Top 10 Wedding Bands In Ireland to Book for your Wedding

Top 10 Wedding Bands in Ireland

Wedding Band Reviews Ireland

Searching for the Top 10 Wedding Bands in Ireland and hoping to find a definitive list of the Top 10 Wedding Bands will yield varying and misleading results. There are various sites and search terms such as Best Wedding Bands Ireland 2016/2017/2018 and Wedding Bands Ireland One Fab Day advising the researcher that they promote the Top 10 Wedding Bands in Ireland.

Search also for Wedding Band Prices and Best Wedding Bands Ireland boards .ie or Wedding Bands Dublin to see the host of articles written on the subject. However, it is, important to realize that this information is unsupported and unsubstantiated.

There is no official data to confirm this claim. Bride and grooms will undoubtedly look to book the Best Wedding Band that they can find based on their Budget but how can they wade through the pages on Google of Wedding bands all claiming to be one of the Top 10 Wedding Bands in Ireland including our very own Jukebox Kings Band.

 Top 10 Wedding Bands in Ireland.

The truth is, unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. Choosing the Best Wedding Bands is subjective just like choosing the ingredients for your wedding cake. Some people like chocolate biscuit cake others traditional fruit cake. Just as you will choose your menu with your Hotel based on Budget and suitability for your guests you should also choose your Wedding Band.

Think objectively, when choosing your menu you will likely consider a vegetarian option and something for older guests. You will not choose the menu based purely on the food that you yourself like to eat. You are also not likely to settle for chicken and chips as you want to treat your guests to a memorable feast. From the same perspective, you should also choose your Band knowing that they will treat all of your guests to a variety of musical dishes, catering for all of your guest’s various tastes.

A great Band should include in their repertoire Country, Jives, Waltzes, Funk, Disco and Hits of Today. I know you possibly may not like Country music, but if you don’t like potatoes is that any reason to exclude them from the meal menu?

 

Wedding Band Awards

Wedding Band Awards such as “Weddings Online Best Wedding Band” are yet another misleading benchmark for Wedding Bands and have little or no relevance to the Bands position relative to any other. Don’t get me wrong very often the quality of the Band that wins is excellent. However are the unsuspecting public aware that The Band has paid and nominated themselves in the first instance in the Best Wedding Band Category? Without paying and nominating themselves no Band can be considered by the Judging panel.

There are a great many Wedding Bands who do not advertise with this company and may never nominate themselves in the category Best Wedding Band Weddings Online and yet may actually be the Best Wedding Band in Ireland we may never know. Until Wedding Websites who make money from these awards actually find a more equitable and inclusive way of creating an award system these “Awards” will remain meaningless.

Wedding Band Lineups

A Wedding Band is usually made up of a number of regular musicians, possibly friends or a team. They work closely together and play music with an energy and dynamic that transfers to the audience. Mostly these Bands are made up of professional Wedding entertainers of a very high quality that have worked at the highest level in the Irish and international entertainment business.

One important factor that should be a concern and key point for Bride and Grooms booking a Wedding Band is the lineup.

  • Is the band made up of the same members night after night?
  • Is the line up they book likely to be different on your Wedding Day?

Bands that work with the same lineup, have rehearsed and played together and built up a dynamic that will transfer into a professional and polished performance. This will ensure your Wedding Nights entertainment is fantastic. There are some business models who offer an option of choosing the Lead singer only with all other musicians coming together on the night. This particular business model provides many Bands, operating on the same night, in different venues, under the same name. They invest heavily in branding, marketing, and promotion. Their success is admirable and often copied. However often the standard of the Band that arrives for your wedding may not be the same that you witnessed at the Showcase event.

If this is the option that you choose and you have all the facts to make an informed choice then, you have decided to book an ensemble rather than a Band. If this is your choice it is not for me to contradict or question your wisdom. Before you decide perhaps consider what the Beatles once said (Paraphrase) ” If you rehearse together 7 Days a week you get good at rehearsing, if you play live 7 days a week you get good at playing live”  So consider the quality of a Band that you book that has neither rehearsed or played live together.

The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band are together for 10 years. We have all worked as Wedding Entertainers for a great many years. Our Lineup is made up of the same members night after night, only subject to change in the unlikely event of illness or circumstances outside of our control.

Wedding Band Recommendations

The Wedding Band community is quite small and many of the acts and musicians have worked together on various projects over the years. Many of the Top Bands have formed from incarnations of other Wedding Bands. The quality of many of the Bands is exceptional. The Work ethic and desire to create a fantastic experience for Bride and Grooms is fantastic. Good news for all you people getting married the future is bright. It is difficult to single out one or two acts for a recommendation with so many quality acts available.

My opinion for what its worth is book an experienced established act regardless of their style. Much as you trust the apprentice hairdresser at blow drying your hair you will want the head stylist to style your hair on the day. So should it be with your Wedding Band?

Biting the Bullet in the event that The Jukebox Kings are busy for your Wedding Day we can highly recommend.

The Connor Mc Keon Band

Sway Social

The Best Men

Beat Boutique

Pink Champagne

The Suite

Perfect Day

The Moogs

The Poor Boys

Wedding Band Kildare

 

 

 

 

Wedding Bands Ireland Prices

Wedding Band Costs

Wedding Bands Ireland Prices, what am I paying for?

Wedding Band prices can vary and are a hot topic. Costs for a Live Wedding Band are a constant source of debate.  Are Wedding Bands in Ireland charging excessively for their services?  What is the Average Wedding cost in 2017-2018-2019 for Wedding BandsWhere can I find a Wedding Band Price List to compare?  Can I find cheaper Wedding Bands in Dublin or outside the capital?

Do you know that Wedding Bands in Ireland regularly travel on average 3-6 hours to and from engagements? Insurance costs for vehicles are many multiples of the average insurance premiums for other professions. Musician’s pay premiums many multiples of the insurance premium of say a plumber or carpenter. Musicians are finding it harder to receive insurance cover as their profession is deemed unsafe. Late night travelling and major miles account for this.

Most couples think that when hiring a Wedding Band that they are merely paying for the performance time. But most Wedding Bands set out and set up early on the given day and return home in the late hours of the morning. Despite what people might think the band doesn’t just magically appear for 3 hours and then magically disappear.

Showcase

Bands perform a Showcase free of charge to the couple and family in advance in order to secure the booking. While the Showcase was F.O.C to the invited couples it would have come at a cost both financially and time wise to the Musicians. Bands will also spend time rehearsing a first dance or special requests in the lead up to the couple’s Wedding.

Musicians in Ireland rarely if ever request additional travel, fee’s meal or accommodation costs. The fee they charge is almost always inclusive and can vary from around €1,500 to €2,500 on average or as much as €3,500 depending on the Band Size.

The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band never charge additional fees for Travel, meals or accommodation. Our fee is fully inclusive.

The Jukebox Kings Dublin, Ireland

Compare Irish prices to Wedding Bands in America. Why not look at the costs provided below from an American 4-piece Band? I have removed the Bands name, but the details are 100% genuine.

Packages and Pricing

XXXXXXXXX offers several entertainment packages: FULL PACKAGE: Recommended for dance events!!! 4-piece classic rock & roll/country band PLUS a sound and light technician. Enhanced sound system, subwoofers, effects, multi-coloured stage lighting. Amplified acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bass guitar, drummer and amplified vocals.

ENHANCED PACKAGE: For a special treat, we can add three-time Guitarist of the Year, XXXXXXXXXX to the band, for a super rockin’ show. This guy is a scorching guitarist, who can rock with the best of them, and when he and Trevor trade licks, the stage is on fire! Check out his amazing guitar work on our original project songs featured on the “Originals” page of this website! SMALL PACKAGE: Smaller, indoor venues, 30 – 60 guests. Amplified acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bass guitar, drummer and amplified vocals. 4-piece classic rock & roll / country band. Small sound system, without subwoofers, effects, sound/light technician, or multi-coloured stage lighting.

PRICES range from $2,450 – $4,250 depending upon sound system package, venue location and size, length of engagement, and number of guests. Prices apply to jobs within the XXXXXXXXXX city limits. Room, board and travel costs will be added to out of town engagements.  Prices for similar events may vary, depending upon the demand for a given date, venue challenges, and other factors.

What are the differences in Bands?

We know looking through the long list of Bands can be Daunting. There are 3-piece, 4-piece, 5-piece Bands and upwards.  Male Vocalists, Female Vocalists and some that offer both. Bands with Brass and some that can add it to their line-up. Then, there are fully live bands and some that use backing tracks to enhance their sound.

The difference between very many Wedding Bands is quite small. Most Bands on the Irish Wedding Scene perform at a very high and professional standard. Gone are the days when touring pub bands did a” Nixer” Wedding for a Friend.

Irish Wedding bands are now, mostly Full-time Musicians. They are Tax compliant, well-rehearsed, professionally groomed and completely up to date with Wedding Trends. The music set list that they offer will most likely also be similar.

Budget

Wedding band prices don’t vary widely. Set your Budget based on affordability and Venue. If you can’t afford a 7-piece band or your Venue won’t fit them, then don’t book them. Generally, Bands can vary their line up to suit different venues. Bands that are working closer to home have lower costs. This is all common sense stuff.  If you wanted an electrician to carry out some work at your home, you would look for someone relatively local. You wouldn’t look for someone several counties away. if you did you would expect to pay a premium for their time and travel. Pick up the phone and chat, we are always glad to help.

See the band in advance

If possible, try to see your Band play in advance. Most bands offer Showcase events. Make sure the band that you are seeing are the same band that will play on the night. If you are looking living in Dublin then you will have a wider choice of Showcase events to choose. However there are many Bands that provide these outside of the capital.  Be prepared to travel a little further.

Live versus (Dead)Backing Tracks.

Some Bands play live, some bands use backing tracks and mime. Some bands even combine the two. Ask the band the question if it matters to you, it may not. There are some Bands that prefer to concentrate on performance rather than musicianship. Although, if you are paying for a Band, it’s likely you expect them to be musicians that play real instruments.

Can your Band play different styles of music?

Wedding Bands try to facilitate everyone at a Wedding. Waltzes, Country, Swing, Disco, Pop and Rock are some of the styles covered in one night.  As mentioned, Bands are professional and well-rehearsed in adapting to different requests.

Bands will cover different genres respectably. I recall hearing a strory from a “Trad  Musician” friend of mine who was booked to play at a Wedding. The Bride requested them to play some Disco tunes and was surprised  that they only played “Trad Music” on the night.  Choose a band that can diversify. Make sure you know what to expect and the limitations of the Band. All musicians no matter how good have musical limits.

Does Price determine performance?

Most Bands play for at least 2 hours some for 3, The average performance time is 2.5 hours. Don’t let the speeches eat into the play time. Playtime just like price is usually up for negotiation. There are only so many hours available to entertain once the meal is over.

Are you Searching for a Great Irish Wedding Band for your 2019 Wedding?

Why not read our article on how to search and book great Wedding bands in 2019?

https://www.weddingbandsirelandjbk.com/how-to-search-for-great-wedding-bands-for-your-wedding-2019/