So let’s face it, this is probably the first tab you clicked on right?? Because I know this is often the main concern for brides and grooms, I list our prices upfront. Below that I am going to written some information that will hopefully help you make your decision.
1 hour $450
2 hours $780 (second hour
at discounted rate of $330)
1 hour $550
2 hours $990 (second hour
at discounted rate of $440)
We also offer a military discount of $50 on either the string quartet or string trio to currently active military personnel.
May be a travel fee depending on location.
Prices for string quartets range in San Diego from $200 all the way up to $700 and up. I want to remain both competitive and fair our pricing. You are getting a very high calibre of musician with Eliana Strings and you get what you pay for! But we do not add on additional costs. Make sure you aren’t being taken advantage of! You want your wedding to be beautiful and memorable but that doesn’t mean you should be overcharged for a service!
You will need to asses the quality and caliber of musicians you are hiring. At Eliana Strings, ALL of our musicians are college educated in music and in fact most of our players also teach themselves. If you ask most groups, they will tell you they have been around for however many years, but the chances are they have not been playing in that exact format for that period of time. We have a number of musicians here at Eliana Strings who play for us who have been working in the wedding industry for a minimum of 5 years. This is to ensure we can take a booking for you in advance and have players available.
Experience is another thing to ask about. I started playing at weddings when I was 15 years old and I can tell you I have learned a LOT since then. Understanding what a bride and groom needs is huge, but also a string group is required to make snap decisions in the moment. When to end a song smoothly during a processional, being flexible if there is a change of plan (ie: bride being late, or an unexpected last minute change to the processional etc) is an essential skill.
A good question to ask your wedding quartet (or trio) is do they have Liability insurance. Some venues require it and will not allow outside vendors on the premises without it. You want to make sure of this asap as you don’t want to get to a week before the event and realize it’s too late! Eliana Strings does have liability insurance. This is also a sign of how committed the group is to the bridal industry. Insurance isn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination (as I’m sure you know!!) and not often asked about. So many groups will try to cut the corners and hope for the best. If they are doing this with insurance, you can bet they are doing it elsewhere.
Many wedding group musicians hold many different jobs. That is the life of a musician! But you want to make sure that your wedding is a priority. As the owner of Eliana Strings, this is my job. I have poured my heart and soul into this business. Although I do also teach cello privately, I am available to my brides constantly. If you contact me via email you will be answered within 24 hour if not sooner.