costs and packages


David possesses a brilliant virtuoso technique that he uses to create performances of lyric beauty and dramatic power.
— Julian Gray - renowned performer and pedagogue

Quotes and fees are always customized to fit the individual needs of each client. Once I have a sense of what you are looking for, the location, and a general time-frame, I can offer a specific rate for your event. I base my rates on the time commitment on the day-of as well as the time needed to properly prepare. 

Below I will detail three of the most common service bundles along with the typical fee range. I prefer to offer services as a package rather than á la carte. This helps keep costs down and increases the value of the booking for clients. 

For a consultation and personalized quote please don't hesitate to contact.  

NOTE - In an effort to keep things simple I offer all my rates as "flat" rates. I would never charge extra for anything unexpected after booking (i.e. travel expenses, booking fees, overtime, etc.). I also try to include many "add-ons" in my flat rates, mostly logistical items that help things go smoothly (i.e. wireless microphone, mic stand, sound/amplification, etc.).


sample package 1

ceremony

 

  • Pre-ceremony ambiance
  • Ceremony Music
  • Special song requests and guitar arrangements:
    • processional
    • bride's entrance
    • recessional
  • sound system/amplification
  • wireless mic
  • travel, expenses, etc.

 

 

typical price range: $375-$425

Warming up on Lake Winnipesaukee for a crisp April ceremony.

photo: Boto Photography


Playing in Huntington, VT on a crisp and windy October afternoon.

photo: MCMD Photography

sample package 2

ceremony and cocktail hour

 

  • Pre-ceremony ambiance
  • Ceremony Music
  • Special song requests and guitar arrangements:
    • processional
    • bride's entrance
    • recessional
  • sound system/amplification
  • wireless mic
  • travel, expenses, etc.
  • sound system for cocktail hour
  • cocktail hour

 

 

typical price range: $475-$525


sample package 3

ceremony, cocktail duo, and dinner

 

  • Pre-ceremony ambiance
  • Ceremony Music
  • Special song requests and guitar arrangements:
    • processional
    • bride's entrance
    • recessional
  • sound system/amplification
  • wireless mic
  • travel, expenses, etc.
  • sound system for cocktail hour
  • cocktail hour with duo (for added liveliness)
  • sound system for dinner
  • dinner: either solo or duo

 

 

typical price range: $850-$1200

Cocktail hour under the lights!

photo: MCMD Photography


Ensembles, Groups, Combos

The fees for duos, trios, ensembles, and bands varies based on the number of members in the group and the time commitment placed upon each member.  The following list will help to give you a sense of the total cost for a group.  Preparation and rehearsal are necessary to effectively bring your music to life and this can be time consuming for the musicians.  The fees below reflect the time necessary for the group to effectively prepare your music.  Keep in mind that the costs for ensembles can also be bundled with other services for increased value. Because the price range for various ensemble is so wide due to the countless possibilities, please contact with you ideas for instrumentation and what portion of the day you might like the ensemble to play!

Sample ensembles

  • classical chamber ensemble - flute, violin, cello, clarinet, voice, piano, harp, etc. 

  • jazz combos - duo/trio/quartet/quintet - sax, bass, piano, drums, trumpet, trombone, etc

  • acoustic singer - singer/song-writer style - classics, Bossa, Sinatra, etc.

 

 

typical price range: $750-$1450

Folky jazz with guitar, bass, vocals, and harmonica!


Please inquire and book early!  Every year countless requests are turned down on account of availability.  Also, the earlier you book, the more time you have to adjust and refine your package.  A deposit is required to hold the date but the invoice can be revised to reflect your needs until 2 weeks prior to the performance.


A note on wedding-music vendor fees and costs  

 

When I first went into music, I did so for the love of the art; I soon realized that business, marketing, and accounting were an essential part of the job. I've since learned a lot! I've researched, reflected, and revised my approach and feel confident that I've come to a fee structure that is fair and comfortable for both parties. If you have any questions regarding how I have arrived at a specific quote don't hesitate to ask!

There are many surveys and statistics readily available on-line regarding the typical costs of wedding vendors.  Some appear to be objective while the objectivity of many others is highly questionable.  Regardless, most of these claim the average wedding costs around $28,000; ceremony music alone (not including cocktail hour or reception) comes in around an average of $500-$600 with additional travel, meal, and accommodation expenses (reception bands are cited anywhere from $1200-$3500).  For perspective, note that wedding invitations also come in between $500-$600.  

As you shop for wedding music, remember that low prices do not always reflect a bargain and high prices do not always reflect quality. Listen carefully to recordings, examine qualifications, read resumés, and confirm your findings with an email or phone conversation to make sure your vendor is responsive, clear, and professional.  


  photo: MCMD Photography

photo: MCMD Photography