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Wedding Band Prices
It's classic fun to listen to mp3s on some speakers. You get to hear all your old favorite songs. However, there's nothing like live music. A live band makes a super fun party. There's something about the energy that a live band brings. We've all been to a concert. What is it about music being played directly in front of you that makes you feel it more? Live music creates an experience! No song is ever played the same twice live.
A DJ can cost $400 to $2,000 for the entire night. Check out our article on the cost of a wedding DJ to compare the two services.
Wedding band Prices
It will cost $1,500 to $4,000 for to hire a band for your wedding. This is the cost for a professional band that does weddings on a regular basis. It may cost a few dollars extra for a professional band, but the good thing is they've been there before. They know the songs, they've practiced a lot of “wedding type songs” and they'll play songs everybody likes to hear.
Here's a list of various wedding songs that can give you some guidance on what songs you might want to hear. Most wedding bands take requests. It depends on what type of band you hire, but the majority does.
When hiring your band you need to carefully consider what type of genre you want to go with. Younger couples tend to go with a classic “rock” band that plays the classic wedding songs. Some like to hear jazz or classical at their wedding. It truly classes things up to hear that kind of music.
Popular Wedding Music Genres
- Classic Rock
Meet with the band leaders, the person on the microphone. Are they charismatic? Are they fun? Can they tell a joke? The band leader acts as the in-promtu DJ. They're pumping up the crowd to start dancing; they're watching the mood to see what song people are digging. Just as you would interview a DJ you should do the same with the band leader.
Get some sample music from the band. Any good band will have recorded music on an mp3 or on the computer. Get some sample tunes from him and see what you think. It's better to hear live samples of their work. Better yet, if they have a sample video of them playing live, that's what you truly want.