(Closed) Ceremony Musician Friend of Friend Ripping Me Off???

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah, that seems like alot to me and I work with alot of musicians.

Post # 5
31 posts

Yes, $200 for just 10 minutes seems far too much! 


Jennie x

Post # 6
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011
Post # 7
53 posts
Worker bee

I agree that is unreasonably expensive.  My mom is a ceremony musician (but also a professional member of an orchestra), and they charge $150 per musician for an hour.  Granted it is in a less expensive area, but still…  If you are going to spend that much anyways, hire a professional.  Maybe a cellist…my parents sometimes perform as a violin/cello duo and that works out well!

Post # 9
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

When you let them know, you don’t have to accuse them of being too expensive or trying to rip you off.  You can just let them know that unfortunately you can’t hire them because you can’t afford their fee and your tight budget only allows you to spend $100 on ceremony music.

Post # 10
2742 posts
Sugar bee

@gcwest: Good wording. I usually just say ‘I love your work, unfortunately, you are out of my budget’ Be prepared for them to come back with ‘What’s your budget?’ so you can tell them. Good luck.

Post # 11
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t think the cost is outrageous.  Although they will only be playing for around 10 mins, they will need to block out a couple hours of their day.  Also, are you planning to have them play prelude music?  Anything before the wedding actually starts?  Our organist had a set fee of $200.

Post # 12
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Well… unfortunately, even if they’re only actually playing for a few minutes, you still have to pay them for their time (which is the whole ceremony).  And I also really doubt you’ll be able to find someone who does this professionally to charge any less (trust me, it’s how I made money when I was still in school). 

My advice would be a) don’t pay one person and not the other, it just seems to me in bad form, and b) use a recording since they’ll be playing on a keyboard.

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