Post # 1
One of our family memebers is offering to pay for a string quartet to play for our wedding ceremony. I don’t really know much about music… my fiance and I just planned for just our DJ to play songs we chose for our ceremony. Has anyone been to a wedding with a string quartet? Did you like what they sounded like? Would you want one for your wedding?? I don’t know if I should decline or accept the offer?
Post # 2
I didn’t have a quartet but I did have a solo violinist accompanied by a pianist and it was absolutely beautiful. I’ve been to weddings with a quartet and something about the live music makes it so beautiful and romantic. If someone is paying for it then I would definitely go for it.
Post # 3
I heard a string quartet at a wedding last year and, although I hardly knew the bride, I nearly cried as she walked down the aisle. The music was so beautiful. I’m going to have a string quartet at my wedding in Sept. You should go for it! Especially if someone else is going to pay for it!
Post # 4
We are live string musicians for the ceremony, but I grew up singing chorale with an orchestra and am so fond of it. Google some string quartet wedding music and listen to examples — it’s beautiful!
Post # 5
We had a string trio play for our ceremony and cocktail hour, and it was beautiful. I say go for the string quartet!
Post # 6
I was going to go the DJ route but now I’m curious because I have been to weddings with quartets and it was very romantic. Does anyone know how much they usually run?
Post # 7
Like annalise9, we had a string trio play at our ceremony and cocktail hour. It was beautiful, I am so pleased we booked them! I am musical and loved the sound of them. It was beautiful walking down the aisle to live music. We got them to play classical music at the ceremony and then they played more modern music at the cocktail hour. It’s very kind of your family member to offer – I’d highly recommend you take them up on it!
Post # 8
We had a string quartet play at our church wedding. They played a selection of songs we’d pre selected as guests were seated (included ‘final countdown lol) they then played as I entered to canon in D; I may be biased, but it was very beautiful! They also played as we signed the register. I remember having a little dance with my sister to ‘must be love!’
im so pleased we went down this route; it felt so special and personal!
Post # 9
I’m sure it depends on your area, but in Long Island, NY we were getting quotes for one hour play time in the $1000-$1250 range. We opted for a string trio which was slightly less, but still pretty expensive for one hour.
Post # 10
I can’t remember exactly what we paid for the string trio, but I think it was about $600 per hour. This was in northern New Jersey.
Post # 11
I don’t think you can go wrong with live music, it adds such a wonderful element to your ceremony. We did it for our daughter’s wedding, in Nebraska it was 800 for 2 hour quartet, pre seating, ceremony and cocktail hour. They usually have a playlist you pick from. It was well worth it.
Post # 12
Ive never been to a wedding with one, but I’m really considering trying to get one (a cousin of mine plays violin with a group professionally, and I’m wanting him to perfom, and hoping be able to get the others as well). I’d say, especially if someone is offering to pay to go for it!
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2016 - Theater
Absolutely, especially if you don’t need to dish out the cash for it. Have a DJ play when the quartet isn’t playing and in the evening if you’re having a dance floor kind of a party.
We got a string quartet for half price through a friend, and we’re ever so grateful. I’m hoping it’ll be lovely walking down the aisle to live music.
Post # 14
Some of you MAY want to consider a harpist. The sound is also ULTRA Romantic and you will pay about half to a third of the cost of a string quartet.
OP, your relative has made a wonderful offer. There are so many very beautiful pieces that are appropriate and traditional as wedding music, your only real problem will be choosing the music you love most.
Post # 15
Strong quartets are really classy and lovely 🙂 they will play beautiful background music and make the atmosphere really special. If there’s something specific you want them to play you can probably request it, otherwise they are professionals and can choose for you. It can also be good because they can adjust to what’s going on around them, e.g. playing louder or softer as needed, or extending or shortening your processional song if you walk slower or faster than expected, so it will seem perfectly timed.