No, it's not true -- you don't have to book live music a year or two out. I get frustrated when I hear that another group has told a bride, "You know, you should really look for string players sooner." Ack! That kind of response just isn't accurate or necessary! If we can't play for you, I'll usually help point brides in the direction of other musicians until someone available can be found. There's always someone available to play so don't give up on your quest. We are typically doing wedding bookings 6-9 months, or sometimes a year in advance, and that's just fine. I've booked a wedding in as little as TWO DAYS in advance -- no problem. We made it happen! Although I do enjoy having a little more time than that typically. I played that wedding, hopped in the car and drove about 5 blocks, then played a second wedding PLUS their dinner. What an exciting and fun day that was! Our record day was three weddings, a cocktail hour, AND dinner. I was indescribably tired at the end of that particular day.
We really pride ourselves on having so many options to fit just about every budget, and being fun to work with. It's true you can't get a professional string quartet for $150 or less, but you can have a fantastic soloist, or a duet for just a little more. And we have many other options to fit all budgets. So, don't think, "Oh, I could never have live string music at my wedding... that's for people with a bigger budget than me, or for a fancier wedding." We've played at all sorts of weddings -- formal, casual, backyard -- and have music to fit them all. My quartet has so many choices in ensembles, instruments and type of music that I really believe we're the most flexible and adapting group in the Valley. But then, I'm biased a little bit. :D I really hope my email inbox keeps hopping with your requests and questions and that some of you will work with us this year. I love working with new people.