Should ceremony musicians attend the rehearsal?
While some couples may have the preference of hiring musicians for the rehearsal day, there is no need of having a ceremony musician attending the wedding rehearsal.
Can we choose a song that is not on your list?
It depends! Schedule permitting I would be happy to accommodate a reasonable request.
Even dough it takes a lot of time, I do actually enjoy the challenge of adapting a piece for instrumental guitar.
As soloist I would have more flexibility in overall, however learning, transcribing or arranging a musical piece for an ensemble it would require more work.
It would take any musician several hours of constant repetition to bring any musical piece up to a good performing level.
Even for songs already learned, there is need of constant reviewing!
In order to learn a new song I would commonly dedicate two to three hours a week spaced out into several days.
Some difficult passages may require more sessions and repetition. The closer the event date, the more increased the repetition would be!
Even dough I would have to work several hours in learning a song, to a couple who is alreading hiring me for another service, I would ask to cover at least a couple of hours of work at a gross hourly rate of $45 (each artist).
Is waiting time considered an artist's break?
"Waiting time" is intended as service time, it is not a musician's "break time” (like being away on private time).
Examples - During the course of an event, musicians or DJ may be asked to wait before, during and after the event.
This is not considered a break time as the artists is waiting through the event timeline.
Common examples of waiting time are:
1. Waiting during or before a wedding ceremony while guests arrive and during officiating time
2. Relocating from one area to another at the same venue, or from one venue to another
For example, a wedding event ending the ceremony at 10am at a venue, and hosting a reception at 4pm at another venue 70 miles away, will have a 6 hours service time in between
What do you require from us?
Are there any extra costs that we have to consider?
Unless already agreed in your contract, some costs to consider are:
1. Travel, parking costs, loading/unloading permit or valet parking
2. Some venues may require to be added on the certificate of insurance, this will create us additional costs and time. In such case we ask a $100 fee.
3. Audio/Lighting tech $45 hourly, minimum 5 hours per event
5. Any add-ons that you may like to choose closer to the event date, for example additional musicians (subject to availability), other services or equipment.