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Frequently Asked Questions

 
Do you perform only at small weddings?
All our ensembles can now perform either amplified or unamplified depending on the size of your event. You should always check with your venue to make sure amplification is allowed.
What about receptions?
We will gladly perform at intimate receptions and cocktail hours, but we are not a dance band. We are sometimes asked to perform for an hour after the ceremony while the wedding party is having pictures taken and before the reception has officially begun.
What type of music do you  play during such an interim reception hour?
Our  large repertory offers  many possibilities. Depending on the ensemble, repertory may vary. To make your wedding unique, we encourage you to give your input about what mood and style of music you wish to project.  Click here for ideas and inspiration for a theme reception.  
I'm having a "last minute" wedding. Would getting a musician be out of the question?
Try us!  We may be able to mobilize to provide exactly what you need. 
How do I book a wedding?
Once you have decided to book one of our soloists or ensembles, we'll call or email to further discuss your wedding details. We'll then email the Performance Agreement. Simply mail back a copy with your  deposit to reserve your date; keep the other copy for your files. While awaiting your contract and deposit, we'll hold your wedding date for 10 days. If the contract and deposit are not received back within 10 days, we'll release the hold on that date so that others can have a chance to book us for that date. We'll communicate with you before the wedding to ensure we honor your choices and preferences and that your day will be memorable.
How many weddings do you book per day?
In general, only one. An exception would be for local weddings, where one is a morning wedding and the other an evening wedding.  We never book more than one out-of-town wedding per day and if necessary will travel to your city the night  before the wedding.  We will arrive at your wedding site at least an hour before the music is scheduled to begin. Please refer to our events listing for dates already scheduled.
Why are you called Flutes of Fancy?
A recorder is a type of flute and predates the modern transverse silver flute. Recorders are usually made out of wood. We originally formed our duo to play only recorder music. However, because Dorothy is also a violinist, we increasingly discovered the many lovely possibilities of combining the violin with various  recorders. Recently we renamed our recorder and violin duo Kammeraderie, keeping our original  name Flutes of Fancy for recorder duo and as the name of this website.
Is the recorder the same instrument that I (my partner) learned, although briefly, in fourth grade?
Quite possibly!  Because reliable, inexpensive plastic recorders are available, the recorder is often used in schools as an introductory instrument and as an aid in learning to read music. However, as a player's interest increases, the many complexities and subtleties of the recorder and its repertory rapidly unfold. Concurrent with this  increased interest is an increased expenditure in fine instruments made from rare woods. Our collection contains recorders crafted from boxwood, rosewood, grenadilla, and maple.
What type of music do you play before the wedding?
We will play 30 minutes of prelude music before the Processional  begins. We will consult with you about the mood you wish to project and select the music accordingly. If you are having a theme (Renaissance or Celtic) wedding, we will select appropriate music. 
Do you perform only in Renaissance costumes?
Our Renaissance costumes are an option, but certainly not the only one. We regularly perform in concert black (black tuxedo and black dress or black/white dress).  You can count on us to be professionally dressed according to your preferences. We will note your choice on the wedding agreement.
My budget is limited, so I was thinking of not having live music at all. Wouldn't a CD suffice?
Perhaps, but we truly believe live music will be one of the most atmospheric and remembered elements of your ceremony. Our opinion is that it is a pity to forego it, especially when it can be obtained quite reasonably.
I'm  interested  in having live music but somewhat wary of making inquiries and perhaps getting a "hard sell."
Not to worry.  We love what we do,  and we never put pressure on our prospective wedding clients. There are many wonderful musicians throughout California, each offering their unique talents, genres, configurations,  and styles. Since couples have such a rich variety to choose from, it's important that they consider (1) their  musical preferences, (2) what kind of atmosphere they wish to create, (3) the size and location of their wedding, and (4) their budget.
What is your geographic area for performance?
Our primary  area of performance includes much of Southern California: Fallbrook (our lovely hometown in North San Diego County), the Temecula Wine Country, San Diego County, Riverside County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County.  Our duo will consider occasional travel given sufficient advance notice and a  modest travel allowance. We love exploring new ceremony locations and magical acoustical spaces. Our trio (Tea Rose Consorts) performs in San Diego County and Temecula.
Do you perform for events outside of California?
Generally not. We concentrate on events that are reachable by weekend auto travel--our  preferred mode of travel with multiple instruments and music stands. If given sufficient advance notice, we will travel to neighboring states; additional  travel expenses apply.

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