(Closed) About how much for a string quartet?

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Wow. Are there any colleges or high schools with really good orchestras in the area? Most students are willing to work much cheaper. My orch teacher in high school actually set up a program for the best four or five students in the high school to play at weddings, and I can’t remember the exact price, but it was a lot cheaper than that!

Make sure you ask to hear them play first, though!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Definitely get students you will pay alot cheaper and they’ll be happy too because they need the money.! Goodluck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ours was $350 for local symphony players on their ‘off’ time. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We paid $1500 on Mackinac Island, MI for a professional string trio for the ceremony and cocktail hour. They were nice, but I feel like the price was indicative of the area. If we hadn’t been constrained to area musicians for an island wedding, we could have definitely gotten away with something a lot cheaper.

Keep in mind that you’re paying for the musicians’ time (both at your wedding and practice time to learn the music) as well as their music. For students, you should be fine with ~$100/player.

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@bRooklynRocks: If you look at your local high schools or even a nearby college you can usually get them so much cheaper. My little sister goes to a highschool with an amazing orchestra (the school is known for their music department) and I am hiring 4 of the seniors to play at our wedding for $50 apiece. I will have to find the music for them rather than expecting them to already have/know it but we aren’t doing any of the traditional wedding songs anyway (like I found a quartet arrangement for our song Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol and they are playing that). N0body said you had to use a professional. Sometimes people need the experience to put it on their resume and will do it equally as wonderful and for a fraction of the price!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It is really expensive to hire a string quartet – the prices are the same (about $1,000 for 2 hours). One tip someone gave me (that I have not acted on) is hiring members of the youth symphony to play. They are younger, talented, and may not charge as much. It definitely is a spurge, and I’ve only ever attended one wedding (out of 7 this past year) that had one.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I used to work in a high school so I’m gong to try to find students who wouldn’t mind doing me a favor. I’m looking forward to the audition process next year. I might do it up Idol syle just less mean.

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