Managing a wedding budget can be a challenge. You want to create the most memorable, special day (after all, you’ll only do this once!), but you also want to make sure your money is being well-spent. Live music can feel like an unnecessary expense when you could just use a playlist on Spotify or YouTube. But it can transform the atmosphere in the room in a way that music through speakers simply cannot replicate. So in this blog post I’m going to talk you through what you are paying for when you hire a wedding pianist and how much you can expect a wedding pianist to cost.
Perfecting a skill
At HMH Piano Collective, all our wedding pianists are highly trained musicians and have been honing their craft since they were very young children. It’s a skill that has been practised and perfected over many, many years with a huge amount of time and money spent on piano lessons, higher education and instruments. When you consider how much a wedding pianist costs, this is just a very tiny percentage of the amount they have invested to gain the skills needed to provide you with the most beautiful piano music for your wedding day.
equipment is factored into wedding pianist cost
Then there’s the equipment needed on the day, which has to be factored into the cost of a wedding pianist. On your wedding day, our pianists usually have to provide their own digital piano and amplification, which costs around £2000. If we are providing our Grand Piano this increases to around £3500. As we only have one Grand Piano which has been handmade especially for us, if damaged a replacement would take several months to arrive and could result in us having to refund bookings in the meantime. Imagine you were hiring out one of your most prized possessions; even if it was to someone you trust, there is still the risk of damage that is outside of your control, and you would factor this into the hire cost.
timings of the day
Even if your wedding pianist is providing one hour of music, they need to allow an hour and a half, sometimes more, for arrival, set-up and sound check. Then time for packing away once finished, as well as the travel time to and from the venue. Wedding ceremonies often take place between 12 and 2pm, so it’s unlikely that your musician can commit to anything else that day. Even a one hour performance can take up the best part of the day, depending on the location of the wedding venue.
taking care of our couples
And of course it’s not just about turning up on the day and tinkling the ivories! When couples book with us, we spend time discussing music choices, sending over a sample recording of the ceremony entrance music, and ensuring that everything is in place for the day to run smoothly. Looking after our couples in this way takes time and as this is the most special day of your lives, it’s important to us that we give you our full care and attention.
our wedding pianist cost
At HMH Piano Collective our package prices range from £429 to £1,100. If you hire a wedding pianist for those important musical moments like your ceremony entrance, you don’t need to worry about the wrong track being played, or it not sounding quite as you wanted. There is only one chance to nail your walk down the aisle and by hiring a professional you can relax, knowing that your wedding music is in safe hands.
If you would like to find out more about hiring one of our professional wedding pianists, simply fill out this enquiry form. I can’t wait to hear from you!