(Closed) gift for flutist? how much?

posted 8 years ago in Music
  • poll: How much to spend on flutist gift?
    A thank you card. She's doing it out of her own generosity. : (0 votes)
    $25-30 : (2 votes)
    20 %
    $30-50 : (3 votes)
    30 %
    $50-75 : (2 votes)
    20 %
    $75-100 : (3 votes)
    30 %
    $100 + : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would give her a thank you card and a visa gift card for $50.  If you wanted to make it more personal then maybe you could get her a box of Aveda tea, a tea mug and a candle or a spa gift card for her to relax or a pair of movie tickets and a gift card to her favorite eatery.  I think since she offered to do this without payment she would be pleased with anything you got her.

    Post # 4
    Member
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think that is way to much for just playing the flute – that’s more what you’d spend for a BM!

    I really don’t think you even need to get her a gift.  She volunteered to play for you for free!  If you really feel the need to get her something though, I wouldn’t spend more than $25-$30.  I’m sure she’s just playing a couple songs during a 30-45 minute span of time – that certainly shouldn’t equate to a gift that is more than what many get for their BMs.

    Post # 5
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    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @FutureKMM: Hey now, playing an instrument takes a lot of skill! It’s not “just” playing. My aunt is a flutist for a symphony and she certainly doesn’t do that for free…

    I agree with giving her a thank you card and some sort of gift and/or gift card, in exchange for the gift she’s giving you. 🙂

    Post # 6
    Member
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We are having a harpist and flutist play for our ceremony. We are paying them just over $500.00 to play just for the ceremony. I agree with what Daisylynn suggested.

    Post # 8
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    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @Minutiae: I wasn’t saying “just” to insinuate that playing the flute was easy – I certainly couldn’t do it!.  I was saying “just” because, in the overall scheme of the wedding, the flutist is doing very little work (in terms of time and such).

    They are doing much less than say, the wedding party who are spending a lot of money and lots of time leading up to the wedding.  I don’t think the person who’s only commitment is playing a couple of songs in a 30-45 minute span of time should get a gift comperable to a wedding party who’s commitments (both time and monetary) are FAR greater.

    Post # 9
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    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @Future: As a musician, I disagree. The flutist shouldn’t be given gifts based on all the other services in the wedding, but on the work she’s done. And you don’t know what the wedding party is giving or getting anyway, haha!

    Post # 10
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    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    As a skilled performer but a non-professional (meaning, I don’t play/teach/perform exclusively for my income), I would charge between $50-$100 per hour of playing, the higher range during holidays or for events involving travel.

    I see it this way: if she would normally be invited as a guest, her playing time is her “gift” to you and she deserves a heartfelt note and small token (cute mug? Starbucks card? etc.) for her time. If she wasn’t on the guest list originally, then she’s a friendor and should be paid accordingly in an amount you feel matches her level of experience.

    A ceremony musician may not be a part of the process in the same way as a bridesmaid, but he or she is still providing a service for your wedding. And on a personal experience note — I’m a flutist! — playing for an hour straight in the summer heat is no joke.

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