Dorset Wedding Bands

Dorset Wedding Bands

Add the perfect soundtrack to your special day with one of our highly accomplished Dorset wedding bands.

All experienced professionals, our function bands in Dorset guarantee a truly unforgettable performance that will leave your guests begging for more!

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Hire the Best Wedding Bands in Dorset

Whatever style of live wedding band you're looking for, you'll find something to suit your specific tastes. From Motown and soul to indie rock and modern pop classics, our Dorset cover bands perform the biggest and best party tunes from every generation to keep your guests firmly on the dance floor.

Book a Local Dorset Party Band

Whether your wedding day is in need of some vintage rock ’n’ roll as performed by Jerry Lee Lewis or The Beatles, the funky soul of James Brown and Stevie Wonder, or the modern hits of Mumford and Sons, The Killers, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, you’re bound to find a Dorset wedding band that catches your ear. Begin your search for your ideal covers band below, and please contact us for further information - we’re always happy to help.

Sound City
From £1295
A dynamic and lively trio who bring an abundance of talent, charm and charisma to each and every event. Having studied at the acclaimed British Academy of New Music,...
Violet Soul
From £2070
A spectacularly soulful & vibrant party band with immense vocals, irresistible grooves and infectious rhythms to get the party started! Violet Soul are a dynamic...
The New Tones
From £1395
The New Tones are a young and vibrant function band who offer a lively repertoire, enthusiastic performance and upbeat style to kickstart your event. The New Tones...
Kissed & Crowned
From £1395
A cutting-edge, modern event band. Having met at music college, Kissed and Crowned have literally lived and breathed music together....
The Jets
From £1450
If you're looking for an ultra-cool wedding band to get your party rockin', the Jet's are certain to deliver! With close to a thousand gigs under their belt, their...
From £1170
High-energy party band in the South West. The Weekenders are a stand-out 3-piece band that utilise high-quality backing tracks, drum triggers and MIDI-controlled...
Sonic Kicks
From £1050
Ignite your wedding celebration with the electrifying sound of Sonic Kicks. With an eclectic mix of classic tunes and current hits, their rich harmonies and punchy...
From £1295
From classic indie rock to all-out party anthems, Replay promise to leave your guests wanting more. Replay are a professional and versatile band delivering a live show...
From £1795
Indiana are a high-energy vintage wedding band performing a combination of contemporary party songs and folk renditions of popular modern classics. With their...
Wild Ones
From £1350
Get ready to party with Wild Ones, a chic soul band with exceptional vocals and musicianship. With a diverse range of genres including soul, RnB, pop, and funk, these...
The Oliver Soul Band
From £4595 + VAT
With an abundance of charisma, on-stage charm and talent, The Oliver Soul Band have got the goods to take your event to the next level....
Life In Stereo
From £1495
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....
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Big Teaser
From £1575
Fresh on the London scene are Big Teaser - a high-energy indie/pop band bringing the perfect blend of contemporary and classic hits to the party. With a versatile...
Spring Break
From £1250
Spring Break are out for the summer and the guys are ready to hand out the red cups! Picture American Pie, The Girl Next Door, Road Trip and every other American...
Soul Patrol
From £1310
Soul Patrol are an exquisitely infectious soul and funk band performing catchy crossovers of classic and contemporary chart hits. Soul Patrol have taken on the biggest...
The Rendition
From £1640
The Rendition are an entertaining and vibrant wedding band driven by powerful and soulful vocals. Dedicated musicians at heart with a passion for performing, The...
The Get Down
From £1345
The Get Down are a fun and funky party band boasting an impressive repertoire of party favourites from the past six decades. With every base covered, from 50s rock 'n'...
Radio King
From £1465
Radio King are a high octane party band that promise to kick start your event with their explosive repertoire of rock and pop classics. The band consists of four...
Dorset Wedding Band Guide

Booking a function band for the first time is bound to raise a number of questions. From setting up and logistics to music choices and the overall booking process, there's a lot to take in. That's why our team of wedding music experts have put together the following list of FAQs to set you off on the right foot.

How much do Dorset wedding bands cost to hire?

The price of a function band can vary depending on a number of factors, but in general, you'll find 3-piece and 4-piece bands starting anywhere from £1000 to £1500. However, if a party band is required to travel, you can expect their fee to reflect the additional expenses, travel time and occasionally accommodation costs.

We also offer a roster of high-end party bands catering for larger venues and bigger budgets. For something extra special, consider one of our 7/8-piece soul wedding bands featuring male and female vocals with a soul-shaking horn section.

What wedding band packages do you offer?

We appreciate how delicate a procedure arranging a wedding can be, and so to make things simple, we try to offer all-inclusive packages to cover everything you'll need on the day. Our quotes cover everything from travel expenses to use of the band’s lighting rig and full sound system.

Plus, to save having to book a DJ as well, all our bands prepare a DJ playlist of related music to keep things flowing between and after sets. If you’d prefer to provide your own playlist, feel free to let us know, and the band will play it through their sound system.

Below is an example of what's usually included in our packages:

  • Set up and soundcheck from 5:30 pm/6 pm
  • 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute live sets
  • DJ Playlists throughout the evening
  • Professional sound system (PA system, speakers etc.)
  • Lighting rig
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • PAT tested equipment

Our quotes are typically based around a midnight finish, but if your venue allows music to be played later and you’d like your party band for longer, please notify us in advance so we can make the necessary adjustments to your quote.

Do your Dorset wedding bands provide a DJ service?

All of the wedding music bands we work with provide free DJ playlists throughout the evening to keep the atmosphere in full flow. However, for a small additional cost, many of our bands also offer a professional DJ service which consists of one band member taking the reins, mixing tracks and taking song requests on the night.

If you'd prefer to hire a dedicated wedding DJ, just let us know and we'll do our best to find someone that can work with the band on the night.

What type of music do wedding bands in Dorset play?

Most wedding bands for hire perform an eclectic mixture of music to cover the most popular genres. This will ensure that guests of every age are entertained and ready to dance.

Whilst we do represent a number of party bands that specialise in one specific genre, for example, indie bands, soul bands and swing bands, most bands perform a varied set list to include the following:

  • Modern chart/pop music
  • Indie/Rock
  • Motown/Soul music
  • 50s/60s rock 'n' roll
  • 70s classics
  • 80s pop/rock
  • 90s including Britpop, 90s Dance, Garage and R&B
  • Dance / Hip hop

How many musicians are there in a wedding band?

We offer an extensive roster of the very best wedding bands Dorset has to offer. You'll find everything from party duos featuring lead vocals and guitar, 3-piece indie/rock bands featuring drums, bass, guitar and vocals, as well as larger wedding bands that can be customised to suit your event.

Where in Dorset do your wedding bands perform?

Our local Dorset bands regularly perform at wedding venues across the South West including Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Weymouth.

What time will my Dorset wedding band arrive to set up?

Most live wedding bands offer a quote based on an early evening set-up, usually from around 5:30pm - 6pm. If the band are performing in the same room as the meal and speeches, we find it's best to arrange the set-up during the turnaround to ensure disruptions are kept to an absolute minimum.

What time will my Dorset cover band start their sets?

The schedule for the evening is completely down to you and your venue's preferences. As a guide, we usually recommend starting the first set no earlier than 8:30pm/9pm to ensure your guests are suitably warmed up and ready to get the party started.

We also recommend that any evening food/buffet is served between the band's sets if possible. This will ensure the dance floor is full at all times and the atmosphere doesn't dip while the band are on stage.

How long will my Dorset wedding band take to set up?

Every wedding band has varying amounts of equipment to set up but in general, you can expect set up and soundcheck to take in the region of one hour in total. Keep in mind that some bands can take up to a 90 minutes to 2 hours and we'll always confirm details with you in advance.

The band will also need to change into their performance attire after set up so always make an allowance for this when putting together your final schedule.

How do I book a wedding band in Dorset?

Hiring a wedding band in Dorset is a super-simple process when booking through Bands For Hire.

Once you've found a wedding band that ticks all the boxes, fill out the contact form at the bottom of their profile page to send us your event location and event date.

From here, we'll double-check availability with the band and send over a bespoke quote that outlines everything included in the price. You'll be assigned a member of our team who can answer any queries you may have, so just let us know if you need to tailor your quote and we'll do our very best to accommodate.

When you're ready to book, simply send over your details by email and we'll put together a contract and deposit invoice to secure the band.

Dorset Wedding Entertainment

Along with our function bands for hire in Dorset we also offer a whole range of live wedding musicians to keep your guests entertained. Browse through some of the entertainment ideas below or head on over to our wedding entertainment page for more inspiration.

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Why hire a Dorset wedding band through us?

  • Over 20 Years experience in the events industry
  • Hundreds of 5 Star reviews across Facebook and Google
  • All wedding bands hand-picked by our team of experts
  • Dedicated member of our team assigned to your event
  • Professional contracts for your peace of mind
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