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Q: What kind of music do you play for weddings? Do you take requests?
A: My specialties are traditional Irish & Scottish folk songs and tunes, and contemporary folk, Americana and acoustic pop covers (think James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Beatles, Mumford & Sons, etc.). I also play a few of the standard classical wedding pieces, too.
I’m happy to take 1 special request per event, learned just for you. All special requests are subject to my discretion, so I encourage clients to tell me before booking what they might have in mind. A special request for a song with vocals must be submitted at least 30 days before your wedding, while a request for a guitar instrumental must be submitted at least 60 days beforehand.
Q: We like what we hear! What’s next?
A: The easiest way to start is to email or call me or send an inquiry via WeddingWire. Please include as much detail as possible in your initial message. Knowing your wedding’s location, your request or musical interests, estimated length of playing time, etc. will help me to give you the most accurate quote. From there, we can continue via email, but preferably, we’d chat over the phone or meet up in person before finalizing the booking.
Q: Your fee is little too high for our budget. Is there anything we can do to negotiate?
A: Absolutely. Prices can be lower if:
- Your wedding is in the off-season (November-March).
- Your wedding involves little travel and no expensive and stressful city parking
- You are happy to forgo special requests and make all of your ceremony music selections from my existing song list.
- You don’t require a PA for your cocktail hour and/or dinner.
Q: So we just signed the contract and paid the deposit. What’s next? Do you have a check list or any deadlines for wedding bookings?
A: I’ll keep you informed on what I need from you with reminders and questionnaires from WeddingWire. All you have to keep in mind is the 30/60 day deadline for requests if you don’t have a song picked out at the time of booking.
Q: What’s the deal with WeddingWire? Do I have to use it to book you?
A: Unless requested otherwise, as of May 2013 I’ll be conducting all new business through the WeddingWire Clients site. They just launched a whole fleet of useful booking tools, including electronic contracts, invoices, payment services, appointment schedulers, reminders, and questionnaires. These tools will help us cover all the bases and make the booking process even easier. You get your own password protected private client site where you’ll be able to review our paperwork and keep track of everything I need from you prior to your event.
It’s also a great way to find other vendors for your wedding or event. Afterwards, you can leave me or any other vendors a review, which is very helpful for our businesses!
You don’t have to use it to book me, though, and you’re more than welcome to just send me an email or call me directly to start. If you’d prefer to book outside of WeddingWire, we can still handle contracts and payments in person or by mail.
Q: Do you travel for weddings?
A: Yes. I’m based in Boston and do most of my event gigs within 30 miles or so of the city, but I am open to traveling farther, though it will incur a higher fee.
Q: Do you have your own sound equipment?
A: I have a PA system that I use for cocktail hours, a guitar/vocal amplifier that I use for ceremonies, plus mics, stands and cables - everything I need for weddings of up to 200 people.
Q: What would happen if we the clients needed to cancel?
A: If you need to cancel or break the contract, please notify me via email or in writing. Deposits paid are non-refundable. If you wish to cancel the contract 90 days or more prior to the event date, you will not be obligated to pay the balance. If you cancel within 90 days of the event date, the full balance will be due.
Q: Do you charge extra for overtime or late starts?
A: Generally, no - I use a flat-rate system for ceremonies and ceremony-cocktail hour packages.
Q: What is your experience with playing music for weddings?
A: Though a recent graduate and still relatively new to the wedding industry, as of 2013, I have played for over 40 weddings, and I have had a lot of satisfied customers (read what they’ve had to say about me). Most of my experience is with non-traditional, non-denominational or non-religious ceremonies, but I’ve also played for Catholic ceremonies (not including the liturgical music), non-traditional Jewish ceremonies, and same-sex marriages.
Outside of weddings, I have been a full-time musician since graduating in 2010 and have played a wide variety of events and gigs, both solo and with members of my band and other musicians in the Boston Irish scene. These have included numerous pubs and bars around Boston, clubs, house concerts, coffeehouses, private events for the Irish prime minister and president, and even a gig at the Stella McCartney store opening in NYC!
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me!