Looking for a wedding band to provide live music for your reception? Here, you can read reviews of wedding bands that specialize in musical genres from country to jazz, R&B to rock, and much more. Whether you’re searching for a small ensemble or a larger wedding band, you’ll find lots of choices on WeddingWire.
Nite-Time - New York City’s Premier Party Band! is a wedding band based in Manhattan and the tri-state area that's here to design the perfect music package for your wedding. Whether you are looking for a simple, elegant ensemble or a lavish and large orchestra, Nite-Time has the talent and... (Wedding Bands)
Live Wire is a New York-based music and entertainment group, serving New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Nothing makes a wedding day more special than dancing the night away to your favorite songs, performed live and dedicated just to you. Live Wire plays nonstop, from... (Wedding Bands)
Cleveland Music Group is a full-service Cleveland-based wedding entertainment provider offering wedding bands, musicians and world-class wedding DJs. Whether you’re looking for ceremony musicians, jazz artists, wedding bands or DJs, this popular entertainment group promises more acts, better music... (Wedding Bands)
The Headliners Band is a professional event entertainment provider based in Florida. This 13-piece band is filled with phenomenal performers who are fully prepared to take your event to the next level. The Headliners Band is comprised of a rhythm section, a sizzling brass section, and five star... (Wedding Bands)
TI Fusion Band is a unique, wedding and event band based out of New York City. They cater to couples looking for an one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience. Their talented team only works with one wedding at a time, ensuring you receive the time and attention you deserve. With TIFusion, what you see... (Wedding Bands)
The SugarBees are a wedding entertainment enterprise based in Summerville, South Carolina. The band was founded by seasoned talents Fred Shaw and Marion Carter in 1991. The band now comprises five talented and versatile musicians who perform at a range of special events including wedding... (Wedding Bands)
AZ Dueling Pianos is a wedding music company based in Scottsdale, AZ but also serving the entire Southwest! Performing at wedding receptions throughout Arizona and California, talented pianists Lark and Wes are on hand to elevate your wedding celebrations. Offering a broad range of musical numbers... (Wedding Bands)
Situated in Detroit, Michigan, Eclipse Live Band provides the soundtrack to their clients’ wedding receptions and other celebratory events. This energetic group consists of several professionals who have honed and mastered their instruments. Including male and female vocals, percussion, keyboard,... (Wedding Bands)
Joan Zen is an experienced live band based in Missoula, Montana. This successful six-piece can bring a professional live sound and polished performance to your wedding event. As both a cover band and successful original band, Joan Zen has released three albums and has been voted Best Musician of the... (Wedding Bands)
The Cafe Wha? Band, stationed in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York, wows audiences night after night with various styles of popular music, from classic oldies to funk and contemporary pop-rock hits. Their unique approach to fan favorites has entertained guests, keeping them on their feet,... (Wedding Bands)
The most in demand Wedding & Special Events Party Band in Upstate NY, the Big City Horns is the ultimate live performance band bringing star power and infectious energy to every event. This 9 piece party band is continually voted in the top 5% of wedding bands in the nation by the Couples Choice... (Wedding Bands)
Big Love is a fun-loving wedding band servicing beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. The team at Big Love does whatever it takes to accommodate your every wish. A 5/6 piece band that plays a variety of hip-swinging music, Big Love can appeal to just about every audience. With years of experience in... (Wedding Bands)
Retro JukeBox Band is a wedding band based in Berkeley, California. They are a top-performing jazz and dance band offering a plethora of musical varieties, from Motown, blues/soul and anything from the 1920s-1960s for a truly exciting and soulful atmosphere! They love being interactive and offering... (Wedding Bands)
The Cool Rulers are a young, professional, world class dance band based in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA specializing in Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco and more. We think our video and reviews speak for themselves :) We are real friends with real musical chemistry and an organic energy who have a true... (Wedding Bands)
What the Funk! is a wedding band based in Fremont, California. This energetic and experienced group comprises 11 talented musicians who are dedicated to creating a wedding celebration to remember. With an endless catalog of songs stretching from 1970s soul and funk to modern-day classics, your... (Wedding Bands)
Steve Hester Band is a wedding band based in Ward, Arkansas, playing at weddings in the areas of Cabot, North Little Rock, and Fayetteville. They can perform as two- to ten-member bands according to couples’ needs, always seeking to raise the energy levels of the wedding celebration for couples and... (Wedding Bands)
Smash City is a versatile wedding event entertainer and band based out of San Francisco, California. Playing all kinds of hits from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and today, this band offers a variety of music genres during their set lists, including classic rock, jazz, funk, and Motown. What sets Smash City... (Wedding Bands)
The Talented Wedding Singer is a wedding entertainment provider based out of New Port Richey, Florida. Owner and performer Mallory can provide you with a heartwarming music experience, which can be tailored to meet the style and atmosphere of your special event. Mallory has experience providing... (Wedding Bands)
Fast Times is a wedding band based out of Northern Nevada and Northern California. This group has been performing high-energy dance hits since 1999. Since then, they have performed at countless wedding receptions, helping couples of all styles and tastes celebrate their special day. The band can... (Wedding Bands)
The Knot 2019 Best of Weddings! Chicago Magazine’s Best of Chicago – Best Cover Band “…we want something different from the typical wedding band-for-hire…we want people to dance all night…” is the common theme we hear from wedding couples. While this 8-piece soul band makes people dance and move... (Wedding Bands)
Whether you envision a small ensemble as your wedding guests dine, or a large, lively band to provide the soundtrack as you dance the night away, the wedding music you choose is an important element of your Big Day. While musical tastes vary, we can all agree that there’s nothing quite like music to set the desired mood at an event.
Couples have two major options: hiring a wedding DJ or finding the perfect live wedding music band to anchor the celebration. Along with playing any requested tunes and providing essential entertainment, a DJ or wedding music band leader also ensures that your event moves smoothly and fluidly from one amazing moment to the next.
If you decide to go with live music, selecting the right band is crucial. Here are some things to consider when picking your wedding music band.
Although your wedding venue may have a list of musicians that they work with, you may not be limited to the names on it. Check the contract to see if you can bring in outside musicians. Also, be familiar with any noise restrictions at the venue, or the need for extra power supplies or any other equipment for your band. Keep in mind that a band will likely take up more space than a DJ, so make sure there are ample accommodations. As with other elements of wedding planning, the more information you have available about your wedding music band in advance, the more smoothly your actual event will run.
Couples should be aware that wedding live bands tend to be more expensive than a DJ – but this is a good area to splurge. A live band provides a rich sound and is a memorable option for your reception. Before booking, ask any potential bands if they are performing at any public events in the near future. If so, you can see them in person and decide if they fit your style. Otherwise, ask for some videos of past performances. After searching around, reading reviews and possibly seeing potential wedding bands perform, you'll be ready to make your selection.
Before your event, we recommend giving your chosen wedding music band two specific song lists. One should be songs and musical genres you absolutely want to hear, along with when you want to hear them (such as processional, recessional, first dance and mother-son/ father-daughter dance). The other list should be songs and musical categories you don’t want them to play.
Give some thought to your guests in attendance. While nobody is disputing that it's your special day, you also want your friends, family and loved ones to have a good time. You might add some classic songs and/or fast and slow songs to encourage everyone to dance.
WeddingWire offers plenty of resources for finding the right wedding live band to suit your musical desires. Don't forget to check online reviews for advice from couples who have previously hired your band. Start your search and find the live wedding music to complete your celebration!