Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I know some of the titles of typical wedding selections, and some of the tunes, but I’m not sure which is which, or the ones I really want. Can you help?
A: Sure. Go to SELECTIONS and you can preview several different pieces of music. Of course, there are many more good ones, but these are among the most typical heard right now.
Q: How many selections do I have to make?
A: Pick the ones you really like. I can pick the rest. There are as many as six pieces specified in some wedding programs:
Seating of the Mothers
Bridemaids (or “Wedding Party”) Processional
Bride’s Processional (“Entrance of the Bride”)
Interlude (vocal solo, or background for candle lighting, etc.)
Recessional (bride and groom exit)
Postlude (all exit)
Q: Do I need all of that? What about the music before the ceremony starts?
A: Many weddings don’t include all six. The “Prelude Music,” before the ceremony starts, is not usually listed in a program. I can pick those unless you have specific requests. Remember, you won’t get to hear them, unless it winds up on the video.
Q: When does the Prelude Music start?
A: Generally 20 or 25 minutes before the ceremony, or when guests start to arrive.
Q: If I just want a couple of pieces played, can I pay for less than an hour?
A: Not really. It winds up being an hour’s worth for the musicians anyway. For pricing info, please write to email@example.com.
Q: Can I make special requests for something not on the list, or even something that nobody else would ask for?
A: Sure. Just remember that these are classical instruments, so some things are simply unsuitable. If it’s for solo instrument, you’ll need to provide a recording so I can hear it. If it’s for more than one instrument, then an arrangement will have to be written out. Sometimes that’s possible, sometimes not, and it may cost extra. But it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Q: Do I need to make a deposit?
A: Yes. That’s the only way to make it official, and reserve the date. A check for $100 to $200, depending on the total amount, should be mailed. Then I issue a written acknowledgement including all the information we’ve discussed, which becomes our contract.
Q: How about the final payment?
A: The balance can either be mailed a week before the wedding, or hand delivered while we’re setting up, or while the Prelude music is being played. Make sure we know whom to look for. Balances should always be paid before the service, never afterwards.
Q: What’s the best way to ask other questions besides these?
A: Just write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.