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Booking a Wedding Band: What You Need to Know

Wedding planning can be both exciting and stressful, especially when it comes to choosing the right wedding entertainment. There are many factors to consider, from the cost of the band to the genre of music, via what equipment they’re expected to bring.

We’re FPM Music Management, one of the South West of England’s premier wedding music providers. In this blog, we'll answer some frequently asked questions about booking a wedding band to help you make an informed decision.


Q1. How much does it cost to hire a wedding band?

A: The cost of hiring a wedding band can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the size of the band, their experience, the location of your wedding, and whether your wedding falls on a peak date. On average, you can expect to pay between £800 and £4,000 for a good wedding band. Keep in mind that this is a one-time expense that can have a huge impact on the overall experience of your wedding day.

Q2. How long do wedding bands typically play for?

A: Most wedding bands will play for around 2-3 hours, with breaks in between sets. However, this can vary depending on the band and your specific needs.

Q3. Can a wedding band play songs that aren't on their setlist?

A: Yes, some wedding bands will be able to learn new songs for your wedding day, provided that you give them enough notice.

Q4. Do wedding bands provide their own equipment?

A: Yes, most wedding bands will provide their own equipment, including sound systems, microphones, lights, and instruments. However, it's always a good idea to confirm this with the band before you hire them.

Q5. Can a wedding band play during the ceremony and reception?

A: Yes, many wedding bands offer packages that include music during the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Q6. What are the advantages of booking a band over a DJ for a wedding?

A: One of the main advantages of booking a band over a DJ is the live entertainment factor. A band can create a unique and memorable atmosphere, and their energy will get your guests up and dancing. Additionally, a band can also offer a wide range of musical genres and can tailor their performance to fit the mood and theme of your wedding. Click here to read more.

Q7. Can a band play a variety of music genres?

A: Yes, many wedding bands can play a variety of music genres, from classic rock to pop to jazz. However, it's important to discuss your musical preferences with the band beforehand to ensure that they can accommodate your needs.

Q8. How do I choose the right band for my wedding?

A: Choosing the right band for your wedding involves a bit of research. Start by listening to their demo tracks or watching their live performances online. You should also read reviews and ask for recommendations from friends and family. Once you've narrowed down your options, reach out to the bands to discuss your needs and see if they are a good fit for your wedding.

Q9. Will a live band be too loud for my guests?

A: A good wedding band will be able to adjust their volume to suit the size and acoustics of your venue. They will also be mindful of your guests' comfort levels and can provide quieter background music during the wedding breakfast or drinks reception if needed.

Q10. Do wedding bands need insurance and should their equipment be PAT tested?

A: No, this is not a legal requirement but you'll find most professional wedding bands do have public liability insurance and that their electrical equipment has been PAT tested. Most wedding venues will require suppliers to submit this documentation before they arrive on site.


Booking a live band can bring a unique and everlasting experience to any wedding. The personal touch and professional performance of experienced musicians can create a feeling and buzz that a DJ just can’t match. Sure, booking a band may require more planning and budget, but we definitely think it’s worth it to help make your special night one to remember.

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Consider the factors discussed in this blog, and hopefully you can make an informed decision and choose the right band for your wedding. In the meantime, check out our comprehensive guide on the dos and don’ts when it comes to working with a wedding band.

Happy planning!

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