Vancouver is blessed to have many highly skilled musicians. As such, it would stand to reason that there are many great bands as well. If you happen to be looking for a great wedding party band, you chose a good city to live in.
You probably stumbled across this article in your search for a wedding band, and with any luck, fairly early on. You may have already visited Weddingwire, Gigmasters, Weddingful or any of the many other wedding-specific websites to find entertainment, only to be bombarded with way too many choices and stacks of information to sift through.
We feel you!
On these sites, every band claims it is the "best wedding band" or the "ultimate party band," so how can you really know?
One thing you can count on is that if a band is at the top of the list, it's because they paid to be there. It doesn't necessarily reflect on their musicianship or other defining qualities (we know, because we've paid for ad space too!).
Wouldn't it be nice to have a curated list of quality entertainers you know you could rely on because they were hand-picked for you by their peers?
At the end of the day, you want a band that will suit your vibe, please ALL your guests and keep people on the dance floor. At the same time, it doesn't hurt to have a band that fits your budget, is easy to deal with and has a solid track record.
Regardless of who you end up hiring to entertain the masses at your wedding, we want the entire process to be easy and fun for you.
We know the entertainment industry can be a little crazy to navigate, so we wanted to help you out by starting you off with a shortlist of great wedding bands in Vancouver.
We're not going to go out and say these are the "best wedding bands in Vancouver," because we wholeheartedly understand that music is subjective, and as such, you are entitled to your own opinion. That said, we do confidently recommend all of these bands as most of them have lengthy track records, plenty of rave reviews, extensive song lists and great videos for your window-shopping pleasure.
Further to that, the community of high-calibre wedding entertainers in Vancouver isn't actually that big.
Many musicians from the bands below are often seen playing in other bands on the list. It's just part of a healthy music ecosystem. Hey, the show must go on!
Bands are listed in no particular order.
|Band||Video||Website||Main Genres||Dance Band Sizes||Details||Established||Contact|
|The Phonix||Watch Video||thephonix.ca||Funk, Soul, R&B, Motown||7 and 9-piece||
|Ten Souljers||Watch Video||tensouljers.com||Top 40, R&B||3-10 piece||
|Side One||Watch Video||sideone.ca||Top 40, Classic rock||6, 8 and 10-piece||
|Radioactive||Watch Video||radioactiveband.biz||Top 40, Classics||2, 4 and 7-piece||Song List||2015||Goby,
|Famous Players||Watch Video||famousplayersband.com||Top 40, Classic rock||6-14-piece||
|Groove & Tonic||Watch Video||grooventonic.com||R&B, Disco, Funk, Rock and Pop||7-piece||Song List||Unknown||Sean,
Ok, great. You've checked out some of the top Vancouver wedding bands.
You'll need to save the information for the bands you like! Write it down and put it in your wedding planning kit.
You don't want to miss any details, so why not grab a copy of our Wedding Band & DJ Scoring and Info Sheet. Click here to download now for free.
It will help you keep track of all the important information and even score your choices against each other to help you make a decision.
Okay...collecting information on bands is all well and good, but what do you do with that information? How do you actually book the band?
If you want a smooth and stress-free planning process, you'll need a checklist to ensure you cover all your bases. Luckily, we have just the thing.
This blog post on how to easily book a great wedding band on any budget has the most in-depth information and to-do list of any band booking resource you'll find online.
Hopefully this post saved you some time on your search for a great Vancouver wedding band.
As a final note, if you're someone who has never booked a band or any form of entertainment before, we'd like to help you avoid any sticker shock you may experience when getting quotes from bands.
During your search, keep in mind that a single DJ typically costs between $800-$1500 for very basic services. Hence, you can bet a 10-piece band will cost a lot more than that. It's 10 whole human beings, after all!
Many wonderful wedding couples out there have great intentions and certainly don't intent to offend any bands, but simply have no idea what good music and entertainment is worth on the market.
If you thought you were going to get a professional band for $1500, unfortunately you won't. At least not one that leaves you with good memories.
Quality bands will commit their entire day to your wedding, because that's how long it takes to transport, setup, soundcheck, perform, tear down and load out and entire show. That's 10-15 hours from EACH BAND MEMBER. Not to mention rehearsal time, individual practice and training, prior interactions with you, and the costs of running a business.
If you'd like to see an in-depth breakdown of why a band costs what it does, check out this post: [Blog Post] How Much Does A Wedding Band Cost
But maybe you didn't leave much room in your budget for entertainment? Don't worry, we've got some ideas!
Take a read through this list of 30 Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding. If you can save costs somewhere else and allocate that money to your band, that's great!
Keep in mind that many bands can offer a discounted rate if your wedding is not on a Saturday, as that is the most sought after date.
At the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is settle for crummy entertainment.
Just think of your catering...
Would you consider serving Kraft dinner just to save on costs. It's just food after all.
Music is no different.
If the music is no good, your guests will leave early as there will be nothing to hold their attention and keep them engaged. All your hard work planning and orchestrating a wonderful party with great decor, top notch catering, drinks and all, will be brought to an untimely end :(
If you dream of having a band but end up settling for a DJ, you'll always be wondering "what if."
Do what you can to stretch your budget to afford the band of your dreams and you're sure to make the kind of memories you'll want to remember forever.