What is a string quartet?
A String Quartet is made up of 4 string instruments: 2 violins, 1 viola & 1 cello. It has rich harmonies and a beautiful effect.
A String Trio is 3 instruments: 2 violins & 1 cello; or violin, viola and cello. This is more of an option for when you are working within a budget or if there is very restricted space.
A String Duo is either 1 violin & 1 cello, or 2 violins.
Most popular classical, pop and jazz music is written for string quartet and most of the recordings on our website are made with a String Quartet. The string quartet is our most popular option.
We highly recommend a string quartet (particularly for weddings), so that you get the full effect of the songs that you are after.
Do you have samples that I can listen to online?
Yes, we have lots of classical, jazz and pop samples (usually recorded live at weddings) on our LOOK & LISTEN page.
How early do the musicians arrive?
Stringspace string musicians are expected to arrive approx. 15 minutes prior to the start of your event.
Our jazz band musicians aim to be set up approx. 30 minutes prior.
Do you require amplification?
String quartet amplification is suggested for events with over 130 guests, though not essential.
If using amplification, we recommend placing 2 microphones on stands in front of the string quartet.
If you are holding a particularly big event, you may want to consider adding extra string players for extra volume and effect eg. 6-12 players (instead of 2-4)
Amplification requirements for the jazz band are listed on our Prices page.
Amplification is not usually required for church bookings.
What do you wear?
Stringspace girls wear stylish black; Guys wear black suit pants with a white or black shirt. Black jackets are optional.
Do I need to provide the musicians with a meal?
Meals are appreciated for events longer than 3 hours for strings, and refreshments are appreciated for bookings that are over 1.5 hours.
Jazz band musicians arrive earlier (to set up) so they appreciate a meal for bookings that are over 2.5 hours.
Do I need to provide shade/shelter for the musicians?
Yes, shade/shelter from direct sunlight or rain (even light rain) is required.
This may mean finding a location that has shade, eg: shade from trees, a veranda close to the ceremony or a gazebo.
A large secure umbrella is also a popular option.
What happens if it rains and we need to change venues on the day?
This is usually fine. Please contact Lucie on 0412 582 437 by midday on the day (or at least 3 hours prior to your event).
Please note the booking time will need to remain the same and the venue needs to be within the same general location.
Can I have a song that is not listed on your LOOK & LISTEN page?
Yes, this is usually fine.
Please note that extra charges usually apply for special requests that are not already listed on our LOOK & LISTEN page.
What happens if my event runs overtime?
- We always recommend booking for the maximum amount of time that you may require.
- 1.25 – 1.5 hours is highly recommended for wedding bookings. 1hour can potentially be okay if you’re expecting a particularly fast ceremony and know you’ll be starting on time. We generally recommend 1.25 – 1.5 hours.
- Overtime is calculated at $2 + GST per musician per minute. There will also be a $50 + GST administration fee.
- There is no guarantee that the musicians will be able to stay for unexpected overtime.
Can I have 2 songs for the processional?
Yes, you can definitely have two songs for the Processional, but we usually recommend one. We can play 1 song so that it builds for longer, rather than two shorter ones.
IMPORTANT: With two songs you will need to wait until the last bridesmaid is in place at the top of the aisle, and then wait again for approx. 4 – 8 seconds as we change over our sheet music and count in the speed for the 2nd song before walking.
I can’t emphasise how important it is for you to wait until you hear the 2nd song start before entering – otherwise the music will be changed over whilst you’re walking, which could mean there might be a moment when you are walking down the aisle in complete silence with no music. We really want to try and avoid that from happening.
So, it can definitely be done but is more seamless with just one song building. Either option is fine, but you definitely need to make sure you remember to wait for the music to be changed over and for the 2nd song to start before walking.
Please note if you do decide to choose 2 songs for the Processional it’s a great idea to organise one of your friends to stand next to us and let us know when the final bridesmaid has reached the front. It can be very difficult to see & count the number of bridesmaids, particularly if guests are standing.
Stringspace outdoor ceremony tips (for your celebrant):
Processional: Make sure your celebrant has had enough time to give the cue to the string quartet to start playing before the 1st bridesmaid starts walking. Ideally, we recommend having someone organised to give both the celebrant and string quartet a cue for the Processional.
Signing: After the signing of the register the celebrant will need to speak for approx. 1-2 mins as the musicians turn pages to the Recessional song.
Recessional: The celebrant needs to let the string quartet know what their cue is going to be at the end of the ceremony. eg. “I’d now like to introduce you to …..”
The celebrant can let the string quartet know what their recessional cue is going to be on the day. They do not need to contact us beforehand.
Does the ceremony time count as a break?
The ceremony time is not counted as an official break. However, for bookings over 1.5 hours, there will be less of a break at the start (within the first 2 hours) if a wedding ceremony is included.
There is no break for 1.5-hour bookings.
Can my friend/relative sing with you?
Yes, we can usually perform with a singer. Please contact us with details well in advance of your wedding.
Ave Maria (either Bach/Gounod or Schubert) is a popular option for a classical song and is one of the easier songs to put together with strings (so will need less rehearsal time).
We do recommend booking for a minimum of 1.5 hours so that your friend can have a short rehearsal with the musicians at the start of your booking.
Eg. For a 3 PM wedding, we recommend booking from 2:30 PM (or 2:15 PM), so that your friend can have a short 5-10 minute run through prior to the ceremony and before most of your guests arrive.
Please note all rehearsal time (usually 5-15 mins) with singers needs to be paid for at the usual rates.
What time should I make my wedding booking for?
Music is usually performed as your guests arrive and are waiting.
E.g. for a 3 PM wedding:
– 1-hour booking: 2:50 – 3:50 PM
– 1.25-hour bookings: 2:45 – 4 PM
– 1.5-hour bookings: 2:30 – 4 PM; 2:40 – 4:10 PM or 2:45 – 4:15 PM
From experience, 1.5 hours is a really good amount of time to book for a wedding.
WEDDING TIME VARIABLES TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING HOW LONG TO BOOK:
- How much music you would like as your guests arrive and are waiting. Usually, 10 – 30 minutes planned music is scheduled for pre-ceremony.
- What time the bridal party arrives. Please note if you are wanting to book for 1 hour it can be possible, but you will need to be very punctual with just 10 – 15 minutes planned pre-ceremony music. 1.5 hours can give you a little more time, so it’s our most popular option.
- The Processional usually takes about 3 – 5 minutes.
- How long the readings you have chosen are. These are usually 3 – 5 minutes each, so about 6 – 10 minutes in total.
- How long the celebrant/priest give for their personal speech (homily). This can range from 5 – 25 minutes.
- The vows approx. 5 minutes.
- How long the celebrant/priest take with the signing. Often we perform 2 songs during this time, so approx. 6 – 8 minutes for this section.
- Other general movement and speaking during the ceremony can range from 5 – 20 minutes. Usually dependent on your celebrant/priest.
- If you include any extra readings, candle lighting ceremonies, music or cultural rituals in your ceremony.
- Full Catholic ceremonies (that include Offertory & Communion) should always be a minimum of 1.5 hours.
- The recessional is usually approx. 3 – 5 minutes.
Will the songs be longer than the samples on the LOOK & LISTEN page?
Yes. Many of the sound files on the LOOK & LISTEN page are only short samples. The pieces we play on the day are the full songs.
Can I meet you in person to discuss my booking?
We don’t usually meet up before the event as we find that most details can be organised by email or phone and do not require consultations.
Please call Lucie on 0412 582 437 with any questions that you may have.
Can I see Stringspace performing live prior to my event?
Absolutely! If you are interested in viewing Stringspace live prior to your event, please send an email for date and venue performance details.
Can you attend my wedding rehearsal?
As we perform at weddings so often and as weddings usually follow a clear format, we find that it is not usually necessary to attend ceremony rehearsals.
To have musicians attend your rehearsal, the prices are the same as for all bookings with Stringspace.
Will you speak to my celebrant/priest prior to the start of the ceremony to work out the cues?
Yes, we usually speak to the celebrant/priest prior to the start of the ceremony to discuss cues. Please also give celebrants our “Stringspace Outdoor Ceremony Tips” (listed above) prior to the day.
Do you need someone to give you a cue when to start playing the processional?
Yes, it is a really good idea to have someone organised to give the musicians their cue for the Processional, particularly for outdoor weddings.
Priests usually give the cue & signal for your guests to stand for indoor church weddings.
What happens when I get to the altar? Does the music just stop?
The music will subtly fade out and cadence once you reach the altar.
Can you provide me with an mp3 recording for my rehearsal?
Sorry, we do not provide complimentary personalised recordings.
We will absolutely ensure that the music will keep playing until you reach the altar, even if we have to add a seamless repeat.
CATHOLIC WEDDING QUESTIONS:
Can you suggest songs for offertory and communion?
We suggest the following:
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Communion (1-2 songs):
Bach/ Gounod – Ave Maria OR Schubert – Ave Maria
Bach – Air
How long should I book for a full catholic ceremony?
Stringspace recommends definitely booking for a minimum of 1.5 hours for a full Catholic ceremony.
Does Stringspace have Workers Cover?
Yes, Stringspace is one of the only agencies in Australia that has the legally required Workers Cover to cover all its musicians.
Does Stringspace have Public Liability insurance?
Yes we do. Stringspace is covered for Public Liability by Marsh Australia for up to $20,000,000.
Limitation on liability:
The liability of Stringspace for any damages arising out of any booking, and/or any performance, is limited to the total amount of any fee which would otherwise be payable for such a booking or performance.
Full payment – minus a $330 cancellation fee – is refundable up to 30 days prior to any event.
In the case of a cancellation occurring after this time, 50% of total hire charge will be payable.
On the day cancellations are non-refundable.