(Closed) Hiring a live band for the reception

posted 10 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We paid $50 per musician per hour, and there was a set-up fee of $150 if we hired them for less than some number of hours.  (I think it was less than two hours, but I’m not sure – we had the same musicians for the reception and ceremony, so actually had some of them for 5 hours and some for 4).  That seems to be standard for a multiple-piece band in our area (single musicians tend to charge more per hour, which still makes them cheaper on the whole). We had 6 musicians total, so that came to $300 an hour. 

Generally you are going to have to pay them for the time they are actually there, as opposed to the time you want them to play – so if you have them start playing at 9:00 and finish at midnight that’s actually 3 hours, even if you have them break for a while in the middle so you can have toasts and cut cake and whatnot. 

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