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Frequently Asked Questions

- Seating of the family - usually grandmothers and mothers
- Bridal party - officiant, groomsmen, bridesmaids, any flower girls/ring bearers
- Bride
- Optional interlude e.g. - unity candle, sand ceremony
- Recessional

Prelude time can vary a bit depending on how big the wedding is and how many people are being seated. Typically it's 20-30 minutes of music so if there is anything you like from our list let us know, otherwise we can fill in the time as needed with similar selections.

Having a coordinator or a designated person that can give the ensemble a clear cue/wave when the ceremony is about to start greatly helps transition from the prelude music to the first song during the ceremony as well as the other songs. During the music planning, our ensemble liaison will ask how many people will be walking down during the ceremony. From that, we can determine how to time the pieces effectively.
We have been performing for weddings over 12+ years so we rarely ever need to attend the rehearsal. We also perform full time in orchestras and area ensembles so scheduling can make it difficult.
We arrange songs for our ensemble when sheet music for strings cannot be bought or found anywhere. Therefore it has to be arranged for the ensemble. There would be a fee to arrange each song. We write out the music note by note for each instrument which can take several hours. The music would be created specifically for your event. For special arrangements please allow us at least two week's notice especially during our busy seasons.
Our ensemble liaison would be happy to get in contact with the singer directly to coordinate music as well as rehearsal. Any music we perform with a singer must have written parts for the string players to follow so the music fits together correctly. We have a separate list of songs we can perform with singers that we've arranged parts for. For any songs not on our list, an arrangement fee may need to be applied.
We do perform on instruments that have the ability to be plugged in to allow for a vast volume range. We've performed for up to 500 guests in large ballrooms and outdoor venues.
The size of the wedding can help determine the best ensemble. We usually recommend a trio if the wedding size will be 175+ people attending to help carry our sound. The sound will be more fuller and louder with a trio. If its a more intimate sized wedding the duo would be more than sufficient and still provide a full sound.
During the hotter months, the musicians wear all black. During the rest of the year, men can wear a black or dark suit, women wear all black. If its a beach ceremony or very casual we can also able to do white shirt and khaki combination. We are pretty flexible!
We set ourselves close enough to the guests to create a nice music back drop without being too intrusive. If there is a guitarist in the ensemble, they can provide a battery powered amp to be amplified with the string(s).
We do! We are based in Charleston but have performed weddings in Myrtle Beach, Savannah, as well as Columbia and Sumter areas over the years.