How much did you pay for a musician at ceremony?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You should ask what she charges.  Most musicians have wedding rates.

Post # 3
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think we paid $250 for our ceremony musician.

Post # 4
26 posts

A friend of mine is going to be playing the violin for free at my ceremony. It’ll give him some experience and help him with his career. It’s only going to be the prelude, the wedding party entrance, and the bridal entrance. But I don’t know if mucisians usually charge per song. Everything else will be from a computer.

Post # 5
122 posts
Blushing bee


We paid $395 for two musicicans, a violinist and a guitarist.

There were added fees because we had them play two modern songs not included on their extensive list of classical to choose from. This meant they had to learn these two songs and purchase music sheets for them. 

We chose around 15 classic songs + our 2 modern songs for them to play for an hour. 

We got married in San Francisco, which naturally has higher rates than other parts of the country, so take that into consideration.

Post # 6
2754 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I paid $50 to the woman who does the music at our church.

Post # 7
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We paid $350 for two musicians, a violinist and a cellist. We had them for about an hour. We live in Dallas, Texas. 

They played contemporary songs as guests where seated (30 minutes) as well as throughout the ceremony (which was classical). They had an extensive lsit of classical and contemporary songs. 

Post # 8
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We are paying $450 for a classical guitarist for our ceremony in Annapolis, MD.

Post # 9
6977 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think we paid $200/hour for a quartet.

Post # 10
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we used our church musician and paid $200

Post # 11
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We are paying our church organist $250. We are in CT.

Post # 12
1321 posts
Bumble bee

We paid $300 for a trio — pianist, cellist, and a flutist (who can also play clarinet, oboe, sax, and trumpet) for them to play during the ceremony and also cocktail hour.  They were absolutely AMAZING.

Post # 13
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We are paying about $525 for 3 hours of a spanish guitarist.

Post # 14
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I paid 2000 for a quartet, but it was at Disney 😀

Post # 15
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

We paid $780 for a string trio in Chicago.

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