Post # 1
Our wedding is in… oh…. 17 days… and our idea initially to have our band also perform at our ceremony fell through about a week ago. We had set this up a few months ago and thought all was well but in the end, he decided he (the band member) just wasn’t comfortable with the idea. Nice.
MOVING ALONG… we have no music for our ceremony. FI is worried about the budget and we were hoping to spend $200 max on music…. but the going rate seems to be about $350! To us, that seems ridiculous for just an hour of music. Does anyone have any quick solutions for music? Our ORIGINAL idea before asking the band was to go the iPod route but neither of us were 100% happy with it. Has anyone done that? Any suggestions or ideas?
I’m bummed that this is all just coming up now… we have way too much going on! Eek!
Post # 3
Two ideas I have both seen used. One is find a local high school that has a jazz band, or a smaller musical group of students who excel in music. Violin, guitar, etc. The second option is – is there a local university who has a music program? If you call their Music department, it is very possible that a college student who plays the harp, violin, etc would LOVE to make a quick $100 or $200 and would gladly come play at your wedding.
Post # 4
So did you find musicians who were available, but only at $350? Is the $350 for a group, or just a single musician? Maybe you could write back to those who were available, and say that you have a strict budget of $200, and could any of them work within your budget (maybe by just having a cello, instead of a cello/violin duo, for example). The late date should work in your favor budget-wise, as it is more unlikely that they will book someone last minute at their full rate, so they might be more willing to give you a slight discount. I would definitely Google ceremony musicians in your area that often work alone– things like classical guitarists, flautists, harpists…
All this is said with the assumption that you didn’t get the ceremony portion written into your contract with your band. If it was written into your contract, and you still want them, hold them to their contracted word! (But you probably would’ve already done that, right?)