A wedding band or a function band

February 5, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Wedding blog

Should I book a wedding band or a function band? More advice before making a booking

It may seem a trivial question but for most people who are searching for bands for hire at their wedding, they may not know the difference, or even if there is one! Generally speaking there is no real difference. However, if you hire a band who advertise themselves as a dedicated ‘wedding band for hire’ then you are likely booking a covers band who are more experienced in the wedding market and therefore understand the needs and concerns of couples booking. These bands will likely have perfected their show to keep all your guests young and old happy and dancing through the night.

That said, if you have found yourself a band who have marketed themselves specifically as a function band then don’t be put off as nearly all working bands will perform at any event. Make it clear what you expect to any of the function bands that you are making enquiries to as they may be happy to make small or even big changes to their set in order to get the booking. It is possible, that you may find that a dedicated function band has a more specific format to their show while a wedding band may have a larger set list dating back through all ages.

Is there a price difference between a wedding band and a function band?

Don’t think that in the case of a wedding band that you are being charged more because they specialise in weddings. The reality is, the all bands for hire consist of multiple members, they carry their own expensive and vulnerable equipment and they will be paying for transport and insurance just to carry out their job. This means that if you are expecting a quality live wedding band at less than £200 per person in the band then it’s probably too good to be true.

The best wedding bands for hire

So you are searching for the best live wedding band but live outside the capital? There are a plethora of bands for hire scattered all over the UK so you should not have a problem finding one in your area or within a reasonable travel distance for them. Most bands for hire will travel around 100 miles to a performance and sometimes even further.  If you are not too worried about the price, then expand your search to ‘wedding bands in London’ as the capital city is full of working bands available for performances right across the country.  Expect quotes to be higher but, if you really like a specific wedding band then you should be willing to pay for them.

Where to go to hire a band

If you don’t want to pay agent fees and you want to hire a trusted function bands then this website allows you to do such a thing. We list only who we feel are the very best wedding bands of the moment. Granted, bands to pay a fee to be listed here which maintains the running of the site but they are only accepted under very strict criteria. We check each submission, so you can be confident you are booking a class act.

So which wedding band do I choose

Look through the bands for hire on this site, make contact with only the ones you like the sound of. Please do not send blanket emails to lots of function bands to get the cheapest price. You are looking for a great band that you will enjoy so start with the demos you like

When should you book a band for hire

Right away! If you delay, then the band will likely be booked before too long.