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Find a wedding band near you 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 The Alleycatz Wedding band with Encore
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£1000 - £6875
Wedding bandLondon

The Alleycatz are one of the UK's Premier function bands! A brilliant 5-12 piece pop/Motown & funk band that'll bring class to any occasion!

Hire The Covered Wedding band with Encore
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£2500 - £5375
Wedding bandHenley-on-Thames

Multi-award winning wedding & party 6-8 piece band playing floor-filling Motown, soul funk pop and rock classics from across the decades!

Hire Stallions & The Bear  Wedding band with Encore
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Wedding bandColchester

Hailing from the Sicilian City of Palermo (Italy), Stallions & The Bear are one of the UK's most vibrant and popular wedding and event bands

Hire I Love Amp Wedding band with Encore
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£1300 - £1800
Wedding bandSalcombe

I Love Amp are an incredible 4 piece party band offering a dynamic set list, they know how to entertain! The UK's favourite party band! 🇬🇧

Hire The Weekend Grooves Wedding band with Encore
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£675 - £7292.50
Wedding bandLondon

4+ piece party band ready to fill the groove and fill the dance floor with music from the 50's all the way up to current hits.

Hire Here's To Us  Wedding band with Encore
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£1700 - £2125
Wedding bandLancashire

The NW's No1 Party and Wedding band! Our members have sang with the likes of Ed Sheeran & BMTH. Make your night one to remember with HTU!

Hire Bounce Wedding band with Encore
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£2500 - £4500
Wedding bandLondon

London-based 6-piece pop/rock/dance crossover band. From Beyonce to DJ Fresh, guaranteed to make you spill your drink all over yourself!

Hire Over The Top Wedding band with Encore
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£500 - £1550
Wedding bandManchester

With their infectious energy, exceptional talent, and diverse repertoire, Over The Top will keep your party alive from the very first note!

Hire Velvet Diamond Wedding band with Encore
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£1688 - £2375
Wedding bandLoughton

Party band ready to deliver the most captivating and interactive perforance you and your guests have ever seen!

Hire MK & the Misters Wedding band with Encore
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£2432.50 - £7292.50
Wedding bandLondon

MK & the Misters is the UK’s finest party band! Comprised of London’s top musicians, we performed at 300+ events since 2016!

Hire White Light Wedding band with Encore
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£1250 - £1625
Wedding bandLondon

The energy of an originals band covering all eras. Glastonbury & Livestock experience. Smiles on faces, feet on dance floor, amazing reviews

Hire The Talent Party Band Wedding band with Encore
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£2625 - £5250
Wedding bandLondon

The Talent is no ordinary party band, they have an energy on stage second to none & regularly appear around the globe at high profile events

Hire LDN Showband Wedding band with Encore
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Wedding bandLondon

London's #1 Showband. Featuring a collective of the country's finest session musicians.

Hire Madame Riviera Wedding band with Encore
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Wedding bandLondon

With a DJ and live band you’ll have the dance floor jumping whilst flawless musicians wow the crowd with their impressive performances!

Hire Eccentric Pony Wedding band with Encore
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£800 - £1550
Wedding bandWarrington

The Ultimate Party & Wedding Band - Eccentric Pony provides the perfect soundtrack for your event!

Hire Kid At The Back Wedding band with Encore
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£975 - £1500
Wedding bandTring

One of the most versatile bands around, boasting a repertoire of over 500 songs from Rock & Pop classics to Funk and jazz standards.

Hire Upbeat Street  Wedding band with Encore
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£600 - £2075
Wedding bandGillingham

Upbeat Street is an award-winning high-energy premium party band playing classic & modern dance floor fillers from the last Seven decades.

Hire The Nat O'Brien Band Wedding band with Encore
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£900 - £1750
Wedding bandGreater Manchester

The #1 collective of pro musicians from Greater Manchester who deliver Funk, Soul, Motown and much more. We are your band!

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Kid At The Back
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"Excellent band, had the dance floor full from start to finish. "

Simon hired Kid At The Back for a Bar / Club / Venue event

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Upbeat Street
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"Upbeat Street were absolutely amazing at our wedding. The acoustic duo really added to the atmosphere earlier in the day, and then they filled the dance floor in the evening with a fantastic performance. Easy to work with before the event, and all of the timings and logistics went very smoothly. I'd highly recommend them!"

Rob hired Upbeat Street for a Wedding

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"The Mixtapes played at our wedding at Sneaton Castle in July. All I can say is WOW! Everyone was on the dance floor all night, the songs were amazing and we had requests all night for different songs, and the band managed to play them all. Such a friendly group of guys, who made us feel so at ease and took time to learn a special dad/daughter song for us as well as making our first dance so special. Thank you so much guys- best night of our lives!!"

Olivia hired The Mixtapes for a Wedding

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FAQs about hiring Wedding Bands in the UK

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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.

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Wedding Bands to Fit Your Theme

Often couples will want to music which complements the vision and vibe they have for their big day. Encore has one of the largest selections of wedding music bands in the UK so see below our top picks for popular wedding themes.


The word "vintage" can mean different things to different people. Whether you want a 1920s Gatsby theme or a 1950s retro wedding, Encore can help you with your big day. 

Jazz Bands 

Jazz is a classic, versatile, and sophisticated genre of music that is perfect for a vintage-themed wedding. Our skilled jazz wedding bands perform music that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. 

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,200

Swing Bands

Swing music was popular in the 1930s and 1940s and our skillful swing wedding bands can play a variety of swing tunes. From classic hits for background music to more modern tunes to get everyone up and dancing. 

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,041

50s Rock 'n' Roll Bands

50’s Rock n Roll bands are perfect for couples looking for energetic yet nostalgic music. At Encore, we have bands that perform music from Rock n Roll legends like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. 

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,000


Consider hiring a wedding band that plays folk, country, or acoustic music for a cosy rustic wedding vibe. This will enhance the charming atmosphere of your big day. 

Acoustic Bands

Acoustic bands with their stripped-back performances can create an intimate atmosphere, perfectly suited for the rustic setting.

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,200

Folk Bands

Folk music, often rooted in tradition and storytelling, provides heartfelt and intimate performances. Folk music can express different feelings like happiness, reflection, and love, making it perfect for a rustic wedding.

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,200

Ceilidh Bands

A ceilidh band is a more interactive and vibrant form of wedding entertainment, perfect for your rustic wedding. Whether you're Scottish or not, you can have fun dancing at a Ceilidh. A caller will teach you the steps, bringing everyone together for a joyful celebration.

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £979


For a Bohemian wedding, book a wedding band with raw, authentic sounds and a free-spirited style. 

Indie Bands 

Indie bands bring an effortlessly cool vibe, perfectly capturing the free-spirited essence of the theme. Our indie bands can change their music style to give you the intimate, raw performance you desire. 

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,200

Gypsy Jazz Bands

Gypsy jazz music played with guitars and violin, brings a fun and carefree vibe, great for a bohemian wedding theme. 

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,200


For a classical and traditional-themed wedding day, we recommend timeless bands who have stood the test of time. See below for our top choices of classic wedding bands that can add a touch of sophistication to your big day. 

Wedding Bands 

The most popular choice of bands for weddings and for good reason. Wedding bands are experienced and professional as they have played at many weddings. Encore has the largest selection of wedding bands for hire in the UK, making it easy for you to find the perfect band for your wedding day. 

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,326

Soul & Motown Bands

There’s like the catchy tunes and infectious rhythms of Soul and Motown to get everyone up on their feet. Our Soul & Motown bands bring energetic performances and engaging stage presences that keep the party going on night long! 

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,500

Roaming Bands 

Roaming bands are some of the best live bands for weddings because, unlike stage bands, roaming musicians interact directly with your guests. As such, they’re also great for weddings of all sizes and can cater to different groups and moods within your guest list.

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,400

Looking For Something Unique?

At Encore, we offer a wide variety of live music bands for weddings in the UK. If you want your special day to stand out, consider our top recommendations below.

Steel Drum Bands 

Steel Drums are the sound of summer. Great for outdoor or beach weddings, steel drums have a calming and fun sound that no other instrument can match. 

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,200

Brass Bands

Brass bands aren’t just limited to loud marches. Brass bands today can play a variety of music genres, from classical to pop and funk. Their vibrant performances make them perfect for getting the party started at wedding receptions.

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £950

Mariachi Bands

Mariachi bands are always the life of the party. Our bands can play more than just Mariachi music. They know a variety of songs and can even do special versions of modern songs at your request.

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members: £1,035

Bavarian Oompah Bands

If you have German roots or love Oktoberfest, think about hiring a Bavarian Oompah band for your event. Oompah bands are not common at weddings, so they will be a conversation starter and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Average price for 2 hour performance with 4 members:  £925

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.

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.

The world’s most sustainable way to book live music 

Encore is a climate-positive workforce. We balance out musicians' travel emissions, plant a tree for each booking, and offset our staff's carbon footprint. 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 to our clients, so you don't have to worry about any hidden fees, making the whole process hassle-free. ​

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

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