Wedding Band Prices Ireland (2018)- How Much And Why?

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Wedding band prices ireland 2018:How much a wedding band costs and why

We’ve noticed over the years how often newly engaged couples inquire on groups and forums about wedding band prices and the cost of wedding bands  in Ireland.

You’re probably wondering where do I start! Right? Maybe you’re thinking: why are they so expensive??

It’s a question that’s not as straightforward as you might expect, there are a number of factors that influence wedding band prices and the average wedding band costs in Ireland

But don’t fret, we’re here to help you get the answers to set you on your journey, with the aim of helping you make a much more informed decision on the way.

We delve deep into what you can expect to pay for your wedding band in 2018 and why. We also give you the 3 factors that influence wedding band prices in Ireland.

For your convenience we keep our wedding band prices in plain view, you can see exactly what we charge  @ SATC  Price list

 

What is the average wedding band cost Ireland??

The short answer: the average wedding band cost/price in Ireland for 2018 according to WOL was €2,019.

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The above figure was garnered from the 2018  Weddings Online survey and reflects the average amount a couple spent on their wedding band. Remember, this figure is just a rough average and it can vary greatly depending on the size of the band you prefer, or is within your budget. For example, a 7 piece band is generally going to be more expensive than your average 3 piece band.

But that’s not the not the only credible study that has been conducted by a prominent online directory, according to research undertaken by OneFabDay, the average paid for a wedding band and DJ was in the region of €2700 euro.

 

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You can see there’s a difference of a couple of hundred euros between both surveys, if you exclude the DJ from the One Fab Day results, again, they are reflecting the average, the research conducted  by both directories is exceptional, but given the nature of how broad the wedding market is, it doesn’t take into account for other important variables and your unique requirements that may influence your final cost.

So, to really give you a detailed answer, we’ve taken it one step further and compiled a wedding band price list based on our own data and research. To give you a more concise understanding of what you may expect to pay in the table below.

 

 What are the Average Wedding Band Prices Ireland?

Line Up Wedding band/Agency Average Price
1 man band-tracked Wedding Band €350–550
1 man band-tracked Agency €450–550
2 piece band Wedding Band €500-800
2 piece band Agency €650-1200
3 piece band Wedding Band €1000-1400
3 piece band Agency €1300-1550
 4 piece band  Wedding Band €1500-2400
 4 piece band  Agency €1950-2950
 5 piece band   Wedding Band  €1700-2600
 5 piece band   Agency  From €2000
 6 piece band  Wedding Band  €1800-2750
 6 piece band   Agency  From €2500
 7, 8,9,10 piece band  Wedding Band  €2350-5000

Wedding band price list featuring average wedding band cost per line up, agency and band

The table lays out a rough wedding band price list, it’s divided between agency and independent wedding bands, agencies can be more expensive, in some cases a fee is laid on top of the band price, bear in mind this is not the case with all agencies, but it is a reality with some and I’m obliged to reflect this in the table.

There are other important factors you have to take into account when determining  what you can expect to pay , which we’ll jump into in detail now, so keep reading.

Wedding bands ireland Prices

Weddings bands ireland prices

3 Factors that influence wedding band prices

  1. Number of musicians in the band
  2. Distance
  3. Day of the week

Number of musicians
This is an obvious factor that influences wedding band prices, it’s expected that a 6 piece wedding band costs more than your standard 3 or 4 piece band, more musicians= more fees. This also comes down to a preference and a level of priority- some couples priority will be the entertainment for the guests and will not blink an eye booking a 6 piece band, or a wedding band with brass, others may prefer to spend the resources elsewhere. It comes down to a personal choice.

Distance
This involves the distance from your wedding venue to the suppliers base. Generally speaking, wedding suppliers might travel free for the first hour and and apply a 50 euro charge for every hour thereafter.

Let’s take my own band Sax and the City as an example. We generally don’t charge travel expenses, but for exceptionally large distances we have to negate the added expense.

Travel expense example

Sax and the City 6 piece band Base Your wedding venue  Distance from band base to your venue  Expense added on top of band price
 Band Price €1,990  Cavan / Westmeath   Clonakilty  700 km round trip  320

Table outlining travel expenses that may wedding band prices

Day of the week
This can actually may have a positive affect on your wedding band price, it’s widely understood that wedding bands and suppliers can be much more flexible with their prices on days that are not deemed to be in high demand.

What days would they be you ask?

This would generally apply to midweek weddings, weddings taking place from Monday to Thursday. For suppliers who do offer this flexibility, the customer can expect to save anywhere between 10-20% off their quoted wedding band prices in most cases, possibly sometimes more if you drive a bargain

Using Sax and the City as an example

Midweek wedding band prices Example

Sax and the City 6 Piece Band price  Midweek deduction 10%  Sax and the City Midweek Price/Cost
 €1,990  €199  1,791

Table outlining the average cost of wedding bands for midweek weddings

However, there’s one day of the year that incurs a larger price and that’s New Years Eve. You may expect to pay an additional 10-25% for the option of having your wedding on this desirable date.

It’s considered a night when people (including musicians) may want to spend time with their family and friends, they are sacrificing their time and personal life on that special day to work, and just like in any other job, the employee would be remunerated to reflect this.

New years eve wedding band price list example

Sax and the City 6 piece Band Price New Years Eve Fee Sax and the City New Years Eve Price
€1,990 €500 €2,490

Table outlining New years eve wedding band price list

Cost of wedding bands have been increasing

According to data obtained from the Weddings Online surveys over the last 4 years, wedding band prices  and costs of wedding suppliers in general have been on the rise.

We can see from the table/wedding band prices ireland have seen a marked increase year on year

 Service  2015  2016  2017  2018
 Ceremony  €353  €305 € 376  €440
 Band  €1,658  €1,406  €1,961 € 2,019
 DJ  €293  €403  €416  €434

Table demonstrating that the average cost and spend  on wedding bands has been increasing

This has been inline with the average total spend

Figures from the weddings online surveys  from 2013 to 2018 seem to indicate that wedding budgets have  grown consistently, with the most notable increases taking place from 2015-2018( 21,219 euro-26,015 euro).

 Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Average Wedding Budget  €21,666  €21,219  €22,531 € 24,427  €26,015

Average cost of wedding and spend has increased

 

Why are wedding band prices so high?? Are wedding suppliers ripping us off?

This does come up from time to time and at face value I can see why couples might think this, but I’ve yet to meet a wedding supplier who was swimming in money. Or driving the latest Mercedes Benz, unless it’s a long wheelbase sprinter that’s clapped out from one too many Killarney weddings.

Most are just trying to make a living, they only have a few days a week to earn that income and weddings are seasonal with high and low peaks throughout the year. There are high costs associated with advertising and running a business in a crowded market place, with all the trappings that come with it being a sole trader, or limited company.

I think it’s fair to assume that wedding suppliers are not trying to overcharge or rip anyone off, but there is a high cost/price associated with getting married in Ireland.

WHY?

The short answer to this is that wedding suppliers tend to spend a lot of time on site, a huge amount of effort and qualification goes into the preparation of a customers wedding. It’s not a trade or profession where you can just rock up and start providing your services, it takes years of validation and attention, and no matter how good you are, you’re only as good as your last gig.You have to be invested in your service and give you customer the best experience, answering calls out of hours and going the extra mile, which is always a requirement.

 

Brides and Grooms tend to be heavily invested, financially and emotionally in their special day. There’s a strong obligation on the supplier to become a part of that commitment, to provide an exceptional service, to help you achieve your goals for your wedding and rightly so, a wedding is an important life changing occasion, that requires the experience and expertise of qualified, validated professionals.

 

You get what you pay for, right?

I’ve heard this term being bandied around from time to time and I can tell you from over 10 years of experience working in the wedding industry that it’s simply not true In a lot cases

why?

I know of  two 6 piece bands with a very similar line up I know, one has an industry award and nearly 10 years of industry experience, the other has only 3 years and hasn’t won an award. Which is the more expensive?? The band that has the industry award and more experience to boot is 500 euro cheaper than the band with fewer years under its belt! So, which is the better band?? The more expensive, or cheaper? 

Take Sax and the City for example, we charge just under 2000 euro for our 6 piece band, we could charge 2500 euro or more, but we believe our price fits our model and helps us reach our objectives effectively. It’s what we’re comfortable with too, we believe it’s good value and fits within our mission statement:

Our objective is to give you the best experience possible for the best value possible, your wedding party has to be anything but ordinary, it has to be awesome!!”

I’ve also witnessed bands that I’d expect to be charging much more charging far less and bands I’d consider below top tier standard charging big money.

The whole notion of paying big money for quality is not entirely accurate. It can be true of course in many cases, but only if you weigh it up with other positive attributes the band should have.

The easiest way to find out if a band is worth the money they are charging is to simply view them at a wedding band showcase and educate yourself, view as many as possible and you’ll be able to seperate quality from the mediocre and the poor very quickly.

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How To Get The best Value Possible

1. Research
Do your homework! Compile a list of bands you like and get their prices and all associated costs, measure from what they charge but also from the return you can expect to get in the form of entertainment value. You can only gauge and get a sense of this by seeing them perform live and engaging with them 1-on-1. Focus on the music, see how attentive they are to your questions and if you can clearly obtain an honest and truthful view of what they can provide.

You don’t have to spend €3000 €4000  to find a very good wedding band, you can of course, if you really know what you want and like. For the savvy couples out there, if you put in the ground work and view as many bands as you can you’ll soon be able to make a more informed decision and you’ll find out what value is, so don’t settle on the first band you see!

If you do your research you can easily find a great band for 2000 euro and under, possibly.

2.Wedding Band Prices should be visible
Wedding bands and suppliers should consider keeping their wedding band prices and associated costs on their website.

Why?

It’s beneficial  for the customer and the supplier, it makes their journey simpler-it gives them an important answer on their customer journey. For the supplierit qualifies your leads!! It saves you one of your most important resource as a small business owner-your time

You may experience a decline in your emails, but you’ll notice that the emails you are receiving have more commercial intent and a better chance of converting to a follow up email and ultimately new business.

 3.Value, affordability and preference.
It really comes down to what you can afford but also what you consider to be good value. Some couples would have no hesitation spending €3000 or€ 4000 euro on a band, they may place more importance on entertainment and the potential lasting impression and memories it can produce. To these couples it represents as a good return on their investment, and yes, they may have deeper pockets too!

Others couples would prefer to spend that extra cash on their honeymoon, so it comes down to your preference and priorities too.

Wedding band prices ireland

Wedding band prices Ireland

4. Haggle
Yeah, I just said it! You wouldn’t think an ancient word like that would still exist in post bust, back to boom Ireland, but it still has its place, here’s why:

Let’s say you’ve left it little late to pick your wedding band and most seemed to be booked up, not something we’d recommend but it’s more common than you’d think!!

You might have some leverage here, for the ones that are available, the likelihood of them filling the date on relatively short notice is unlikely(not impossible) and like all businesses they’d prefer to be earning on a potential work night. See what you can negotiate and work together, the chances of you coming away with a deal are pretty good.

I really, REALLY wouldn’t recommend leaving it on the long finger to book your band though! The more time you have at your disposal equals more options, which will ultimately lead you to better choice and value and more maneuverability when it comes to wedding band prices.

Regardless of what you think of wedding band prices and what you decide to spend, whether it’s €800,€1800 or €5000 euro, it’s important  that you feel you’re getting value and a good return/service, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks or says, you’ll only know if when you find it.

What Do we Charge?

We”d like to think we offer good value for a 6 piece band, considering we have a line up featuring male and female vocals with a two piece brass section as standard.

 


6 Piece Band

This lineup feature Female and male vocals as standard with the added colour of a live brass section featuring trumpet and as the name suggest sax. We don’t hide our brass in the corner, we bring them to the fore to knock your party up a gear. Having the dual use of male and female vocals gives us the ability to perform the best male orientated classics and female vocal hits. The line up gives us the versatility and ability to cover any genre with authenticity and conviction-there’s no backing tracks in this band! Our musicians are all industry experience and professionally qualified, meaning you get the very best for your wedding day. Our set last for up to 3hrs and costs: €1.990

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Jazz Reception Music

Featuring our smokin hot brass section and keys. They’ll take you back to another era with cool sophisticated jazz, funk and modern pop numbers covered in a funky style. This is a great way to chill right after the wedding when you and your guests are sipping your drinks. It certainly makes an impression and sets the tone for a great evening to come: €300

Ceremony Music with Vanessa

Vanessa is Sax and the City’s front women, you may not have know that she is actually a fully qualified wedding celebrant, an award winning vocalist and an ceremony planner. She has over 15 years experience behind her in the wedding industry, so you know you’re in safe hands. She takes a customer centred approach to her ceremony music service, she’s available for 1-1 consultations to talk about your requirements and wedding music requests. €350

DJ

This is one of our most popular options and it’s easy to see why. Our DJ kicks in right after the band play their last beat! No momentum is lost on the dance floor. This option provides a seamless transition from from band right into DJ to keep you and your guests dancing well into the small hours of the morning. There’s no small PA or lighting rig with this option, our DJ uses the bands rig so you know the quality is going to be top drawer. Send in a list of music you’d like to have played and bring your requests, our DJ caters for everyone.€300

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Sax DJ

Featuring DJ with one of our pro saxophone players, no one does Sax DJ better than Sax and the City!! Playing all the best club tunes and classics, adding a  burst of energy to your late night party, transforming your dancefloor into a high octane nite club with rip roaring Sax solos, bringing a unique twist to your wedding party! € 600

 

Some info about the author: Ronan Corrigan

Picture of Ronan Corrigan Sax and the City wedding band

Ronan Corrigan Sax and the City

 

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Ronan is a professional trumpet player and digital marketing enthusiast, he’s also a serving member of the Irish Defence Forces as a professional trumpet player, he’s an experienced wedding supplier with over 10 years of industry experience to date.

” Our objective is to give you the best experience possible for the best value possible, your wedding party has to be anything but ordinary, it has to be awesome!!”

Wedding band Prices Ireland

This article was written as a guide to help you on your journey and answer your queries in relation to wedding band prices & average wedding band cost. The wedding band price list we’ve included is a general guide, but it’s a good indication and starting point. Wedding band prices Ireland vary for multiple reasons, as with any other service or product,research is key. Thanks for reading wedding band prices ireland 2018, we hope it was of benefit to you.

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