Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I want music for my wedding and I saw your website. How do I book you to play at my wedding?
Thank you for choosing the Clover Strings. Booking us is easy. Please e-mail us your name (first, last), your venue name/address, date, and how many hours you need us (1 hour minimum). Cecille will send you a contract plus non-refundable deposit to book us which you will need to sign, and send back to us. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org For faster response, text Cecille at (805) 338-5111
What is the minimum time I should book you for my wedding?
1 hour if you just need us for your ceremony, which includes playing as guests arrive, and playing for the bridal party, bride, and when it ends. 2 hours if you want us for the ceremony and cocktail hour.
We can play up to 3-4 hours, with breaks required for each hour.
What exactly is a string quartet?
A string quartet is made up of 4 musicians total- 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello player. The Clover Quartet utilizes a team of classically trained musicians. 95% of clients hire the Clover Quartet Musicians. Most of our rock arrangements are custom made for string quartet. For those on a tight budget, we recommend a string trio (3 players), but if you can afford it, we always recommend a string quartet.
I want to propose to my girlfriend. Can you play for our proposal?
Yes! Out of 9 proposals we've played at, 9 have said YES. 🙂 100% Success rate.
Do you play at other events, not just weddings?
Yes, we often play at parties (birthday, anniversary, holiday), business events, fundraisers, dinner music, memorials, funerals, at churches to accompany choir or bands, with singers, art show openings, background music, baptism, bar mitzvahs and more! It's limitless.
Do you have a PA system (microphones/speakers)? My event will be outside and there will be a lot of people!
Yes! We have a small sound system we can set up/ and bring for an additional fee. We always recommend a sound system. Playing acoustic in a concert hall is ideal, but with people having fun chatting away at a party or playing outside next to the ocean etc; can easily cover up the strings, unless people are up close. We recommend it with 20 or more people.
I have my favorite song, but I didn't see it on your music list. Can you play it?
First we will find the song online, if its available to buy. If it is, we will just pass on the cost to you (usually around $10-$30). However if its not available, we can get it custom arranged for string quartet for $75 dollars per song.
My event is far. I'm thinking Santa Barbara or Laguna Beach. Can you play?
Yes we can and we are available. The Client will be responsible for extra fees for travel/time, meals and possible lodging if its extra far.
I'm thinking of having a singer, guitar or piano accompany strings. Can you do that?
Yes, we have played with flute, harp, piano and singers! We would need the sheet music, and a little extra to learn and rehearse the piece before the event if you provide a singer. We can get you any instrumentation or singer to play with us.
Should I tip?
Tips are appreciated!
What do wear to events?
All black, suits/tie for men, and all black slacks/dress/nice top for women.
How many songs can I pick for 1 hour? How about 2?
For one hour, our clients have the unique opportunity to pick 12 songs per each hour from our setlist. 1 hour, which is typical for a wedding ceremony is 22-28 songs plus, songs for your ceremony (1 song for bridal party, bride, and at the end of the ceremony). For 2 hours its would be roughly 24-48 songs.
Do I pay for travel expenses?
Yes, on top of the fee per musician to perform, we charge gas expense per each musician. In the LA area, its typically $10 dollars per person.
For longer commutes, the quartet may request reimbursement for meal expenses for the long drive.
Do you have event insurance? My hotel requires insurance.
Yes, we carry event insurance with a 1 million dollar limit.
What payment methods do you accept?
Cash, check and online payment via Bank of America, PayPal and Venmo.
What is the number 1 favorite song song brides request?
PACHABEl'S CANON IN D 🙂 is requested by pretty much 100 percent of clients. We've played it for 99 percent of our 800 events, and we still LOVE it.
What was your most memorable event (s)?
This is hard! Every event is memorable. We've played everywhere from on the beach, to the downtown central library. We played on piers in Santa Barbara, backyards, on the 52nd floor of a skyscraper, the Queen Mary, Disney Concert Hall and numerous golf courses to name a few. Every place holds a place in our heart.
Playing for the Google Holiday party (James Bond theme) next to the Challenger Space Shuttle was epic. We've also run into a few celebrities at weddings, and (yes some of us were star struck). We played behind a screen for a big Hollywood director in which we played the theme for a few movies he directed...
Playing for 2 grammy winners was also memorable and on 4 TV shows as the Clover String Quartet.