Post # 1
I’ve been getting quotes from ceremony musicians and I’m having a hard time with how much of our budget we’ll need to use for the fee they charge when they’re really only going to be performing for us for less than an hour.
I’m curious about what others have had or are planning on having for ceremony music. Initially I thought I wanted a string quartet, but do we really need FOUR string players? That would be $650. The string duo is $375. We’re having our ceremony in a courtyard garden and are planning for 150 guests. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks!
Post # 3
I had an acoustic guitar player. It was simple, but beautiful.
Keep in mind that musicians have to rehearse your pieces, travel (themselves and their equipment) to your venue, keep instruments and equiptment maintained, buy sheet music (which can be much more expensive than you’d think), ectect. Much more goes in to their cost then just the hour they are performing.
Post # 4
We’re having a classical guitarist 🙂 We’re paying $275 for prelude before the ceremony, the ceremony, and cocktail hour.
Post # 5
We had a classical guitarist and violinist for the ceremony and cocktail hour.
Post # 6
We are having an acoustic guitarist who can also sing. He is a little under $300 for an hour (pre, during, and post ceremony). I priced a ton of options, and $300 seems to be the going rate for an hour for one person here in the Baltimore/Central PA/Philly area. We also had quotes of $600-$900 for trios and quartets, but I couldn’t justify spending that much for ceremony music.
Post # 7
We’re having a harpist for the ceremony. We’re a bit limited because of our somewhat remote location, so we were thrilled to find a great local harpist.
Post # 8
@DeathByDesign: That makes sense. I guess I just had a bit of sticker shock because we are paying our DJ $485 for 6 hours. I expected more like $200 for ceremony music.
Thanks for the responses! Maybe I should look into a guitarist!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
We’re having a string trio for the ceremony and a bit of the cocktail reception (:
Post # 10
We are having a friend of mine sing and play guitar for our ceremony. He will be singing “Marry Me” by Train as me and my wedding party walk down the aisle.
Post # 11
Lol, only strings are available for weddings?
We had a guitarist and 2 singers. And my DH’s mother played her instrument. Not during pro/recessional though–we had recorded music because of the venue.
Post # 12
We are having a guy and girl from a local band sing/play guitar for us (she is amazing!) – contemporary songs. The cost is $300 which was right around with other singers I had priced.
Post # 13
@kala_way: Obviously not, but thanks for the feedback.
Post # 14
We;re having a string trio…I had originally asked for a quartet but in talking with the musician she told me that given our sace and number of guests a quartet would be too overpowering and she strongly recommended the trio.
We’re aying 500$-that’s for before the ceremony when the guests are arriving, during the ceremony, and then the cocktail recetion which is an additional 2 hours. We also are paying extra as we are having them arrange the music to a modern song for us that they couldn’t find sheet music for.
It is a little pricey, but it was one of my non-negotiables, so we kinda just had to bite the bullet.
Post # 15
We’re having a singer, a pianist, and a violin. All together I think it’s $575. Too much I think, but what are you gonna do?
Post # 16
@sara_tiara – I think you got a good deal! We are paying $400 for a string trio to play the prelude (20 min) and the ceremony. Anything over that was another $100 per hour.
I lobbied for just a cellist but was told it wouldn’t be enough…oh well.