Inexpensive, Classy Substitutes for a String Quartet
Live wedding music can be expensive for couples on a budget.
However, we found secrets to help keep the music flowing, costs
low and without DJs.
"Generally, the more musicians and the more hours, the larger
the cost," Chandler Judkins, President of Las Vegas Wedding
Music, said. Las Vegas Wedding Music is the number one musician
contracting company in Las Vegas. "Many options are available to
keep costs low if you work with a flexible musician contractor."
1. Ask for deals
Many wedding music contractors have specials for those who can't
afford the big band of their dreams or even a small string
For example, Las Vegas Wedding Music offers a string quartet for
ceremony music in Las Vegas for around 0 if the quartet is
used for the ceremony only.
String quartets usually charge by the hour and have a two hour
minimum which could easily start at 0.
Sometimes wedding music contractors are also the musicians in
some of their own bands, so they have discounts to use the bands
that they themselves play in.
Chandler Judkins of Las Vegas Wedding Music plays the trumpet in
many of his wedding music groups, so a jazz quartet actually
costs less than a string quartet but sounds just as beautiful.
When in doubt, as the wedding music contractor. You never know
what they might offer.
2. Get a Trio
If a string quartet, jazz quartet or any other wedding band
seems just out of your reach budget wise, hire one less
musician. Get a string trio or a jazz trio instead of a string
quartet or jazz quartet. It is still better than hiring a DJ and
If a string trio or jazz trio is still out of your budget, duos
can also be a beautiful touch. Sometimes simple is better anyway.
"Make sure you check with your wedding planner about duos
though," Judkins said. "Sometimes they have contracts with
string quartets that disallow them to cut players."
This is one reason why Judkins encourages brides and grooms to
find a musician contractor to handle their music verses a
"Don't get me wrong," Judkins said. "Wedding planners are great.
But they have their degree in wedding planning, whereas, we
wedding musician contractors have our degree in music."
3. Maximize Your Time
If a couple's wedding reception plans consist of six hours of
cocktails, then five hours of dancing, this can pose a problem
if a couple doesn't have a deep wallet.
"When planning your wedding music, decide when the most people
will be there and paying attention to the atmosphere," Judkins
said. "You may only have a couple hours of live music, but it
will make those hours the most unforgettable part of your
wedding day ... to you and your guests."
To see examples of wedding bands and possible musician options,
go to http://www.lvweddingmusic.com.