First of all, you must find out whether the venue you have chosen provides the musicians for the ceremony. If it does, you will not need to sign a contract with them, just simply make sure you confirm with them how long you would like them to play for you and how much they charge. If, however, the venue does not provide the musicians, then make sure you establish in writing all the pertinent information. In any case, you will probably have to give a 50% down payment to confirm the event.
When choosing the musicians make sure you ask the following questions:
Do the musicians have a demo of their work?
Will the same musicians that play in the demo the ones who will play in the ceremony?
Have these musicians played in the venue of your choice before?
Do the musicians have a list of suggested songs to play during the ceremony?
Would the musicians be willing to play a particular song that is NOT included in their repertoire?
If you decide a singer in addition to the musicians, will they be able to rehearse together?
How many hours of music are included in the price? If the ceremony takes a little longer than estimated, will there be an additional cost, or are the musicians wiling to continue playing without charging extra?
How will the musicians be dressed?
What furniture will the musicians need in order to perform (chairs etc)?
Do they bring their own sound system?
Are the musicians willing to be at the rehearsal? Would they charge extra for this? If so, how much?
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