Post # 1
FI and I are thinking about a string trio or quartet for our ceremony/cocktail hour music. We’re having a DJ for the reception, so the trio/quartet would probably only play for 2 hours. How much should this cost? I’m really not interested in spending more than $500. Is this reasonable? Or should we consider upping our budget for it? So far, we’ve gotten a quote for about $600 and another one for $800. We’re in the Philadelphia area in PA, so I’m assuming it would be more expensive here anyway, but I didn’t know if it was unreasonable to want to stick to a $500 budget.
Post # 3
@chrissyb464: We live in the DC area and were quoted $550 for a duo and $800 for a trio. I think $600-800 is pretty reasonable when you think about it…3 people’s time for 2 hours plus any travel time. At first I was going to do the duo because it was cheaper, but our officiant suggested we should get a trio since we’re having over 150 guests and the sound will travel better with a trio. I absolutely love string music at weddings! So you could probably get some string music for around $500, but perhaps only with a duo violinist and cellist.
Post # 4
@chrissyb464: I am using student musicians I found them through a local college. The string trio for my ceremony is $300. I couldn’t stomach paying $700 for less than an hour of music. They are graduate students who have all done weddings before and are super talented. It’s worth checking out!
Post # 5
For two hours you’re going to have a hard time getting in at under $500, and I’m not sure what kind of quality you’d get. I’m a professional musician and I play weddings every now and then. For two hours of playing, I would expect to be paid at least $200, then mulitiply that by the rest of the group, plus a a fee for the musician who is coordinating.
Are you sure you want musicians to play after the ceremony is over? It’s pretty rare that anyone actually stops and listens when we play during the cocktail hour. Most people are too busy congratualting the happy couple and talking about the ceremony.
Post # 6
@squirrel25: That’s a good point and I didn’t even consider that. I’m assuming it would be a lot cheaper for only 30 or so minutes of playing, as opposed to 2 hours. Thanks for the suggestion!
Post # 7
I think we paid $800 for a quartet for 3 hours. The longer they played, the better deal they gave us. We had them play for the ceremony, through cocktail hour and dinner. It was really nice IMO.
We did get another quote from a group that specialized in wedding-type events, but they cost about twice as much. It pays to call around. We contacted our local symphony orchestra and one of their members set it up for us.
Post # 8
Our string quartet will be $900 for the ceremony (20-30 minutes before the ceremony until we’re done, so an hour tops I think). We’re getting married in an expensive area but I don’t think it’s a crazy amount. I mean you’re paying for 4 musicians’ time, performance, travel costs, etc.
Post # 9
@Weetzie: What a good idea! Have you contacted local college symphonies, OP?
Post # 10
When I was in highschool we would play at weddings for extra “points” towards earning our letters and also to put on CV for college. The teacher would only let the best students play (many of which were composing their own music and also played in the state and city symphony) so don’t rule out asking a local high school. You could probably pay them $50-75 each but we never got paid. Just a thought!