Best Guide To Wedding Live Band Pricing | Part 3

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Wedding Live Band | $1500 to $3500+

A wedding band who charges $1500 to $3500 is often a semi-professional band verging on a full-time professional. Band members will likely be making a full time living from music.  This could be directly from the band, other bands or from other music-related work.  If you arrived on this page first, there is also the Simple Guide To Wedding Live Band & DJ Pricing | Part 1 and Simple Guide To Wedding Live Band Pricing | Part 2.  Here are the factors to consider when considering a band in this category:
Semi-Professional Wedding Band

Standard Of Musicianship & Entertainment

  • Expect good and competent musicianship for this price range. As a fully fledged professional band, the musicians will have clocked up significant performance hours. This will be reflected in their overall standard. These musicians don’t always play together all the time. In fact, there’s a chance that some of the players are “sitting in” for the first time.  That’s totally fine, they’re pros and the music won’t suffer. 
  • What may suffer from playing with different musicians each night is the group chemistry and overall entertainment factor. To prevent this, you need to play with the same people night after night. Their ability to interact and really wow the crowd is less than a group who plays together all the time. They may also be missing their X-Factor (see X-Factor below).

Inclusiveness of Fee

  • Fees should include a PA sound system and stage lighting good for up to 150 guests

Dress and Behaviour

  • You’ll get a good standard of dress from your musicians if you pay for a band in this price range. Probably shirts and ties. Nobody will dress like they belong in a bar. The musicians will most likely have a fair bit of wedding experience. They will most likely not cause any problems with your guests or consume too much alcohol.

Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience

  • Expect good levels here. The band should have the ability to be able to cover your first dance request with ease. They should be open to adapting their set to cover your requests from their repertoire list.

Reliability & Customer Service

  • Expect good and competent levels of service. There should be a properly drafted contract that clearly outlines the terms you are requested to sign. Expect a relatively responsive band representative. They might not yet have professional guarantees in place, and it’s unlikely they’ll have money-back guarantees

Professionalism

  • As a professional band, expect a good efficient service. Although the band will unlikely have a dedicated representative that isn’t in the band. Expect to deal with a band member or leader.

The X Factor

  • At the higher end of this price band you can expect to find some great bands that have a real ‘zing’ about them.

My Personal Recommendation About A Band $1500 - $3500

If price is an issue and you’ve got some time to do “your homework” definitely consider a band in this price range over a DJ.  The live musical experience just can’t be beaten.  But a word of warning… just because someone is priced in this category doesn’t mean they’re good.  

Check their references and testimonials and ask what venues they’ve played at. Ask how many of their members are full-time musicians. Also find out if they offer a free consultation like we do. See what type of “vibe” you get from them.

Live Wedding Band - More than $3500

A wedding band who charges more than $3500 is a full-time professional band working at the ‘top of their game’. They are producing consistently excellent and entertaining performances. 

Here are the factors to consider when considering a band in this category:

Standard Of Musicianship & Entertainment

Top notch music performed by top notch players and so effortlessly. They can have fun and entertain the crowd at the same time. Expect packed dance floors and a great sound, even if you’ve hired only 3-5 professional musicians in this group.

Inclusiveness of Fee

Expect a full PA system, stage and dance floor lighting for up to 250 guests. A lot of bands are also including DJ service between sets in some of their packages. Travel expenses should be included within at least a 50 to 60 miles radius of the bands base.

Dress and Behaviour

  • You should be able to pick the attire of your wedding band at this price.  A band at this price will have matching suits (or tuxedos) and matching elegant attire for the females. Their attire should come across as professional, consistent but not “cheesy”. 
  • Expect absolute professionalism, a near silent load in and an extremely unobtrusive setup.  They will treat each guest at your wedding respectfully. They will refrain from drinking and other unprofessional conduct.  For example, the musicians who work with my company are all required to sign a zero-tolerance alcohol and drugs policy. This is becoming increasingly popular with high-end professionals in the wedding industry. 

Adaptability, Flexibility & Experience

  • Expect the band to cover your reasonable requests and effortlessly weave them into their set. The band should be open to understanding your more specific musical requirements. For example, you may have a theme you may have in mind? Also, weddings almost never run on time. The band should be able to adapt to an ever-changing schedule with ease.

Reliability & Customer Service

  • Expect a contract that safeguards both you and the band. It should cover all the essential elements of your day. Expect high levels of customer service with responses to your questions within 24 hours. We personally have a number of money-back guarantees that ensure you get exactly what you were expecting and nothing goes wrong during the biggest party of your life. Here is a good example of all the guarantees you should expect to get from your wedding entertainment.

Professionalism

  • A professional wedding band should be a well-run business. It should be made up of full-time professional musicians. This means they perform music for their full-time career. In the event someone gets sick, the band leader can draw on a wide network of professional musicians. Should he need to find a replacement, performance levels will never be compromised. 
  • Professional bands will have the budget to maintain their equipment. From PA to lighting, to the vehicles they use, everything should be in top working order.  Any issues that arise are dealt with before they become a problem. True professionals have a backup plan for everything.

The X-Factor

  • Make sure they have the X-Factor. The purpose of a live band at your wedding is to engage and excite your crowd and keep the dance floor packed with excitement all night long. Not to crank out tunes and look increasingly bored as the night goes on. Make sure your band has spark and personality! Or you’d be better hiring a DJ to save yourself a chunk of the budget. 

My Personal Recommendation About A Band $3500+

With a professional live wedding band you can expect charm, personality, chemistry, energy, dynamism, charisma, likeability and magnetism. The band should pour their life & soul into their performance. 

Look for a charismatic frontman or woman with a natural empathy for their audience. And the ability to put your guests instantly at ease. Be sure the whole band has a great chemistry together, are fun and entertaining without a hint of self-indulgence.

Will the band make sure the dance floor is full?

Everyone’s fear is that you have this elaborate wedding, pay all this money, gather your friends and family together and… it’s a boring snooze-fest and nobody dances…

Don’t let this happen to you! Hiring professionals that can adapt and entertain a crowd will go a long way. I’ve actually created a free report that talks about the challenges of filling a dance-floor and how to avoid being embarrassed on the biggest night of your life!  This free report talks about the “8 Critical Mistakes Most Couples Make”

How can I help?

We offer a free 90 minute consultation where we’ll go through your vision of the perfect wedding entertainment and create a plan as to how we can achieve this goal. My genuine desire is that you’ll book the absolute best band or DJ for your wedding and that it truly will be “the best day ever”.

*Note: The above article is very much based on broad generalizations. There are a number of other factors that affect the price of bands that are outside the scope of this guide. If you’re still feeling lost, contact me and I’ll try my best to answer any questions you may have and then use your feedback to update this guide for future revisions.

David Fraser DCF Wedding Music

David Fraser is the founder and bandleader of DCF Wedding Music based out of Erin, Ontario. He specializes in live music that’s exciting, entertaining and engaging and has been involved in the wedding industry professionally since 2007.

DCF Wedding Music & DJ Service performs at venues in Toronto, GTA and Southern Ontario. To meet David and learn more about his services book a free consultation at https://meet.dcfweddingmusic.com. Or contact him at 1-866-710-7658 – david@dcfweddingmusic.

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