Wedding Band Costs in 2022 - What Affects the Price of a Wedding Band?

Wedding Band Costs in 2022 - What Affects the Price of a Wedding Band?

How Much does a Wedding Band Cost?

If you've just got engaged and have never even considered hiring a band before, you may not be aware of the costs involved. An average-sized wedding band is generally made up of 3-5 musicians consisting of the following: drummer, bass player, guitar, vocalist and keyboards.

With a little bit of research on our site, you'll soon see that the cost of a wedding band can vary dramatically, but what really affects the price of a band in 2022?

Number of band members

This is an obvious one and can be one of the major factors of wedding band prices. If there are fewer people to pay, that will, of course, be passed on to you. However, 3-piece function bands are quite rare, and many may choose to use backing tracks to 'fatten' things up on stage.

If you're looking for a larger band, you may consider a party band with a brass section; this quite often means booking a 6-piece band which can really increase the price, so it's really down to budget.

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How in demand are the band?

Being a musician is similar to any other job or business; if a great band has been going for many years, that will no doubt mean that there's a lot of work coming in. Over the years, the band may choose to increase their price to reflect their experience.

Seasonal prices / Last-minute bookings

Fridays and Saturdays in the summer are the busiest time for every wedding band, so there isn't usually room for a discount. If you're getting married in February and March, some bands may quote slightly lower than they would in the summer months.

Similarly, if you're organising a last-minute wedding and need a band in say, 4 weeks time, then you can expect bands without a booking to offer a more competitive price. However, most bands on our books are fully booked for the summer by the time January comes so try not to wait too long!

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Travel Expense / Time Travelling

Most wedding bands are used to travelling and realise it's not always easy to find a band in the same town, but as diesel prices continue to soar, the cost of fuel is unfortunately passed on to the client.

Another thing to consider is that a couple of hours travelling there and back again can mean 4 extra hours work for 4 to 5 people. Some bands may consider this before quoting.

"As a general rule, the average cost per musician is usually £250-350. This means that a 4-piece wedding band might cost anywhere from £1000 to £1400 for the full evening's entertainment. Smaller line-ups such as acoustic duos would be in the region of £500-£700 with trios coming in at about £750 - £1050 in their local areas."

Arrival Time / Finish time

With travel time taken into account, a band can often expect to work 12 hour days. This is based on a 5:30 pm-6 pm arrival time and so any earlier will mean an increase in price. Quotes are almost always based on a midnight finish and so you can also expect to pay more for the band to stay until 1 am.

Length of Set / Performance time

Bands generally perform 2 sets of around an hour. That's just an average, some only do 2 x 45 minutes and some might do 3 x 45 minutes. Some bands start their prices slightly lower for 2 x 45 minutes and then add on a supplement for longer sets.

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It's rare, but if the band are based 3-4 hours away, they may need to stay over in a hotel and this is also considered when calculating a quote.

Hopefully you'll find this guide useful in your search for a live band. We try to represent a range of bands to suit every kind of budget, so why not take a look at our wedding bands page to get started.