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How much do you pay for a String Quartet during the Ceremony?

I really want to have a string quartet, but don't really know how much I should pay one.  I have friends who are willing to do it, which is more meaningful to me, but I still want to pay them.  Maybe not as much as strangers, but still for their services.  I would be asking them to be available for pre-ceremony music for about 15 minutes, then the processional, one hymn, and the recessional.  This would be a total of one hour of their time.  What do you think would be a reasonable payment?

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 5:34 am
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ashleyg
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I am thinking of hiring a flute/harp duo and they charge 450 per hour

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 5:39 am
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I am having violin/cello/flute trio and it is about $700 for the ceremony (an hour).

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 5:40 am
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we're having a String Trio for the ceremony hour and cocktail hour and it'll be $650

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 5:48 am
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ok, thanks!  this is good information.  i think they are offering to play as my gift, but i would also want to give them some money.  i will see what they say when i offer to pay them.  anyone else who paid different amounts, i would love to hear!  thanks!

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 6:06 am
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175 I put an ad on craigslist. They are music students and very very good too.

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 6:22 am
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Our string quartet is $450 and that includes 20 minutes of playing prior to ceremony.

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 6:27 am
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ohhh, craigslist is a good idea.  i didn't know how to get music students, since i heard that would be the cheapest option.  i'm trying to keep my budget for the quartet under $300, so we'll see

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 7:11 am
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I was told $700 per hour. That was too much for me.


We ended up hiring a violinist 150 per hour and 75 for an additional one.

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 7:15 am
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It would have been around $600 for ceremony. We opted to use a trio at $400 instead, and they sound WONDERFUL ( same people as the quartet -1 of course) 

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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  I'm paying 525.00 for a trio for the ceremony only, but for friends idk, maybe 50 each?

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm
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I believe i was quoted $550-$1200 (a few different companies) for a quartet. We ended up going with a duet and it was $350.

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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yeah, so they just told me they don't want my money, but i feel like i should still give some money, right?  i think $50 each for a quartet sounds reasonable.  if they are offering it as my gift, that is still an acceptable tip right?

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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I played for a friend's wedding, and it was my gift to her; she got me a giftcard, even though I said she didn't need to pay me! 

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm
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Do you think people would prefer a gift card or cash for this type of thing?

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 2:05 am

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