FAQs for Weddings
Gladly. The fee for travelling depends on the distance and the amount of time which must be allowed to ensure timely arrival at your venue. (Top of page)
It depends on the number of musicians, upon which particular instruments you choose, length of engagement and location. Our clients tell us our fees are very reasonable and competitive. Fees. (Top of page)
Divertimento musicians can play for the wedding ceremony, cocktail reception / receiving line, through dinner, and / or for background music after dinner if you don't plan on having dancing. (We can refer you to other companies if you are seeking a live band for dancing or a DJ.)
The short answer: Probably.
We have been privileged to contribute to the services in many, many houses of worship, from Anglican to Zoroastrian. We are very careful to respect all requirements and guidelines.
Our experience can help guide you, and our bookings lead us to constantly expand our knowledge of practices and musical selection. Nonetheless, it is wise to confirm that your house of worship permits outside musicians. (Lists of your proposed music selection can be provided to the clergy or musical director for approval, if required.) (Top of page)
Musicians dress to enhance your event, from elegant formal evening wear to dressy casual, or theme wear by special arrangement.
Usually, gentlemen in tuxedos or dark suit, ladies in dressy concert black. (Top of page)
Yes. Marianne Carefoot will meet with you in person or over the phone to help you choose the music, traditional or non-traditional (within the bounds of what is allowed in your place of worship or venue). (Top of page)
We have demo CDs available of many of the groups. These can be mailed to you at no cost. (Someday soon we may even have sound clips on our website....these classical musicians being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century...)
Seriously though, if you have an idea of the type of music you are looking for, we can suggest which ensembles may be most enjoyable. Sometimes, a particular song title request can be helpful in finding a direction, too. (Top of page)
Probably. (Another "It depends" question!) We already have an extensive and varied repertoire. But if you have a special piece which is not on our lists, most music can be successfully arranged for these ensembles.
Some styles of music suit some instruments better than others, and that may affect your final choice of instruments. We may ask that you provide a recording of your special piece. Because of the time involved in writing some arrangements, there may be a nominal fee for the arrangement. (Top of page)
1 - 2 hours, depending on the kind of engagement, date, and location. (Top of page)
Yes. For the musicians, there is always sunscreen and bugspray, but because the fine professional instruments are sensitive and valuable, they must be protected from direct sunshine and any precipitation. Temperature and wind direction are considerations, and relatively level ground is preferable. (Top of page)
We book as far as 18-24 months ahead (..or as soon as for tomorrow, if we are available!). Our advice is that as soon as you are sure of what you want, you should book so you know you have it. (Top of page)
When you are ready to confirm the booking, we will email, fax or mail you a contract, to ensure all agreed upon details of booking are clear and correct. We usually ask for a deposit of approximately 40%, and the balance is usually due on the day of engagement. (Top of page)
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