Post # 1
What do you think is the ideal 2 grouping instrumentation for ceremony music? 3 grouping?
I am getting married on my college campus and I thought I’d have students play for the wedding (they’re good, maybe saves me some money). Apparently the music department doesn’t really do listings of jobs so I emailed my old sorority yesterday to see if there was interest and got back several responses so I’m trying to sort through them. I heard from a piano & violinist, a cellist, and one requesting more information (connections to multiple players) and I expect I’ll hear from more because my email is getting passed around on campus. I haven’t picked my music yet but I’m working on it – ability to play it and suitability will factor in, but I’m just looking for general impressions/preferences.
What did you pay for your musicians? I’m also wondering what’s appropriate to offer to pay them. I got a rate of $375/hr for 2 professionals and $525/hr for 3 professionals, so I know it’d be less than that, but how much, I don’t know.
Post # 3
@kay01: Set of 2 Harpist and pianist… Set of 3 harpist, pianist and violinist
Post # 4
violinist and cellist. we are having this combo and paying $325 for about an hour.
Post # 5
I just had an acoustic guitarist and it was beautiful. I really wanted just something simple music wise. He played during our ceremony (45 minutes + 15 minutes prior) and cocktail “hour” (which was really an hour and a half) for $500. He was really fantastic.
Post # 6
We’re paying $375 for a string duo at our ceremony. They start playing 15 mins before the ceremony and then throughout. I guess it’s about an hour.
Post # 7
I think from the responses you listed, piano, cello, and violin would be nice. Or violin and cello. Instrumentation really depends on your personal preferences, but this is coming from someone who has written arrangements of all types of instruments.
As far as money, I would offer about $100/pp.
(P.S. I studied music in undergrad and also have hired student musicians for events. If you need to, PM me).
Post # 8
P.S. Get a simple contract drawn up. Students can be forgetful 😛
Post # 9
We had a string quartet for our ceremony and paid $525 because I had a discount certificate from a bridal show. Loved it!
Post # 10
A violin and a celloist would be great, but make sure that these two have performed together before. Do not imply that they can get together and make it happen. You want to find combos. A great idea would to email a violin or orchestra professor and ask for student groups. Many music students are required to perform in chamber (small) groups or form trios and quartets, so that would be your best bet.
Also, as a former student musician, PLEASE GET US OUR SONG LIST ASAP. Seriously. I had brides ask me at last minute to learn a very complicated piece within two days of the ceremony. It’s better to have a list in mind or to ask for sample suggestions from the students. If you want them to perform something modern, ask about their composition skills and if they could arrange a custom piece (and then pay them more to do so).
As for price, I charged $100 per student for a ceremony and an hour cocktail. Most brides then tipped an additional $20-30 for the day of if we were up to their satisfaction.
Post # 11
@ohmybears48: I did try to contact the professors first, but unfortunately got no response.
Thanks for the warning regarding small groups playing together. I actually played quite a bit in high school (lead clarinet, also played viola) so I am personally familiar with that issue, as well as sufficient time to learn a new piece! The pianist & the cellist are in the same sorority, so they should know each other although they may not have played together.
$100/pp is about what I was thinking so I’m glad to learn that’s fairly reasonable.
Post # 13
We are having a pianist and a flautist/vocalist. They are playing about 15 minutes before our ceremony, and during our ceremony for $300.