Your Wedding Entertainment Price Guide
We know that for every Wedding, there’s a budget – and however big or small, you need to stick to it. To help you plan your wedding budget we have created this guide to Wedding Entertainment costs for the most popular types of wedding entertainment hire.
So whether you need to know how much it costs to book a Wedding Singer or a string quartet, how much it costs to hire a wedding magician, a wedding band or aerialist, just scroll down to read the price guide and get an idea of what you need to allow for in your budget.
Prices will vary depending on the time of year and day of the week, the location, travel costs, act type, size of venue, show type, show length, level of experience, equipment and props. What you’ll find in our price guide are some fairly typical price ranges for basic packages – to find our exact costs just fill in our request form and we’ll get our entertainers and services to send you quotes for your specific requirements.
But before we dive into the full list of price ranges for wedding entertainment, here are a few simple tips on how to get a good deal, deposits and travel expenses…
WAYS TO GET A GOOD DEAL
First, a few money saving tips for Wedding Entertainment Booking…
Have you considered getting married out of season? Perhaps it would be a welcome change for your friends and family to have an autumn or winter wedding to look forward to.
Entertainers tend to be busy during peak wedding months (May to October) and many will be turning down gigs, especially on summer weekends. If you’re willing to have your wedding in November, January or February, or mid-week, you’ll not only find it much easier to book the act you want, but to negotiate a good deal. When things are quiet, most performers would rather take a gig for a discounted fee than no gig at all. Booking off-peak can bring you a significant saving.
The same goes for booking early. Popular wedding entertainers, like singers for weddings, get booked up months and even years in advance. Booking early means you’re more likely to get your first choice and it can also save you money. Prices generally only go up year on year, but your quote will be based on current rates.
Another way to save money is to find a local act. Performers based within a few miles of your venue location will be cheaper as their travel costs will be much less. Booking a local entertainer also makes it easier to go and check them out live before deciding, or to meet up to discuss what you’re looking for and to make sure they’re going to be a good fit.
Finally, always shop around and remember, we have lots of wonderful acts registered here at Entertainers Worldwide and, as we’re not an agency, you can deal with them direct, with no fees or commission to pay. You can search for the best acts in your area in our directory and message them directly with any questions you have or simply fill in our request form and we’ll get our entertainers to contact you!
DEPOSITS & TRAVEL EXPENSES
Entertainers usually require a deposit of around 15-20% of the overall cost, in order to secure the booking. This protects the performer against lost income in the event of cancellation, and also gives you reassurance that you have a confirmed booking.
Travel Expenses will usually be included in the quote you are given, as the performer will need to calculate their travel costs, especially if they are travelling some distance. The standard mileage rate as set by HMRC for cars and vans (up to 10,000 miles) is 45p per mile.
WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT PRICE GUIDE
How Much will a Wedding Party Band Cost?
Duo / Trio: £300 – £500 in the UK ($500 in the U.S. and €600 in Europe)
4 / 5-Piece Party Band: £1000 – £2000 in the UK ($1000 – $2000 in the U.S. and €1100 – €2200 in Europe)
High Calibre Party Band: £2000 – £10,000 in the UK ($2000 – $10,000 in the U.S. and €2,200 – €11,000 in Europe)
How Much will a Swing Band Cost?
4-Piece Swing Band: £600 – £1200+ in the UK ($600 – $1200+ in the U.S. and €670 – €1330+ in Europe)
6 Piece Swing Band: £900 – £1800+ in the UK ($900 – $1800+ in the U.S. and in €1000 – €2000+ Europe)
12-Piece Swing Band: £1800 – £3600+ in the UK ($1800 – $£3600+ in the U.S. and €2000 – €4000+ in Europe)
20-Piece Swing Band: £3000 – £6000+ in the UK($3000 – $6000+ in the U.S. and €3,330 – €6,660+ in Europe)
How Much do Wedding Singers Cost?
Solo Singer / Guitar Singer / Keyboard Singer: £300 – £500 in the UK ($500 in the U.S. and €600 in Europe)
Singer + Guitarist / Keyboardist (Duo): £400 to £700 ($700 in the U.S. and €800 in Europe)
Singer + 4 or 5 piece band: £1000 – £2000 in the UK ($1000-$2000 in the U.S. and €600 – €1200 in Europe)
High profile singer with top, highly experienced and in-demand band: £2000 to £10,000 in the UK ($2000 to $10,000 in the U.S. and 2,200€ to 11,000€ in Europe)
How Much do Classical Groups Cost?
Classical Duo: £320 – £450 in the UK ($320 – $450in the U.S. and €350 – €500 in Europe)
Classical Trio: £500 – £600 in the UK ($500 – $600in the U.S. and €550 – €670 in Europe)
String Quartet: £600 – £1000 ($600 – $1000 in the U.S. and €665 – €1100 in Europe
String Quintet: £1000+ in the UK ($1000 in the U.S. and €1100 in Europe)
Chamber Orchestra (15-20 musicians): £2500 – £4000 in the UK ($2500 – $4000 in the U.S. and €2800 – €4400 in Europe)
How Much do Solo Wedding Musicians Cost?
Guitarist / Flutist / Violinist / Bagpiper: £150 – £400 ($150 – $400 in the U.S. and €170 – €400 in Europe)
Pianist / Harpist / Electric Violinist / Saxophonist: £250 – £500 ($250 – $500 in the U.S. and €270 – €560 in Europe)
High-profile: £1000+ in the UK ($1000+ in the U.S. and 1100+ € in Europe)
How Much do Wedding Magicians Cost?
Close-up Magician: £450+ in the UK ($450+ in the U.S. and €500+ in Europe)
Stage Magician: £550+ in the UK ($550+ in the U.S. and €620+ in Europe)
Celebrity: £5000+ in the UK ($5000 in the U.S. and €5,500+ in Europe)
How Much do Wedding Comedians Cost?
Standard professional comedians: £500 – £1000 in the UK ($1000 in the U.S. and €1200 in Europe)
Comedian with TV & radio credits: £1000 – £5000 in the UK ($5000 in the U.S. and €6000 in Europe)
High profile comedian: £5000 – £12,000 in the UK ($12,000 in the U.S. and €14,000 in Europe)
Celebrity comic: £15,000+ in the UK ($15,000 in the U.S. and €17,000 in Europe)
How Much do Wedding DJs Cost?
Local DJ: £300 – £600 in the UK ($300 – $600 in the U.S. and €330 – €700 in Europe)
Full-time professionally trained DJ: £1000+ in the UK ($1000+ in the U.S. and €1100+ in Europe)
High Profile DJ: £2500+ in the UK ($2500+ in the U.S. and €2770+ in Europe)
How Much do Wedding Dancers & Dance Acts Cost?
Solo Dancer: £150 – £300+ in the UK ($150 – $300+ in the U.S. and €170 – €340+ in Europe)
Dance Duo: £300 – £1500+ in the UK ($300 – $1500 in the U.S. and €340 – €1700+ in Europe)
Dance Trio: £450 – £1500+ in the UK ($450 – $1500 in the U.S. and €500 – €1700+ in Europe)
4-5 Dancers: £1000 – £2400+ in the UK ($1000 – $2400+ in the U.S. and €1100 – €2700+ in Europe)
Troupe 6+ Dancers: £1500 – £2500+ in the UK ($1500 – $2500+ in the U.S. and €1700 – €2800+ in Europe)
How Much do Children’s Entertainers Cost?
Standard: £200 to £400 in the UK ($400 in the U.S. and €450 in Europe)
Elaborate / High profile: £500+ ($500+ in the U.S. and €560+ in Europe)
How Much do Wedding Acrobats, Aerialists & Circus Acts Cost?
Acrobalance / Adagio Duo: £1000 – £2000+ in the UK ($1000 – $2000+ in the U.S. and €1140 – €2280+ in Europe)
Aerialist / Acrobat: £500 – £1000+ in the UK ($500 – $1000+ in the U.S. and €570 – €1140+ in Europe)