How do I book Atoka Strings?
After we have connected and agreed on the details, you will submit a contract and deposit to reserve your day/time/musicians. Of course we will remain in contact for any questions, requests, and additional information, all the way up to the event.
Do you attend the rehearsal for weddings?
No we do not ~ Every run-through is different every time. How we time our music is by watching the last person arrive at the altar and creating a cadence point to line up with that. This is what makes live music different than recordings, where typically the sound is just turned down.
Should I submit the timing in minutes/seconds for our walks down the aisle?
No ~ As mentioned above, we time our cadences based on watching. Focus on enjoying your walk down the aisle and saying your vows, and let us do the rest. :-)
Can I specify sections by the minute/second from videos on YouTube?
We are always happy to hear what you want for your music! Please bear in mind that it is very likely that our arrangement is not the exact same as the musicians have in the YouTube video, so we can only use it as a general guide. Part of having live music means the element of it not sound precisely like a recording!
Do you need anything from the clients on the day of?
We do require armless chairs provided at the venue, but that is about it!
Should I add amplification?
We recommend adding the amplification package for receptions and cocktails with over 150 people. Once folks get to drinking and chatting, it can get pretty loud!
Can I get a recording of the processional (or other) music?
You can request a recording for $25 up to 1 week before and $50 within the week of the event, with the understanding that it will just be the Violin 1 part (melody). We unfortunately do not have the opportunity to get together and record every time someone would like to hear their specific song. The melody should suffice for practice/sound purposes.
Why do you require shade from sun and cover from even just mist?
The shade and cover is to protect our highly valuable, delicate, and sometimes very old wooden instruments which are very susceptible to temperature, humidity, and cannot get even a little bit wet. They also tend not stay well in tune if it is too cold/hot/damp. Some other groups may use "picnic" (inexpensive) instruments and are therefore not be concerned about cover, but we choose to maintain a high quality for our clients.
What if I would like to add a different instrument?
Atoka Strings has incorporated other instruments such as guitar, harp, flute, trumpet, saxophone, and drums upon special request. We are always willing to do what it takes to create the vision the client desires. It is important to keep in mind that sometimes the availability of outside musicians are limited, and they may also work on a different pay rate. That being said, we will do our best to make an idea work.
Can you offer a microphone for the officiant?
Yes ~ we have a clip-on wired lapel mic. This is different from the wireless version, since they must attach it once at the altar, and can't move too far from their station. It provides a clear sound without the mishaps that can occur with a wireless option.
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