Wedding Music – The Planning Process
Welcome, brides and grooms, wedding planners, and anyone else who is stepping in to help ensure that your upcoming wedding lives up to the expectations of a once-in-a-lifetime event! We have many different ensemble options for you to consider and our expert musicians are here to help you every step of the way!
Wedding Music – Quality is our Focus
We understand that planning a wedding can be a daunting task. Our goal is to communicate one-on-one with you to determine what it is you’re looking for and to provide you, your family and friends with a once-in-a-lifetime live musical performance.
We will work to customize the size of the ensemble, the instrumentation, and the repertoire to accommodate what you envision, the best we know how.
Our musicians are concert-quality performers and Classical Charleston even goes beyond the realm of classical music, by offering jazz, pop rock and contemporary music. We offer a string quartet, an electric string quartet, an amplified and acoustic string trio and, of course, a violin and cello string duo, as well as many other soloist possibilities and specialty ensembles.
Your Wedding Timeline
We typically play a 30-minute prelude to the wedding ceremony, so with a ceremony scheduled to begin at 5pm, we would begin at 4:30. Prelude music is very important to the atmosphere as guests begin to trickle in.
We’ll work out with you in advance the music you want to accompany certain individuals or groups in the processional. For example, your plan may be for the Groom and Officiant to walk to the front, followed by 2 Mothers, 4 Bridesmaids, 1 Ring Bearer, 2 Flowergirls and the Bride.
From this information, we can advise you on how many selections need to be made and which music may be most appropriate at each stage. The recessional music will be carefully selected for a fitting exit of the wedding party and conclusion to the ceremony.
The Cocktail Hour is the best time for one of our ensembles to show off a wide repertoire, and it is always a cost-effective option as well: this hour adds padding to the contracted timeframe just in case ceremony timing is just a little bit off on the big day. The wedding party will be taking pictures during this time, so take advantage of the fact that our musicians are already onsite. We aim to bring you a performance that is noticed and that does not simply blend in to the background. That being said, we’ll work with you to find the perfect fit so that guests can listen and talk!
Dinner is an obvious choice for having strings, especially considering that we can play anything from Elvis and Sinatra, to Mozart and even some Coldplay or Beatles if that’s your thing.