Originally Posted by eddie73
Musicians are tied down for the entire evening, setting up, travel, waiting etc, its not just 2 or 3 hours work
We have a roadie who sets up before the gig, and he's there at about 2pm. We land on at about 8 on the off chance that speeches finish early, we then have to wait for the hotel staff to clear tables off the dance floor, and setup the remainder of our equipment and lighting, get changed into uniforms, tune up, and then herd the crowd outside smoking/drinking back in. We have to play for a few hours, and then wait for the DJ to finish before breaking the equipment down, and packing it away.
So Eddie73's very correct, it's an extremely long night for most bands, and far from the 2/3 hours people think it is. I reckon we end up working about 7-8 hours for an average wedding, and that's not including travelling time.