(Closed) Average cost of a wedding band? (Music)

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 2
2838 posts
Sugar bee

We paid $9,600 for ours…6 piece band performing from 5pm – 12am.

Post # 3
1005 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I would guess that it totally depends on where you are and if they are a wedding band vs. a touring band.  I had quotes upwards of 9k for an 8 piece wedding band, but am going with a 6k touring group who rarely do weddings.  

Post # 4
3080 posts
Sugar bee

The cheapest we saw (in person – band showcase) was $6500 for 9 pieces. That was for a 4-hour reception, with 2 musicians playing for the cocktail hour (only one, 20-minute break, during the entree course, so the band could eat). It was also quoted in the fall of 2013.

We also only looked at bands associated with a booking agency, so that we could see 3 or more in one evening. From talking to independent bands, their prices were supposedly lower since they didn’t have to pay a booking commission. We ended up not hearing any of them, since they only had- in general – one or two open rehearsals a month, which never lined up with our availabillity.

Daughter #2 ended up booking an 11 piece band, for $8500, but that was 2 years ago. Daughter #1s wedding was 3 years ago, with a larger band, and extended reception; therefore, the cost was higher.

Post # 5
8602 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

We had a awesome 9 piece funk band with full horn section for 4500. That includes their 650 travel fee from out of state. Including dinner music (low key, no vocals) and a rowdy reception. We had a different (bluegrass/string) band for ceremony/cocktail hour. I contacted them directly- no booking agency.

Post # 6
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

$6,000 and up

Post # 7
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Mine is £4K for 5 piece 

Post # 8
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We just got a quote of $12.5K for an 8 piece band with singers plus a string quartet for ceremony & cocktail hour.  This included a travel fee (~150 miles).  The band is based out of NYC. Yeowch. 

Post # 9
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

All about location. They aren’t really a thing here. You can get a string quartet for 1,000 from 2 PM – 8 PM.

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