Wedding Bands for hire in Wakefield

Find a wedding band in Wakefield for hire for your big day! If you want a first-class band that will keep your guests dancing all night you're in the right place. Whether you need to book wedding music for the reception, ceremony or party, we have 360 of the best live wedding bands available to book!

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Hire Gig Machine Wedding band with Encore
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£400 - £1500
Wedding bandWakefield

Lively Function Wedding Band. We get the crowd going! First Dance, Requests, Dj service, Rock,Pop,Soul,Folk,Indie. Competitive, Professional

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Hire Dynamix Wedding band with Encore
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£875 - £1625
Wedding bandSheffield

The ultimate high-energy UK wedding and event band, we bring Glastonbury to your event! Dynamix are the UK's most sought after wedding band.

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Hire The Mixtapes Wedding band with Encore
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£1150 - £1400
Wedding bandYork

Highly experienced party band with a MASSIVE song list! Every event is different, lets make it all about you!

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Hire DUVET - The Ultimate Covers Band!! Wedding band with Encore
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£1100 - £2000
Wedding bandYork

Duvet - The Ultimate Covers Band!! are an in demand, Yorkshire based, party band, perfect for weddings, balls and private functions

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Hire South West Band Wedding band with Encore
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Wedding bandWakefield

With over 1000 events in a 12-year career, South West Band have an incredible reputation as the 'go to' band, guaranteed to wow your guests!

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Hire Electric Idols Wedding band with Encore
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Wedding bandDoncaster

Your resident High-Energy Wedding Band from Yorkshire. Rock, Pop, Indie, and a little bit of everything else!

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Hire Warning Tones Wedding band with Encore
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Wedding bandDoncaster

Double Award-Winning, 5-star Rated and Ultra-Energetic Wedding & Party Band from Yorkshire!

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Hire Jonny and the Dunebugs Wedding band with Encore
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£1500 - £2500
Wedding bandYork

Dreamt up by some of York's most established players comes a band lost in time, playing retro hits as your ultimate hip shakin’ party band!

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Hire Azurals Wedding band with Encore
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£1.25 - £1500
Wedding bandWakefield

Exciting West Yorkshire indie/rock covers band. Playing all your favourite indie rock and pop tunes, we'll ensure the dancefloor is packed!

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Hire Soul'd Out Band Wedding band with Encore
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£900 - £1300
Wedding bandLittleborough

EXPERIENCE SOUL'D OUT BAND PROFESSIONAL WEDDING AND CORPORATE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

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Hire The Dancefloor Diamonds  Wedding band with Encore
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£2250
Wedding bandHuddersfield

Inspired by all the best hits from the decades to get your guests on the dancefloor all night long. Family-friendly entertainment!

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Hire Dial Tones Wedding band with Encore
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£1300 - £1750
Wedding bandWakefield

The soundtrack to the best night of your life!

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Hire Josie and the Majestics  Wedding band with Encore
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£1200 - £2000
Wedding bandSheffield

#weddingband #Jazz #Pop #Funk #Motown #R&B #Rnb #Partyband

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Hire The Maestros Wedding band with Encore
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£525 - £1400
Wedding bandLeeds

#1 Most Booked Party Band of the Year 2022 & 2023. 100% Live Music with floor-fillers from the 60s to today. We've performed at 800+ events!

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Hire Pop Rock Party Wedding band with Encore
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£1600 - £2100
Wedding bandHuddersfield

Yorkshire's most fun & energetic Pop, Rock & Indie Party Band! Wow your guests with amazing musicians that keep the party rocking!

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Hire Jager Maestros Wedding band with Encore
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£1250 - £2250
Wedding bandRochdale

Manchester's definitive Oompah Band. Featuring many of the North West's leading professional brass musicians. We can cater for any event.

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Hire Fresh Grooves UK Wedding band with Encore
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Wedding bandLeeds

High end modern function band based in Yorkshire! We've played 100s of events. Your guest will be dancing all night!

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Hire SaltEnders Wedding band with Encore
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£562.50 - £937.50
Wedding bandShipley

North England’s Multi-Award Winning Acoustic Band SaltEnders is one of the top wedding and function bands in the region!

Latest reviews of our Wedding Bands in Wakefield

Gig Machine
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"Great night and lots of positive comments from those at the wedding / thank you! "

Gill hired Gig Machine for a Wedding (available in Wakefield)

Verified Review, 8 June 2024
The Mixtapes
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"These Guys were amazing... They played to 100 people for our 60th birthday party, and the dance floor was full the whole time they were playing... They read the mood of the room superbly, and just kept us going. They were lovely guys too. We would have them back! "

Rupert hired The Mixtapes for a Birthday party (available in Wakefield)

Verified Review, 1 June 2024
Gig Machine
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"Great set, everyone loved the music. Ian was helpful and accommodated some special song requests! "

Misaki hired Gig Machine for a Wedding (available in Wakefield)

Verified Review, 5 May 2024

FAQs about hiring Wedding Bands in Wakefield

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What is cheaper, a wedding band or a DJ?

The cost of a wedding band or a DJ can vary greatly depending on factors such as location, experience, reputation, and the exact services provided. However, in general, wedding bands cost more than DJs as they have multiple musicians, instruments, sound systems, and often require more rehearsal time. While DJs are a cost-effective option, live bands bring energy and atmosphere to your wedding day, enhancing the overall experience. While DJs offer a playlist, wedding bands offer a genuine, emotive performance, making your special day truly extraordinary and leaving a lasting impression on you and your guests. It’s important to note that most bands will play pre-recorded music through their PA system before and during their live shows to get people in the mood and keep the party going. Most bands provide this for free, however, some may charge a small fee. If you want a DJ service after the final live set until the end of the evening, most bands charge between £150 and £250 on average. As with all musicians, choosing a band that is closer to the venue will help reduce travel fees and overall costs, so we recommend considering local wedding bands first.

Is a wedding band worth it?

Yes, hiring a live wedding band is definitely worth it. The intimacy and intensity of live music can heighten celebrations and they interact with your guests on a more intimate level, making the occasion feel more special. Hiring a professional wedding band also ensures smooth transitions, appropriate volume levels, and a flawless performance.

What time should a wedding band start?

It's completely dependent on what you want for your day! Usually a wedding band will play for a few hours at the evening party (e.g. 7:30-10:30pm). However, lots of bands offer an acoustic afternoon set for the drinks reception or wedding breakfast (e.g. the singer and guitarist performing as a duo), or may offer a late night DJ set for a small additional charge.

How long do you need a band at a wedding?

Typically, wedding bands perform two 1-hour sets or three 40-minute sets, with a 15- to 30-minute break in between. Setup and soundcheck will take about an hour and a half for your band.

Can a wedding band play outside?

This is possible if the weather is warm enough and there is a marquee/gazebo that covers the group and protects the electrical equipment. They will also require access to a nearby power source.

How do I choose a wedding band?

Start by defining your budget and discussing your music preferences with your partner. Consider your wedding theme and venue, ensuring the band aligns with your vision. If stuck, speak to one of our experts who can provide you with tailored recommendations to suit your tastes and budget. You can look through our musician’s profiles, watching videos of them performing to see how they engage with their audience and listening to samples to gauge their style. You can also check client reviews to be assured of their professionalism and reliability. You can also use our platform to talk to the musicians directly about song requests and customisation options to make your wedding music personal to your relationship. Finally, confirm the band's availability, agree on any requirements they might have, and secure your choice promptly to ensure a seamless musical experience on your special day.

Why are wedding music bands so expensive?

Wedding music bands come with a higher price tag due to several factors. Firstly, their members are experienced and talented musicians who have dedicated years to perfecting their craft. The time and effort invested in rehearsals, song selection, and personalisation for each wedding contribute to their pricing. Additionally, professional bands use high-quality musical instruments, sound systems, and lighting equipment to ensure top-notch performance quality, all of which come at a significant cost. These bands offer versatility by covering a wide range of music genres and accommodating specific song requests, requiring extensive preparation and practice. Moreover, reputable bands incur expenses for liability insurance and taxes, all of which contribute to their operational costs. If the wedding venue is distant, travel and accommodation expenses further add to the overall price. When hiring a wedding band, couples are not just paying for the performance but also for the expertise, preparation, equipment, and customisation that go into creating a memorable musical experience for their special day.

What songs will a wedding band perform?

Professional wedding bands usually have extensive song lists—they're experienced musicians and will cater the songs they play to fit the mood of the night (with your input and ideas of course!). A wedding band's first priority is hitting the right tunes at the right time, getting your guests dancing, and making sure the evening is unforgettable. Unlike a pre-organised Spotify playlist, wedding bands will 'read the room', providing the right musical atmosphere to suit the moment. Make sure you tell the band the song you'd like them to play for the first dance well in advance—they might already know it, but best not to risk it!

When should I get the band to perform?

After the wedding dinner is usually your best bet. The band will normally set up during dinner, and be ready to start the party when you are. If you're after something low-key, getting the band to play background music during canapes is not unheard of—simply let them know beforehand.

Will the wedding band provide all their own equipment?

Wedding bands will come well-prepared with all their own equipment: lights, PA system, music gear, and sometimes even a sound assistant! To give them a break between their sets, they will also often provide a DJ service, which will keep the guests happy and the dancefloor moving (& perhaps, even grooving—depends on if you invited crazy uncle Albert or not).

How far in advance should I book my wedding band?

We recommend making a reservation as soon as possible because the best wedding bands frequently get booked a year (or more) in advance. However, at Encore, we manage last-minute reservations and can easily find a wedding band on short notice. If you need help booking wedding entertainment for your big day, have a look at Encore's curated collection of bands to hire for weddings or speak to one of our experts for additional peace of mind.

How to book a wedding band?

Encore is the simplest method for hiring a live wedding band. You can look through hundreds of band profiles, and customer reviews, and watch videos on our website to get a sense of how the bands perform live and engage with the audience. After you've selected a few, you can use our website to submit a request and receive quotations in a matter of hours. You can also speak with a member of our team personally, provide some information, and receive recommendations that are specifically catered to your needs.

What to look for in a wedding music band?

What to look for in a wedding band will depend on the size of your wedding, type of wedding, if you’re having an outdoor or indoor wedding, your music preferences and how much crowd interaction you’d like. Other things you might want to consider include: - How many weddings they have performed before and check the reviews on their profile. - Consider your guests' ages and musical tastes. Will there be a good mix of music for everyone to enjoy? - Do you want high-energy dance music all night, or a mix of upbeat and slower, romantic songs? With Encore, you can find all this information on the musician’s profiles and we put you in touch directly with the musicians so you can make sure the night goes exactly how you want it. Another option is to speak to one of our music experts directly who help thousands of couples looking for bands for weddings They’ll talk to you about your preferences and style of wedding and get back to you with personalised recommendations in a matter of hours.

Does wedding band play during dinner?

Traditionally, wedding bands take a break during dinner service. This allows guests to focus on enjoying their meal, have conversations, and avoid competing with loud music. However, you can book a wedding band that offers different line-up options throughout the day. For example, the two of the members can perform as a duo or trio to provide smooth background music during the dinner and then perform a livelier altogether for the party afterwards. This can also be a great cost-saving option as hiring multiple, separate musicians for one event can be expensive. Talk to one of our experts today or speak with the bands directly to find out more.

Hiring a Wedding Band in Wakefield

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Pop, Rock, Folk
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How much does it cost to hire a Wedding Band in Wakefield?

The typical price per group member for Wedding Bands is:
£Budget£220
££Pro£330
£££High-end£400+

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Popular Wedding Bands for Hire



Pop Wedding Bands 


Pop wedding bands are dynamic and energetic musical groups that specialise in performing a range of popular music covers. They are experts in keeping your wedding guests entertained and on their feet all night long! 


Pop bands are often chosen for weddings because they are able to perform a wide variety of songs. They can play anything from the latest chart-toppers to classic favourites. Additionally, they can also perform slow songs for the more emotional sections of the wedding, such as the first dance. This means that there is something for everyone, ensuring that all guests will have a great time.


From £1,100




Soul & Motown Wedding Bands 


Wedding Soul & Motown bands bring the infectious energy and iconic tunes of the Soul & Motown eras. Soul & Motown bands play a mix of fun dance songs, emotional ballads, and powerful vocals.


Soul and Motown bands are great for weddings. Their music is lively and can get even shy guests dancing. The energy, passion, and rhythm in their music are infectious.


From £1,500




Jazz Wedding Bands 


Make your wedding unforgettable with a jazz band. Jazz music has smooth melodies, catchy rhythms, and cool improvisations that add sophistication, elegance, and a chill vibe to any occasion.


The versatility of jazz bands allows them to provide laid-back soundtracks during the drinks reception, and lively performances for the wedding reception to get everyone on their feet. Jazz bands can add that extra touch of class and charm to your wedding day which will make it stand out from the rest.


From £1,000




Rock Wedding Bands 


To make your wedding memorable, think about hiring a rock band to entertain your guests with their energetic performance. 


Rock bands are known for their powerful music and exciting guitar solos that will make your special day even more fun. Rock bands usually focus on a specific type of rock music, like classic or alternative rock. But they can also play songs from different styles and time periods, so everyone can enjoy the music.


From £1,000




Indie Wedding Bands


Indie wedding bands can add a unique and fresh touch to your wedding celebration. With heartfelt lyrics, catchy melodies, and acoustic sounds, they can create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere for your guests. Indie bands are a popular choice for weddings since they offer stripped-back performances that create a cosy vibe.


From £1,000




Ceilidh Wedding Bands


Ceilidh music, (pronounced 'kay-lee') from Scotland and Ireland, is lively dance music with high energy. Ceilidh bands play lively dance music such as jigs and reels. They encourage everyone to get up and dance at your event, regardless of their dancing ability or age. 


Ceilidh bands also come with a caller who guides everyone through the dance steps, ensuring that everyone can join in and have a good time.


From £979





Why Us? 


For musicians, by musicians 


Most of the Encore team are musicians and we ensure our musicians are paid fairly. We also work hard to provide great music experiences for our clients and offer excellent support to everyone.


Unmatched selection of top-tier musicians 


As the largest platform for booking musicians in the UK, we have an extensive collection of musicians. Being musicians ourselves, we carefully vet every musician so that you can be confident in their quality and professionalism.


Peace of mind 


Encore offers free Basic protection for bookings paid with card or bank transfer. This ensures you get a full refund if the musician cancels.

For extra peace of mind, you can purchase Encore Cover for a small fee, starting at £15. This cover provides support outside of normal hours and ensures a replacement artist of equal or better quality. It also covers up to 10% of the cost if the replacement act is more expensive.


For extra peace of mind, you can purchase Encore Cover for a small fee, starting at £15. This cover provides support outside of normal hours and ensures a replacement artist of equal or better quality. It also covers up to 10% of the cost if the replacement act is more expensive.


The world’s most sustainable way to book live music 


Encore is a climate-positive workforce. We offset every musician’s transport emissions, plant a tree with every booking, and offset the carbon footprint of our staff. With Ecologi, we have planted wetlands in Morotaola and helped restore the rainforest in Mozambique. 


Transparent pricing and direct communication


At Encore, we believe in transparent pricing. We provide all-inclusive quotes so you don't have to worry about any hidden fees.


And once you've submitted an enquiry to your chosen musician(s), you will receive quotes in a matter of hours, saving you precious time.


Local Wedding Bands near you


Wedding bands are designed to bring your big day to life - whether you're looking for some relaxed acoustic music, or upbeat rock and pop bands, we've got the perfect musicians for you. Our wedding bands can cater for each point in your day, regardless of whether you're looking for wedding ceremony musicians or even a headliner for your evening party. We've been trusted by thousands of couples to deliver their wedding entertainment, so let us take the weight off your shoulders.

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