With the New Year comes new engagements, and with cupid stringing up his bow ready for Valentines Day - the excitement isn’t due to end just yet!
However, these weddings need to be planned and when this begins one of the first things you’ll need to do is start budgeting. We are here to give you some guidance on how far your money will go when it comes to booking your wedding band – and some ways to save a bit of money in the process!
S / M / L / XL / XXL / XXXL
Yes, bands come in all sizes too! You might not see them quite so familiarly labelled, but it’s going to be the main factor that contributes to your final quote. Here are some example line-ups to give you an idea of how many musicians you might want:
3 piece – Drums / Bass / Guitar & Singer
4 piece – Drums / Bass / Guitar / Singer
5 piece – Drums / Bass / Guitar / Keys / Singer
6 piece – Drums / Bass / Guitar / Keys / Saxophone / Singer
7 piece – Drums / Bass / Guitar / Keys / Saxophone/ Trumpet / Singer
8 piece – Drums / Bass / Guitar / Keys / Saxophone / Trumpet / 2 x Singers
TOP TIP: When budgeting, take the number of musicians and multiply it by £250, and use this as an estimate for the starting price of band before travel expenses. So for a 4-piece band you can expect to pay from £1000 before expenses.
Whilst 500 miles may well be on the song list for the party, it’s not the distance you want your band travelling to play it. The obvious cost here is the fuel, but if it’s a 3 hour drive back home, most bands are going to want accommodation providing – especially if they are finishing around midnight. The money you save here can be better spent on getting a larger band, longer performances, or any other extra packages that the band might offer.
When the band isn’t performing you’re going to need some music playing, and the obvious choice for most is to book a DJ. However, you can potentially save some money here by picking a band that comes with a DJ package. These can range from anything as simple as plugging an iPod into the sound system, to a dedicated sound engineer that couples as a DJ – whatever the case, if it is something that the band offer it is probably going to be more cost effective to source it through them than booking somebody independently.
Other Forms of Entertainment
If you have stretched all of your budgets, and you still cant accommodate the luxury of a live band, there is a way of tending to your entertainment needs without breaking the bank. Choosing a soloist, or a duo to perform either acoustically, or to backing tracks could be the perfect solution for smaller budgets, or if you are struggling for space at your venue. From as little as £300, and a set up which lends itself to lower volumes, it is certainly something worth considering and your guests will still appreciate a focal point of entertainment for the evening.
For more help on finding the right entertainment for your wedding, visit www.matchboxmusic.co.uk and browse our selection of party bands, duos and soloists for hire.