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If you love the full, rich sound and abundant energy of live music, then hiring a wedding band to perform during your reception is an absolute must! While the average wedding band cost in the U.S is around $4,500, band prices for a wedding may vary depending on where and when your wedding is taking place, as well as a number of other factors, like the number of musicians and length of time. In fact the cost of a wedding band typically ranges from $2,850 to $6,488 in the U.S.
Most obviously, your wedding band will perform live music during your reception. Your wedding bandleader will likely also serve as the emcee for your event, making announcements and generally “running the show” during your reception. Your wedding band will also likely provide their own audio equipment, including microphones, speakers, and a sound system. A wedding band may also be hired to perform during your ceremony or other events (like your rehearsal dinner or after-party), depending on your wedding’s needs and budget.
There are several factors that contribute to a wedding band’s cost, including:
Typically, yes—a wedding band cost is more likely to be higher than a DJ’s. On average in the U.S., a wedding band cost is $4,500, while a wedding DJ cost averages $1,000. Remember though, that with a wedding band you are paying for multiple professional musicians to perform on your wedding day, while a wedding DJ is usually a single pro.
Equipment such as microphones and speakers is typically included in band prices for weddings. Some wedding band companies can provide additional equipment such as lighting, fog machines, or projectors, but that varies from company to company so be sure to ask.
An average wedding band has about six musicians, but there are bands of all sizes available—anywhere from a trio of musicians to a full orchestra of nearly 20! A standard wedding band often consists of a keyboard or piano, bass, guitar, drums, one or more horns like a saxophone or trumpet, and vocalists—but again this does vary. Note that the bigger the wedding band, the fuller and more lively the sound will be.
Some wedding bands are considered “dance bands” which means they play a wide variety of music in all genres. However, there are many bands that specialize in a specific type of music, from Latin to big band, country to Motown, rock, funk, and more. Some bands only will play a specific musical genre, but even those that specialize in a genre may be willing to play other types of music.
Aside from the different types of music a wedding band may play, some wedding bands are booked through music agencies, while others are independent. If you know you want to have a wedding band but are unsure on the type or style of band you need, you may want to talk to an agency. On the other hand, if you know the exact type of band you want, an independent band might be the right route for you.
Wedding bands are typically thought of as expensive, but there are several ways to save money on your wedding band. Here are a few:
Wedding musicians are typically among the first vendors that are hired. We recommend booking your wedding band at least eight months before your big day. Start by reading online reviews of local wedding bands and music agencies, then plan to meet with one or two to ensure that they’re a good fit for your big day. Wedding expos can also be a good way to hear wedding bands live and in person before hiring.
There are several important questions to ask a wedding band before hiring.