(Closed) What’s the ideal ceremony musician instrumentation?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
1749 posts
Bumble bee

@kay01: Set of 2 Harpist and pianist… Set of 3 harpist, pianist and violinist

Post # 4
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

violinist and cellist. we are having this combo and paying $325 for about an hour.

Post # 5
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

P.S. Get a simple contract drawn up. Students can be forgetful 😛

Post # 9
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 # 13
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are having a pianist and a flautist/vocalist. They are playing about 15 minutes before our ceremony, and during our ceremony for $300.

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