Post # 1
I’ve recently decided that it is necessary to have some live music at my wedding in October. I know it’s kind of late to make this decision but I figured that it shouldn’t be too hard to find a group to play for the ceremony only. Does anyone in the NY (NYC/LI) area know of an affordable group? So far, I’ve found a quartet based out of Long Island that is charging $698 for an hour long ceremony. Is this over priced? Can I do better? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
Post # 3
We’re having a string quartet at our wedding, priced at $600. I’m in Cincinnati, so while it’s still metro, I’d expect prices in NY/Long Island to be even higher. I think that’s a reasonable price, if you want quality.
Let me rephrase: whether “reasonable” or not, it seems like that’s an average price. Make sure you don’t lose out on quality if you find a lower-priced group.
Hope this helped!
Post # 4
My friend used a string quartet here in NYC that she paid $500 for. It was for both the ceremony and cocktail hour. I can’t remember the website she got them from but pm me and I can check for you. They were really good. You know, you can also get some NYU music majors to do it for you on the cheap. According to what I heard, they are really good too.
Post # 5
Check on craigslist. That is how I found our musician for cheap.
Post # 6
@Dancelovr84: You can try http://www.botticellimusic.com They are a string group in the Husdon Vally area – don’t know if they would be too far away or not.
Post # 7
I think that price is reasonable, especially for your area. You could ask around about student groups from Music schools or colleges who often do it for less money. I had a string quartet for $800
Post # 8
If you can’t find anyone cheap enough you could also go with a string trio (My first instinct was string quartet but when I found prices in my area were too high I found a great guitarist/violinist duo that fits my more casual wedding perfectly :).)
Post # 9
@Gemstone: I am in Cincinnati as well and I’m in search of a string quartet, who did you use?