WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE UNIQUE STRINGS?
Unique Strings will work closely with you to create personalised and unforgettable music to complement your wedding or special event.
Our professional musicians have extensive performance experience both nationally and internationally. We have played in weddings, receptions, anniversaries, christenings, corporate functions, memorial services…even charity events!
With Unique Strings, you have the flexibility to choose from our range of ensembles. Our talented musicians enjoy rehearsing regularly, and with our diverse repertoire, we aim to capture the atmosphere and tone most fitting for your unique occasion!
WHAT’S THE BOOKING PROCESS?
Fill in your information on our contact form, and Ching-Wen (the director) will ring you within 24 hours to discuss your event, requests and options. Once you are ready to book, an invoice will be emailed to you. A non-refundable deposit will be required within 48 hours to block your requested day and time from other bookings. A ‘check-list’ will be emailed you with details of music selections for your wedding or special event.
DO YOU TAKE SPECIAL REQUEST SONGS?
Of course we do! Your special request songs is what makes your wedding or special event that extra special! Please enquire if you cannot locate your song on our repertoire lists. Unique Strings will search for any request songs not on our list and adapt them for the chosen ensemble. Please note that an additional fee may apply, and that some titles may not be suitable for the chosen ensemble.
WHAT DO THE MUSICIANS WEAR TO THE WEDDING OR THE FUNCTIONS?
Unique Strings wear elegant and sophisticated black attire to all our events. For solo performances, we may wear distinguished coloured attire to suite the nature of the event or function. We understand that in some cultures, the colour black holds symbolic meanings. Please let us know so we can discuss other attire options.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE? WHAT IS YOUR CEREMONY & RECEPTION PACKAGE?
Unique Strings fees are listed in the Services page. Our fee is based on a minimum one-hour hire irrespective of the number of pieces you would like us to play during that time frame. Unique Strings have a Ceremony & Reception Package specially tailored for you if you wish to book us for more than 3 hours (for both ceremony & reception/canapés). Travel beyond 50km of Wollongong may attract a travel fee. Please contact us for your unique quote.
WHAT WILL UNIQUE STRINGS REQUIRE ON THE DAY?
Unique Strings musicians are very easy going! However, we do please request an armless chair per musician, adequate lighting and space, and protection from direct sunlight to shade our instruments.
CAN UNIQUE STRINGS ATTEND OUR WEDDING REHEARSAL?
Absolutely! However, we arrive the day of the wedding or event early enough to discuss any last-minute changes with your celebrant or wedding planner so you can relax and enjoy your magical moment! It may end up being an unnecessary expense for you as the wedding rehearsals will be calculated at the same rate as the actual wedding itself.
WHICH ENSEMBLE SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY EVENT? WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUR ENSEMBLES?
Any of them! The ensemble choice is heavily influenced by the atmosphere you would like to create, the space availability and affordability.
The String Quartet is a popular choice at weddings and functions which produces a richer and fuller tonality with 2 violinists, a violist and a cellist. The String Trio is also popular and is similar to a String Quartet with its warm sound quality formed with 2 violinists and a cellist. The repertoire selection is at its greatest with both of these ensemble options.
The String Duo ensembles is a great lower-budget alternative and would be appropriate for a more intimate setting such as luncheons, high-teas and fund-raising events.
The Cello & Violin Duo complements each other beautifully with a simpler sound. The violinist often plays the melody whilst the cellist accompanies the violinist with the bass line.
The Cello & Piano Duo is becoming a popular choice for private and corporate functions featuring the pianist harmonising the beautiful rich solo melody played by the cellist. Our repertoire for the Cello & Piano Duo is extensive, including Classical music, Contemporary music, Religious music, even Broadway music! Unique Strings supplies their own keyboard, however, we are more than happy to play on the piano at the venue (providing they are in working order)!
The Cello & Guitar Duo is our newest ensemble featuring a classical guitarist who can play any style you can possibly ask for! Spanish, Classical, Contemporary – he’s got it all! Both instruments share the melody line interchangeably with the guitarist also providing the subtle accompaniment in the background.
The Solo instrumentalists is Unique Strings’ budget option without compromising on professional tonality and musicality. Our Cello Solo, Violin Solo and Cello Solo with backing track are the most popular option for private performances, and corporate & public luncheons. It creates the most perfect ambiance and volume for these special occasions.
We also have our groups of trained vocalists who will sing live with our string musicians or with backing-track to add that special touch to your special day!
IF IT RAINS OR IF THE BRIDE/EVENT IS RUNNING BEHIND SCHEDULE, WILL YOU LEAVE EARLY?
Definitely not! The bride is allowed to be late, so don’t stress! We will simply send you an invoice of $25 per player per 15 minutes after the event to cover the musician’s additional time. We would appreciate prompt payment.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding or function, it is important to consider an indoor alternative. Our instruments are sensitive to sunlight and humidity. We do ask for you to please shelter the musicians in the shade, away from direct sunlight and any amount of water as it can cause the instrument to go out of tune, damage our instruments (it may crack) and prevent our eyes from reading the music effectively. Conversely, cold weather outdoors may hinder our fingers from playing.