Post # 1
I have asked an old friend of the family to play the piano during my ceremony. I asked what she charged for this and her reply was "whatever you think is fair". What exactly is "fair"? $25? $50? $100? I have no idea! Any suggestions?
Post # 3
All my musicians in the wedding were friends of mine so, what I ended up doing was getting them a nice gift something that was related to them I got one a friendship ball very pretty one a music box but also I gave them money about $50 so I guess it just depends on how much you would spend normally. I like the idea of giving a music box and then in the music box either putting money or a gift card.
Post # 4
No idea. I’d check and see what other musicians would charge for the same work, then figure it based on that.
Post # 5
I hate to break it to you, but being in a family of professional musicians, I wouldn’t give any less than $100. My mom gets $250-$300 a wedding just to sing. If they feel like it is too much, they will give it back. I would play it safe instead of slighting her.
I am having two friends sing and my fiance’s friend play the harp. We are giving each of them $100 and a small gift. We are also putting them up in the hotel that night.
Post # 6
So way back when I was a music major in college and was classicly trained in voice performance. I used to sing weddings and got $100 for the 1st song and $75 for each additional. That was over 15 years ago, so I am sure the rates have gone up. Keep in mind all the music she will have to learn to play at your wedding and how much time that will entail. She may make it look easy, but in the end it is appropriate to compensate her for the work she put in in addition to just showing up at your wedding and playing for everyone.
Post # 7
A friend of mine who plays piano has done weddings before. I asked him to do mine and he said his hourly rate is $50. He doesn’t do it for a living (although he is amazingly talented) so he doesn’t charge a high rate. I like the idea of putting the friend up in a hotel, especially if they will be travelling.
Post # 8
If we would have went with the pianist from the church where we had our wedding her charge was $75. We’re from a smaller town the prices may be a little lower than average though.
Post # 9
Thank you all! This helps me a lot and gives me some ideas.
Post # 10
Our musicians also charged an hourly rate of $50 per person, with a $150 minimum for just the pianist and the singer. As already said, that covers obtaining the music if necessary, learning it, and their time to get there and set up. I would also say $100 minimum for just the pianist. You don’t say what you are having her play, but typically the musicians show up early, play while people are getting seated, and then do your ceremony music as well. Depending on your choices for ceremony music, that could be several specific songs plus the background music (we had one song for the parents to be seated, one for the groom, pastor, Bridesmaid or Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor to walk in, one for my dad and I to walk in, and a recessional – so that’s three separate songs even for a ceremony that didn’t have a musical interlude in the middle!)