Robert is the consummate professional musician. Not only talented when it comes to the classical guitar, but he has done over 300 weddings and understands what it takes to make the music part of a beautiful wedding day. From the quality of the equipment, to the exquisite live sound of the guitar, to the attention to personalized service and detail, Robert can help make you wedding even more special. You will find him approachable, easy to work with, helpful and very adaptable.
The ceremony package includes about ½ hour of seating music as guests arrive at the ceremony site, the ceremony itself, and 10-15 minutes of recessional music after the bridal party has left and the guests exit. This provides beautiful music for the entire ceremony process. A full PA (non-obtrusive) is provided at no extra charge to provide the most beautiful sound possible. Also included at no charge is a session with Robert sometime before the wedding where you and your fiancé (and whomever else you like to attend) will listen to and select the music to build the itinerary specifically tailored to YOUR ceremony.
This package includes the entire Ceremony Package (above -#2), plus an additional hour of beautiful music during your cocktail period. Included is breakdown and re-setup at the cocktail site at no extra charge.
This is the best value and most elegant option. It extends the mood and romance from the ceremony to the dinner reception. Nothing will give your dinner more elegance than beautiful live romantic guitar – the PERFECT dinner music. Exquisitely beautiful, easy to talk over, and the absolute perfect touch.. This package includes the entire Ceremony Package (above -#2), plus 2 hours of beautiful dinner music. This is typically enough to cover the full dinner service plus dessert. The price includes breakdown and re-setup from the ceremony to the dinner/reception site.
The 3 standard package pricing are as follows for 2014 (no increases from 2013). Mileage/travel fees may apply for distance more than 50 miles one way (contact us for travel outside the metro-Detroit area):
a. Ceremony Only - $149
b. Ceremony plus Cocktail Hour - $249
c. Ceremony plus 2 Hour Dinner - $299
Absolutely! Sometimes Robert performs only for a cocktail or dinner (no ceremony). Maybe you only need an hour of dinner music. Or maybe you need something completely different. Just contact us and we’ll put together a package that fits your needs and budget. We are here to help you, just contact us!
Yes – this is fairly common, especially at receptions. It is very common for Robert to perform during dinner and have a DJ or band take over for festivities and dancing after dinner. Also, Robert works closely with DJ’s/bands during the bridal party entrances, toasts, etc… to allow them to perform these important events. Robert will start / stop whenever required and will help make your reception run smoothly.
Robert has performed at over 300 weddings and it is his specialty (not just something he does on occasion). His experience helps your wedding go smoothly and beautifully and you have one less thing to worry about. Robert understands what it takes to make the music a success at a wedding and is prepared for almost any eventuality. From only booking a single wedding event in a day (allowing for flexibility for time changes), to being fully self-contained with equipment (chair, equipment, extension cords, etc…), Robert will make your wedding music unforgettable, while allowing you to focus on other things
Robert does not try to be everything to everyone. Rather, he lets the beauty and elegance of the guitar shine through. Most of the music Robert performs was written specifically for the guitar, although there are many notable exceptions. Most of the couples that hire Robert are looking for something different than the standard wedding music and Robert delivers music as personal and as unique as the couples getting married. The music is stunningly beautiful and will set your wedding apart from others. This is the reason that Robert meets every couple who has engaged him to perform at their ceremony and spends time to introduce and play music and let the couple decide the perfect music for their ceremony – music that is as unique and beautiful as the couple themselves. This personalized service is at no extra charge.
Most couples audition Robert during the time they are listening to and selecting music. Countless references can be provided and of course, Robert can try to arrange a visit during another couples wedding (available dates and permission from the couple would be required, of course). However, we invite you to explore Robert’s website, listen to the music samples, watch the videos, look at the photos, read the recommendations and letters from couples who have had him perform at their ceremony – all of these things will give you confidence that you are engaging a talented musician, who specializes and understands weddings, and will help make your special day spectacular.
The only thing required to book a date for Robert is a signed performance agreement and a $25 deposit. This locks that day for you. The deposit is applied to the cost of the wedding. Robert NEVER books more than one wedding a day, regardless of start / end times. This gives you flexibility in case your times change or later you wish to have Robert play at your cocktail hour or dinner service. Please contact us for information and for a copy of the performance agreement.
The music selection process is usually a separate meeting where you and your fiancé (and whomever else you would like to attend) meet with Robert in his beautiful home. At the meeting, Robert plays and demonstrates live music on the guitar as together you and he build the song list for the ceremony, completely customized to your taste and vision. Since Robert most plays music written for the guitar (with many notable exceptions), this process is much more informative and intimate than sending you a list of a bunch of songs you may not know. Most couples comment that this process was one of their favorite events when working on making their wedding a reality.
Robert does many weddings where the bride and groom live out of state and they traveling back to Michigan for their wedding (many are transplants with family in the Michigan area). There are several options that can be worked out.
· Most couples come home at some point to make wedding arrangements and visit family. Robert will work with you to make to make a time available that fits a tight schedule. Usually, it takes about an hour or two to select music. Also, music can be selected from a year out to the day before the wedding, so if the bride and groom are in town 3 days before the wedding and have time, that can work very well. This is just communication between Robert and the couple.
· If a couple will not be in town or if their schedule does not permit a meeting, Robert has completed many of these long distance meetings through SKYPE. All that you need is a PC/Laptop with internet access, a camera, and speakers/microphone. Skype is a free software package that allows free internet video calling. We can even have multiple different people in different locations if needed. Contact Robert for more information. If you are interested in items like Gotomeeting, etc…, please contact Robert. In any event, it’s a perfect option if you can’t make it into town and you can hear and see Robert play, discuss music and make selections as if you were sitting with him.
From a timing standpoint, you can schedule your selection meeting anytime from the moment you sign the performance agreement to the day before the wedding, as once you select your music, you can move on to other things. However, during the selection process Robert will be asking questions on the structure of the ceremony and specifically where you might like music. Here are some examples of where someone MIGHT want music if these elements were in their wedding
· Seating of Parents/Grandparents
· Groom/Groomsmen/"Officiant" entering the ceremony site
· Bridal Party
· Bridal March
· Blessing of the rings
· Readings from the audience
· Unity candle/sand
· Hand tying
· Release of doves
These are only examples of the kinds of elements that are in some weddings, you may have only a few of these or you may have something different. The important point is to have at least a working idea of what your ceremony will consist of. This will then direct the selection process for the number songs you need to select and the mood that each song should create. It doesn’t mean the ceremony has to be engraved in stone, just that you have an overall idea. For instance, you may tell Robert, “we are thinking about a unit candle ceremony, but we are not sure if we are going to have it”. No problem, you will select a song for it and later you can decide to add it or omit by simply letting Robert know.
Yes, during the spring, summer, and early fall, about 70% of Robert’s weddings are outdoor weddings. The only things required for Robert to perform at an outdoor wedding are:
· Access to one 110V electrical outlet (normal house type outlet) for the PA
· Shade from direct sun (can be a structure, trees, large bushes, etc…). The sun will cause the wood in the instrument to expand rapidly and at the least will make tuning an issue and at the most, damage the guitar
· A fallback option in case of inclement weather (rain, cold temps, hail, high winds, etc…). Robert will have PA and other electrical working at the ceremony and has the right to refuse to perform if the conditions are such that could be a danger to him, the equipment, or your guests. Also, cold can adversely affect Roberts ability to perform on the guitar.
The short answer is yes. The guitar sound carries a little, but once you get more than 30 people in an environment without great acoustics, the sound evaporates quickly (especially outdoors). You can hear the guitar; it just does not carry the moment. Robert provides, at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE, a special PA that not only recreates the beautiful tone of the classical guitar faithfully, but is un-obnoxious and will provide the correct amount of sound reinforcement for any event. This could be a little amplification for a small garden ceremony, to amplification to power a 700 person reception dinner. Robert strives to provide you with the most beautiful performance possible and that includes the quality of the tone.
Not much, really. Typically, Robert needs an area to set up (usually about 5 x 5) and access to an 110V outlet. Everything else is supplied by Robert, from electrical cords right down to his performance stool, he is completely self-contained. Since Robert has been performing at weddings for years as his primary business, he comes fully prepared to handle most eventualities. In fact, most couples say that once the music is selected that they don’t even think about it any more. This is because you will be hiring a true professional who knows the importance of punctuality, has performed at hundreds of weddings, and comes fully prepared to deal with any obstacle to make sure the music for your wedding is perfect.
Yes. There is a separate modest charge for the rehearsal event and mileage charges may apply. It is also based on availability. Contact Robert for more information.
Although Robert offers this service, it is NOT a requirement. Typically, Robert charges a $50 to attend and perform at the rehearsal (additional mileage charges may apply). Robert brings base equipment, including a small amp, and will work with all parties involved to rehearse the ceremony event. This usually consists of a “dry run” where everyone figures out the order of events, where to stand, etc… After the dry run, there typically are a couple of practice runs that include music and closely mimic the actual ceremony. Whether you need Robert for the rehearsal is a personal choice. If the wedding ceremony is well organized and set-up, there may not be a need for Robert to attend – he will work out some details in advance with you and meet with the officiate the day of the ceremony to work out any last minute queues. If your ceremony is still taking shape and there are lots of questions, it may be helpful and a good idea. Rehearsals are based on Robert’s availability and a rehearsal event is not confirmed as part of a ceremony booking. If you would like Robert to take part in your rehearsal event, please discuss this with him as soon as possible.
There is no additional charge for Robert to break down from the ceremony site and re-set-up at a reception site. This is very typical for any wedding. The only charges that may be applicable would be if the wedding and ceremony sites are a great distance apart and the overall mileage and travel time of the entire event are affected. This is extremely rare.
Robert travels extensively, including all of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, etc… If the event is more than 50 miles one way, Robert quotes these events individually and standard pricing does not apply. Please contact us for more information and a firm quote.
Yes, Robert will travel to any wedding destination. Destinations that can be driven to will be quoted based on each individual’s event. Any event that requires an overnight stay will require reimbursement of a moderately priced hotel/motel and per diem per day for food. If air travel is required, all costs incurred will need to be reimbursed. Also, a PA or other type of amplification will need to be provided at the event.
Yes, Robert has performed at several “Destination Weddings”. All of Robert’s travel documents are in order. Airfare, Hotel, Food, etc… are all required to be supplied or reimbursed by you. A PA or other type of amplification will need to be provided at the event.