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Questions about booking a wedding band?

We've compiled a list to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about wedding bands, so you can have all the information you need to choose the perfect entertainment for your special day.

Q: What is Wedding Bands?

A:At Wedding Bands, we live and breathe weddings! We believe in putting you in direct contact with the wedding band you love. Here, you bypass the traditional agency model, avoiding extra costs and the limitations of commission-driven choices. With us, you have the freedom to pick the wedding band that aligns perfectly with your style and vision for your big day.

Q: What areas does Wedding Bands cover?

A: Our wedding bands cover weddings all over the UK, from the bustling cities of London and Manchester to the quaint countryside of the Cotswolds and the Scottish Highlands. No matter where your wedding is taking place, we can provide the perfect live band to make your wedding day unforgettable.

Additionally, a number of our talented wedding bands are available to perform at destination weddings worldwide. From the sun-soaked beaches of Barcelona to chateaus in the picturesque countryside of the South of France, and even on romantic islands such as Santorini and Italy.

Q: How do I choose the right wedding band?

A: Choosing the right wedding band is a big decision, and it's important to find a band that fits your individual tastes and style. At Wedding Bands, we understand that every couple is unique, and we're here to help you find the perfect band for your special day. We recommend starting by considering the type of music you enjoy and the overall atmosphere you want to create for your wedding.

Wedding Bands can help you find a band that fits your style. Check out our how to choose your perfect wedding band guide for more information on how to choose the perfect wedding band for your special day.

Q. How does Wedding Bands handle payments and contracts?

With Wedding Bands, you handle all transactions and agreements directly with the band, ensuring a transparent and secure experience. This direct approach guarantees clear and trusted arrangements, essential for the smooth planning of your wedding.

Q: Do you offer different band sizes?

A: Yes, we offer bands of all sizes, from solo artists to full bands with multiple members. We'll work with you to determine the perfect band size to suit your individual needs and budget.

Q: How far in advance should I book a wedding band?

A: We recommend booking your wedding band as soon as possible to ensure availability, especially if you're planning a wedding during peak season. However, we can often accommodate last-minute bookings, so don't hesitate to contact us to check availability or to find out more about when you should book your favourite band.

Q: Can I see the band perform before booking?

A: We understand the importance of choosing the right band for your special day, which is why we offer video footage of our bands performing live. This allows you to get a feel for the band's style and performance before you make a booking.

Q: What is your process for booking a wedding band?

A: To book a wedding band with us, simply contact the band you want to book with your preferred date, location, and any specific requirements you may have.

Start by browsing Wedding Bands to explore the various bands we offer! Watch performance videos, filter by bands that cover the area where you are getting married, compare prices to suit your budget, and get a sense of the band you desire.

After you've explored and found the wedding band you love in, the next step is to check their availability. Through Wedding Bands, you can directly contact the band to inquire if they're available on your wedding date.

Once you've confirmed a band's availability and they fit within your budget, it's time to discuss your specific requirements, including the type of music you'd like them to play, performance timings, any special requests you have, and the ambience you wish to create.

With their availability confirmed and your needs and expectations aligned, the next step is to secure the date.

At Wedding Bands, you'll book directly with the band, ensuring a transparent and streamlined process while eliminating the typical agency markups that can inflate costs by up to 25%. The band will provide you with a contract and deposit payment details.

Congratulations on booking your dream wedding band with Wedding Bands!

Check out our 4 step guide to choosing and booking the perfect band for you.

Q: How much does it cost to hire a wedding band? How much can I save booking with Wedding Bands?

A: Booking your wedding band directly through Wedding Bands can save you up to 25% compared to traditional agencies. We cut out the middleman, eliminating agency markups and biased agendas that may limit your options for the sake of commissions.

This approach not only makes your entertainment budget stretch further but also grants you the freedom to negotiate directly with the band.

The cost of hiring a wedding band directly varies depending on a variety of factors, such as the band's experience, the length of the performance, the location, and the size of the band. We offer a range of different options to suit every budget, so you can have the wedding band of your dreams without breaking the bank.

Q: What types of wedding bands do you offer?

A: We offer a wide range of wedding bands to suit every taste and style, including cover bands, tribute bands, destination bands, bespoke bands, roaming bands, DJ bands, and unique bands.

Our bands cover a variety of genres, including country, disco, folk, pop & Britpop, rock, party, indie, soul & motown, ska & reggae, swing & ratpack, jazz, classical, and RnB.

Q: What is a wedding cover band?

A: Wedding cover bands come in various styles, catering to different musical preferences and theme. Some popular types of cover bands for weddings include:
  • Pop and Rock
    These bands perform chart-topping hits and classics, ensuring a lively atmosphere.
  • Soul and Motown Perfect for a romantic, groovy vibe, these bands play soulful tunes and Motown hits.
  • Jazz and Swing
    For a sophisticated touch, jazz and swing bands bring a classy, timeless sound.
  • Acoustic and Folk
    Ideal for rustic or intimate weddings, these bands provide a relaxed, heartfelt ambiance.
  • Tribute Bands
    Dedicated to specific artists or bands, tribute acts recreate iconic performances for a memorable experience.
Not what you had in mind? Check out our full list of wedding bands. We have something for everyone!

Q: What is a DJ wedding band?

A: A DJ wedding band is a unique combination of a traditional wedding band and a DJ, which has become increasingly popular for those who want the best of both worlds. You'll get the energy and excitement of a live performance along with the versatility of a DJ who can play all the latest chart-topping hits.

The centerpiece of the band is a world-class DJ who will use their skills and experience to read the crowd and create an unforgettable party atmosphere. Along with the DJ, a group of talented musicians will work together to make sure that your guests have the time of their lives. Their seamless blend of live music and the latest hits will keep everyone on the dance floor all night long.

Our DJ wedding bands can cater to your needs, whether you want a mix of classic hits or the latest chart-toppers. So get ready to dance the night away and make unforgettable memories with your loved ones!

Q: What is a destination wedding band?

A: A destination wedding band is a band that is willing to travel to your wedding location, no matter where it is in the world. This type of wedding band is perfect for couples who are getting married abroad, as they offer the opportunity to bring high-quality entertainment to your destination wedding.

At Wedding Bands, we work with a variety of destination wedding bands that are experienced in performing at weddings across the globe. Our bands will ensure that your guests are entertained and that your wedding is a celebration to remember.

Q: What is a bespoke band?

A: Wedding Bands allows you to create your own bespoke band - a wedding band that is completely tailored to your individual needs, from the music genre to the size of the band. Every wedding is unique, and we'll work closely with you to create a bespoke experience that's tailored to your taste and style. Our bespoke bands are designed to reflect your unique personality and style, making your wedding band truly personalised to you.

Q: What is a roaming wedding band?

A: A roaming wedding band is a type of band that moves around the wedding venue while performing in different areas. This unique band style creates an interactive and engaging experience for your guests, allowing them to get up close and personal with the musicians. The band will often play acoustic instruments, creating an intimate and relaxed atmosphere for your special day.

Q: What is a wedding tribute band?

A: A wedding tribute band is a band that specialises in performing the music of a particular artist or band. This type of band is perfect for fans of a specific artist or genre, and can create an immersive and authentic experience that transports you and your guests back in time. With a wide range of tribute bands available, you can find the perfect one to suit your musical taste and wedding theme. If you're having a destination wedding, you can even find tribute bands that specialise in music from that region.

Q: What is a themed wedding band?

A: A themed wedding band is a group of musicians that performs music and adopts a performance style tailored to a specific theme, often inspired from popular movies and TV shows. At Wedding Bands, we offer one-of-a-kind themed bands, such as the Harry Potter Band, complete with lookalikes and costumes, and the Gatsby Swing Band, bringing the glamour of the Roaring Twenties to life.

Booking a themed wedding band from Wedding Bands ensures a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your guests, reflecting your personality and interests. These bands create an immersive, fun atmosphere that will make your special day truly unforgettable.

FAQ about hiring a wedding band

Q: How long do wedding bands typically perform for?

A: Wedding bands typically perform in sets of 45 minutes to an hour, but they are flexible with their performance durations to meet your unique needs. Whether you require a special song for your ceremony exit, a string quartet to create an elegant ambiance during your wedding dinner, a roaming band engaging with guests during your cocktail hour, or a lively party band for your evening entertainment, we connect you directly with the band you love to tailor your performance to suit you.

Q: Will the band perform continuously for the evening entertainment?

A: Our bands ensure a consistent party atmosphere during evening receptions, which typically take place from 8pm to midnight. They usually perform either 2 sets of 60 minutes or 3 sets of 45 minutes, with DJ-style sets seamlessly integrated between live performances.

This approach maintains high energy levels and keeps the dance floor bustling, allowing you and your guests to enjoy an evening of exceptional non-stop entertainment.

Q: Do your wedding bands perform at ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions? Can I choose when my band performs?

A: Absolutely! Wedding bands are highly versatile and can perform during various segments of your wedding day, including the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. With a selection of talented acts and diverse entertainment options, we give you the freedom to liase with your chosen band directly so that you can ensure that each aspect of your entertainment matches your unique vision and preferences.

To help you create the perfect timeline, we offer a comprehensive wedding entertainment timeline guide that outlines the typical schedule for a wedding day with ideas and inspiration to maximise the key moments.

Q: Can I choose specific songs for my wedding band to play?

A: Absolutely! Wedding bands provide the option to select the songs you want to hear on your big day. They will work with you to create a playlist from your favourite songs, a do-not-playlist, or a combination of both. Plus, you can even share your Spotify playlists with your chosen band for inspiration!

Q: Can your bands play specific songs or requests?

A: Many wedding bands are happy to learn and perform specific songs (especially popular for first dance songs) and also requests, as long as they are given sufficient notice.

Q: What are some of the key wedding music moments that my wedding band can create a goosebumps experience for my guests?

A: Some of the key wedding music moments that can create a goosebumps experience for your guests include a dramatic aisle entrance, an intimate first dance, cake cutting, and a unifying last dance. By choosing the perfect songs for these moments, you can create an unforgettable experience for both you and your guests. For a detailed guide on music choices for these moments, check out our ideas for integrating music into your wedding's key moments.

Q: Do wedding bands provide their own equipment?

A: Yes, wedding bands typically arrive with their own sound system and necessary equipment. For larger weddings, they may need to hire additional PA systems. It's important to inform your band about the number of guests and the venue type (indoor or outdoor) to ensure they are adequately prepared.

Q: What if my venue already has a sound system, will your wedding bands be able to work with the in-house PA system?

A: Yes, if your wedding venue has an in-house PA system, our professional wedding bands will be able to work with it by adapting their setup to suit the venue's equipment.

However, it's always a good idea to let your chosen wedding band know in advance if your venue has its own system, so that they can liase with the venue and prepare accordingly and ensure that the sound quality is excellent.

Q. How can your wedding band work within the sound restrictions of my venue if there is a sound-limiter in place?

A: Who says you can't have amazing music AND stick to the sound restrictions at your venue?

If your venue has a sound-limiter in place, don't worry - we have a selection of professional wedding bands who are experienced in working with sound limiters and can adjust their performance to comply with the venue's guidelines. They can do this by adjusting the volume, using acoustic instruments, or rehearsing with the sound-limiter.

Ask your wedding band to liase directly with your venue to discuss the sound-limiter in advance, so that your chosen band can make any necessary adjustments to their performance and equipment to ensure that the music is played at an appropriate volume.

Q: Do your wedding bands offer any additional services, such as lighting or DJ services?

A: Yes, many of our wedding bands offer a range of additional services to enhance your wedding entertainment experience, including lighting, dance floors, DJ services, and more.