How much space does your wedding venue need for the wedding band you hire?
Wedding bands come in all shapes and sizes and each needs a minimum amount of space to set up their extensive musical equipment and perform adequately. The minimum space needed for the most common wedding band line ups are:
3 piece wedding band – 3×3 metres or 9×9 feet
4 piece wedding band – 4×3 metres or 13×9 feet
5/6 piece wedding bands – 5×3 metres or 16×9 feet
7 piece upwards wedding bands – 6×4 metres or 19×13 feet
Why this is important for you and your wedding day
Making sure your wedding band has adequate space to perform and set up their gear is crucial in making sure your wedding party lives up to all your dreams! Yes, over the years everyone here at Seventh Second has been stuffed into corners and squeezed themselves into tight spaces to perform for all you lovely people but if you want the most out of your live wedding entertainment, a proper performance space is always a bonus! That’s why we have full and detailed performance space dimensions further on in this guide to help out.
What do wedding bands need space for?
Just like ours, at least 90% of wedding bands arrive at your wedding with everything they need to perform. Lights, PA, instruments, DJ’ing equipment, outfits, cables, microphones, 4-ways and various spares lists just some of what we need to bring. Drummers can have a lot of fun at gigs with most having to sometimes climb or be lifted over their drum kits to get off the stage because it was so small or just so packed with equipment!
Fully self-contained wedding bands
Being self-contained like this makes life easy for you and your wedding venue but it does mean that live bands need space and good venue access to set everything up, soundcheck and perform for you properly. Even if your wedding venue supplies PA or lighting, live wedding bands still need to bring an awful lot of gear to perform.
What is the performance space used for?
The wedding band you hire will use the space not only for their equipment (drum kits and lighting take up more space than you’d think) but most likely all their bags and cases that carried that equipment in. Most importantly, they will also use that space for performing and creating a memorable show for you. A band stuffed into a corner that can’t express itself or perform fully sn’t much fun. Just look at Flair’s video above for a great example of a wedding band given the space and freedom to perform. Who wouldn’t want that at their wedding!
Is your wedding venue live music friendly?
You are reading this because you obviously love live music and want the best live wedding music you can have and a venue that encourages that. Our guide on getting the most out of your live wedding band is a good read for later.
We know you can’t usually control how much space your wedding band is given but when looking at wedding venues, ask where the dance floor and performance area is and see if it looks suitable to you. Bring up this guide and our guide on having a packed dancefloor when at prospective venues. Both guides have infographics to help you every step of the way.
What if my wedding venue is tiny?!
Some of the most stunning wedding venues we have graced have been tiny and if you are worried the wedding band you want to hire won’t fit in you have a few options. Firstly, find out how much space the band have to work with and if it’s just too small for them, see if they can shrink from say a 4 or 5 piece band into a 3 piece. To help, all our wedding bands offer all sorts of line up options like Night and Day above. Below is a screenshot of all the different musician’s Southside Sparkle is made up of yet they can still strip down to a compact little 3 piece act! Don’t worry if you have a tiny venue, it will make a for a lovely intimate party.
All the performance sizes you need
Wedding bands come in all shapes and sizes and so below we have the minimum space required for a whole host of wedding bands including soloists and duos. Width is listed first followed by depth. If you are hiring a wedding band that’s larger than a 15 piece band, your venue will have to be pretty large so worrying about performance area sizing shouldn’t be an issue any more. If you feel unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Why offer more space than needed?
As mentioned, below are the minimum requirements but the more space the better. You can never offer a wedding band too much space in which to perform. Cast your mind back to that first tiny bedroom or flat you lived in. We all dreamt of having a bit more space so we can relax and feel more at home. Weddings bands are no different so the more space they have to perform within, the more comfortable they feel and the better they perform. Simple!
Band line up size Minimum space (m) Minimum space (ft)
Solo 2×2 metres 6×6 feet
2 piece band 3×3 metres 9×9 feet
3 piece band 3×3 metres 9×9 feet
4 piece band 4×3 metres 13×9 feet
5 piece band 5×3 metres 16×9 feet
6 piece band 5×3 metres 16×9 feet
7 piece band 6×4 metres 19×13 feet
8 piece band 7×4 metres 22×13 feet
9 piece band 8×4 metres 26×13 feet
10 piece band 9×5 metres 29×16 feet
11 piece band 10×5 metres 32×16 feet
12 piece band 12×5 metres 39×16 feet
13 piece band 13×5 metres 42×16 feet
14 piece band 15×5 metres 49×16 feet
15 piece band 16×6 metres 52×19 feet
How much space does a live wedding band need infographic
If you like your information more colourful I’ve also produced an infographic for you. If you’d like a copy for your reference, just let us know.
Does the wedding band I hire need a stage?
Wedding bands do not need a stage to perform but if your venue has one, or one is available we would always recommend it. Don’t feel like you have pay over the odds for one, they aren’t essential. However, live wedding bands not only love them, but they also give their whole performance some extra spectacle and usually stop any unwanted guests falling or clambering onto the band or their equipment. Trust us, it does happen!
Do performance sizes change if you supply a stage?
No is the simple answer here! As long as the stage is stable and free of any trip hazards, you can use the same sizing guide I supplied above.
A few other questions we regularly get asked
We speak to loads of excited couples and some of the questions they’ve asked regarding how much space a wedding band needs have popped up again and again. I thought I’d answer them all here, so you know, you know…
Bar meet dance floor, dance floor meet bar
You may recognise this title from one of our other guides. Keeping the band’s performance area near the dance floor and both of them close to the bar is pretty important if you want to keep your wedding party vibrant all night long. Our huge guide goes into more detail about all these kinds of things. It’s well worth a read.
At the same time, try and keep some visual and physical distance between the performance area and the dance floor if you can as I can’t count the number of times our performances have been interrupted by people excitedly dancing straight into our singers, the other musicians or our equipment! None of us wants our performances cut short or interrupted so our wedding bands will always help with the layout of the dance floor where they can. We’re also pretty good at policing crowds after all these years!
Do I need to supply anything for the band in their performance area?
As mentioned, live wedding bands usually bring everything they need to perform but if your venue can supply lots of power sockets that’s a fantastic help. I remember once performing in a stunning old mansion near Cardiff where we had to route all our equipment’s plugs (for a 4 piece band) into one plug socket. The venue assured us it would be fine but to say we were nervous during the show was an understatement!
Does the wedding band need anything extra if performing on a stage?
If there is a stage available, it really just needs to be stable, sturdy, safe and big enough! Wobbly stages that are too small are more trouble than they are worth. Trust me on that one! Again, plug sockets nearby are a must and wedding bands can never have too many of them!
Are marquees weddings any different?
When it comes to how much space a wedding band needs, marquees aren’t that different. The more space the better and good headroom is needed if you’ve hired one of those stunning tipi style marquees! Plenty of power sockets and a dry, safe and stable performance area is important. If a stage is available, we’d always recommend you snap it up as it helps bands quite a bit in marquees. If you want all the information on live wedding bands performing at a marquee wedding, have a look at our great guide here.
Some real-world wedding band examples
I thought I’d end this fact-fest with some real-world wedding band examples. Actual wedding bands for hire with us and what performance space they like and usually work with. It also gives you a chance to look at some awesome wedding bandsand that can’t be a bad thing! Click on any band name to view their full profile.
Even in their larger trio incarnation, acoustic duo or trio act Cadance are a fantastic, compact little acoustic wedding band. Performing in their most popular duo set up, they are able to perform stunning renditions of classic and contemporary tunes with minimal equipment meaning they can quite easily fit into a 3×2 metre or the recommended 3×3 metre performance space. Perfect for any wedding venue regardless of size.
Flair are one huge band! Their largest line up consists of 13 expert musicians and although the can shrink right down to a teeny 3 piece act, it’s always recommended that these guys are given plenty of space to put on a show like you’ve never seen. Their most popular 6 piece line up usually likes at least 6×4 metres of space so they can really get your wedding party started. Visit their profile page to see them take over the huge stage at the Roundhouse London!
DJ Republic are a compact 4 piece act that also like a healthily sized performance space. Quite the unique event, DJ Republic bring an infectious club styled live music experience that demands a good venue for performing and dancing! 4×3 metres is totally fine for this act to perform in but if you can spare some more space, this jaw-dropping, hyper live wedding act will lap it up! A wedding band that needs to be seen to be believed!
Rock fueled League of Gentlemen don’t need much space because they make space with their high-energy, non-stop rock, indie and pop live show! They’ve been known to squeeze into 3×3 metre spaces before but the standard 4×3 metres is ideal. Don’t expect them to always stay in that space as their energetic frontman likes to prowl the dancefloor and stage getting everyone involved in a glorious rock-fueled live music adventure!
The Usual Suspects are a special type of wedding band for hire. They can get every single person at your wedding on that dancefloor and they don’t need a lot of space to do it! 3×3 metres works well for this compact trio who’ve performed on the big stages and squeezed into the tiny spaces at wedding venues all over the country. If you want a live wedding band that covers all the musical bases and doesn’t need a tonne of space to get your wedding party rocking, The Usual Suspects are your men!
From the Top represent one of the best incarnations of a larger wedding band stylised after the fantastic big band era. An outstanding wedding band for hire, From the Top’s most popular line up of lead female vocals, lead male vocals/guitar, drums, keys/female vocals, bass and sax easily take up the 5×3 metres recommend. Their fun and vibrant live show really excels in larger performance spaces and venues.
Time to book that wedding band
That’s it from me today. I hope you’ve found this useful and can now go forth and book the wedding band you wanted knowing your venue can fit them in! If you have any further questions, comments or just want to chat, you can contact us 7 days a week, 10 am – 10 pm. If you’re keen to see what other lovely wedding bands we have on offer, well you can see them all here. They are ready and willing to turn up and rock your wedding in whatever space provided!
Jon and the Seventh Second Team