Post # 1
Hi Everyone –
I’m having trouble choosing what to do for the band that will play during the reception. My mother is in love with the Beatles and their is a fabulous Beatles tribute band that plays our area and does weddings. I don’t really want the traditional first dance, but I do want a band to play so that if our guests want to dance they can, and I certainly don’t want our reception to just be dead air. What I’m torn about is the price – this band is $3750 to play (and they claim that it is their lowest rate, since we’re doing a Sunday wedding). I don’t really know what an average amount for a band or a DJ is, and I’m trying to figure out if this is high, low, or average. I’m paying for the wedding and would love to do this, but the costs just seem so high. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
Wow, that seems like a lot to me, too! Maybe the cost is indicative of their performance? For the record, my DJ is working the whole wedding (ceremony and reception) for $600. And I’ve hired local bands for coroporate events that cost about $100/person/hour. If you really love this band, I would try to negotiate a little further with them. If you could afford $3500, for example, you can go back and say, "I really love your energy/performances/realism/etc… but I really need help to figure out some way I can use you that stays within my budget." I don’t like to negotiate but I’ve heard this work wonders for a lot of people.
If they are really unwilling to budge, or if you can’t afford them even with a little more off, maybe you could restrict the hours they would play in order to drop the price. Maybe it would work to have them play for the last two hours of the reception ONLY, the time when people are probably dancing the most and would enjoy their music the most. Or only play during the cocktail hour or just during dinner. If they are still out of your budget, maybe your parents would be willing to chip in? I know my mom would’ve helped out quite a bit if we could get a Rod Stewart look-alike at the wedding. 😉