I'm going to just stick my head in here, to explain that educating a violinist took over 18 years for this not-rich family of five, over a quarter of a million in nearly two decades of conservatoire fees, private lessons, summer music camps, audition tutoring, competition entry charges, travel costs, not to mention an upgrade to the violin itself--professional (not student standard) another 22,000 pounds plus the bow of 11,000.
Then there was the 3 years at university and another two years at a major 'royal' conservatoire in London, at about 5000 total costs per year for undergrad, and 24,000 for the grad degree.
He now rents a single room in a London suburb for 800 pounds a month, gigs with major orchestras, solos at concerts, gives lessons and is trying to up his game with private coaching for future auditions.
Now PLEASE multiply our typical story times four.
The contributors/brides/planners might want to think about what it cost to produce wedding musicians of professional/classical quality before they refuse 125 pounds per musician to play for a ceremony. It takes most of the musicians' day, their laundry bill, their transport PLUS rehearsal time to produce that magic moment, not to mention the total of over one million pounds in training for all four from age 4-6 up to 25.
Just to point out you are arguing with a thread which is 7 years old.... I imagine the prices quoted since then have gone up?
Actually, no the prices haven't gone up by much.