(Closed) Cost of Ceremony music?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m in Savannah, so not too far from you, and I got a quote of $475 for a string duo, and $575 for a harp/violin duo. I asked a lot of people around town to recommend the best people for ceremony music, since I’d rather pay a decent amount for really great musicians than save a few bucks and have people cringing at missed notes as I walk down the aisle! But you know, I bet you could get a wonderful acoustic guitar player for that price, if it’s something that might be of interest…

Post # 4
235 posts
Helper bee

Here in DC, I think we’re paying around $600 for a trio…BUT that’s also because we’re paying $5000 to the same company for a band.  The trio is normally $750 for 2 hours.

We’re also paying $250 for a bagpiper for 1 hour.

Post # 5
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

In Philly, we paid $300 for the organist (required by the church where we got married) during the ceremony and then paid $600 for a string trio to play for less than 2 hours at the reception.

Post # 6
1044 posts
Bumble bee

Can you try getting some college students to play at your wedding or some students from a Conservatory of Music?  Usually they have performing arts schools in every major metropolitan city area.  Otherwise, you can try Craigslist.  I’d also consider someone who played at your church if you attend to play at your wedding.

We didn’t have any musicians play at our wedding but just had our DJ play music.  No one really noticed since they were too busy trying to find their seats while talking to each other.  And I’m glad I didn’t because it saved us A LOT of time and hassle, not to mention money (which I was able to put into getting better flowers since flowers are quite expensive).  In all, it cost us an extra $100 more for the DJ to play music during the ceremony.  But it was definitely better than my sister-in-law’s wedding.  She hired a trio to play at the ceremony that was not only appauling, but fumbled on music even during her grand entrance down the aisle!  So beware and do A LOT of research or do it the easy and less stressful way like we did and just let the experienced DJ play the music.


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