How much does wedding music cost?

There’s one thing we know that you can’t do without at a wedding, and that’s the music! Your wedding music will set the vibe, give your wedding a great atmosphere, and leave you with memories of dancing fun.

To keep the dancefloor pumping there are live bands, wedding duos, killer DJs and more to choose for your wedding music. But how much does wedding music cost?

We’ve taken a look at what couples in the past have spent on their wedding music to give you a better idea of what you can budget and spend to keep your good vibes going all night long.

How much does wedding music cost?

When it comes to how much you can spend on wedding music this will change depending on what you have for your day. Wedding music options come in many different forms and often involve a different number of people depending on what you want. A wedding DJ is a solo artist compared with an acoustic duo or a four, six, or even ten-piece band!

Think about what you’re getting with your music professionals when you’re factoring your budget in. Generally speaking though, your wedding music will cost an average of $1,651 around Australia. Those in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT can expect to spend a little over that average.

Victoria – $1,716

New South Wales – $1,891

Queensland – $1,397

South Australia – $1,338

Western Australia – $1,448

Australian Capital Territory – $1,787

Tasmania – $1,260

Should I hire a band or a DJ?

This is the age-old question when it comes to what sort of music you want at your wedding. If you’re still torn between this decision think about what you want out of your wedding music.

Do you want your guests to be able to make requests, music all night long, and don’t have as much room to place your musicians? Then a DJ might be a better choice for you.

Or if you want that live vibe feeling, interaction with the crowd, and fun covers with a bit of a difference then you might go for a band.

65% of couples choose a wedding DJ for their big day while 35% opt for a wedding band. Research the difference between a wedding band and a DJ further to make a decision that best suits your day.

What style of music should I play at my wedding?

It’s the responsibility of your band or DJ to help keep the vibes going at your wedding and make sure the dancefloor is packed when it’s time to party!

They’ll be able to read the audience and see what music is working well, or what has got more people going back to their seats. They also have the experience of working at previous weddings as to what works better with a diverse audience. After all, you want to make sure that you find something that’s going to get everyone from your younger cousin to your aunty up and dancing!


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The most popular music played at weddings is pop music, with 42% of couples choosing this as their primary focus. Rock music comes in next at 15% with classic music representing the ceremonies also at 15%. 14% of weddings will feature indie/folk music or country music.

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ is one song you can’t go wrong with. 8% of all couples in 2018 and 2019 featured it as one of their feature wedding songs!

What to look for in a good music supplier

If you’re looking for someone who is going to deliver on your wedding day then reviews are a great way of doing this. Take a look at what other couples love (or don’t) about their DJs or wedding bands to get an idea of whether they’re going to be a good fit for you.

One feature couples have loved in the past is having the opportunity to attend a showcase or another performance to get a feel for the music and performer. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for an acoustic duo, four-piece band or a DJ, seeing them perform will give you the best sense of how they’ll interact with your guests on the night. This also gives you the chance to see how they vibe with the crowd and different music for different audiences.

Couples also love it when their supplier can adapt the music to different times of the night and day. Your ceremony music is going to be different from the music during your canapés or the music at the peak of your reception. Couples also like it when a band has a wide range of songs from different genres they can perform.

Couples felt that suppliers could improve when it came to the timing of the evening such as dancing and speeches, and making sure this lined up with their formalities. Not playing requested songs is also something to look out for in reviews if you’re particular about those requests.

One feature to note is that when booking through an agency you might not have the opportunity to meet your specific DJ or band beforehand. If you can attend a showcase then definitely try and do this, but keep this in mind if you do decide to go with an agency.

Why should I hire someone rather than do it myself?

If past couples are anything to go by, 93% of all couples in Australia will hire a professional music supplier for their wedding day. This is a massive majority and shows that couples in the past have valued that service and not having to worry about the music by themselves. After all, making your own playlist is just one more thing to add to the 360 hours it takes to plan a wedding!

A big benefit of hiring a professional is having all the equipment brought to you and not having to worry about sound levels. Professionals will also vibe with your audience a lot more so you know that there’s no need to skip certain songs.

If you’re on a budget then chat with your music supplier about what other services they offer. They might also be able to offer MC services that you can bundle together, saving you money in the long run.

The music at your wedding can help create the vibe and atmosphere that people will remember for years to come. So whatever you choose, make sure you choose something that you’re happy with remembering for the rest of your life!

Ready to book your DJ, wedding band or duo? Browse through talented and professional suppliers in your area now. 

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