(Closed) How much were your Ceremony Musicians?

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
5663 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are having a DJ do the entire thing from ceremony to reception (but we are outside not in a church) and the reason we chose to do that was because after researching musicians i was being quoted around 400.00 for like 20 minutes so I’d say 350 for an hour is fair! But I’d definitely get more thoughts than just mine on than πŸ˜‰

Post # 4
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are going to pay about $600 for a 30 minute ceremony and an hour of cocktail music for a string trio.  We are in MI, and the cost of living is much lower, so I’d imagine it’d be even more in NJ.  We went with highly trained professionals because music is important to us.  $350 sounds pretty good to me πŸ™‚

Post # 5
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We hired an acoustic guitar player to play during our 45 minute ceremony and cocktail hour for $600.

Keep in mind that musicians have to rehearse your music, be able to afford proper attire for performances, buy/maintain equipment if needed, travel to the venue ectect, plus they are skilled, so the cost isn’t just for the hour they are there. πŸ™‚ 350 divided by 2 for each musician makes $175, which I think is more than reasonable. 

Post # 6
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It sounds about right to me. I am looking for ceremony musicians in the Chicago area, and a string duo (two violins) is going to run anywhere from $250-$450 for one hour (depending on the level of experience). Then again, that’s for violinists, so I’m not sure if an organist/vocalist duo is different!

Post # 7
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m paying $250 for one violinist to play before and during my ceremony. 

Post # 8
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

i live in Los Angeles and paying 700$ for a string trio for an hour and a half sucks its so much money but they are well worth it to me.

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