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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A. Jewish ceremonies have singing by the Rabbi or Cantor. It is unusual for chamber music to be played until the ceremony is concluded.
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.
A. There isn't any difference. You will still choose prelude, ceremony and recessional music.
A. Yes. Our musicians will need to rehearse with them before the Prelude begins.
A. We are happy to perform outdoors but require shade and, of course, no precipitation to avoid damaging our instruments.
A. You can contract the musicians to play during your cocktail hour. Light classical and popular music is appropriate.
A. No. All details can be arranged via telephone or email.
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.