How much does it really cost to have live music at your wedding?
Like all things, the cost of hiring a band is going to fluctuate greatly depending on the location and the type of live music you want. For example, a local band like Scrantonicity – Kevin’s Police cover band from “The Office” – won’t set you back much. That said, it’s still expensive. On average, having live music played at your wedding by a professional band costs $4,300, up $600 from 2019 (via The Knot).
What makes hiring a band so expensive is that you’re not just hiring musicians to play over dinner and in the dance party segment of the night, which can last for hours. Additionally, the conductor typically serves as master of ceremonies, announcing the subsequent reception events. The band also show up with their own gear in addition to their instruments, including speakers, sound system, audio gear, microphones, and all the extras they need to deliver a great performance (via Wedding Wire ). There is also the fact that in many cases they have to travel. If the group needs more than one van or automobile, fuel costs can start to add up quickly.
But, because wedding rings are so expensive, there are ways to get a bargain if you’re willing to compromise.