Tips for Hiring a String Quartet for Your Wedding or Corporate Event
Many people contact us about hiring the Sparrow Lane Ensemble for their wedding, corporate event or party, and are unsure of where to begin. Since we like to help make the process of booking our string quartet as simple as possible, we decided to compile a list of important tips for hiring a string quartet for your wedding or corporate event.
First, and most importantly, whether you are booking a string quartet for the once-in-a-lifetime event of your wedding or are a beginner and are planning your first corporate event, hiring a string quartet is much simpler than it seems.
The first step to hiring a string quartet is to plan ahead and start early. It is important to contact several prospective groups of musicians, audition them, and make your decision early in the wedding or event planning process. This is important because popular groups, like the Sparrow Lane String Quartet, can become booked early during holidays and wedding season. Therefore, if you are planning to have your wedding or event during the months of April to October, the peak of wedding season, or December, make sure you book your band well ahead of time.
The second step to hiring a string quartet for your wedding or corporate event is to have an idea of what you are looking for. By this, we do not mean you must have a concrete idea (although, if you do, that is fine). However, we do mean that you should have an idea of the type of music you would like to hear. The best way to determine this is to decide what mood you would like your music to set. Think about whether you would like a relaxed mood, a sophisticated mood, or music that will create a backdrop for conversing. Also decide if your event is formal or informal.
This step may seem superfluous at the planning stage, but if you want your wedding or corporate event to be truly memorable, then its important to have ideas to give to the string quartet you are hiring. They can then take the mood you want to establish and translate it into music. Always remember that the musicians are there to help.
When you are considering hiring potential string quartets for your event, there are several things you will want to discuss with them during the audition process. These important items include:
If you follow these simple rules, hiring a string quartet for your wedding, corporate event or party will be simple and enjoyable. If you would like to find out more about the Sparrow Lane String Quartet’s policies, read our Frequently Asked Questions page. Or, if you’re ready to hire us for your special event, contact us today!
( Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm )
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“I can’t say enough good things about The Wine & Roses Band. They were well worth it. Honestly, I think they “made” the wedding for us.I really feel like they were the biggest factor in making the whole day mesh together. They were professional, yet fun, and set exactly the “elegant casual” tone that we hoped for. A lot of guests complimented us on him -- on their personality (which was great), about the perfect volume and music selection (which somehow magically seemed to please everyone), and their sound (which was fantastic). I had no idea that violinists could sound so good. It was perfect.”
—married August 20, 2005, Santa Barbara, CA