(Closed) Band for reception

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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.  😉

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