(Closed) Cost ideas for Band at Reception

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have been getting prices for bands like that.  I have seen prices anywhere from $7,000 to $12,000 for the “better” bands.

Post # 4
1346 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’re having a duo (vocalist & piano) for dinner the the full party band (5 piece, vocalist, keys, guitar, bass & drums) for $1100 (total of 6 hours)

Post # 5
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We’re having an 10 piece band (same kind of thing: 3 vocalists, brass players, etc.) and we’re paying about 8000. Theyre from Philly and traveling 2 hours to our venue. We did get a discount because my brother used the same company for his wedding. That includes 4 hours for the reception plus a musician or 2 for the cocktail hour beforhand (so 1 hour of 1-2 musicians, 4 hours of full band).

Post # 7
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m a musician, and work with some musicians that do weddings (though I do not). My friend leads a 10 piece big band in Los Angeles, and he said it’s about $350 per musician for 4 hours. So that would start you at $3500, then let’s say you needed an extra hour and they made it $4000… then you need proper staging, sound equipment, and lighting… 

So I’m trying to figure out what THAT will cost… because as a musician I know one of the worst things people do all the time, is spend a bunch of money on a band for a private party, and then they’re playing in the corner in the dark and you can’t see them over the standing guests because there’s no stage… and no lights… and they don’t rent enough monitors so the band can’t hear themselves and so their sound is off…and/or they dont rent enough mics & a mixer with enough channels to blend all of the instruments together through one system with a pro sound guy – in which case it’s very common for certain instruments to start to get way too loud. Moral of that ramble is… I think it’s important to make sure if you are getting a pricey live band, that you are also getting adequate sound and staging/lighting to make it worthwhile.

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