Wedding Bands Prices 2020, 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 we paying excessively for their services?
- What is the Average Wedding Band cost in 2020?
- How does this compare to 2019 for Wedding Bands?
- Where can I find a Wedding Band Price List to compare?
- Will I pay more for Entertainment in Dublin than say Cork or Donegal ?
Are we paying excessively for their services?
This is a difficult question to answer and comes down to the laws of economics. A service or goods is only worth the value of what the consumer is willing to pay. So if couples are prepared to pay between €1,500 and €5,000 for a band then this is the market price. There are only a finite number of dates available for a Band to perform as the majority of Weddings ( 81%) take place on Friday and Saturday’s between May and September (60%). This leaves many couples chasing the same Band for the same dates. The rest of the Year is off Season and many Bands use this time for rehearsal, business events and Showcases etc.
What is the Average Wedding Band cost in 2020?
The Average cost of a Wedding Band and DJ in Ireland in 2020 according to research carried out by leading Website One Fab Day is between €2,000 and €3,000.
This is of course an Average and averages are only the middle price point for wide ranging charges. Variables which may not have been considered was the size of the band. For example you would expect that a 2 piece or 3 piece band would be less expensive than a 7 piece Band. You might also expect that if you are hosting your Wedding Reception in Donegal and your Band travels from Kerry they would charge a premium above a Donegal based band. The price presented by One Fab Day also has grouped DJ in with the cost so doesn’t clearly highlight the Band only price. I have included the link to the article for your convenience.
Some other factors that you might consider when you ask yourself what am I paying for when I hire a Band?
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. Because of the distance and unsociable late hours 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 with many insurers refusing to provide cover as their profession is deemed unsafe. When hiring a Band one is not merely paying for the performance time because Musicians set out and set up early on the given day and return home in the late hours of the morning. When the guests are all safely tucked in their beds after a great evening of revelry the Musicians are slowly making their way home.
Bands usually 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 and 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.
How does this compare to 2019 for Wedding Bands?
Average Wedding Band fees in 2020 of €2,183 have increased €33 since 2019 when the average cost was €2,150 . Unfortunately as many of our Bride and Grooms will know, not too many Weddings have taken place this year and few are likely to. most of the 2020 Bookings have been postponed until future dates in 2021. This could result in fewer Bands available for key dates in 2021, for anyone that has not yet booked their Band as they honour bookings from 2020.
Where can I find a Wedding Band Price List to compare?
Wouldn’t it be really great if Bands advertised their Price List on their Website? Is it too difficult a task to expect that a guide price could not be available on their site. What about a category too? such as by province, Leinster, Munster etc. Or by genre Country Music, Pop Music, Trad etc.
Unfortunately I have yet to find such a site with the nearest to a price guideline being offered by Sax in the City see list below
|Line Up||Wedding band/Agency||Average Price|
|1 man band||Wedding Band||€320-550|
|1 man band||Agency||€450-650|
|2 piece band||Wedding Band||€465-800|
|2 piece band||Agency||€650-1200|
|3 piece band||Wedding Band||€750-1400|
|3 piece band||Agency||€1200-1600|
|4 piece band||Wedding Band||€1250-2400|
|4 piece band||Agency||€1800-2950|
|5 piece band||Wedding Band||€1600-2600|
|5 piece band||Agency||From €2000|
|6 piece band||Wedding Band||€1800-2750|
|6 piece band||Agency||From €2500|
|7, 8,9,10 piece band||Wedding Band||€2350-5000|
Wedding band price list featuring average wedding band cost per line up, agency and band (source Sax in the City)
Will I pay more for entertainment in Dublin than say Cork or Donegal ?
Every County in Ireland probably has a favourite Wedding Band. The Band known to everyone locally and looked to for the big hooleys. Unfortunately as already mentioned they have finite availability and so if they are not available the search begins for the alternative. So where can I find the Best Wedding Bands in Ireland, who are the Best Wedding Bands in Ireland and who decides this? This is a really difficult task for people to discover the answer to. Ask our friend Google and you will be inundated with varying answers. What most of these sites don’t do is categorise the Act by county or price and objectively advise you of the Bands credentials. Most of the information is supplied to the site by the Band who clearly will promote their Act as the Best Wedding Band in Ireland. If a band needs to travel excessive distances then it is likely you will pay a premium price for travel. If the Band you book is relatively local from a bordering county then you will likely pay less. Shop local and support your local suppliers and everyone may benefit.
The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band never charge additional fees for Travel, meals or accommodation. Our fee is fully inclusive:
Prices from €1,850 for 3 hours of entertainment.
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 Bands is quite small. Most entertainers 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.
Comprising 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.
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. Local suppliers incur 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 story 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.
Why not read our article on how to search and book great Wedding bands in 2019?