When booking your wedding band, there are a number of aspects to consider.
Firstly how much live music do you want? This will determine the base of your expenditure. You will find that most bands will charge different prices for the amount of live music wanted, for example 2 x 45 minute sets will be cheaper than 3 x 45 minute sets.
You need to find out whether or not your band provide a DJ service for the rest of the evenings entertainment and whether that is free or at an extra cost.
Bands will also usually have a standard time that they arrive to set up their equipment and time that they finish, if you require them to come any earlier or stay any later there is likely to be an additional charge there too.
Many bands will also require travelling expenses for coming to your venue, in addition to their standard package price due to many travelling all around the country to perform at weddings.
And don’t forget to give them food and drinks, it can be a very long day for the band with setting up their equipment, travelling and performing and they will need something to eat and drink throughout the day or evening.
Things that should come included in the price as standard (make sure you check!) are public liability insurance, fully PAT tested equipment including instruments, speakers and a full lighting rig, equipment set up and song requests as well as obviously the live sets that you are paying for.
If you’re booking multiple packages such as afternoon and evening entertainment, look out for discounts, equally if you have a midweek booking.
When you’re interested in booking a band make sure you ask for a full quote with your venue and timings so they can give you proper costings including travelling and any extra fees for early set up or late finishes. You don’t want to get your heart set on them to only find out it’s an extra £200 for them to get to your venue. And don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions before you make a booking, things like them learning your first dance can be what really sets them apart.