(Closed) The ceremony debacle

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Two ideas I have both seen used.  One is find a local high school that has a jazz band, or a smaller musical group of students who excel in music.  Violin, guitar, etc. The second option is – is there a local university who has a music program? If you call their Music department, it is very possible that a college student who plays the harp, violin, etc would LOVE to make a quick $100 or $200 and would gladly come play at your wedding.

Post # 4
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1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

So did you find musicians who were available, but only at $350?  Is the $350 for a group, or just a single musician?  Maybe you could write back to those who were available, and say that you have a strict budget of $200, and could any of them work within your budget (maybe by just having a cello, instead of a cello/violin duo, for example).  The late date should work in your favor budget-wise, as it is more unlikely that they will book someone last minute at their full rate, so they might be more willing to give you a slight discount.  I would definitely Google ceremony musicians in your area that often work alone– things like classical guitarists, flautists, harpists…

All this is said with the assumption that you didn’t get the ceremony portion written into your contract with your band.  If it was written into your contract, and you still want them, hold them to their contracted word!  (But you probably would’ve already done that, right?)

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