- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
My dad is a plumber so this kind of makes me laugh. Yes musicians cost a lot but it is within reason considering they are playing that long. My mom is a trained opera signer and would charge a pretty penny as well.
I haven’t played music in a while but I remember how tiring it is!
Thanks for posting! Someone just mentioned this quote to me. I’m a singer in a cover band. I have the easiest job of the group because I only have to get there an hour early to set up my mic although I always stay and help the rest of them break down. They’re usually there about 2 hours early to set up sound and drums and if you’ve never watched anyone do that, it’s a job in it’s self. Then we spend a good 4 or so hours singing or playing our booties off with all we’ve got to make the guests get up off their feet and dance. We take requests, make announcements, etc. and by the end of the night, we’re exhausted. Then it’s another hour or so to break down & load out. It’s not an easy job. And while I sing because I love it, this cover band has really turned into a job. To get less than $150 per person a night is rough. With set up & breakdown that’s less than $20 an hour. Then you have to consider gas & driving and weddings are often really far. We also have to have something nice to wear at the event and if there’s a color theme, there’s a good chance we had to buy something new! Playing for at least $200 per person generally inspires us to want to put on a better show too!
Not to mention we have spent years studying our craft to be good at what we do. I spent many hours and thousands of dollars on voice lessons.
I’m actually hiring a friends band for my wedding. They offered to do it pretty cheap for me just because they want to be there, but I have to to pay them at least the standard for bar gigs and I’m letting them put out a tip jar. And of course feeding them and letting them drink all they want 😉 I thought about going with a DJ because of our budget, but knowing the way the crowd reacts when we play, I want my guests to have that sort of experience. There’s nothing like live music!
This is dead on. I’m not a musician, but an illustrator, and people seriously underestimate the value of what artists do.
I wish WeddingBee had a like button for this! People seem to think that because you do something ‘artsy’ or ‘fun’ as a job, that you also do it for free. So frustrating!
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