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How long does a wedding band play for?

Your bound to have a number of questions about the logistics of your wedding night, especially when it comes to the wedding entertainment. How long does the band play for? When will they set up? When does the band start? These are all familiar questions and unless you're working with a reliable wedding planner, you may be looking for some advise.

The band will typically arrive at around 5:30-6:00pm, ready to set up their equipment as soon as the meal and speeches are over. You may find it a good idea to usher guests into the bar area whilst the function room is turned around for the evening and the band set up. Band sound checks can be noisy!

Even with the most meticulous of planning, weddings inevitably run later than planned, speeches can run over amongst all kinds of other unexpected hiccups. That's nothing to be worried about as there's still plenty of time to get the party going. Although you may be eager to get the band up as soon as possible, we find it's good to start at around 9pm, depending on how long your band is booked to play for.

We find 2 sets usually works the best, often 2 x 45 minutes or 2 x 60 minutes depending on what packages the band offers. You may even find you prefer to split your sets up into 3 x 40 minutes to spread it out over the evening. Every wedding is different so whatever your plans, the band is there to work around you and your guests.

 
  • Life In Stereo Life In Stereo
    From £1500
    Life In Stereo are one of the UK's leading cover bands, made up of four world class session musicians, together they produce a sound you'll find difficult to match. The band's reputation has gone from strength to strength having made a name for themselves… Read more...
  • The Jets The Jets
    From £1395
    The Jets are an explosive young function band performing hits from every decade. From old rock'n'roll classics from the 50's and 60's to indie, Britpop and the latest chart hits. If you're looking for an ultra-cool function band to get your party rockin', the Jet's are certain to deliver. With… Read more...
  • The Super Rollers The Super Rollers
    From £920
    The Super Rollers present their own blend of blues, soul, indie, funk, reggae and rock 'n' roll from the 50's and 60's to the present day. The 4-piece band can also be extended to a 5-piece to include Keyboards or a 6-piece to include sax… Read more...
  • Electric Soul Club Electric Soul Club
    From £1150
    Electric Soul Club are a gifted young 5-piece function band performing a range of music from old soul classics to contemporary pop. With all five members highly accomplished, trained musicians, their live performance is second to none. Having each reached a grade 8 in their field, the band guarantee… Read more...
  • Motown Sensation Motown Sensation
    From £1975
    'Motown Sensation' are a truly authentic Motown tribute band performing non-stop Motown hits from Stevie wonder, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin to the Four Tops and The Jackson 5. Available as either a 7-piece band or 3-piece vocal group, this Motown tribute are… Read more...
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Live wedding music and wedding bands to hire

What's Right For You? When it comes to your big day, you'll want to book the right wedding music to suit you and your guests. Whether that's a String Quartet during the ceremony, Jazz Band throughout the wedding breakfast or a Function Band for the evening reception, finding the right balance can make your wedding day even more memorable. Perhaps you have a special song in mind that you would like for your First Dance or one song in particular that you would like to end the night with? All of the bands on our books will learn that track just for you, usually at no extra cost. Wedding reception music is always a nice touch to really add to...

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Function Bands For Hire

Booking a function band can be a difficult task, especially when overwhelmed with the vast number of bands on offer. Some entertainment agencies take on as many bands and acts as possible, but here at Bands for Hire, we believe it's our job to sort through those bands first. This means we do all the hard work and you can rest assured that all our function bands are of the highest quality and not just here to make up the numbers. A function band is a great choice of entertainment for any occasion, with set lists that often display a broad range of music suitable for everyone. From weddings and parties to formal events and corporate award ceremonies, our function bands are experienced in every area.

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Live Jazz Bands For Hire

Jazz Bands are ideal for corporate parties and wedding receptions. Perhaps you're looking for live background music as guests arrive, or something during your wedding breakfast. We provide Jazz bands big and small, for large Corporate Events to quiet dinner dances to large. Whatever your budget, Bands For Hire will find a solution that suits you. Jazz bands will often have a repertoire that ranges from familiar Jazz Standards to Contemporary Jazz and even Jazz versions of modern pop songs. Whatever type of Jazz band you're looking for, we can help. Take a listen to some of the bands in our Jazz and Swing Bands section...

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DJ's for Hire

Booking a DJ for your event is quite often the key to an evening that runs smoothly from start to finish. Most bands provide music between sets via ipod or CD's which is a great way of keeping the party going, but, If you really want to keep the crowd on the dance floor, then booking a DJ may be the way to go. We work with a number of DJ's, all experienced in Corporate events, Wedding receptions and Parties. Our DJ's can play a wide range of music, tailor made to suit your event. So whether it's Jive, Rock 'n' Roll and Sinatra, 80's disco classics or Contemporary Chart music, we can provide the right DJ for you. To enquire...

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Wedding Bands

We represent a wide range of wedding bands suitable for weddings, large and small. From 4-piece live wedding bands performing music from the 50's to modern day, there's something for everyone.

We represent bands all over England so whether you're looking for London wedding bands, Surrey Wedding Bands or something further afield, please get in touch. All of our bands have been carefully chosen based on previous experience, reliability and above all, their top class live show.

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Live Music Agency

With 10 years experience in the entertainment business, we understand just how important your event is to you. We pride ourselves on our simple and straight forward approach to event organisation and client satisfaction. Organising an event can be a stressful process and the one thing you'll want to get right is your entertainment for the evening. At Bands for Hire, we're committed to only working with the most talented and reliable musicians in the UK today, so you can rest assured that you're in safe hands. We realise that there's an ever growing market for modern and contemporary function bands made up of professional musicians, active in every corner of the music industry...

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