(Closed) how much to pay wedding ceremony musician?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t know about student rates.  I would think that would be influenced by how advanced they are, how long they are going to play, and where you are located.  I checked on prices for having 4 instrumentalists from the local city symphony play 30 minutes before the ceremony, a few songs during the ceremony, for the processional, and as the guests exit;  they charged $450.  I would think a single student would be considerably less, maybe $100ish? Could be more depending on the factors I mentioned at the beginning or less if they are looking to build their portfolio/resume I don’t know what you would call that for a musician!).  Sorry not to be more help!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@myfavorite: $450?? Wow! I found one for $600 – I think I should have looked around more.. definitely one of my hasty decisions. oh well!

But to weigh in on the topic, I think it depends on what you want. Professionals may charge about $200 per musician – so if you want a soloist, you can expect less than that! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m also curious about this.  We are planning on asking 2 members of our church congregation (who are friends of FHs family) to play guitar during our ceremony and I have no idea what to pay them… Since they aren’t professional musicians and will only be playing for about 20 minutes I was thinking $50 each and maybe a small gift. Does this seem appropriate? More? Less?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Ms Tofu: they kind of fell in our lap; we know one of the quartet and would have used her anyway. I haven’t really checked into anyone else b/c I knew I couldn’t use them so I didn’t want to know if I wasn’t getting a deal!  You made me feel better!  Thanks!

@mandalynn17: If they are not professional and the timing is only 20 minutes, I would think your pay would be appropriate.  You might just ask them what their rate would be or tell them what you were thinking and if they would consider it if you are really unsure, but I think it seems fine. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MyFavorite:  Thanks for weighing in! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

We’re using a student ensemble from the University in town.  I contacted a few different student groups and the standard rate here seemed to be $150/hr per performer for students.  That’s why we went with a string duo instead of a quartet.  Incidentally, they dropped their rates a little for the rehearsal, only $50/person for the whole time.

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@mandalynn17  I think $50 per musician would be on the insulting side. You may be forgetting about their time to travel to your wedding (no matter how near or far) and set up  time.  I’m sure you will also have some requests as to what you want the musician to play which may require some practice time of the songs/tunes beforehand as I don’t think they’d go into it “cold”.  I’m not really understanding why you are saying they will only be playing for 20 minutes. Generally a musician plays for about 30 minutes before the ceremony as guests are arriving, then during the processional, maybe a little here and there during the actual ceremony (during a rose exchange or blending of the sands), and then during the recessional.  It would seem odd to do it any other way.  That’s how a professional musician would do it. The rate around here for a solo guitarist is $450.  If you use a professional musician, it will show.   If you use a student or non-pro, it will also show. 

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