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Our Guide to the Best
Wedding Bands Scotland Has To Offer

Scotland has a long history of traditional music, which continues to this day alongside it’s modern music counterparts. With famous names like bagpipe-rockers Red Hot Chilli Pipers, violinists Aly Bain and Nicola Benedetti, and deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the country is also home to Lulu, tartan-clad ‘70s boy band Bay City Rollers, twin vocalists The Proclaimers, Annie Lennox, alt-rockers Biffy Clyro, Idlewild, Primal Scream, Garbage, and Franz Ferdinand, not to mention Belle and Sebastian, and Chvrches… among many more.

Scotland has a great many music venues including small independent pubs and large exhibition centres – from Glasgow’s King Tut’s, The Barrowlands and the SEC, to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Cabaret Voltaire and Jam House to Hoots in Inverness and Lerwick’s Mareel. There’s a huge choice in festivals too, including the Tartan Heart, T in the Park, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, and TRNSMT, Tiree Music Festival, Edinburgh’s International and Fringe Festivals, Skye Live, and Orkney Folk Festival.

Scotland is well served with music schools devoted to nurturing new musical talent, with institutions including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, established in Glasgow in 1845, the Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming in Edinburgh, and the North East of Scotland Music School in Aberdeen.

Our Scottish Wedding Bands

Our bands are available to hire in every area of Scotland including:

Alive Network is home to the very best wedding bands who are available to hire for weddings taking place within Scotland.

Hiring wedding bands in Scotland

How much does it cost to hire a wedding band in Scotland?

The cost of a wedding band varies, depending on the line-up, and the options each band offers. In the last 12 months, the average price of a 5-piece band is around £1,600.

The table below shows the range of fees for different types of wedding bands:

Type of Artist Cost Range
Rock and Pop wedding party bands £670 - £960 (3-piece)
£980 - £1,550 (4-piece)
£1,050 - £1,380 (5-piece)
£1,570 - £2,160 (4-piece)
Upbeat and Dixieland Jazz bands £460 - £1,210 (3-piece)
£700 - £2,700 (5-piece)
Acoustic and Roaming bands £330 - £720 (2-piece)
£480 - £1,630 (3-piece)
£600 - £1,630 (4-piece)
Soul Bands £820 - £4,500 (4-piece)
£960 - £2,420 (5-piece)
£1,090 - £3,500 (6-piece)
£1,210 - £7,500 (larger bands)
Rat Pack and Swing bands £1,060 - £1,940 (5-piece)
£2,120 - £2,904 (7 to 9-piece)
£2,900 - £3,020 (10-piece+)

Booking a band who are local to your venue is a great way to reduce cost, as any travel fees will be minimal. The home town of all Alive Network wedding bands are included on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend the best bands near to your venue. However, you don’t need to limit your search to just local bands – your perfect band maybe willing to travel at nominal cost!

How much space will they need?

The table below shows approximately how much space wedding bands of different sizes require:

Size of Wedding Band Performance Space Required
   3-piece band 3 x 3 metres
    4-piece band 4 x 3 metres
     5 and 6-piece band 5 x 3 metres
       7-piece band and bigger 5/6 x 4 metres

How long will they take to set up & soundcheck?

Depending how close to the performance space a wedding band can park, unloading, setting up and performing their sound-check will take around 60 – 90 minutes.

Some busy city hotels require bands to load in via a supplier’s entrance, using a shared staff elevator, which can increase set up times.

Following their performance, it takes around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.

How long is a typical wedding band set list?

Our bands usually offer two 60-minute performances, though many can perform for longer if needed. You could spread out a two-hour performance by splitting it into three 40-minute sets. Most bands are flexible to fit in with your evening, and will usually take a break of around 15 minutes between sets, during which time they will provide background music from an MP3 player or laptop.

If providing the evening entertainment, a wedding band would typically arrive at 6pm, get set up and perform that all-important sound check by 7.30pm to 8pm, get changed and ready to start the first performance by around 9pm. The second performance would then start around 10.30pm, until a normal curfew of midnight. Many wedding bands offer longer performances or DJ sets at an additional cost, including finishing times of 1am and 2am. You can find the booking options on each wedding band’s profile page. These times serve as an example – the band will always liaise with you and will tailor what they are doing on the night to your particular needs.

Find The Best Wedding Bands Scotland Has To Offer!

Check out these reviews of Scottish wedding bands to help you find the perfect band for you.

Local Scottish Wedding Venues

We work closely with some amazing wedding venues in Scotland including: Dalhousie Castle, Balbirnie House, The Balmoral Hotel, Prestonfield House, Auchen Castle Hotel, Norton House, House for an Art Lover, The Glasshouse Hotel, Wedderburn Castle, Glenskirlie House and many more.

If you want any advice on suitable entertainment at your chosen venue, just let us know where you’re planning to book and we’ll share what we know, who we’ve booked there in the past, which of our bands are most suitable and any other key information about entertainment at that venue that we think you might want to be aware of.

UKAWP Wedding Planners in Scotland

As a proud supplier member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, we are happy to recommend their members who abide by the UKAWP Code of Business Practice.

The following UKAWP wedding planners cover Scotland: Weddings By Sara Jane and Fin Flükra.

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