Your event is unique and we will discuss your requirements to provide exactly what you are looking for, either working to your remit or helping you to make the best choices, both musically and stylistically.
We have many years of experience in weddings and may be able to advise you on other aspects of your day as well. See below for our Wedding Guidelines.
The Chanot Ensemble will usually play instead of the organ as the congregation gathers. Most people leave the selection of music to us (we would usually play serene Classical music as this stage) but if you have specific requests, let us know.
Three items need to be chosen, however, for the main points of the ceremony:
The Entrance of the Bride;
The Signing of the Register;
The departure of the Bride & Groom.
Hymns are normally played by the organist, but in smaller churches these can be played by The Ensemble instead. We will require the music in plenty of time so it can be arranged for a string quartet.
We work frequently with singers and can arrange a soloist for you if required.
We would highly recommend live music for a civil ceremony in order to create a suitable atmosphere.
Arrangements are similar to those for church ceremonies, although people can choose to be more flexible with their choice of music for civil ceremonies to include a lighter repertoire, and maybe “your song”. Please note that no religious music is permitted at civil ceremonies by law.
The Chanot Ensemble will begin playing 15-30 minutes before the ceremony to create a romantic atmosphere as your guests gather. Let us know your preferred style of music. We will then play at the same key points of the ceremony as above.
The Chanot Ensemble will play for your guests as drinks are served and your photographs are taken. As this can be quite a protracted part of the day, live music creates a good focus for your guests and sets the atmosphere for the lighter side of the day’s proceedings.
We can play outside in Summer unless it is raining, even slightly, or damp as this damages the instruments. We can also move position at any stage.
The Receiving Line
This can sometimes be a slow process so it is useful to have The Ensemble to entertain your waiting guests. We can play either in the room where guests are waiting to be received or in the room where the meal is to be served, for guests moving after being received.
The Wedding Breakfast
The Chanot Ensemble can play for all or part of the meal, creating elegant background music, which adds a more personal touch than simply using the hotel’s ‘piped’ music.
As timings can be difficult to predict, you may prefer to specify a point in the meal at which you wish us to finish, such as after dessert has been served, so that we can move out discreetly before your speeches begin. For added flexibility, extra time can be added on the day by the half hour, as long as you have requested this facility beforehand. I suggest you organise the Best Man to liaise with us in this case.