Live music can be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding.
If you have your heart set on a string quartet, the price then rises astronomically.
Generally, the more musicians you hire, the more expensive it is. So how much does it cost to hire a string quartet for a wedding?
String quartets usually charge by the hour and tend to have a two hour minimum. The price varies by region, but most string quartets usually cost between $500 to $800 per hour.
Fortunately, there are a few secrets to help get the music you want for the price you can afford.
1. Ask for a special deal
If you don’t have the budget for the big band you’re dreaming of, explain your situation and simply ask the band or their agent for a discount. They may be open to negotiating their price, particularly if the gig is during the off season. Many times, groups will offer a discount if you hire them for both the ceremony and the cocktail hour/reception. If you still can’t afford a quartet for both the ceremony and the cocktail hour/reception, hire them for the ceremony only. This will save you at least a few hundred dollars and will usually cost less than $800, depending on your location.
2. Get a Trio
If a string quartet quartet or any other wedding band is just too expensive, hire one less musician. Get a string trio or a jazz trio instead of a quartet. They will sound just as beautiful as a quartet but will be far cheaper. If a string trio is still out of your budget, duos can also do the job just fine.
3. Hire students
Another alternative to hiring professional musicians is to hire college students from a local conservatory instead. They’re dramatically cheaper because, although they are often just as talented as professional musicians, they tend to have less experience performing at weddings than the professionals. If you don’t mind their lack of experience, hiring students may be a great option for you.
These are just a few tips for saving money on string quartets. For more info about saving money on live music, check out our article on How to Save Money on Wedding Music.