Monthly Archives: November 2007

All You Need is Love

I often write special string duo, trio and quartet arrangements of popular songs for weddings. They’re used for processionals and recessionals as well as during the wedding ceremony itself (unity candle lighting, between readings, etc.). The most recent was “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.... Full Story

A Recent Country Club Wedding

There’s always some trepidation when we’re going to play at an untried location. I recently played for my first wedding at Stow Acres Country Club. This was a new venue for our violin/cello duo. I was a little unsure about where we would set up our chairs and music stands, the acoustics, and whether the event coordinator was any good at her job.... Full Story

A Perfect Wedding from Start to Finish

Last weekend’s wedding was such a pleasure, and fun too! The bride became engaged just four months before the wedding date. Talk about having a lot on one’s plate!!... Full Story

The Singer Who Couldn’t Really Sing

We recently played for a wedding where a friend of the bride had offered to sing a song during the ceremony. The bride was honored and delighted and thought it would be a nice addition to her wedding even though she had never heard her friend sing before.... Full Story

Singers and Catholic Wedding Ceremonies

I recently played for a wedding in a Catholic church. The bride had asked a friend to sing and assured me that she sang professionally and knew all of the music. In preparation for the wedding I exchanged several e-mails with the singer, going over the songs, how many verses, etc.... Full Story

Sometimes It’s Cold in September and October

I played for two weddings last weekend at the Wequassett Inn. It’s a beautiful place for a wedding, right on the water in Chatham. But while the sun was shining and the venue picture-perfect, it was also WINDY and COLD.... Full Story

Don’t Let Choosing Wedding Ceremony Music Be a Last Minute Item

I was booked to play a wedding ceremony last Sunday. It was a late booking – just one month before the wedding date – and the bride was not exactly on top of things. The music was way down on her “to do” list. I prodded her several times by phone and e-mail but she just didn’t get the message and got back to me only three days before the wedding with a list of pieces she wanted us to play.... Full Story

Why You Need a Coordinator For Your Wedding Ceremony

I recently played for a wedding in a lovely church in a beautiful location with perfect weather. What more could a bride ask for? Well, someone to coordinate entrances of moms, maids and bride would have made a big difference.... Full Story

Always Have a “Plan B” for Weather

Every bride expects blue skies and sunshine on her special day, but the weather in New England is notoriously unpredictable. Take last Saturday. We were prepared to play outside in the beautiful garden of the Harding Allen Estate even though the weather was less than perfect. It had rained earlier and started misting when we arrived with our instruments.... Full Story