(Closed) String Quartet for wedding ??? Advice!

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: String Quartet

    Go for it! It will be beautiful!

    Decline and have the DJ play songs of choise

  • Post # 16
    154 posts
    Blushing bee
    • 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
    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    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
    1936 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    1295 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    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.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by wedbee0904.
    Post # 21
    7103 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    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
    465 posts
    Helper bee

    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
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • 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
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    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
    1201 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We had a quartet and it was lovely, and I’ll echo other PPs: For free, why not?

    Post # 26
    1540 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

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    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. 

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