Post # 1
We’re having a family friend sing and play the piano at our ceremony and he won’t tell us his usual fee or take any money from us. Just wondering what everyone is paying for a ceremony musician so we can adequately compensate him. TIA!
Post # 3
Hi K2 – I’ve seen around $200-$250 quoted for solo musicians, especially if your friend is playing piano *and* singing. HTH!
Post # 4
Our musicians (who played for both the ceremony and reception) bill out at $50 an hour per musician, with a minimum $150 charge for the pianist alone. Whether you have a single musician or a small group, if you have them for the ceremony only you tend to have to pay for more than an hour of their time, as they will need to be there early to set up equipment, check the sound system, etc. If you’re paying them to play for 5 hours, they are generally willing to eat the cost of that set up time, but if you’re having them there for an hour or less that minimum makes sure they are compensated for that time and trouble.
Post # 5
We’re having a trio play at our ceremony for a total of 1 hour and it costs $500! Seems like a lot to me but they were the best around and we decided it was worth the expense. Good luck and sounds like you got a great deal! 🙂
Post # 6
To hire a cantor for our wedding mass it costs $150. That’s for the ceremony only (no rehearsals with us).
Post # 7
I got lucky and was able to hire a co-worker to play the guitar at our wedding. He plays at a lot of local functions and is really talented, but because he knows me, he’s only charging me $125 for the ceremony.
Post # 9
I’m paying $100/hr per musician for SF Conservatory of Music musicians plus a $30 booking fee and cash gratuity on top. Their prices are listed towards the bottom: http://www.sfcm.edu/musictogo/
After researching other musicians, this was by far the cheapest. But these musicians are some of the best as they have to audition to get into the program.