How much does music for a wedding cost?
This is the most common question, so I’ll start here. How much you spend depends on not only the size but also the quality of the groups you hire. What I recommend to all of my prospective clients is to look not only at their total budget, but also to prioritize the different aspects of the wedding and decide what is most important and spend the money there, while minimizing the budget somewhere else. For example, if you want really great music, then you might choose smaller centerpieces for the tables or forego custom linens. By the same token, if the food is most important to you, then spend your money there and opt for a smaller musical ensemble or solo player for the music for your ceremony.
If you hire FritzPro Music, inc., you can expect to pay between $600 and $1000 for a group to play for your ceremony and cocktail reception if both events are at the same venue. In order to decide if that is a reasonable amount for you, look at what you are expecting. If you want to work with a professional company that specializes in wedding music, is available for consultations at various stages along the way, and who will guarantee the quality of the group, both musically and ethically, then that price would be considered a bargain. If those things aren’t so important to you and you just want to have some music going as you go down the aisle, then you might decide that another company would suit you just as well. In the end, it’s a balancing act between your priorities and your budget.
How far in advance should I book my musicians?
This is another question that doesn’t really have a clear answer, but if you want something very specific or custom, earlier is always better. I recommend that as soon as you set your wedding date, you contract all the big stuff right away (hall, caterer, musicians, photographer, florist, etc.) and then start working on the details. I come across so many brides and grooms who work on one thing at time and don’t seem to get to the music until almost everything else is done. Like many of the other high quality vendors, we often book a year or more in advance for weddings. That’s not to say that if you have a last-minute request you should assume that we’re booked and not call. We do often have a date here and there open and are always happy to accomodate last-minute weddings if we can! We are also happy to do last-minute custom packages if we can, so don’t think that the little “extras” are off limits if you’re working on a short deadline.
Do you offer any extra services during wedding ceremonies?
Yes. We offer the use of a wireless lapel mic for your officiant during outdoor weddings at no additional charge. We also always use a small sound system for outdoor ceremonies so that the music is rich and beautiful, just as it would be if we were playing in a concert hall or church.
If our ceremony is in an outdoor location where no power is available, will we still be able to have the sound system?
Yes you can. Our sound system also runs without external power and is very small so is perfect for those many beautiful beach locations where there is no power handy. We do not have wireless microphones that run on batteries, but we will be happy to place a microphone on a stand discreetly near you so that every word will be crystal clear!
Will you play non-traditional music for the ceremony?
Absolutely. We encourage you to choose music that is meaningful to you, rather than just have what you think you should have. We have a number of very versatile groups who can seamlessly blend together classical, pop, and/or jazz selections to create a wedding “soundtrack” that is uniquely you and utterly personal.