Booking Guide - Wedding Ceremony Acoustic Duo
We thought it might be nice to give you some helpful information on what to expect when booking our acoustic duo for your wedding ceremony. We’ve put together all the frequently asked questions and extra bits we thought would be helpful, but do feel free to ask us anything we haven't included below.
Booking the acoustic duo for your wedding ceremony
We like to keep the booking process as simple as possible. Once you have made your initial enquiry and have received a quote from us that works for you, we’ll begin the following procedure…
1. Contract & Deposit
We’ll send you our standard performance contract for you to assess, if you’re happy with the terms just send us a signed copy back. At the same time we’ll also send you an invoice for a 30% deposit to secure the date, once we receive the deposit payment and signed contract we’re all set!
2. Call for Final Details
We like to arrange a call either on the phone or via Skype/Zoom around 4 weeks out from the date. It’s a nice opportunity to say hi, discuss final details and give you piece of mind that everything is organised and under control.
3. Balance Payment
Around the same time as the call we’ll send out an invoice for the balance payment which is payable 2 weeks prior to the event.
At this point everything is finalised and sorted but you’re still welcome to let us know any last minute questions or details.
On the day
Now let's talk about what to expect on the day of your wedding ceremony. We've outlined some points below but as ever, feel free to ask us questions on anything you're not sure about.
For a wedding ceremony we like to bring a micro setup that can fit discreetly into a limited space (once you’ve crammed all your friends and family in). Often this is at the back of the room if you're inside or off to the side if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor ceremony.
We bring all our own equipment and the only thing we require from the venue is access to a power socket within a reasonable distance (we have a 20 metre extension cable).
To load in the equipment and set up we need just under an hour but we like to arrive 90 minutes prior to the guests arriving just in case.
What we wear
For wedding ceremonies Anna will wear a dress and Jim will wear a suit unless you have any special requests.
If you have planned your ceremony to be outside then that's no problem for us as long as there is access to power (we have a 20 metre extension cable). 99% of the time outdoor ceremonies are close enough to a power source, but if you’re planning a more remote location, we might need to make arrangements for battery powered equipment, which is fine with enough notice.
If possible, we would also really appreciate some shade from the sun and to protect the equipment if it rains, but we can work around this if it's not possible.
Wedding Ceremony Song Choices
You’ve booked us to play music at your wedding ceremony, so let’s talk about the music. Wedding ceremonies usually involve five stages with music being used in 4 out of the 5.
|Guests Arrival||Our collection of pretty, acoustic songs|
|Arrival of the Bridal Party||Choose a special song|
|The Ceremony||No music usually required|
|Signing of the Registers||2 or 3 songs chosen by you or taken from our rep|
|Bride & Groom’s Departure||Upbeat, celebratory song chosen by you|
1. Guests Arrival
We recommend: A collection of 4 or 5 love songs or pretty acoustic covers
As your guests arrive and find their seats it’s nice to provide music to create an atmosphere and set the tone for the ceremony. We find that a mixture of classic love songs and pretty, acoustic versions of pop songs work really well for this section.
Our advice is that it’s important to remember that this music is more for your guests and that the actual song choices for this section are best not to be stressed over. We have a collection that we think works really well and would advise saving your requests for the moments in the ceremony when you’re actually in the room!
2. Arrival of the Bride and Bridesmaids
We recommend: Choose a special song
The arrival of the bride and bridesmaids is the central moment to the wedding ceremony so it’s a great idea to choose a really special song. If you’re struggling for inspiration we have a list of our recommendations here.
If you are splitting this into two stages then choose a song for the entrance of the bridesmaids and the entrance of the bride.
3. The Ceremony
The actual ceremony is usually the one stage in the ceremony that doesn’t require music although if you’d like a song in this part of the ceremony then feel free to let us know.
4. Signing of the Registers
We recommend: Choose 2 or 3 songs from our rep
While you’re signing the registers it’s a good idea to have some music to entertain the guests. These days this point of the ceremony doesn’t usually take too long and often we only get half way through the second song before the registers are signed.
We have plenty of pretty, acoustic songs we can play that will fit this section nicely, but if you have a song you’d really like us to include then that’s fine too.
5. Bride & Grooms Departure
We recommend: Choose 1 upbeat song to celebrate the end of the ceremony
So you’ve had the ceremony and signed the registers, the only thing left now is to exit the ceremony and begin your married life with a party! For your departure we recommend a triumphant, upbeat song to get everyone in a party mood ready for your drinks reception and wedding breakfast.
Hope that helps!
Hopefully, that has provided you with a nice overview of hiring The Duplettes for your wedding ceremony and what to expect on the day. We’ve included our recommendations to make it easier for you to visualise how your ceremony might look, but we also like to point out that we are flexible and can accommodate special requests with enough notice.
We hope you have the best wedding ceremony and that it’s a moment to remember forever.
The Duplettes are a professional function band available for weddings, parties and corporate events. We have a range of lineups to fit any event including our acoustic duo, cocktail trio and full party band.
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