Wedding Bands

Wedding Bands

We offer a wide range of wedding bands for hire including jazz and swing bands, 50s wedding bands80s wedding bands and much, much more. We understand that your wedding day is the biggest day of your life and the entertainment for the evening will play a big part in this. We offer a professional service to make sure you get the right band for you, whether that's a 4-piece rock band, Motown tribute band or a quiet acoustic trio in the corner.

Hire a wedding band

All of the wedding bands you see on our website have been selected because they meet our very strict guidelines on what makes a great band for a wedding. A high quality act that not only puts on a great live show, but also takes extra care to make sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish. Turning up on time, setting up professionally, being courteous and polite to guests and venue staff; these are all important factors to take into consideration.

If you're looking to hire a wedding band, just take a listen to our bands below and click the bands image to view their full profile. From here you can watch videos, see the full repertoire, download mp3's, view the gallery and make an enquiry to get out an exact price. We always aim to get back to you the same working day whenever possible.

Learning the First Dance

If you've got a special song in mind that you'd like for your first dance, most of our bands will be more than happy to learn the song free of charge.

Wedding Band / DJ Package

All of our bands offer free iPod music between sets free of charge, however it's always a nice touch to add a DJ between sets and after the band, especially if you've booked the venue until the early hours. We have a number of bands that offer their own DJ package. Not only does this work out cheaper for you, it also means that the band and DJ are able to share equipment and save precious venue space.

We also work with a huge database of Bands For hire wedding DJ's around the UK so if it's package deal you're after, please mention this when making your enquiry.

Wedding Bands in the South of England

All of our wedding bands are based in the following areas: Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex , Greater London, Hampshire, Kent, SurreyOxfordshire and West Sussex.

Our wedding bands are also more than happy to travel although this may increase the price depending on distance. These areas include, HertfordshireNorfolk and Suffolk. Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northants, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, and the West Midlands.

  • The Super Rollers
    From £920
    The Super Rollers present their own blend of blues, soul, indie, funk, reggae and rock 'n' roll from the 50s and 60s to the present day. This lively 4-piece function...
  • Electric Soul Club
    From £1295
    Electric Soul Club are a gifted young 5-piece function band performing a range of music from old soul classics to contemporary pop. With all five members highly...
  • The Dance
    From £1150
    'The Dance' are a fresh exciting function band covering absolutely everything from current chart hits to classic floor fillers. Available as both a 4 piece or 5-piece...
  • Life In Stereo
    From £1500
    Life In Stereo are one of the UK's leading cover bands, made up of four world class session musicians - together they produce a sound you'll find difficult to match....
  • Atlantica
    From £2595 + VAT
    Meet Atlantica, an energetic and entertaining party band bringing you the absolute best from the past six decades. Atlantica are an exceptionally talented group of...
  • Jukebox Nation
    From £1285
    Jukebox Nation have created a sound & stage show that continues to reckon with the biggest function bands in the UK. With a line-up made up of the finest musicians...
  • JJ & The Live Loungers
    From £935
    JJ & The Live Loungers offer a versatile set list to have you chilling out in the afternoon and tapping those toes in the evening. If it's acoustic loveliness and...
  • The Last Chase
    From £1450
    The Last Chase bring a wealth of experience and energy to your event, ensuring a jam-packed dance floor from start to finish. The Last Chase encapsulates a wealth of...
  • Decades
    From £1850
    Decades are the ultimate function band, offering a stage show and performance that won't be beaten. With a repertoire of over 500 songs featuring the best of 50's and...
  • Stylus
    From £950
    With an extensive repertoire that spans from 50s to modern, Stylus are certain to get the party started. This pop/rock function band are available to hire, either as a...
  • The Jets
    From £1395
    The Jets are an explosive young function band performing hits from every decade. From old rock 'n' roll classics from the 50's and 60's to indie, Britpop and the...
  • The Bandits
    From £920
    The Bandits are a trio of high quality musicians performing classics from the last 50 years, from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Prince to The Kooks, Maroon 5,...
  • Motown Sensation
    From £2495
    'Motown Sensation' are a truly authentic Motown tribute band performing non-stop Motown hits from Stevie wonder, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin to the Four Tops and...
  • The New Tones
    From £1170
    The New Tones are a young and vibrant function band who offer a lively repertoire, enthusiastic performance and up beat style to kick start your event. The New Tones...
  • The Big Beats
    From £1150
    This energetic 4-piece are guaranteed to deliver a performance with great stage presence and charisma. The Big Beat offer a large and varied repertoire covering the...
  • The Original Party Band
    From £2075 + VAT
    'The Original Party Band' are a premium function band, performing at parties, weddings and large corporate events all over the world including London's very own Hyde...
  • Soul Patrol
    From £935
    Soul Patrol are an exquisitely infectious soul and funk band performing catchy crossovers of classic and contemporary chart hits. Soul Patrol have taken on the biggest...
  • That Girl
    From £875
    That Girl are the ultimate all-girl party band bringing you all the very best in Soul, Motown, Pop, Dance and Disco. From 90's girl groups to disco divas, The Supremes...
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Wedding Band Booking Guide

When does a wedding band arrive and set up?

Wedding bands generally quote to arrive early evening, just after the wedding breakfast and speeches have finished. If the band are performing in the same room as the meal, the venue staff will need to turn the room around and this is when the band will load in.

If you need the band to arrive before the meal due to space or time constraints, most bands are happy to do this and will quote extra for their time.

How long does a wedding band take to set up?

Most wedding bands take about an hour to set up, however, some function bands can take 90 minutes or longer depending on the size of their set up.

How much does a live wedding band cost?

As you start your search for wedding bands in the UK, you’ll find that prices for bands can vary. As a guide you might find prices for a high quality band start from £300-£350 per musician, but this is purely a starting point. Fees vary depending on location, band style, time of the year and the band’s experience. Find out more on our blog: What Affects The Price of a Wedding Band.

How long does a wedding band play for?

In England and Wales wedding bands tend to offer a package that includes 2 hours of live music split into either 3 x 40 or 2 x 60 minute sets.

The band will also include DJ playlists or iPod music throughout the evening so that there’s no need to book a separate DJ. Many bands do also offer ‘laptop DJ sets’ which consists of one member of the band looking after the music, taking song requests and generally ensuring they’re present throughout the evening.

How long is the wedding band’s break?

Most cover bands will require at least 15 minutes break between sets but this can be longer to suit your schedule. For example, you might like to spread their sets out or leave a longer gap for the evening buffet.

Who are the best wedding bands in the UK?

At Bands For Hire we’ve spent the last 10 years putting together a roster of the best wedding bands across the UK. When booking a band through Bands For Hire you can be confident that they’ve passed our strict criteria and are of an exceptionally high standard.

Will the band learn our first dance song?

Most wedding bands will be happy to learn your first dance as long as it’s a song that works with their line-up and style. It’s worth noting that some bands charge a small fee to cover their rehearsal time so always mention this prior to booking.

What equipment will the band provide?

Most party bands come fully self-contained with everything they require. Depending on the size of the band this usually includes full PA system (speakers, mixing desk and power amps), backline (guitar amps), lighting and instruments. Unless specified in the band’s quote, you won’t be required to provide any equipment.

How do I book a wedding band?

Once you’ve found a band you like, either fill in the contact form on their profile page or add them to your enquiry list. Once you’ve created a list of 3-10 bands you can enquire about all of your bands in one go at https://www.bandsforhire.net/my-enquiry-list .

If you’re happy with your quote and are looking to book a band, we’ll just need you to send over your full name and address along with confirmation of the wedding venue. At that point we’ll email you an online contract and invoice for a small deposit of approximately 20%. This can be paid by card, bank transfer or cheque.

Where can I find out further information?

Our team of writers have put together a range of articles to help with your wedding planning. Head on over to our blog to get started or check out some of our most popular articles below:

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  • Wedding Band or DJ?
  • How far in advance should I book a Wedding Band?
  • Feeding the Band
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  • Sound Limiters: The Guide for Musicians, Venues & Clients
  • Wedding Cancellations and Why You should Consider Wedding Insurance