Hiring Wedding Musicians on a Budget (Part 1)

by Avid Thinker March 13, 2013

Being on a budget does not mean that you have to give up on having wedding musicians altogether. In fact, when you know how to make the most out of your musicians, you can get live music that is more affordable while being serenaded by a professional group on your special day.

1. First of all, you have to think on how many do you really need. Base this number on the size of your guest list. If you are only having a private ceremony with 40-50 guests, you don’t really have to hear the volume of a full string quartet. A duo or trio can suffice and it costs less.

2. The second factor to consider is the schedule. The same with wedding suppliers, musicians are also in demand during weekends especially during the summer. Thus, it is also advisable to book them ahead of your wedding date so that you avoid being charged more.

3. The third consideration is the length of time that your wedding musicians have to play. Here’s what hitched.co.uk have to say, “Musicians get lots of enquiries from couples asking for 6 or 7 hour bookings, whereas actually they don’t need constant music played throughout the day – just at certain periods. If you would like music as guests arrive, for the ceremony and drinks – but then you’ll be off having photographs for an hour before the wedding breakfast, find a group who are flexible about what they actually charge for. Although some groups charge from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave, there are lots of musicians who are happy to charge a nominal fee for ‘waiting time’ between periods of playing.”

With these above suggestions, you are sure to get lovely live music without breaking the bank. More on wedding musicians next post.




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