Did anyone hire/is hiring a violinist to play at their wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We hired a harpost for $200 to play for a half hour before the ceremony, the processional, recessional and a half hour after the ceremony. My old violin teacher (i played for yearsssssssssssss) will be playing the recessional and processional with her for free as a gift to me (hes incredible!). It really depends on where your located, and the length of time you’ll require them, but keep in mind alot of the traditional wedding tunes for violins were written for 2-4 strings, so they may sound flat with just a single violin. 

Post # 4
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had a string quartet play at our ceremony – it was amazing.  I think a violin alone could also be amazing.  IMO it’s much nicer to have live music at the ceremony than just recordings. 

Ours was $600 for four people for one hour, so $150 per musician for the first hour. Additional time would have been $30 per musician per half hour.  That’s in the Bay Area in northern California.  Where is your wedding?

Post # 5
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Diamond84:  We hired a cellist and guitarist for the ceremony and we were charged $600 for 1 hr. They arrived 15 mins prior to the ceremony to set up and they played music as guests arrived and they also played the processional and recessional music for us. For where we live thats pretty low. I know a few people who paid $800 and up for musicians at a wedding

Post # 6
2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had a string trio (two violins and a cello) and it was $475 for 90 minutes.  It was really nice, although since we had an outdoor ceremony it was a little hard to hear sometimes.  But overall it was lovely!

Post # 7
2124 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We had a violin and cello duo that played while our guests were arriving, during the ceremony, afterwards, and for the whole cocktail hour for $450. It was so beautiful. 

Post # 8
1959 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had a violin and guitar duo and its was beautiful. We paid $350 for both and they were there for 1.5 hours. 

Post # 9
2630 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Diamond84:  Are there any colleges in the area? You can contact the music department(s) and see if there are any students that do gigs like weddings. 

Post # 10
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

We hired a string trio, cost $780 for one hour in Chicago.  They will play for 20 minutes as guest arrive, again while the wedding party comes in, and for 15 minutes as the guest leave.  We are getting married at a hotel so I thought it was absoluetly necessary to have them and worth the cost!

Post # 11
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had a violin and keyboard and it sounded great!! Not sure how much it was because it was part of a package, but probably $500-$1000.

Post # 12
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Diamond84:  We asked a gal that DH kind of knew to play, and he paid her…now I am embarrassed because of all the other figured people posted….but $50. She played all the music for our ceremony (apart from the songs during the ceremony).

I don’t think you’d have to spend so much money on it honestly. Why not check out high schools or colleges and ask if anyone would like to play for your wedding? Ask how much they would want, but I bet you could get away with paying them a pretty low fee. We ended up paying one of DH’s high school students $50 to sing a few songs at the end of our wedding, and he did a fantastic job.

Post # 13
5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

We hired a string trio for our ceremony (they’ll start playing 20 minutes before the ceremony and throughout our 30-35 minute ceremony) and for a little over an hour after the ceremony while we’re getting our pictures done. Total including their travel fee is $815. I think the travel fee was $50 since we couldn’t find anyone local in our small town and had to book a trio from an hour away. I think it’s going to be so worth it. We were originally going to just have them play for the ceremony, but my parents are paying for the wedding and really wanted them to play for longer since they’re paying the travel fee anyways.

ETA: Our trio consists of two violins and a cello (:


Post # 14
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Harpist quote was $425

Post # 15
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Diamond84:  We hired a violinist and cellist to play 30 mins before ceremony, and throughout ceremony (so about 1.5hrs) for 475$. That is one of the things i am most excited about!

Post # 16
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had a string trio at our wedding; I think it was $525 for 2 hours.

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