Sometimes I'm wary giving my tuppence worth in threads like this (in case I don't explain it right!!). But, when you look at a fee for a band, it's not a sum of money that gets split four, five, or six ways. Most of the wedding bands on here are run as a legitimate business, with all the overheads and spend that any business would have. We have taxes to pay, magazine/oneline advertising/wedding fairs/website upgrades/ videos/photographs/equipment.....the list goes on.....
As for being 2.5 hours work, that's also not the case. For every wedding we do (and we do a lot!!), there would be an average thread of 7-10 emails per client, giving quotes, clarifying price, doing the deal, follow-up etc. I also offer a unique service in that I personally arrange to meet with all our couples to go through the set list. It does take a lot of time but the payback is worth it. Our dance floors are NEVER empty. There is travel time to and from the gig and the waiting around, as bands will always arrive early.
Most importantly, I think couples are learning to appreciate that a wedding band is well worth their money if they can deliver. It doesnt' matter if six of the best musicians and singers in the world get together and decide to form a wedding band. It's only the bands that are used to playing weddings will know how NOT to let the floor clear - how to have a great mix of music, and how to ENTERTAIN and INTERACT.
I adore what I'm doing and there is a real feeling of job satisfaction when you're getting in your car leaving a crowd drowned in sweat from dancing up a storm. But....it is my job.
If someone really loves us and wants to book us, I'm always happy to look at the price and see if we can find something that works for both of us. There's always a way
I have huge respect for people that can make me get off my chair and dance for two hours, so I'm proud that we can do that also xxx
Best of luck everyone with all your plans. Enjoy it all