If you’ve never planned a wedding before, it can be difficult to determine your budget. Aside from the big expenses like venues, food, and flowers, you’ll want to plan for the best part – the entertainment! From your ceremony to a cocktail hour to the reception, we’ll help you get an idea of what wedding performers cost so you can start saving and budgeting accordingly.
Note: The prices below are nationwide averages based only on GigSalad’s booking data. Your personal event quote may differ based on the vendor’s experience, length of performance, travel distance, and other factors.
Wedding performers for the ceremony
Setting the ambiance while your guests are being seated is a great start to your big day. And of course you’ll want special music as your wedding party (and you and your partner) come down the aisle! Wedding musicians for your ceremony generally play for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your plans. The more performers in the group, the higher the price will likely be.
$150-$250 per hour
$300-$600 per hour
☂️ Pro tip: Mother Nature doesn’t always conform to your big day! Communicate your back-up plans for outdoor ceremonies to your performer before booking so there is no confusion if inclement weather hits.
Wedding performers for cocktail hour
While you’re getting your photos done, or just spending a little time with your new spouse, keep your wedding guests entertained! Most brides and grooms opt for some low-key background music to create a relaxing atmosphere while guests mingle with their cocktails. Like the ceremony, most bookings here are for an hour.
$150-$250 per hour
$300-$500 per hour
📝 Pro tip: Some venues require insurance or other documents from your vendors. Be sure to get all your venue’s requirements taken care of a few weeks before your wedding!
Wedding performers for the reception
Once you’re officially married, you can finally party with family and friends! The cost of wedding performers at your reception are generally the highest, since you’ll likely want them to stick around for a few hours.
$200-$300 per hour
Small band (2-3 members):
$300-$800 per hour
Large band (4-5 members):
$800-$1,000 per hour
Big band (5+ members):
Unique wedding entertainment add-ons
Everyone wants their wedding to be memorable and unique. If you’d like to add something special in addition to the normal wedding lineup, these ideas can help you budget for that.
$150-$200 per hour
$200-$500 per hour
$500-$700 per hour
$800+ per hour
💃 Pro tip: When booking a dancer or active performer, remember that most performance lengths will only be for a song or two at a time. Discuss how many “sets” you’re getting before booking so there’s no confusion!
No matter your budget, there’s a perfect wedding performer that can make your big day unforgettable!
Ready to book a wedding performer? Find the best at GigSalad.
Megan is the Director of Customer Experience at GigSalad and has gained 9+ years of insight on what makes a great event on both sides of the booking process. Her favorite things include books, true crime podcasts, coffee, hiking, puns, and making people laugh.