Frequently Asked Questions:
What is your starting price?
What services do you offer?
Music for your ceremony and/or background music for your photos/champagne reception and/or wedding breakfast.We are happy to suggest music which works well in a civil or church ceremony if you'd like some help with this!
What is included in the wedding package?
For the ceremony this includes playing as your guests gather before the ceremony as well as your choice of music for the bride's entrance, during the signing of the register, and as you lead your guests out to the drinks reception.
How far in advance should I contact you?
We take bookings up to 18 months in advance.
What style of music do you offer?
We have a large and varied repertoire ranging from classical through to jazz, TV/movie themes, and brilliant arrangements of current chart material.
Type of musical group:
We are a professional string ensemble.
Size of musical group:
We offer a string quartet, trio, and duo.
Is it possible to request something that is not in the repertoire?
We can usually specially commission an arrangement of your favourite song for inclusion on the day.
Saffron Strings was created in 2004 by Kerry and Lorraine who had met playing in professional orchestras in London and also performing in ad hoc string quartets for functions. We specialise in weddings and have won many awards both for our expertise in wedding music and for customer service.
Do you have your own equipment?
We play our own instruments and are purely acoustic so require nothing more than chairs to sit on!
Are you able to travel?
We cover Berkshire, Wiltshire and adjoining counties.
Is there a charge for travelling?
No. Travel costs are included in our quote.
Do you cover more than one wedding a day?
It's very rare for us to play for two weddings in one day. There have been occasions where two couples have each booked duos and very occasionally we have played for a lunchtime ceremony and then gone on to an early evening reception but these are exceptional examples. Generally we take one booking on any given date.
Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
All four members of Saffron Strings are full-time professional musicians. One member of the quartet will answer your initial enquiry and then work with you through the booking process, helping you to choose your music, and you'll see her performing on the wedding day itself.
What is the length of time of the act?
For all our bookings we will arrive 45 minutes before we're scheduled to play in order to liaise with the venue staff and/or registrar/vicar/celebrant. For ceremony only bookings we will play for up to half an hour before the ceremony as your guests arrive through to the last guest leaving the ceremony room after you're hitched!For ceremony + drinks reception (our most popular package) a three hour booking is standard.
How much time do you need to prepare for an act?
We can set-up and be ready to play very quickly if necessary but we usually arrive 45 minutes before we're due to start playing to give us time to liaise with the venue staff and registars/vicar/celebrant.
Do you charge per hour or per event?
We have two price bands; one for the ceremony only, the other a 3 hour rate to cover the ceremony + drinks reception. If more than 3 hours is required we have an additional hourly rate.
If needed, would you be able to work extra hours
Sometimes. As professional musicians one or more of us may have an orchestral engagement during the evening after an afternoon wedding, for example.
How do you charge for extra time?
Payment on the day is required if overtime is needed.
What are the forms of payment?
Most of our clients pay by bank transfer but we can also accept cheques providing the payment reaches us no later than 14 days before the big day.
Reviews for Saffron Strings
Recommended by 100% of couples
Just a quick email to thank you for your beautiful playing at our wedding. I didn't get chance to speak to you guys, many of my guests said how lovely and how well you played they really enjoyed it.Sent on 27/02/2020
Many thanks again.
Kelly & Liam,
Saffron Strings played at our wedding and they were fantastic. They were really accommodating with our music choices, even down to specific requests for songs that weren't on their repertoire and timings of surprise songs! I highly recommend them.Sent on 25/02/2020
Herons Farm Barn,
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the musicians who played at our wedding on Sunday. During the ceremony it all sounded so beautiful and many guests commented on how great it sounded . It was breath-taking!Sent on 22/02/2020
Kayleigh & Chris.