Post # 16
- Wedding: May 2016 - City, State
I’ve played the violin since 2nd grade and have played in several string quartets. My sister also had a string quartet at her wedding. Granted I’m a little biased (I love classical string music), but I would highly recommend a string quartet to play for your wedding. An alternative would be to have the quartet play before the ceremony. I played solo violin music for a small wedding reception that was held at a bed and breakfast–it seemed very nice. And I did all the ceremony music for a friend’s wedding, held outside at a hotel. No matter how many strings or when you have the quartet play, I don’t think you can go wrong in terms of an elegant, classy wedding with string music.
Post # 17
My Mother-In-Law really wanted us to do a quartet for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Due to expenses, we only had them for seating and the ceremony, which was around an hour. We also cut back to a cello and violin because the duo was a friend of a cried friend. It was amazing, two was plenty. Made me cry for sure to hear the live music, it just is more emotional for some reason. Anyway, if someone is paying for it, do it for sure, if anyone else is considering, a cello and violin are a cheaper alternative, and while maybe not the same, were perfect for us.
Post # 18
We’re having a live band for the reception, an organist for the ceremony, and a string quartet for cocktail hour and maybe over dinner? I’d accept the offer, it will be lovely music 🙂
Post # 19
Live instruments > DJ > iPod playlist
My sister had a string quartet at her wedding and it was wonderful. She walked down to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis and the processional was Viva La Vida by Coldplay – sounded so happy and celebratory with the strings!!
I used a harpist for myself and had a blast picking the songs she would play for the family, bridesmaids, etc. Agree with others it adds a memorable touch.
Post # 20
im paying $300/person/hour so 1200. That was about market value and slightly depends on how well known the group is. I am having the PSQ play for mine. Here is some example music if you want to hear
They also have videos on their site. And to answer OP yes I think that would be awesome. You should accept.
Post # 21
mwd123: We had one, it was my Mum’s idea, I was quite meh about it to be honest but when I heard it, it really did make it, both the church and at the reception, such a lovely sound.
Post # 22
I had a string quartet for the church and for 2 hours afterwards. It was so beautiful and we had many compliments about it. My (now ex)’s favourite song was Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters and we asked them to learn it and play it at the reception, everyone loved it! Its very elegant and special, I would totally take them up on the offer. We just switched to the iPod after they left.
Post # 23
- Wedding: June 2016 - Vineyard & Winery
Definitely go with the string quartet! We’re having a violin/cello duo for ours and I am psyched! Tip for anyone else considering: yes, it is very pricey. Astronomical, actually. After learning that, I contacted the local University who has a symphony…they hooked us up with the duo for a whopping $175 TOTAL! University students are very talented musicians- something to consider!
Post # 24
As a PP mentioned, check with your local youth symphony to see if there are any teenage musicians who would be willing to play. That’s what we’re doing! I’m going to set up a quartet from the orchestra at the hogh school I went to and played in the band at. High school/university kids can be judt as talented as older musicians but come at a small fraction of the price. 🙂
Post # 25
We had a quartet and it was lovely, and I’ll echo other PPs: For free, why not?
Post # 26
- Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard
CarolinaJames: it depends on the quality of the quartet and professional level of the musicians. Also, what area you’re in. I am a professional orchestral musician but play a woodwind instrument (the oboe). Not many people know what an oboe is, so they’re not used at weddings that often. Plus, the oboe can sound beautiful or like a dying goose, depending on who is playing it lol
anyway, i would expect each member of the quartet to want at least $100, more if you want them for the reception as well. So, you’re looking at a minimum of $400-but like I said, it all depends on the quality. I know other people who charge a minimum of $250 (each) for a wedding.
Years ago I played in a crazy fancy wedding. I live in Florida and 17 of us were flown to the Bahamas to play for this wedding. Some did the ceremony, some cocktail hour, some the reception, and another band for the after party. I played for the ceremony only with a small orchestra. I was flown over, fed, put in a hotel for the night and was paid $400. these people had some serious money. 23 other musicians were flown from California. I’m sure they spent $100k alone on the music (hotels, plane tickets, instrument rental-for the big ones that couldnt come on the plane). It was incredible. I guess the brides dad owns the Canadian equivalent of “verizon” and a tv station as well.
Post # 27
Thank you everyone for your response. We are going to gladly accept. You’ve all made me really excited for this special feauture on our wedding day!!