(Closed) How much did you pay for your Live Band?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 4
4040 posts
Honey bee

$8500, for 4 hours for a 10-piece band and 2 pieces to play an hour, for the cocktail hour. They have to travel 2 hours to get to the venue and carry all their equipment up to a 2nd floor mezzanine level. It’s a Sunday night, of a holiday weekend, and they were booked less than a year out. My sister used the same talent company; i.e. don’t know if we got a discount for that, Sunday night, less than a year, etc., or not?

The bandleader has a huge list of songs, on his website. We printed it out and can circle songs and mail it to him. The talent company offers online song lists; we set up a user account and click on which songs we want to hear. They’ll learn new songs, for your special dances, with 6 months notice.

Other talent groups wanted to charge us up to $11,000, for the same thing. With only 110 guests, we couldn’t rationalize the cost per guest. Independent bands were usually lower (we heard 10 bands, in the Phila. area, with 2 different companies, but no independent bands); however, another band we liked, with our company, was only $6500, for the same thing. Good luck!

Post # 6
8 posts

@simone_s:  I’ve researched quite a large number of bands and they generally start at $1500 and go up from there, depending on what you want. One very large, well-known band that has a lot of fans and great feedback would charge somewhere around $4000, with extra charges for travel. Even that is price. Anything more is a lot of cash!

Post # 7
910 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We paid $7,000

  • one musician for the ceremony


  • two musicians for the cocktail our


  • 6 musicians for the 4 hour reception



Post # 8
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think ours is 4000, they are just for the reception. I think it really depends on your area.

They give you a song list that you can pick from (I haven’t done that yet) but many bands will also learn songs for you within reason. We’ll probably select a few favorites, and a few do not plays, and then let the band go with it. One of the reasons we hired them is because they are exceptionally skillful at reading the crowd and keeping people dancing.

Post # 9
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We didn’t have a band but my Brother-In-Law is getting married this summer and they are paying a little over $5,000 for their band.

Post # 10
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m researching bands right now as well and am finding prices in the $5-10K range for a 4 hr time block. The more expensive ones tend to have more musicians and usually also a horn section. Hope that helps!

Post # 11
2220 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The band we really want is $6,000-8,000 depending on travel (not an issue for us) and length of time. We’ll probably end up paying somewhere in the middle of that if we go with them. We haven’t booked them yet, but hoping to do that soon!

Post # 12
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

$6,500 for the #1 band in Southern California, but we were family friends so we got a discount (I’d guess it would be $8,000 normally). We had 2 musicians for the ceremony and cocktail hour, plus a 6-piece band for 4 hours of the reception. I was just going to plug in an i-pod, but my parents insisted, and I will say they were fantastic! 

Post # 13
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@simone_s:  The band we strooongly considered was quoting $1500 for the reception (4 hours of play time, maybe 5. cannot remember. too far back in planning.)
They’ve raised to 1800 this year and still completely worth it!
We ended up booking a DJ pair because of logistics with our venue.

Post # 14
617 posts
Busy bee

@simone_s:  Following for info!


But we did get one quote from a band we love and they were $2000-$3000 depending on travel time and venue. some of these prices make me feel so much better about these quote!!

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