Frequently Asked Questions:

  1.  What instrumental ensembles does Arioso Strings offer?

  2.   How do I choose the appropriate ensemble for my event?

  3.   How and when do I decide on the music for my wedding?

  4.   Do I need to pick all of the prelude music?

  5.   Can you play a piece not on your repertoire list?

  6.   How do I know if a piece is long enough for the bridal party and processional or what happens if it is too long?

  7.  Will you attend the dress rehearsal?

  8.  How much space do your groups need to perform? 

  9.  Do you play outdoor weddings?

  10.  Can you perform with the organist or singer that is at the church/synagogue? 

  11. Can you provide music for my cocktail hour, reception, or special event?

  12. How far in advance should we book Arioso Strings?

  13. How do we book Arioso Strings?

  14. When is the balance of our payment due?

  15. What form of payment do you accept?

  16. Is a tip for the musicians included in the fee?

  17. What is the dress attire for Arioso Strings?

  18. Are there any charges for travel? 




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Answers:

1.  What instrumental ensembles does Arioso Strings offer?

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2.  How do I choose the appropriate ensemble for my event??

Several factors should be considered: the venue, the number of guests you have invited, the style of music you want, and the general ambience you would like to create. If your event is in a large room or outside and you are inviting over one hundred guests, it is a good idea to use a quartet or trio. For smaller events in a smaller space (up to sixty or seventy guests) a duo will work well. For an especially grand ceremony, you may want to consider highlighting the trio or string quartet with a trumpet. A trumpet fanfare can add a dramatic and celebratory touch and will capture the guests' attention as the bride enters.

Quartet or Trio?

Though the trio can play all of the standard wedding selections, the Quartet has a larger more versatile musical repertoire.  This makes the ensemble more suitable for a variety of different occasions, such as wedding ceremonies, wedding cocktail hours, receptions, dinners and parties.  It also ensures that when several sets of music are required the music will still be fresh and exciting.  The Trio and Duo do not have the extensive arrangements of Broadway, Pop, Jewish and Latin pieces which are available to the Quartet.

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3.  How and when do I decide on the music for my wedding?

Using Arioso Strings Music Suggestions and our on-line music samples gives you easy access to music that is both beautiful and appropriate for your ceremony.  Our Wedding Music Planner can be filled out on line as you listen.  If you canít decide what is appropriate we will be glad to give you further suggestions by phone or e-mail. 

Music needs to be chosen and submitted through our online Music Planner one month before your ceremony.

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4.  Do I need to pick all of the prelude music?

It is not necessary for you to choose all the prelude music. If you give us an idea of the type of ambience you wish to create using a few examples, we can use our expertise to select the remainder of the music. For example, you may want to include hymns or have only secular music, a festive upbeat atmosphere, or a quieter, peaceful one.

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5.  Can you play a piece not on your repertoire list?

Each ensemble with Arioso Strings has a large repertoire list that can be found through our Repertoire link in the top of this site.  These pieces are a standard part of our music selections.

We can add special requests for your event if the music is available commercially for the Arioso Strings ensemble you are using. We try to accommodate all reasonable requests for your special music. This process does involve a significant amount of time to find the music, purchase the music (if needed), check arrangements, coordinate with and distribute music to the musicians, along with additional practice time to learn the music. There is a $30 fee per song for each special request that is not in our library along with separate cost of purchasing the sheet music or custom arrangement.

Contemporary pieces that have not been arranged for a string group can sometimes be professionally scored for one of our ensembles.  We have a professional arranger we can recommend and put you in touch with when the music is not commercially available for the group you are using.  The cost for arranging will vary on the amount of time it takes to score the piece and the arranger will give you a quote directly for this. 

 Please email mary@ariosostrings.com and I'll send you our arranger's contact information.

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6.  How do I know if a piece is long enough for the bridal party and processional or what happens if it is too long?

We are very skillful at ending the music at the appropriate time, which is just after the last person reaches the front of the ceremony space. We will need to know how many people will be processing to each musical selection so we can time the music to fit with your pacing.

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7.  Will you attend the dress rehearsal?

We usually do not attend rehearsals. For an additional cost we can arrange to have one member of the group attend, but it  is an unnecessary expense. During the rehearsal you will not need music to practice the processionals.  The rehearsal is for organizing the wedding party and showing them when and how to walk, stand and exit. The musicians are highly experienced at playing wedding ceremonies and do not need to rehearse.

The most important thing we need when we arrive for your ceremony is an event coordinator or director who ran your rehearsal and knows how your wedding is going to work that day. This person will give us cues when the bridal party is ready to go.  We will meet with them when we arrive the day of the wedding and set the timing and cues together.

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8.  How much space do your groups need to perform? 

The largest space we need is for the quartet: The quartet requires 4 armless chairs, a space about 8 feet by 8 feet.  The other groups need less space and one armless chair per performer.  If the lighting is low, we require access to an electrical source within 7 feet for our small clip on music stand lights. The Violin and Guitar duo will also need access to an electrical outlet within 7 feet.  The acoustic guitar uses amplification (this is provided by our musicians).

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9.  Do you play outdoor weddings?

 Yes, weather permitting, we do play outdoor weddings. We have many beautiful outdoor venues in the area and enjoy playing often at them. 

     1. Our main concerns are the safety of the instruments and the ability to provide quality music. This means that we must be in the shade. Musical instruments are easily damaged by severe weather, direct sun, rain and temperature, because of this we do not play outside  in temperatures below 60 degrees.  If temperatures are predicted to fall below 60 during your event you will need to provide an alternative heated inside space or possibly outdoor heaters that can maintain temperatures at 60 for all musicians during the entire event. If heaters are used outdoor temperatures lower than 55 can generally not be kept up at 60 with a heater unless you have an enclosed tent or structure keeping the heat in. Usually if it's too cold for us to play outside, it's too cold for your elegantly dressed guests to be outside and an alternative indoor setting is best.

     2. We cannot play in the rain...even a little rain will damage our instruments. Have a back up facility or a tent with sides where we will not be hit with any blowing rain. If there is no shelter and we are outside and it begins to rain, we will have to put our instruments and music away immediately and take cover to protect all of our instruments and music.

     3. If your rain back up plan is at a different address than originally contracted address we require two hours notice the day of the event to make the change. This way we do not travel to more than one location and all members are aware of the location change and plan their travel accordingly so that they are there as scheduled. The time of the event must stay the same as the original booking as we may have another event after this one.

Click here for average monthly temperatures in the Triangle area.

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10. Can you perform with the organist or singer that is at the church/synagogue? 

Any music played with a musician outside of Arioso Strings may require rehearsal and a fee based on that rehearsal time.  An estimate can be given for cost by phone. We also have a professional singer who can sing for your ceremony.

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11. Can you provide music for my cocktail hour, reception, or special event?

Yes we can and enjoy staying to play during this time as long as it is booked in advance.  We play for ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions and any special event.  If the reception is at a different location than the wedding, Arioso charges for the full length of the service, including the time to travel between both locations.

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12.  How far in advance should we book Arioso Strings?

It is not uncommon to contract our musicians nine months to one year in advance.  April through October are very popular months for weddings and the weekends fill up very quickly for us. 

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13.  How do we book Arioso Strings?

The first step to booking Arioso Strings is to use our online contact form, or call 919-616-0418 or email us to see if we are available.  If  your is date open we will send you a contract by email which you can send in with a 50% non-refundable deposit.  We will hold your date for five business days, giving you time to send in the check and contract by mail.  You will be notified by email when your contract and deposit are received and sent a PDF copy of the contract including our signature.

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14.  When is the balance of our payment due?

Once the deposit is paid, the balance will be due one week before your event. There is a late fee of $25 for payments received after the due date and payment must be received before the event.

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15. What form of payment do you accept?

We accept several forms of payment and prefer personal check, cash, cashier's check or payments through Venmo and Google Wallet. This will save you any additional fees and we are happy to wait a week while your contract and check are sent by mail.  

If you prefer a payment by Paypal, Venmo or Google Wallet please contact me and I'll send an invoice or request with a direct link along with a digital contract that can be signed on your computer, smart phone or tablet.  marypageblock@gmail.com or 919-616-0418  

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16. Is a tip for the musicians included in the fee?

Tips are voluntary and not part of the total fee. Tipping the musicians is always very appreciated and should be based on the quality of service received at the wedding and leading up to the wedding.   

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17.  What is the dress attire for Arioso Strings?

The musicians dress in formal all black attire unless otherwise requested. Men in long sleeve black straight collar shirts, dress pants, belt and dress shoes and women in long or calf length black. In extremely hot temperatures during outside weddings, men will dress in white short sleeve, button down shirts and black pants.  Women will be dressed in calf length black. 

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18.  Are there any charges for travel?

Weddings outside of the Triangle area may incur additional travel charges.  Please email or call for a quote.

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