With the wedding venue secured and dress shopping safely in the diary, the next big thing on your list is most certainly the music. If you’re considering a live band or musician for your big day, then you’re bound to have lots of queries before you even begin your search; from schedules and logistics, to band requirements, budgets and more.

To make things simple, Bands For Hire have put together this simple graphic to set you off on the right footing…


wedding string quartets, harpists, pianists and wedding bands from bands for hire
wedding string quartets, harpists, pianists and wedding bands from bands for hire



We all understand how important it is to come up with a sensible budget, and setting aside appropriate funds for your live music is no exception. With live wedding bands generally charging anywhere from £750 for a trio to £2000 and above, there’s plenty of scope to get carried away.

If you’re after music throughout the day, be sure to ask your band if they offer ceremony music and acoustic/jazz sets as part of an all-in package – it could save you hundreds!

Pick a Style

From chilled out classical music during your ceremony, to a lively jazz trio in the afternoon, there are plenty of options to get your soundtrack underway. With the sheer variety of acts on offer these days, there’s no need to stick with the same genre all day, most bands will perform a variety of music to suit guests of all ages.

Work out a schedule

When making your enquiries, it’s always a goods idea to outline a schedule beforehand, that way your musicians can put together a quote based around your specific requirements. Whether it’s a few songs during the ceremony or background music throughout the wedding breakfast, there are a number of routes to go down without breaking the bank – don’t forget that the iPod is always there to lend a helping hand during the internals!

Double check your musicians’ requirements

All musicians and bands have slightly different requirements, but in general there are a few things that usually apply, these will inevitably include a power supply, sufficient performance space, refreshments, parking and a changing room. You’ll also need to double check on set up and sound check times which can drastically vary depending on the number of members and the size of the band.

Need more help? Head on over to Bands For Hire and speak to a member of their team, with a wide range of harpists, string quartets, swing bands and more they’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.