(Closed) Did you hire a musician to play at your ceremony? Help please!

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Personally, I wouldn’t. If you have access to the music system at the venue, I would just “diy” my ceremony music. But I’m a tightwad. Lol

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@jayelcee85: I agree! I think for $150 you may be able to find someone to play the paino … even a student may be willing to do it cheaper than that!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@missmichigan: I have an acoustic guitar player playing for the ceremony and cocktail hour….but it is actually costing us more than if I just had my DJ do it….but I think it is way cooler!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I handed my venue a CD with the music i wanted. I bought the instrumental versions off Itunes.

Maybe you could find a local guitarist or something cool?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I wouldn’t.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my ceremony musicians are $75 (2 members of our 6 piece band for the reception). $150 is really high – can you negotiate it down?

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

google! “wedding pianist your location” would probably be a good start.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@missmichigan: If you have any local colleges you could see if there is a pianist who would be willing to do it for less – college kids need money and there may be one studying music that would be good!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I paid $200 for a soloist/pianist. I hated spending the money on it at the time, but now I am glad that I did. She was wonderful and everyone complimented how great my ceremony music was.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m paying $750 for a string quartet who will play during the ceremony and cocktail hour (c3 hours in total). Maybe your DJ is counting on the ceremony time as down time to eat something, get his stuff ready, make sure everything is in order and playing at your ceremony would require him to get there earlier? If so I can understand him wanting to get paid a bit more.

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