best value for money.
As a guide, Abnormally Funky quotes include the following:
- 2 hours of live music
- Music 1 hour before the band perform (assuming the band have set up at this point), in-between sets and for 1 hour after our performance
- The use of microphones for speeches
- A special request, even it it is not on our set list
- Our fees are always fully inclusive of travel and any accommodation required
- We do not charge VAT
If you have a budget, it is worth asking your bandleader if they can offer a discount. However, do bear in mind that a good band will always receive a fully paid booking elsewhere.