Miami Wave
From £1345
If you're looking for the most authentic 80s party experience this side of 1989, then you've come to the right place! Miami Wave perform each song with the utmost...
The XL
From £3745
The XL deliver a truly exceptional live sound with their carefully crafted arrangements of popular hits from across the decades. The band's high-energy performance...
The Super Rollers
From £2165
The Super Rollers present their own blend of blues, soul, indie, funk, reggae and rock 'n' roll from the 50s and 60s to the present day....
The Highways
From £1395
Fully armed with a set crammed with high energy party tunes! This fun and friendly band are certain to provide an unforgettable night of entertainment for you and your...
Horizon
From £935
An electrifying group of young musicians with plenty of enthusiasm to match. Horizon present their own impressive take on modern and classic songs for an unforgettable...
Elite
From £1395
Elite are a stunning all-female vocal group featuring live sax - perfect for corporate events, award ceremonies and private parties. This lively and enthusiastic band...
The Makers
From £1285
Ready to rock out with party classics from every era, this vibrant young band are the perfect party starters! The Makers leave no genre left unturned with their...
Jukebox Nation
From £1285
Jukebox Nation have created a sound & stage show that continues to reckon with the best function bands in the UK. With a line-up made up of the finest musicians on...
Vibrance
From £1490
Vibrance are a sensational party band with oodles of charisma and style, guaranteed to kick the night off with a bang! With a variety of line-ups on offer, the band...
Version One
From £1395
An explosive function band with an infectious enthusiasm to keep your guests dancing all night long! A truly exciting performance from start to finish, Version One...
Orland Park
From £2485
A sensational live band bringing energy, charisma and professionalism to every event. Orland Park are a highly professional group of London session musicians, brought...
Solstice
From £1755
Dance anthems, chart toppers and old school classics - Solstice are the ultimate party starters! Turning every event into an unforgettable night is the band's end...
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Northern Revival
From £1750
Northern Revival bring classic hits to life with their unique arrangements and three part vocal harmonies. This premium northern based...
Indiana
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...
The Hey Nows
From £2160
The Hey Nows' party spirit is palpable with their raw energy and fierce talent taking over the stage! This group of highly professional musicians have come together to...
Motown Sensation
From £2650
Motown Sensation are a truly authentic Motown tribute band, performing non-stop hits from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and...
Floral Moustache
From £1640
Floral Moustache are passionate about getting the party started, from Bowie to Bruno Mars there’s something for everyone! More than...
The Soundouts
From £1625
This young and exciting 4-piece band bring an air of rock 'n' roll to the table with a fresh sound that oozes style and East London cool. With Sir Richard Branson,...
Wedding Band Hire Guide

Looking to hire a wedding band but not quite sure where to start? Below you'll find answers to some of the most common queries about wedding band music.

What time will the wedding band arrive and set up

Our bands generally quote to arrive early evening at around 5:30 pm/6 pm to set up just after the wedding breakfast and speeches have finished. If the band are performing in the same room as the meal, the venue staff will need to turn the room around and this is when the band will load in for the wedding party.

If you need the band to arrive before the meal due to space or time constraints, most bands are happy to do this and will quote extra for their time.

How long does a wedding band take to set up?

Most wedding bands take about an hour to set up; however, some function bands can take 90 minutes or longer depending on the size of their set up.

How much does a live wedding band cost, on average?

As you start your search for wedding bands in the UK, you'll find that prices for bands can vary. As a guide, you might find prices for a high-quality party band start from £300-£350 per musician, but this is purely a starting point. Fees vary depending on location, band style, time of the year and experience of the function band. Find out more on our blog: What Affects The Price of a Wedding Band.

How long does a wedding band play for?

In England and Wales, wedding bands usually offer a package that includes 2 hours of live music split into either 3 x 40 or 2 x 60-minute sets.

Your party band will also include DJ playlists or iPod music throughout the evening so that there's no need to book a separate DJ. Many bands also offer 'laptop DJ sets' which consists of one member of the band looking after the music, taking song requests and generally ensuring they're present throughout the evening.

What style of music do your wedding bands play?

The majority of the wedding music bands we represent have put together a varied set list to cater for guests of all ages. This will usually include a mixture of genres including modern rock and pop, soul, Motown, indie rock and well-known oldies from across the decades.

If you're looking to hire a wedding band that specialises in a specific style of music, you'll also find a range of jazz bands, swing bands, 50s bands, 80s bands and Motown tribute bands on our website.

Why Hire a Function Band through us?

All of the bands on our website have been selected because they meet our strict guidelines on what makes a great function band for a wedding. That means fantastic lead vocals, faultless musicianship and a professional attitude during the planning stages and on the wedding day itself.

A high-quality wedding band not only puts on a great live show but also takes extra care to make sure everything goes without a hitch. Turning up on time, setting up professionally, being courteous and polite to guests and venue staff; these are all important factors to take into consideration.

Why use Bands For Hire? We offer a professional booking service to ensure you have absolute peace of mind on your wedding day. With thousands of reviews and positive feedback, you can be confident you'll be hiring a wedding band you can trust - wedding band hire is what we do!

How long is the band’s break?

Most cover bands will require at least 15 minutes break between sets, but this can be longer to suit your schedule. For example, you might like to spread their sets out or leave a longer gap for the evening buffet.

Who are the best wedding bands in the UK?

We've spent the last ten years putting together a roster of the best wedding bands for hire in the UK. When booking a party band through Bands For Hire, you can be confident that they've passed our strict criteria and are of an exceptionally high standard.

Will the band learn our first dance song?

Most wedding bands will be happy to learn your first dance as long as it's a song that works with their line-up and style. It's worth noting that some bands charge a small fee to cover their rehearsal time, so always mention this before booking.

Don't forget to check out our list of first dance songs to get you some ideas!

What equipment will the band provide?

Most party bands come fully self-contained with everything they require. Depending on the size of the band this usually includes full PA system (speakers, mixing desk and power amps), backline (guitar amps), lighting and instruments. Unless specified in the band's quote, you won't be required to provide any equipment.

Do bands provide DJ sets between and after their performance?

All of our evening function bands offer free playlists between sets free of charge, however, it's always a nice touch to add a DJ between sets and after the band, especially if you've booked the venue until the early hours. Many of our wedding music bands offer a DJ package, not only does this work out cheaper for you but also saves on precious venue space.

We also work with a huge database of wedding DJs and wedding singers in the UK, so if it's package deal you're after, please mention this when making your enquiry.

How do I book a wedding band?

Once you've found a wedding band you like the look of, either fill in the contact form on their profile page or add them to your enquiry list.

Once you've added your favourite bands to your shortlist, you can enquire about all of your bands by clicking on 'My Enquiry List'.

If you're happy with your quote and are looking to book a band, we'll just need you to send over your full name and address along with confirmation of the wedding venue. At that point, we'll email you an online contract and invoice for a small deposit of approximately 20%. This can be paid by card or bank transfer.

Where can I find out further information?

Our team of writers have put together a range of articles to help with your wedding planning. Head on over to our blog to get started or check out some of our most popular articles below: