(Closed) How much is too much for a string trio/quartet?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@chrissyb464:  We live in the DC area and were quoted $550 for a duo and $800 for a trio.  I think $600-800 is pretty reasonable when you think about it…3 people’s time for 2 hours plus any travel time.  At first I was going to do the duo because it was cheaper, but our officiant suggested we should get a trio since we’re having over 150 guests and the sound will travel better with a trio.  I absolutely love string music at weddings!  So you could probably get some string music for around $500, but perhaps only with a duo violinist and cellist.

Post # 4
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@chrissyb464:  I am using student musicians I found them through a local college. The string trio for my ceremony is $300. I couldn’t stomach paying $700 for less than an hour of music. They are graduate students who have all done weddings before and are super talented. It’s worth checking out!

Post # 5
13 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014

For two hours you’re going to have a hard time getting in at under $500, and I’m not sure what kind of quality you’d get. I’m a professional musician and I play weddings every now and then. For two hours of playing, I would expect to be paid at least $200, then mulitiply that by the rest of the group, plus a a fee for the musician who is coordinating. 

Are you sure you want musicians to play after the ceremony is over? It’s pretty rare that anyone actually stops and listens when we play during the cocktail hour. Most people are too busy congratualting the happy couple and talking about the ceremony.

Post # 7
8598 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think we paid $800 for a quartet for 3 hours. The longer they played, the better deal they gave us. We had them play for the ceremony, through cocktail hour and dinner. It was really nice IMO.

We did get another quote from a group that specialized in wedding-type events, but they cost about twice as much. It pays to call around. We contacted our local symphony orchestra and one of their members set it up for us.

Post # 8
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our string quartet will be $900 for the ceremony (20-30 minutes before the ceremony until we’re done, so an hour tops I think). We’re getting married in an expensive area but I don’t think it’s a crazy amount. I mean you’re paying for 4 musicians’ time, performance, travel costs, etc.

Post # 9
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Weetzie:  What a good idea! Have you contacted local college symphonies, OP?

Post # 10
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

When I was in highschool we would play at weddings for extra “points” towards earning our letters and also to put on CV for college. The teacher would only let the best students play (many of which were composing their own music and also played in the state and city symphony) so don’t rule out asking a local high school. You could probably pay them $50-75 each but we never got paid. Just a thought!

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