Average Wedding Cost for Live Band

  • $1,693 is the average wedding cost for Entertainment Live Band in United States
  • Roughly 9% - 19% of couples purchase this

Note: Average Cost is based on the spending of couples recently married not wedding vendor prices. This includes all types of weddings, event locations, purchases of both new and pre-owned items and purchases of services from professionals, someone that simply provides the service, or a hired family member or friend. Spending and prices can vary widely.

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What's Typically Included in Entertainment > Live Band

  • Live band including X number of performers for X number of hours, depending upon the act you book and the package you choose
  • Their instruments and sound system
  • Their specialty lighting
  • Setup and takedown

Additional Cost Items to Look Out For

  • Time and travel to audition bands
  • Booking multiple musical acts, such as a band and an acoustic performer for the cocktail party
  • Ethnic music to be performed by professionals if the band does not have your desired type of music in their repertoire
  • Travel for the band members
  • Feeding the band members
  • Their lighting system
  • Stage rentals
  • Dance floor rentals
  • Photo booth and props from the entertainment company
  • Casino games and other games and activity props rented from the entertainment company
  • Music for when the band takes breaks
  • After-party package
  • Props to hand out to guests, such as inflatable guitars, glow sticks, etc.
  • Extra hours added to the package
  • Overtime fees
  • Tipping per musician

Why Does It Cost This Much?

Bands contain more than one person, so you are paying multiple professionals for their time and work. Many bands only work one event per day, so they're pay is the entirety of what they make on a day, unlike an officiant who can do several events with their time.

You're also paying for their top-quality instruments and sound system, as well as the result of their experience and expertise. Some musicians train for many years, earning a reputation as a stellar wedding performer and in their years of musical education and experience they often play multiple instruments. It takes an entertainment company thousands of dollars to find and train their performers, and trust them with their brand reputation, so these professionals earn higher pay for their performances.

The time of year and day of week factor greatly into the cost of entertainment, with peak season demanding more cost and off-seasons allowing the entertainment company to drop their pricing a bit, at the discretion of the company owner.

Again, you're paying for the band's talent in bringing sensational music to your wedding, high energy, a packed dance floor, great audience reading and interaction, and a non-cheesy welcome into your ballroom. The entertainment is a very important element of a wedding, and your band creates the vibe during the dinner hour as a switch-up from what may be a very different vibe and musical energy at the cocktail party.