As an entertainment company with over 15 years in the field, it’s a question we get a lot: “How much will a live band cost for my wedding“?
Well, the answer is… it depends.
In this post, we’ll share a number of different factors and considerations when it comes to the cost of hiring a live band for a wedding.
The average price of a live wedding band in the United States is $5,000 plus a 10% gratuity. The band size for this price point is three to six musicians, generally including a keyboard or piano, bass, guitar, drums, one or more horns like a saxophone or trumpet, and vocalists—but again this varies.
Below we’ll outline the various factors to consider, so you’ll be able to make an informed decision as you plan your wedding.
When it comes to wedding bands and how much they charge, it typically comes down to these 5 things:
Here are some helpful tips for finding and working with your wedding band.
The most popular package offers include a DJ at an extremely low rate with your band. The DJ plays between the band sets and after the band is done performing. Additional services like lighting, LEDs, staging or effects can be discounted by the same group you hire a band from as well.
Companies like ours let couples get really involved in the process. Most couples like to leave it up to us by providing genres, artists and themes. They pick out specific songs for moments like the first dance, father-daughter dance and dinner. This is your opportunity to let your personalities and style shine through the music.
The earlier you book, the better. Booking early boasts several advantages including price and availability. On high-demand days like weekends in the summer, the most popular artists/musicians/DJs are almost always completely booked months (even up to a year) ahead of time.
If you’re torn between a live wedding band and a DJ for your big day, looking at the pros and cons of each will help you make your decision.
As you consider your options, don’t drive yourself too crazy. One is not “better” than the other. It’s a matter of preference. Wedding DJs and bands each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Live wedding bands offer a unique experience, can cater to the entire crowd and offer entertainment to everyone (even those who don’t like to dance). A DJ on the other hand is a much more cost effective option.
Our wedding bands have anywhere between three to eighteen members. As you’d expect, the more people in the band, the higher the average cost.
Our bands perform throughout the United States and Globally. See below for our different options and contact us for a custom quote!
Each size comes with talented musicians who bring experience, knowledge, and passion to your wedding. Pricing starts as low as $3,750.
Pro Tip: Before booking, ask about our “rider”. The rider includes things like transportation and lodging expenses, as well as any other accommodations for our bands.
This is the smallest band size LIV Entertainment offers, and has limited availability. Our 3 piece band comes with 3 vocalists performing on backing tracks (recorded musical accompaniment – DJ).
Our 6 piece band comes with 3 vocalist and 3 musicians. The instruments will include the keyboard, percussions and one more depending on availability.
Our 8-18 piece bands always have 6 vocalists. The 8 piece would include a keyboard and percussions along with backing tracks.
A 10 piece band would have the same 6 vocalists and 4 musicians. The 4 musicians are usually keyboard, percussions and 2 other instruments of your choice and depending on availability.
6 vocalists and 6 musicians including keyboard, percussions, bass, drums and 2 other solo instruments based on availability and type of event.
This band includes 6 vocalists and 8 musicians including keyboard, percussions, bass, drums, violin, sax and 2 other solo instruments based on availability and type of event.
Our largest option. 6 vocalists and 12 musicians including keyboard, percussions, drums, bass, violin, viola, cello, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombonist, and darbuka.
We understand the delicate and often complex process of bringing the vision for your wedding to reality. LIV was founded by a talent collective of like-minded individuals with many years of expertise in the entertainment industry. We provide our clients with a personalized and seamless experience that is second to none. Our team will work with you every step of the way, including design, deployment, and execution of your special day. We ensure a tailor-made celebration that is true to your desires and will leave a lasting memory for generations to come.