In general, look for bands with at least 2 vocalists and 4 musicians. These include Drums, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Keyboards. This lineup provides the band with enough firepower to cover a wide range of music styles. Scaling upward, higher-end wedding bands will include horn players as well as additional vocalists. If having the very best wedding band is your top priority, you'll want to have at least a 10pc lineup with an equivalent sound and lighting to match.
In terms of ballpark pricing for a Boston wedding band, here's what to expect. (2022 pricing)
- Basic / Small | 6-7 musician wedding band = $6500+
- High-End / Large | 8 or more musician wedding band = $10000+
That being said, one tip when comparing options and budgeting, is calculate everything on a per-person level. A huge budget item is typically the “Food”. Certainly no harm, no foul to our catering friends. – We’ve seen feasts of $400+ per person with 7 different hors d'oeuvres and late-night snacks etc. In comparison, a top-tier wedding band priced at $10-12k averages out to $70-80 per person. As a result, even a small $7 per person shift (one less cocktail hors d'oeuvre!) makes the difference in having a completely amazing show.
Lastly an item to look out for, is the new industry trend of "Staffing Agencies" and "Rolodex Bands" . The basic principle is their booking multiple events on the same day using the same band name. It's akin to ordering an Uber... sure, a band will show up to play, but it might not be the same band seen in those promo videos/photos.It depends. Are you looking to host a chill dinner party with a jazz quartet, or are you looking to throw a rager that even Gatsby would envy?