1. What are your rates?
Our rates are based on the number of musicians being hired, the duration of the engagement, and the distance of the venue location from Montreal. You may also wish to have special music requests played at your event. In the event that we do not have the requested music in our repertoire, we can purchase it or arrange it for a very reasonable fee. We are more than happy to offer you a no-obligation quote.
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2. What is your minimum booking time?
Our minimum booking time is one hour. For wedding ceremonies, our trio will perform ten minutes of complementary prelude music before the start time of the ceremony. After the minimum hour, you may hire us in half-hour or one-hour time blocks. When traveling time to an event exceeds one hour in one direction, we strongly recommend that our clients book us for a minimum of two hours (ceremony and cocktails) in order to offset the travel costs.
3. Do you have some sample recordings?
Yes, we do. You can listen to samples of our most popular pieces by CLICKING HERE.
4. Do you travel outside of Montreal?
Yes, we often travel outside of the Montreal region (eg. Mont-Tremblant, St-Sauveur, Montebello, Rigaud, Vaudreuil, Ste-Marthe sur Richelieu, St-Jean sur Richelieu, Ste-Hilaire etc.). In such cases, we charge an travel fee to cover the gas expense and travel time. We generally always travel in one vehicle for long distance trips in order to keep travelling costs at a minimum.
Here are some of the names of venue locations where we have performed:
Mount-Stephen's Club, The Montreal Athletic Club, The Ritz Carlton, Auberge le St-Gabriel, Château Ramesay, The Contemporary Arts Museum, Hotel le Saint-Sulpice, Hostellerie Pierre du Calvet, The Mount-Stephen Hotel, Hotel le Nelligan, the Forest and Stream Club, The Beaconsfield Golf Club, St-Rafael Golf Club, the Royal Golf Club, Château Vaudreuil, Mont-Tremblant Resort, Château Montebello, L'Auberge des Gallants, Le Manoir Rouville-Campbell, Château Taillefer-Lafond, The Hillsdale Golf and Country Club, Le Vogue, Le Château Royale, L' Auberge West Brome Spa etc.
5. Do musicians normally attend the wedding rehearsal?
Because of our extensive experience with wedding ceremonies, we generally do not attend the wedding rehearsal. However, the music leader will coordinate the events of the ceremony with the bride and groom before the actual day.
It is important for the musicians to know how many persons will partake in the ceremony (flower girl, ring bearer, bridesmaids, grandparents etc.) because they will be better able to synchronize the duration of the music to the number of persons entering with that particular piece of music. If you wish for us to partake in your wedding rehearsal, we most certainly can do so. However, an hourly service fee per musician and related travel expenses will apply.
6. What do the musicians wear ?
We generally wear black formal attire as not to stand out. During the summer, ladies may at times wear off-white blouses to keep cool when playing outdoors. If you prefer another colour theme, we are more than willing to accomodate your request.
7. When do the musicians take breaks?
We normally take a ten minute break after the first hour. However, if the event lasts only one hour, we generally do not take one. We try to coordinate our breaks with speeches or during transition periods (when the guests are being moved from one room to another) so that we can maximize our playing time and your guests' listening pleasure.
8. When am I required to provide food to musicians?
This is generally not a requirement. The only exception to this occurs when the musicians are engaged for a function lasting more than four hours and during which their normal dinner period has been missed. A light meal is always appreciated for those engagements. The musicians will generally break at a designated time and it is often coordinated to coincide with a speech or toast for the couple.
9. Can I hire two musicians instead of three?
Yes, you can! You have the option to hire a duo if your wedding will be intimate (40 guests or less) and requires a smaller ensemble or if you have a set budget. With our classical trio, we have music repertoire to suit two instruments (duo: violin and cello OR flute and cello), three instruments (trio: flute, violin, cello), as well as four instruments (quartet: 2 violins, viola and cello). The number of musicians depends largely on the size of the venue. For an intimate wedding of 15-40 guests, we recommend a duo (flute, violin). For a wedding of 50-150 guests, we recommend a trio. For a wedding with over 250+ guests, we strongly recommend a quartet. The larger the ensemble, the richer the harmonies.
10. Can I book more than one group for my event?
Absolutely! At Musicplanners.com, we have ensembles to suit every segment of your event. So, if you desire a classical trio for your wedding ceremony and a jazz combo for your reception, we are only too pleased to serve you.
11. Your price is more than I had anticipated...?
Anyone who has attended an event where amateur, sub-standard, or even student musicians were hired (because the price was 'right') can tell you it really is true--you do get what you pay for. There is no substitute for the years of experience and the high level of performance expertise our musicians provide. We have worked long and hard to get where we are today, sacrificing long hours to schooling and practice in order to become very good at what we do.
Anyone can play a CD...fewer people can play an instrument, and fewer still play well. When you hire Trio Amore, you are getting something unique and special. Music is too important an aspect of your event to be trusted to just anyone. Leave it to talented professionals to make it just right!
12. How far in advance should your services be booked?
Musicians are a little different from other wedding and commercial services. Your wedding dress, your caterer, or your hall often require bookings in advance of at least a year. However, we can be booked as early as one year or as late as one week provided we are available on that given day. It goes without saying --the earlier, the better. A signed contract along with your deposit will guarantee your booking.
13. Who will take care of booking the musicians?
Musicplanners.com will take care of the entire booking process, from contacting the musicians, booking them for your event to ensuring your complete satisfaction.
14. Is there a penalty if I cancel my booking?
If you cancel your booking once the contract has been signed, you will forfeit your 50% deposit. The deposit amount is 50% of the agreed upon service price.
Cancellations due to an event date change or unforeseen time change (of which Musicplanners was not notified or had not approved), an event cancellation or postponement, unfavourable weather conditions, illness are considered CANCELLED bookings.
15. Will I be meeting with any musician to select my music?
Once a contract has been confirmed, the lead member of the ensemble will be in touch with you to discuss the details of your event. Very often this will happen by email or over the phone. However, our wedding clients sometimes feel more comfortable with a face-to-face meeting to organize the music for their ceremony.
16. Do you perform all types of wedding services?
At Musicplanners.com, we will perform weddings of any faith, alternative weddings and other commitment ceremonies.