How far in advance should we book the quartet?
We encourage you to book as early as is feasible, since the majority of spring and summer weekend dates book up rather quickly. As a general rule, we recommend booking at least 6 months prior to the date of your event. We reserve dates on a “first come, first served” basis.
When should we select the music?
Generally, you should speak to us at least once before you meet with your officiant so that we may help you formulate questions to ask them about music. Often there are “dos” and “don’ts” regarding certain ceremonies. Following the meeting, we can work with you to solidify the program. Completed Wedding Ceremony Music Planners must be submitted 2 weeks prior to the date of your ceremony. We also recommend sharing a proof of your program (if you plan to design one) prior to printing so that we can ensure that pieces and composers are spelled correctly.
If I hire the quartet, do I need to use the organist?
No. You do not have to use an organist if you hire the string quartet. However, if you are already paying for the organist with your church fee, there are a number of musical arrangements that we can play together during prelude, processional, Mass, and recessional, creating a beautiful large orchestral sound. Additionally, the organist often is very helpful with cueing/coordinating the strings with the proceedings.
There is a special piece of music I would like performed. Can you do that?
Yes. Even if it is not in our repertoire, or available for string quartet, we will be happy to write an original arrangement for string quartet (an additional fee does apply).
Will you perform with guest instrumentalists or singers?
Yes. We will be happy to communicate directly with them ahead of time to work out details.
Do you need to rehearse with the guest instrumentalist or singer?
Yes. We can arrange to meet earlier at the venue before the ceremony. The amount of time necessary depends on the music.
Do we need to meet in person?
It is not actually necessary to meet in person. All details can be addressed over the phone or by email. However, if you prefer an in-person meeting, we are happy to arrange one.
Will you attend the wedding rehearsal? I’m worried that my wedding party will not be timed to the music.
It is not necessary for us to attend wedding rehearsals. We are adept in timing the music to the right length. We do recommend that you share a recording of the appropriate processional music with your wedding party so that they familiarize themselves with the piece to which they will be walking.