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Sunset Wedding Ceremony in Key Largo, FL at Largo Resort, Luxury Wedding, Beach Wedding, Florida Wedding, Wedding Music, Sunset Wedding,
Rachel Durrum Music Wedding and Event Music Violin Solo, Duo, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Upright Bass, Cello for Weddings, Cocktail Hour, Proposals, Birthday Party, Baby Shower, Luxury Weddings, Memorial Services, Funerals, Bridal Showers, Engagement Parties, Picnics, and special occasions
  • Do you travel?
    Definitely! I love to travel! I do charge extra for the time depending on the distance and in some cases you many need to cover accommodations for the musicians. Typically anything more than a 4 hour drive from Orlando would require an overnight stay.
  • What is your booking process?
    Once we have a group size and price that works for you, I will send you a contract to review. The booking is official and the date is saved with the last 2 pages of the contract filled and signed along with a 50% deposit. There are Song Selection Worksheets included in your contract as a planning convenience : ) They aren’t due until 30 days prior to your event date along with final payment. At 30 days out, I will ask you for your venue and coordinator contact in order to put the finishing touches on details. At this time, your final payment and song selections will be due as well.
  • How do you handle payments?
    Your date is secured with a 50% deposit along with signed contract. Deposit can be paid through PayPal, Venmo, Zelle and Certified Check. I used to take personal checks, however, due to the recent rise in scams in the events industry, I only take certified checks at the moment. Final payment is due 30 days before your event, however you may pay at any point before that date.
  • Will you be the contact/ performer for my event?
  • Do you play corporate events?
    Absolutely! Whether you'd like to welcome guests with something fancy, host a jazzy meet and greet, or help people cut loose with a party atmosphere, I have a wide range of offerings.
  • What is your style?
    I am a classically trained violinist and have spent over two decades learning pop, bluegrass and jazz stylings. Because I am also a singer, I like to play the songs how I would sing them. I think this makes the music more recognizable and authentic.
  • Who are your influences?
    There are so many to choose from! Some of my old school favorites are Allison Krauss, Ella Fitzgerald, John Mayer, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Amy Winehouse, 80's pop, Classic Rock, salsa, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Metallica. Some of the more contemporary artists I love are Rhianna, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Doja Cat, Calvin Harris, Lizzo, Charlie Puth, The Weekend, Glass Animals, Lil Nas X, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Panic! At the Disco, Tyler Childers, Beyonce and the list keeps growing! As a matter of fact, one of the ways I find new favorite artists is from client requests! Feel free to send in your requests. It helps me just as much as it helps you!
  • Can I choose the music?
    Absolutely! I like to make the song selection process as stress free as possible. Some clients prefer to choose each song, while others prefer to give a few examples along with preferred genres and ask me to fill in the set list with similar choices. I'm happy to cater to your individual planning style. I typically plan 18 songs per hour. *please refer to my song list while making your selections. **due to the length of Bollywood songs, the 9 I have on my list total 45 minutes.
  • Will you learn a new song for me?
    I would love to! All I ask is that I be notified as soon as possible so that I have enough time to prepare the music. While some songs can be found for free, others may need to be purchased. An arrangement typically costs $5-20. If no arrangement can be found, I do offer custom arrangements for $15-50. Arrangement prices vary depending on the complexity of the song and the type of group you would like playing the song. Message me for a quote.
  • How long do you play for?
    With the exception of wedding ceremonies, I typically plan 45 minutes of performance with 15 minutes breaks in between for events lasting longer than 1.5 hours. Breaks will be scheduled to coordinate with your event schedule. Background music is available during breaks if you choose to have the music amplified. I can play a playlist off my iPad. Playlists can be selected by the client or I can create one based off your performance selections.
  • Do you play music during breaks?
    If you have chosen to have amplification for your event, I can easily play music off my iPad during breaks. If you do not have amplification for your event, we can either plan breaks to coincide with speeches and announcements OR if there is more than one musician, we can stagger breaks.
  • What if we are having a good time and want more time?
    If I am able to stay, I am happy to keep playing for you. I will need payment at that moment in order to do so : )
  • What instrumentation do you recommend?
    This depends on the style & vibe you'd like for your event. I'd love to hear what you have envisioned for your event music. I take pride in translating your vision into music that is exactly what you want it to be. I once had a wedding guest tell me he felt transported to the Italian countryside and I considered that such a huge compliment because that is exactly what the bride wanted!
  • Can you MC my event?
    While it doesn't happen often, I can make this happen. I would need to know exactly what you want announced along with a detailed timeline and script (along with pronunciations). A few weeks before the event, we will need to have a meeting either in person, zoom, or phone to make sure everything is up to date and exactly how you want it.
  • What sets you apart?
    1) Woman Owned 2) My attention to detail. I like to make sure everything is prepared and in place for your event music! 3) Booking agents take their own personal cut on top of what they pay musicians along. with their administrative fees, which inflates the price. Here, I am my own contractor. My rates are what I pay myself to help provide for my family along with a few small nominal administrative fees to help keep the business running. 3) My flexibility to play many different styles and put together many different kinds of groups. I can fully customize your musical experience.
  • What do you and the musicians need the day of the event?
    Armless Chairs at each setup location. Shade - make sure you check your venue at the same time of day that you plan to get married since shade shifts with the sun. OR let me know I need to bring my cabana (available in real grass or sand only). Meals: Any events longer than 4 hours or longer will require vendor meals so that we can continue playing our best.
  • What do you need for outdoor events?
    Outdoor events in Florida can be equally beautiful as they are hazardous. Here is what I have learned from experience: -I need a level & dry surface to set up on. -Water and shade are top priority! -Rain Plan: I have a place on my contract for you to communicate your rain plan. More importantly, a decision must be made before the musicians begin setting up (about 30 min. before musician start time). *note: a tent or covered patio are not sufficient for rain coverage. Wind can blow water sideways onto the instruments and electrical equipment and cause damage. Florida rain is built different.
  • What size space do you need to perform?
    A duo or trio can easily fit in an 8' x 10' size space. String players have a lot of side to side movement, so it's best to not have us near walkways and entrances. If you can swig your arms around without hitting anyone or anything, you are on the right track.
  • Are you friendly to LGBTQ+ weddings?
    Yes! I play ALL weddings and am here to celebrate love. Don't hesitate to reach out!
  • Do you play religious weddings?
    Definitely! I have experience playing for many different faiths including Jewish, Catholic, Hymns, Modern Worship, and more!. Message me with your specific needs.
  • Can you cover ceremony AND cocktail / hors d'oeuvres hour?
    A lot of my clients choose to add cocktail hour to the ceremony booking. Additional time is calculated at a much lower rate.
  • Do you play receptions?
    Definitely! My setup is perfect for low key and intimate receptions. I can play first dances and create a set list that matches the tone you'd like to set for the evening.
  • Do you have a band or DJ?
    Yes! I am lucky to work with some of the best musicians around! I can either put a band together for you or suggest one based on your preferences. I also work with some amazing DJ's. These choices are better if you want a more traditional reception experience.
  • Do you play during dinner?
    I sure can! Keep in mind, Dinner time is also a great time to schedule breaks for the musicians to eat as guests are busy in conversation and meal enjoyment.
  • Can you play for first dances?
    I love to! I can do this one of two ways. I can play the melody to a backing track (similar to karaoke), or if you prefer to hear the words, I can play with the original recording and dance around the melody. *For Photos: In order to avoid being in your special photos, I can stand stand to the side of the dance floor near the DJ or band. If you prefer the aesthetic of a violinist in your photos, I'm happy to do that as well.
  • Can you provide an officiant mic?
    Yes! I can provide a clip on lav mic for $80. I would need to meet with your officiant prior to the start of pre-ceremony music for a sound check.
  • What if my wedding starts late or my guests show up late?
    It doesn't happen often, but it sometimes does. If I am able to stay longer, I will. Extra time will be prorated and billed within the week. If you know your family & friends tend to run late, one option is to tell them an earlier time than what we schedule. It is sometimes a little awkward for those who show up on time or early, but it can save you a lot of hassle in having to pay for extra time. Another option is to go ahead and add extra time or a cocktail hour. That way, the extra time is already covered.
  • Do I have to have a coordinator?
    Coordinators are an invaluable part of helping a wedding go smoothly. If your wedding budget does not have room for one, I highly recommend having a friend who is not in the wedding party help signal when the wedding party is lined up and ready to enter the ceremony space and help time people walking down the aisle so they don't walk too quickly. One other option is to have your officiant be the first person to enter the ceremony space. Once I see them in position, I will improvise an ending and transition to the first ceremony entrance song. I it helpful to communicate to your bridal party to help time their entrances and not walk too fast, which can often happen when people are nervous or excited.
  • Do I have to have multiple songs for the wedding entrances?
    Traditionally, there is one song for family entrances, one for the wedding party, and then the couple's entrances. That being said, this is your wedding day and you can do what you want! If you want just one long song for everybody, we can make that happen. If you want more songs, we can do that too! I'm here to help you bring your vision to life : )
  • What if my venue has a noise ordinance?
    I am well acquainted and well prepared for noice ordinance situations. One of the great things about stringed instruments is that they can project without a speaker. If your venue has a noise ordinance, I can help you have the music experience you want without amplification : )
  • What are backing tracks?
    Backing tracks is the music without the melody (similar to karaoke). Some of my backing tracks are just piano or guitar accompaniment while others are a band. Backing tracks help fill in the rhythm and harmony to support the melody I am playing.
  • How do I know if I need the music amplified?
    This really depends on a few things: the space, how many people, what the people will be doing. If there is lots of carpet and fabric, the sound will have a harder time projecting. If there are more than 100 people, amplification may be needed to help balance the sound. If people will be talking and conversing, amplification may be needed to help balance the sound. *If you still aren't sure, I suggest you consult with the venue or event planner as they have likely navigated this scenario before and know the needs of the space will will be using.
  • What if I already have a DJ/ sound engineer for my event?
    You just made my job 1,000 times easier! A good sound engineer is worth their weight in gold. I can plug into nearly any system.
  • Can I use your microphone for announcements and speeches?
    Definitely! Please communicate your needs ahead of time so I bring the correct number of microphones. and PLEASE, no "drop the mic" moments. Contrary to what is typically depicted, this equipment is sensitive and it will break.
  • Do you charge extra for amplification?
    For solos and duos, the setup is so easy and simple, that I include amplification for free. For officiant mic & groups of three or more, I charge extra for the time involved in setup and cleanup. The fees vary depending on how many setup locations are involved.
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