(Closed) Any idea how much a violinist is?

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 17
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

From what I’ve seen from my (very brief) research, most professional violinists will not play by themselves – you’re really missing out on the complete sound by just having one instrument – you need at least a duet, and if you’re going to have between 100-150 guests, you need a trio. With a soloist, the sound just won’t be loud enough.

That being said, here in St Louis, most duos and trios are around $300-400 for two hours (most pros charge a minimum of two hours here). Like PPs said, you can certainly hire a high school or college student – I personally would rather pay a bit more and get a professoinal who has experience at weddings. Besides the processional, they can also play music before your ceremony starts while guests are being seated, during the ceremony (maybe during a unity candle lighting or moment of relfection?), and of course, the recessional.

You can always use string recordings and play them over a loud speaker – that would be a lot cheaper. Of course, one of the benefits of having an experienced, live musician is that they will be able to time the music so that a song isn’t awkardly cut off or looped like it would be with a recording – they can gently fade the music out once you/your BMs reach the end of the aisle.

Some other thoughts – you’ll need a proper space for the musicians. String instruments in particular don’t handle heat/humidity/moisture well, so if your ceremony is outdoors most contracts stipulate that you’ll need to provide a flat, covered area.

Post # 18
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m having a quartet and it’s costing 400 plus 50 more for gas since they are travelling almost 2 hours. It’s a lot but when I think about it, my SIL had a harpist that cost $300 locally. Also, keep in mind the prep work that goes in! I have to fork out an extra 150 for my arrangements bc they aren’t your typical wedding songs. Lots of work goes into composing (if they have to) and practicing! 

I’d go to a local college and check with the music department. My quartet is from my brother’s college and I already knew the violinist bc she was at my college and I would hear her play sometimes. I’m a little wary of high schoolers playing…I know some FABULOUS high school muscians but…I knew them. Unless you know of them/heard them play, I would go and contact someone in a nearby college. Talk to a professor and maybe they could recommend some of their students/pass along the word to them that someone is looking for a violinist in their wedding. It could be good exposure for them and you might be able to get it in your price range. 

Post # 22
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Prices tend to vary depending on the number and quality of the musicians you get. Being a professional performer is about being able to deliver consistent performances and picking up on timing cues that are unique to a wedding (e.g. bringing the music to a natural ending when the bride reaches the altar).

Check out my Wedding String Quartet.

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