Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer ceremony, cocktails and reception music?

Absolutely! With Red Soda Band you don’t need to waste time and money hiring two wedding bands, or a band and a DJ. We’re extremely versatile and have you covered – from the moment you walk down the aisle, to the last dance of the night.

What are your wedding band prices?

Every couple and every wedding is unique. Pricing depends on the number of musicians you book, the length of time we play, and the location of your wedding. But don’t worry – we have a package to suit nearly every budget.


You can mix-and-match live music and DJ options to your heart’s content. You’ll even receive a discount for booking both your reception and ceremony music with us!


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What's the process for booking Red Soda Band?

We know that planning a wedding is no easy task. That’s why we pride ourselves on providing customer service that’s just as memorable as the music we play.


First things first, visit our contact page to send us your details and customise your wedding package. Instantly, you’ll create an obligation-free quote. If you’re ready to take the relationship to the next level, we’ll check our availability, including that of your top choice of singers.


Then, all you have to do to “put a ring on it” (so to speak) is send us your deposit, which will lock-in your date. That’s when you’ll receive confirmation of the singer you can expect to be crooning away on your wedding day.

Why do I need to pay a deposit?

As one of the most popular wedding bands in the Sydney area, our musicians and singers are in high demand. A deposit guarantees that you will be able to book one of your chosen singers.

How early should I get in touch?

As one of the most in demand wedding bands in the Sydney area, we’re booked out up to 12 months in advance. The minute you have locked in a wedding venue and a wedding date is the time to book us as well.

How do I find out if you're available on my wedding day?

Please get in contact as soon as possible to avoid missing out. The fastest way to get in touch is via our contact form.

Overall, what sort of music do you perform?

Pop, soul, classical, soft jazz and party covers – we pretty much do it all. Our selection of tunes will strike a chord with all of your family and friends. (Well, your nephew who listens exclusively to death metal might be disappointed. But we’ve got pretty much everyone else covered!)


We’ll create the soundtrack for each part of your big day – from the moment you walk down the aisle, right through to the last song of the night. We play different music styles to suit each part of your wedding celebration. Watch our music videos or take a listen to our popular wedding songs, and start to curate the playlist for your own key moments.

What type of music do you play at wedding receptions?

Unless you specify differently, we set the mood with soft background music during drinks, canapés and dinner with our own special twist on pop, soul and softer jazz.


Then, once the cake is cut and you’ve had your first dance, we kick off the dancing with upbeat party music. We start with classic dance floor tunes for the older guests, then move on to the new stuff, ensuring that the music appeals to both the young and not-so-young.

Do you guarantee to get everyone up and dancing?

Yes! Your wedding isn’t the town in Footloose. We create a party mood because it’s your wedding – the ultimate celebration! The proof is in the testimonials from our many happy couples.

How long do you usually play at receptions for?

Most couples need wedding reception music for five hours, but you can book us for longer if needed. Outside of the key moments, the band will play up to 4 X 45-minute sets of live music – and we provide background music during our breaks.


Usually two weeks before the wedding you will give us the itinerary of your wedding day. Once we receive this we will work out our live set times (IE when we will play).

Do you put on live showcases?

When we were first starting out, we used to do live showcases. Today, we’re humbled to be one of the most popular wedding bands in the Sydney area. That means that weddings are now our full-time business, so we no longer have time to perform live showcases.


However, we know how important is it to hear what we sound like before your wedding day. That’s why we’ve created a massive showcase library of over 10 hours of video and audio clips on this web site, which will show you exactly what to expect – all without leaving the comfort of your home.

Where do you play your wedding ceremony and wedding reception music?

Your love knows no bounds, and neither do we. We travel far and wide, performing in Sydney, the Hunter Valley, the Southern Highlands and the Blue Mountains. We even play interstate and overseas!

How long does it take the band to set up and pack away?


We arrive up to 15 minutes before the ceremony starts to set up, and it usually takes a similar amount of time to pack away. This 15 minutes is outside of the time you’ve booked us for. For example, a booking from 4.00pm – 5:30pm means we set up from 3:45pm- 4.00pm. We then pack away from 5:30pm – 5:45pm.


The band arrives up to 60 minutes before the booking starts to set up, but packing away requires a lot less time, usually 20 to 30 minutes. This is also outside of your booked time. For example, a booking of 6:00pm – 11:00pm means we arrive at 5:00pm, ready to start by 5:55pm, and we’ll pack away at 11:00pm, which means we’ll be away by 11:30pm.

My friend hired a wedding band, but they cancelled eight days before her wedding. Do you ever cancel?

No, never! We’ve never cancelled a wedding and never will. Once you’ve booked us, you’ve got us. Now, that’s commitment.

Typically, what are the key moments of a wedding and ceremony that require song choices from us?

Key Ceremony Songs:

  1. Entrance Processional (Played Live)
  2. Register Signing (Played Live)
  3. Exit Recessional (Played Live)

Key Reception Songs:

  1. Wedding Party Entrance
  2. Cake Cutting
  3. First Dance (Played live)
  4. Bouquet Throw
  5. Garter Throw
  6. Farewell Song

Do we need to provide food and drink for the band members?

Food and non-alcoholic drinks are always appreciated. For reception bookings in excess of two hours, it’s industry-standard to provide a “crew meal” for each musician, plus access to non-alcoholic beverages. Please check with your reception venue, because crew meals are typically charged at a reduced rate.

Do you use backing tracks when playing your instruments?

No way! It’s 100% pure live music.

Due to logistics is it possible for you to set up earlier?

We can absolutely set up earlier than our standard arrival times, but it’s naturally an additional fee to do so.

How long do you play at the ceremony?

We’ll play around 15 minutes of background music as guests arrive to the ceremony. Let us know what time the bride is due to arrive. We’ll then play your chosen key songs during the ceremony, and finish off any remaining time with beautiful background music.

I have a request for the reception first dance that isn't on your song list. Can you still play it?

Yes! You can choose almost any song you like for the key moments of the ceremony and reception even if it isn’t on our song list (this includes your first dance/bridal waltz!).

Why are some of the key songs at the reception played by the DJ rather than live?

Our package pricing includes playing the first dance live, plus 4 x 45-minute sets of live music. The other key wedding music highlights are added to our playlist. This ensures that the music isn’t too loud for the MC, who needs to make announcements during these important key moments. We find that having control over the volume via our sound system ensures that everything runs smoothly and professionally.

Do you liaise with wedding planners?

Regularly. In fact, many Sydney wedding planners book us the minute they get a new client. We’re loved by many wedding venues as well.

Do I need to organise a sound system for the reception hall?

The full band comes prepared with a sound system that’s ideal for rooms that hold up to around 200 guests. If your room is larger than this, we recommend hiring a larger PA sound system, which we can help you with.


Many venues now include their own sound system and we are happy to liaise with your planner or venue around the logistics of plugging into this, to ensure we sound as good as possible at your wedding.


If you’re unsure, feel free to get in touch. We live and breathe weddings and have a wealth of experience to share.

Do I need to organise a microphone for speeches?

Yes. However, the good news is that most venues include a wireless microphone that can be used by the MC and for speeches. It’s always important to check this first. You are welcome to hire a wireless microphone from us as well – just let us know at the time of booking.

Do you have public liability insurance?

Absolutely. Some venues require a copy of our certificate of currency, which can be supplied on request.

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