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Wedding Gigs?

Postby ReneGiust » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:21 am

We're getting wedding bids. They're more work than the average bar gig. Up to 12 hours total sometimes, most of it sitting around waiting with only about 3 hours or so of actual playing music. Still, you gotta charge more because of the long day/night. Or do you?

Do any of you guys play in bands that do both bars and weddings?

Do you change much in your overall presentation?

Charge 50% more? 100% more? 250% more?

We're trying to figure out what to bid without scaring them off.

Thoughts.
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Re: Wedding Gigs?

Postby Freddels » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:25 am

I say you've got to charge for the whole time. It's their choice to have you sitting around waiting for them. Of course there's the economy though. Here's some info:

http://www.costhelper.com/cost/wedding/ ... -band.html
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Re: Wedding Gigs?

Postby ghiadub » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:40 pm

Yup, I charge the whole time. I am not in a "wedding band" per se so I have to pay my contractors.

Here is what I charge, this is pretty low pricewise, but it keeps them coming in:
$500 for 4 hours or prerecorded music (DJ) (includes Emcee)
$800 for 4 hours of live band music

+$100 for each addtional hour of music or DJ
+$50 for each extra 50 miles away from the 60 mile radius of my house

+$100 for pre requests (each 5 songs)

And if they want a 3 horn section, that is also another $100 an hour


I give them a decent list to choose songs from, 3 months advanced notice minimum.
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Re: Wedding Gigs?

Postby GonzoBass » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:58 pm

My formula here is $100 an hour per musician
including any time between sets
(plus food).

Which is real reasonable
(cheap gets the gig)
but I've never spent 12 hours at a gig.
Ever.

I'd send them that link too...
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Re: Wedding Gigs?

Postby Freddels » Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:10 pm

ghiadub wrote:Yup, I charge the whole time. I am not in a "wedding band" per se so I have to pay my contractors.

Here is what I charge, this is pretty low pricewise, but it keeps them coming in:
$500 for 4 hours or prerecorded music (DJ) (includes Emcee)
$800 for 4 hours of live band music

+$100 for each addtional hour of music or DJ
+$50 for each extra 50 miles away from the 60 mile radius of my house

+$100 for pre requests (each 5 songs)

And if they want a 3 horn section, that is also another $100 an hour


I give them a decent list to choose songs from, 3 months advanced notice minimum.


You can get a 3 horn section for $100 per hour? Or is that each horn?
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Re: Wedding Gigs?

Postby ghiadub » Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:59 pm

Freddels wrote:You can get a 3 horn section for $100 per hour? Or is that each horn?

No, that is for all 3 of them, again 4 hour minimum. 125 a gig is good enough.

I have only had one taker on the horn section at a wedding. They went for requests too, they wanted a whole set of james brown tunes

I might get into trouble if they requested Chicago or TOP. The horn guys would make me provide charts. [smilie=fun_84.gif]
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Re: Wedding Gigs?

Postby Jerry » Thu Dec 24, 2009 8:24 pm

I usually work for other contractors for about 50 bucks a hour, sometimes more. We also get paid a flat fee for any early setup, and that is usually the case for weddings. I admire you guys that do the contracting, dealing with brides and their parents sometimes really makes you earn the contractor's fee.
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Re: Wedding Gigs?

Postby aussiemark » Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:57 am

Pricing here when quoting a wedding gig is the same as New Year's Eve - double the normal price. In terms of presentation, we will wear black trousers and white shirts (or all black) if it's a "traditional" wedding, or sometimes go with black tailored trousers and a nice loud shirt if we know the people and they're cool.
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