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How much does it cost to hire a wedding band?

Thursday 26th October 2017

It’s a question we get asked a lot here at Tailored; and it’s an understandable one at that. So much about planning a wedding is a step into the unknown...if you’ve never dealt with bands before, how on earth are you going to know what constitutes a fair price? Or value for money? And what do you even get for that financial outlay?

Well, we here at Tailored Entertainment, suppliers of the finest and most popular wedding bands in the UK, thought we’d use our insider knowledge to give you a few pointers. Cause we’re nice like that. Let’s get cracking, shall we? Let’s start with that all-consuming question...

How much should I be paying?

Although it’s true that a higher price doesn’t always equal a better band, there is definitely a base rate that you need to be starting from.

Let’s start with an example.

Take your average covers band found playing ACDC tunes down the local on a Friday. They’re probably walking away with about £500. But there’s a reason they’re presumably so cheap compared to a premium wedding band for hire. They tend to be semi-pro’s or amateur players. Their gear tends to be older, poorer in quality and a bit battered. And they’re used to fighting with the noise level of a pub, so everything just ends up being very, very, very loud.

The very least we would recommend paying for a top quality, professional function band is around £1000. At that figure, you’re ensuring your band is assembled from top quality, professional musicians. You know they’re going to offer a concert-level stage production, with pro audio and lighting output. Finally, and most crucially, it’s the peace of mind of knowing the band you have booked are incredibly well versed in providing the highest level of entertainment for your evening. Why would you settle for any less?

Now, if that seems like just too much but you’re still desperate for some live music at your wedding, you could think about a solo act or duo to perform at your afternoon drinks reception. This can be a sophisticated way to bring a little energy to your afternoon with the added benefit of not breaking the bank. Why not take a look at some of our soloists and duos for weddings?

So what am I getting for my money?

As we said earlier, don’t be fooled into thinking more money necessarily equals better. An increase in the price of an act tends to be for one of three reasons:

1. They’re a bigger, more complex ensemble involving more musicians. Maybe horns, strings or multiple vocalists. ·

2. They’re a more specialist act – for example, a jazz, vintage or festival band. These carry a higher price point as they’re a bit more unique in sound and style.

3. The band in question is in incredibly high demand. This typically drives the price of an act up a little bit. Let’s give you a little look at some bands and their price points...

The Magic Tones – starting at £1095

The Magic Tones are one of our most popular Hampshire wedding bands. Hip, fresh and tonnes of fun - their draw isn’t just their awesome sound. It’s their flexibility, too. They range anywhere from £1095 to £1530, depending on which line up you choose. A great option for those looking for a top quality live wedding band, but don’t want to break the bank.

Decade - £1195

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Wedding Band

Decade are a tight, blistering indie-rock four piece offering a high flying night of contemporary rock tunes, and another one of our hottest wedding bands in Hampshire. Their price point is still within a competitive range, making them a great option for those looking for something a little different for their big night.

Festival Nights - £1780

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Wedding Band

One of the country’s most sought after London wedding bands in the ever popular ‘festival’ style, Festival Nights have just finished another summer of back-to-back weddings across the UK and Europe. Their peerless live show has gifted them a massive reputation, making them a surefire hit with all your wedding guests.  

Capitale – £2500

Capitale, a London function band unlike any other, are a live music experience that is difficult to match. This 8-piece soul collective will are the glittering highlight of any wedding they play. Their premium price point makes them a great option for large-scale receptions and anyone looking for something a little glamorous.

Things to bear in mind when booking your band –

All of our acts provide two hours of live music, concert level stage production and a pre-mixed DJ set provided as standard. However, there’s a few extra bits to keep in mind...


The further away your band are based, the more you’ll pay. Many people consider it a small price to pay to get their perfect act at their wedding, but it’s worth keeping in mind.


Early arrivals and late curfews can make everything run a little bit easier on the night. But do be aware that this will mean the act charge a little extra on top of their standard price.


Bands will provide a pre-mixed disco included in the price of their booking – and you can choose this yourself! You can also book the band to DJ the evening, taking requests and mixing the tunes between sets, but this will be a little extra on top of your booking.


All our acts have a standard rider of a hot meal and soft drinks attached in to their contract. If this isn’t possible, it’s not a deal breaker – but a fed band is always a happy band...and boy do they a appreciate a good feeding!

So there you have it. Hopefully we’ve managed to answer all your questions, but if there’s something you’re still pondering over give our expert team a call on 0800 564 2240 to chat a little further. We’d love to hear from you!

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