CATTUS WEDDING MUSICIANS:

Wedding Ceremony | Cocktail Hour | Luxury Package

 
 
 
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Wedding Ceremony Package

Prelude + Ceremony (1 hour)

  • Prelude Music (as your guests are being seated)

  • Processional Songs

  • Ceremony Interlude (i.e. Candle Lighting) 

  • Recessional Song

  • Unlimited phone/email consultations leading up to your wedding date.

  • Day of Wedding: Final consultation with your wedding coordinator to re-confirm cues 30 minutes prior to our start time. 

Prelude Music

As your wedding begins, guests hear the lush sounds of our string group as they take their seats in anticipation of the start of your ceremony.

Some of our clients choose Classical music for an elegant start to their wedding. Many others choose to create a playlist of soft, romantic songs such as "Unchained Melody," "A Thousand Years," and "Marry Me." Other couples choose to put together an eclectic mix of favorite songs or songs that have special meaning to them. 

Ceremony

Your ceremony is entirely customizable -- we can play any songs you request and at any moment during the ceremony.  

As you walk down the aisle, you hear a beautiful arrangement of "Can't Help Falling in Love" or the classic "Canon in D" and the atmosphere resonates with the rich sonority of live musicians playing stringed instruments. As you reach the altar, the music fades. 

You may want to hear music during another part of your ceremony. Picture us playing "Ave Maria" softly during a candle lighting ceremony or punctuating your nuptial kiss with the chorus from The Little Mermaid's  "Kiss the Girl." 

As the ceremony ends and you are announced, we start playing the celebratory "trumpet" fanfare to "All You Need is Love."


 
 
 Photo Credit: Morgan Hydinger (morganhydinger.com)

Photo Credit: Morgan Hydinger (morganhydinger.com)

Cocktail Package

Prelude + Ceremony + Cocktail Hour (2 hours)

  • Prelude Music

  • Processional Songs

  • Ceremony Interlude (i.e. Candle Lighting) 

  • Recessional Song

  • Cocktail Hour

  • Unlimited phone/email consultations leading up to your wedding date.

  • Day of Wedding: Final consultation with your wedding coordinator to confirm cues 30 minutes prior to our start time.

This is the time to throw genres out the window! "Game of Thrones" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" played back to back? Lovely. You'll get your guests in the mood for the reception to come. 

Again, this part of the wedding is also completely customizable. We tell our clients to create a playlist of songs they love. Everything from Sinatra, Ed Sheeran, and Drake to The Beach Boys. 

Or, you can leave it up to us, and tell us to stick to one or more genres of music. We will create a great playlist for you with songs that we know audiences enjoy hearing.


 
 

Photo Credit: Morgan Hydinger (morganhydinger.com). Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs

Luxury Package: Up to 2.5 hours

For those clients who want a more personalized and all-inclusive experience.

  • 30 minutes of Prelude Music

  • Wedding Ceremony Music (Processional, Interlude, and Recessional)

  • 60 minutes of Cocktail Hour Music

  • 2 custom arrangements of songs not already in our Library.

  • Personal recordings of those 2 custom arrangements sent to you.

  • Any requested changes/modifications to those arrangements.

  • Amplification: We bring our full PA system and use pickups on each instrument for an amplified, but still acoustic sound. 

  • Total Peace of Mind Communication

  • Day of Wedding: Final consultation with your wedding coordinator to confirm cues 30 minutes prior to our start time.



FAQS:

Why book Cattus Quartet or any other professional quartet for my wedding when I could hire students at a lower cost?

One word: Experience. We have a core group of players and are thus able to provide a polished, unified group sound borne from having played our repertoire together on countless weddings. We truly pride ourselves on our sound. Hear the difference in our video samples.

However, playing beautifully is only a part of what we do. The biggest difference between us and a less experienced group is that we are able to expertly navigate the little hiccups and unforeseen circumstances that often occur in even the most well planned ceremonies to ensure that the musical portion of your special day goes off without a hitch!

We are also fully insured ($1,000,000) and can provide proof of liability insurance required by your venue.

How soon should I book you?

We typically book 6-12 months ahead. However, we are often able to book clients within a shorter time frame. We do recommend contacting us as early as you can to ensure availability.

What do you wear?

Our dress is all black, formal clothing. For more formal affairs, we can dress accordingly (i.e. men in tuxes).

Do you play outdoors?

Yes, of course! However, we do require full shade from the sun in the form of an umbrella(s) or natural shade under trees.

Can you play my wedding in Santa Barbara? San Francisco?

Yes, we serve Los Angeles and all surrounding counties -- Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Orange County, as well as the Inland Empire. Any travel fees will be included in your quote.

We are happy to travel to locations outside Southern California. Please contact us with details for a full quote.

When will you arrive at our venue?

30-45 minutes prior to our start time. This gives us plenty of time for set-up and to coordinate cues with your wedding planner.

How many songs do I need to pick for my ceremony? Can you help me choose songs?

Absolutely. We start with providing a music selection form that simplifies the process of choosing songs for your wedding.

For the ceremony, we recommend 1-2 songs for the officiant, family, and attendants. A separate song will mark the bride's walk down the aisle. Many couples also choose to have us play a song during certain points during the ceremony, such as a candle lighting, sand ceremony, or presentation to parents. The last song to pick is the recessional which we play following the presentation of the couple.

For prelude music and cocktail hour, we recommend picking a genre and/or specific songs. We fill out the time with similar songs as needed.

Can I make a special request for a song not already in your Library?

We are more than happy to do that! We have highly skilled in-house composers who can arrange any song you'd like to hear. Our arrangement fees vary depending upon the complexity of the piece you'd like us to arrange. We will create a custom arrangement of the song, learn and rehearse it, and perform it for you on your special day.

What do you require at the venue?

We require an armless chair for each musician performing as well as shade from direct sunlight if your event is outdoors. If you choose amplification, we would need a power source within 10 feet of where we will be set up.

My wedding is outdoors, do I need to add your portable PA system?

For prelude and ceremony music that is outdoors, the primary indicators are the number of guests at your event as well as the venue's proximity to loud noises such as major streets or running water.

Our portable PA system is often a good idea for cocktail hour music if there are a large number of guests whether the location is indoors or outdoors. With our PA system, we can adjust the volume level so that our music soars above the conversation without being so loud that it makes it hard for guests to chat.

I can't decide if I want to go with string quartet or string trio. What's the difference?

Our string trio is comprised of two violins and a cello, and our quartet is formed by adding our violist. The difference between quartet and trio is much less noticeable than the difference in sound between our string trio and string duo options. We are happy to discuss the details of your event with you and help you pick the perfectly sized ensemble for your event!

Is there anything I'm forgetting?

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We know how stressful it can be planning your wedding day, so it would be our pleasure to do whatever we can to set your mind at ease!