Wedding String Quartet Prices – Shorter Bookings

By vaughan • 1st March 2012 • Posted in: Wedding String Quartet Useful Info

This week, we received a telephone enquiry from a potential client who wanted to hire a string quartet for a wedding. When we spoke further, it emerged that she really only wanted 4 pieces of music playing for the event itself and after this, the quartet would have no further role in the day. In the vast majority of cases, we are booked to continue playing after the ceremony, during photographs or a drinks reception, so it was rather unusual to have an enquiry for what would amount to about 20 minutes of playing time.

When I spoke to the bride, she seemed genuinely surprised that we would have to charge her for a minimum of a 2 hour booking, in order to make it viable for all four players to relinquish their other paid work for the day and to travel in the region of 2 and a half hours by car (there and back). As with any other professional wedding supplier, we can rarely fit in a 20 minute booking with other work in the same geographical area. We are booked to play at weddings and functions throughout South East England, the Midlands and the Greater London area, so the chances of being able to nip straight out of one wedding and drive round the corner to another one are very slim.

As all the players within the string quartet and duo are full time musicians (in other words, we don’t have other jobs outside of music), we will usually be booked for either concerts, recordings, shows or other engagements. Even taking 20 minutes to play for a wedding in the middle of the day would rule out the possibility of earning a full day’s pay elsewhere, so we stipulate a minimum of a two hour booking.

There are occasions when we are already booked on a certain date and it is feasible to take on another booking, for example a wedding ceremony in the afternoon and a wedding breakfast or party elsewhere, so please do ask if the date doesn’t appear to be free. Otherwise, for anyone thinking of hiring a string quartet purely for the wedding ceremony itself, it may be worth thinking through the plan of the day and finding other times when live music could enhance proceedings.

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Manor House Music is a wedding string quartet and duo consisting of some of the UK’s finest musicians. Founded in 2005, and based on the borders of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, we’ve now performed for over 800 weddings, corporate events and private functions. We combine a high quality of musical performance with a large repertoire of dynamic arrangements and a desire to work closely with clients to ensure that every detail is just right for your event.

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