(Closed) How much to pay musicians?

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We had two violins and a cello and it was $400.00. They played for maybe two hours…while everyone was sitting and while we walked up the aisle, for a song that was sung and as we left.

Post # 4
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Where are you located and how long are they playing for?

Although we did not have one we did get many quotes. For a duo just for the ceremony for about 1-1.5 hr of playing quotes ranged from $300 – $600+ in NYC.

And instrument makes a difference in price as well. Violin/Cello/Guitar are all the most common and tend to be on the lower price range. Harp is typically more $$$$>

Post # 5
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

The PPs sound about right. I was looking at solo classical guitarists, and for a few hours, it was anywhere from $200 to $1000 (depending on experience). Bands were about double. I would just have an honest discussion with them.

We had the same hesitations with our photog friend. But we just came out and said “We obviously want to compensate you for the wedding. What can we give you?” Honestly, since she was a friend, she would have been cheaper than anything else even if she’d given us a discounted price (as it was, she’s only charging us for equipment and processing which she rents/outsources, and we plan on giving her a gift card to the place she rents out of as a gift).

If they say an exorbitant price, just let them know it’s out of your budget and you can’t hire them.

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

We are having a harpist and a flutist, and we are paying them $500.00. They will be playing for about a half hour prior to the ceremony, during the ceremony, and a little bit after the ceremony; while everyone gets out of the ceremony area.

Post # 7
4824 posts
Honey bee

I have a friend fro highschool playing ceremony and first hour of reception and it will cost $200 including the use of his keyboard and sound system if we need it, If we dont then it will be $150.  If he needs to learn to play songs it will be another $50 per song.

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