Questions to ask a wedding band

Wedding Band Cost, Price, Deposit, Booking Questions

Questions to ask a Wedding Band

It’s important to ask as many questions as possible when booking any wedding supplier.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of things you should askbut it’s a good place to start, and should at least generate some discussion if you get stuck…


  • How much do you charge, in total (with no hidden extras), to play at my venue and what does this include or exclude?
  • What is your cancellation/postponement policy?
  • How much is the deposit and when’s it due? How do you prefer to be paid?
  • Can I get my deposit back if there’s a problem? Is there a cutoff point for this?
  • When is the balance due?
  • Is the band that I audition, the exact same band as I will have on the night?
  • Will you learn a song for me?
  • Do you play requests?
  • Do you allow members of the audience/wedding party to join you onstage for songs?
  • Do you have public liability insurance? Can I get a copy of the cover note before I pay the deposit?
  • How long have the band played together?
  • When can we come and see you play at a wedding (important)?
  • Are we (the couple) expected to have anything organised with the venue for you?
  • Will the band organise their requirements with the venue?
  • Do you play the first dance, or use a CD? Who provides the CD and CD Player?
  • Do you know the wedding venue? Have you played there before? Location of sockets, stage, moving equipment etc
  • Do you bring any spare kit with you?
  • What do you typically wear when you play weddings?
  • How long does it take to setup?
  • How many band members are performing? Will they fit on the venue’s stage or will they need more staging?
  • Do you provide your own stage lighting or special effects?
  • How long do you play? What if the speeches run on longer than expected or finish earlier than expected?
  • Do you take breaks? What happens then?
  • Do you provide a DJ service as well?
  • What happens if a band member is sick, or if you can’t play? If it’s the singer, who’s the replacement, and can we see them play, or if not,do you have a sample video of them?
  • What’s your backup plan for equipment failure or illness?
  • How do you ensure a comfortable sound level for all the guests? Do you have a sound engineer?
  • Do you interact with the crowd, play party games etc?
  • Do you cater for a crowd of all ages?
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February 17, 2015