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Prices on String Quartet?
So, I asked an old friend of mine to play his violin at my wedding. Now he says that he can get a quartet but probably would need payment. He asked me how much I would want to pay. Now I don't want to underquote him or overpay him. How much should I say? What is the cheapest I can go? Our budget is very small.

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Rondo String Quartet

Rondo String Quartet
Jun 11, 2009 at 8:56 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Every area of the country is different on pricing. You may want to look in your area on weddingwire and other wedding sites to get a good feel for what people are charging for string quartets. We are from the Detroit area and charge $480 for the first hour, and $100 for each additional half-hour. If you are not paying your friend, that would bring it down to $360. I think we are on the low side of average for a professional string quartet in this area. Since it doesn't sound like this was your original plan, you could probably offer whatever you want. If they say no, then you're back to having your friend play. Lastly, if you do hire the quartet, you may want to hear them play first. If they don't often play as a quartet, they may not sound rehearsed. Also, make sure that they can get the music that you want (if you have anything specific you would like). Good luck!

Hudson Heights Duo

Hudson Heights Duo
Jun 11, 2009 at 9:52 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hello Cloe, and best wishes to both of you. How nice of your friend to offer his music as a gift for your wedding. As was already stated, prices really vary. New York is definitely an expensive area and the harp is expensive, too. However, one advantage of harp is that it does not need accompaniment. It's unusual, I think, for a violin to play alone.

As a harp and flute duo, we get $625.00 for the first hour and $125.00 for each additional half-hour. I believe that the usual rate for individual musicians in our area is between $200 and $300 for the ceremony.

Perhaps the best thing is to give your friend a truthful answer about your budget. If you can't afford a quartet, perhaps a trio or a duo would work. You might also frankly tell him that you have no idea what to offer and ask him about the going rates in your area.

Whatever you decide, good live music will greatly enhance your wedding ceremony.

Best wishes,

Margaret and Bill Sneddon
New York, NY


Savvy Expressions Wedding & Event Coordination
Jun 11, 2009 at 3:31 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hello Cloe,
I'm in Central IL, and around here the quartets run about $100 per musician.

Hope this helps!
Jun 12, 2009 at 4:29 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you're on a tight budget, just come out and tell him what you can afford, and if that's not good enough , then check out DJ. SERVICE.They are a lot of fun also ! CINDY
Jun 14, 2009 at 11:53 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Here in Orlando we offer a string qaurtet for $600 for 1 hour and $200 for every hour after that. I wouldn't think you would need them for more than an hour if they are performing the ceremony only.

Good luck!

Jun 16, 2009 at 7:23 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I think it depends on where you are located and how long you want them to play. I hired a string quartet for my own wedding (in LA County, CA) for the ceremony and cocktail hour (approx. 1.5 hours) and it cost me $495.

If it's a friend that is doing it for you, I'm sure he won't charge you too much. It all depends for how long you want them to play, but if there are 4 musicians, I'd say at least $100 per musician.

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