When booking your wedding band you will no doubt have a lot of questions. However, this needn’t be a stressful experience. We’ve complied a shortlist of ‘must-ask’ questions to ensure that the entertainment for your big day goes off without a hitch.

Q.  Is the band available for my wedding date?

Often you will already have your wedding date secured before you begin to enquire with bands, so check that they are available before asking any other questions. We recommend enquiring with bands 6-12 months before your big day to ensure you get the best band for you.

Q.  When is the deposit and final payment due? 

When planning a wedding, there are a lot of people asking for deposits and payments, so it is key to make sure you know when this money will be due. Usually, your deposit will be a method of securing your booking while the final balance wont be due until the wedding day itself.

Q.  Does the band hold up-to-date PLI?

A lot of venues require a copy of musicians public liability insurance in order for them to perform. For this reason, we make sure that all of our acts hold up to date PLI certificates that can be forwarded to you upon your request.

Q.  How much stage space does the band need to perform? 

The stage size that performers will need will often depend on how large the band is, for example a 7 piece band will need more stage space than an acoustic duo. Our bands 4 pieces and larger require a space 3×5 meters. Trios, duos and soloists can fit into smaller spaces, but this should be discussed with the act directly.

Q.  How long will the band take to set up?

One thing that a lot of people forget about is that bands carry a lot of equipment and will need time to set this up. Our bands, 4 pieces and larger, require a 90 minute set up time while trios, duos and solo acts all require 60 minutes. Often this set up can be done behind the scenes while other parts of your wedding are taking place. 

Q.  How long will the band play for?

For evening entertainment, all of our acts perform 2 hours of live music as standard. You are welcome to choose how these 2 hours are split up, however in our experience 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets work best. If this doesn’t quite feel like enough then you can always add an extra set to keep the party going! 

Q.  Are the band able to learn our first dance?

Your first dance is one of the most important parts of your wedding reception and something that you will want to be perfect. Often, couples like the band to learn and perform their special song, in which case we recommend giving at least 4 weeks notice so that the band are able to do this.

Q.  Can we suggest songs for the band to play?

Wedding bands usually have an expansive repertoire and therefore will not be able to get through all of these songs in one night. We recommend sending your band a ‘play’ and ‘don’t play’ list so that they can build a custom set, just for you. If you have any requests that aren’t already part of the bands repertoire, they will usually be happy to learn these for you for a small fee.


Q.  How many parking spaces do the band need?

This is worth keeping in mind as while some bands have a shared van, others bring their own cars and might need more than one parking space. If your venue is short on parking spaces, just let the band know so that they can plan ahead.

Q.  What will the band need in terms of electricity / power supplies?

While this may vary, almost all musicians will require some form of power supply in order to perform, whether this is for their speakers, amps, lights or other pieces of equipment. Our rule of thumb is to ask your venue for 3 x 13 amp sockets as this should be enough for a band of any size. Power supplies are especially important to consider if any musical performance is taking place outside.

Q.  How will the band dress?

All of our acts follow a smart dress code for wedding performances. If you have any specific requirements (themes or colour schemes etc) that you would like the band to follow, then just let them know and they will do so. 

About the Author Adam Edgeworth

Director of Anthem Music Agency