Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t addressed here, please drop us an email or fill in the form on our Contact Us page!
How much does it cost to book Vintage Strings?
Please see our Pricing page for current pricing. If you have budgetary constraints, contact Priscilla to discuss pricing for a duet or soloist. See Contact Us page.
Does Vintage Strings accept credit cards?
Yes. We have a PayPal link on our About Us page or you can use the Venmo app.
Why would I book the quartet instead of the trio?
Our quartet has more music selections and a richer/fuller sound. Our Pop music repertoire is almost entirely for the quartet. The trio is limited to mostly classical selections.
How do I book Vintage Strings?
You can fill out your information on the Contact Us page and Priscilla will send you a contract. You can also call Priscilla to arrange to meet her somewhere or have her send you a contract. See Contact Us page. The booking is actually made by choosing the date and sending a 50% deposit. The balance is due a week prior to the event.
How far in advance do I need to book?
Because Vintage Strings doesn’t double-book, we recommend booking the group as soon as you decide on the date. Some clients are booking with us a year in advance. Most book 6 months in advance. Of course, if we have the date available and you contact us, you can book us a week in advance by paying the entire fee with the booking.
What does Vintage Strings require at the venue?
We require a straight backed armless chair for each musician and an area of at least 8 feet x 5 feet. We also require shade while performing. Some of our instruments are 100’s of years old and the sun is very damaging to them. Shade can be provided by a large umbrella or two or simply by finding a shady spot at the venue. We will not perform in direct sun or in the rain.
Will Vintage Strings attend our rehearsal?
With our years of experience, we don’t need to attend the rehearsal. This is for you and your bridal party to learn what is expected the day of the event.
Does Vintage Strings require any electricity or amplification?
No. String instruments project sound naturally.
If the ceremony and reception are at different locations will that affect the pricing?
We charge for our time starting with the first song through to the last song. If there is travel time in the middle, that is time we can’t book with other clients so is chargeable. If you have a delay of more than 2 hours between performances, it would make more sense to treat the second performance as a separate event (1st hour pricing again). If your event is on a boat, we charge for time from the first song played until we get back to the dock.
How long will Vintage Strings play?
Typically, we play for 1 to 3 hours. Most bookings are for ceremony and cocktail hour. That is a two hour event. If you want us to also play for the reception, we typically play through dinner and often leave once the dancing starts. We have played for as long as 5 hours but that is unusual. All that we ask is time for a short break about once an hour.
What music will Vintage Strings play?
We will play music of your choice or we will choose pieces of whatever type you wish. Our Quartet has the broadest selection from Classical clear up through current Pop tunes. As stated on our Pricing page, we can even arrange pieces that we don’t have yet. Some clients make all of the individual selections from our Music page while many simply tell us what they like and let us choose what to play. You can be as involved or not involved with this as you like.
How many pieces of music do I need to choose?
Typically, you choose the music for 1) Mothers being seated 2) Processional for the Bride's Maids 3) Processional for the Bride 4) Recessional “Now Man and Wife”. Often clients ask for music during the ceremony for things like candle lightings or sand ceremonies. Let us know if you want any music during the ceremony. Beyond that, you can also choose what we play for your guests. Typically, that would be 10 – 15 pieces. We have had clients who choose every song for the cocktail hour as well. That is about 20 – 30 pieces. If this seems overwhelming, just choose the processionals listed above and leave the “driving” to us.
What happens if my wedding overruns the planned time?
Weddings often overrun 10 to 15 minutes. This is not a problem and no additional charge is needed. However, beyond that we will charge half rate in 30 minute increments. See our Pricing page for details.
Will it be the musicians who are pictured on the website?
If all is right with the universe, yes. Of course, circumstances occur like illness or vacations that require us to substitute a musician. We have a large list of professional musicians who can fill in if needed.
What if one of the musicians gets ill?
We have a large list of professional musicians who can fill in if needed. As stated earlier, we normally only use the four shown on the website but circumstances occur that are out of our control.
What happens if I need to change the date of my event?
If we have the new date available, this should not be a problem. However, if we don’t have it available we regretfully can’t refund your deposit because we have possibly lost other bookings for that date.
Can I switch from Trio to Quartet?
Yes, that should not be a problem. However, switching from Quartet to Trio leaves one musician without income so some compensation will be required. We can discuss that if it is necessary.
Do you have any other recordings than what is on the website?
No. Everything we have is on the website. We are looking into making new recordings in the near future to replace what is on the website.