Questions and Answers

Your wedding will be one of the most memorable events of your life and you want it to be perfect! Naturally, you have questions. Here are answers to the questions brides most often ask us.

Q. How large a group do I need?

A. The size of the group depends on your personal preferences as well as financial considerations. A trio or quartet is appropriate for most weddings. If you are having a small wedding (under 50), a duo may be perfect. String Ensembles with violin and cello or flute and cello are both nice combinations.

Q. Is music usually played before the ceremony?

A. You should plan on 15 to 30 minutes of music before the ceremony begins. The prelude music generally starts when the first guests are seated.

Q. How many musical pieces should be played for the processional?

A. You can keep it simple with one piece for the entire wedding party or you may want a second piece for the bride. Sometimes different music is used for each group within the wedding party (parents, bridesmaids, matron of honor and, of course, the bride). Same-sex couples can enter one at a time or together.

Q. Can I have music during the ceremony?

A. Bridal couples often have special songs they would like included in the ceremony. You can arrange to have these played by discussing it with your clergy.

Q. What about music for the recessional?

A. Music for the recessional is generally lively and upbeat. A single selection is played for the entire wedding party. If you wish, different music can be played while the guests depart.

Q. What kind of music should I have before the ceremony?

A. Music before the ceremony gets your guests ready for the Main Event! It can be lively with quick tempos to create an upbeat atmosphere. For a quieter mood you can choose calmer peaceful tempos or even a mix of the two styles.

Q. How do I know when to walk down the aisle?

A. The processional music played for the wedding party should end before the bride's entrance. After a short pause, the same music can resume or a special selection just for you should begin. (It's the same for same-sex weddings.) Your wedding coordinator or other designated person will signal the musicians and cue the bride.

Q. I am having a Jewish ceremony. What do I need to know?

A. Jewish ceremonies have singing by the Rabbi or Cantor. It is unusual for chamber music to be played until the ceremony is concluded.

Q. I am having a Roman Catholic ceremony. Can I include any music?

A. Roman Catholic ceremonies are often part of the Mass. You can have a vocalist and organist for the different parts of the Mass or the chamber group can play with or without an organist. This should all be carefully coordinated with your priest before the ceremony.

Q. I'm planning a commitment ceremony. How will this differ musically from a traditional wedding ceremony?

A. There isn't any difference. You will still choose prelude, ceremony and recessional music.

Q. Can my guest singer/instrumentalist perform with the musicians?

A. Yes. Our musicians will need to rehearse with them before the Prelude begins.

Q. Will the musicians play outdoors?

A. We are happy to perform outdoors but require shade and, of course, no precipitation to avoid damaging our instruments.

Q. I'd like music during the cocktail hour. Will the musicians stay?

A. You can contract the musicians to play during your cocktail hour. Light classical and popular music is appropriate.

Q. Will we need to meet to discuss music selection and other details?

A. No. All details can be arranged via telephone or email.

Q. My fiancé and I have a special song. Can you play it?

A. We are always happy to play special songs. If we can find the music, we’ll arrange it for the ensemble you’ve chosen.