Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some of the most common questions I am asked. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please use the contact for or email at
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes. Once I have received the deposit I will then be booked for your event/special day. The deposit is 20% of the full fee.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes. Once I have received the deposit I will then be booked for your event/special day. The deposit is 20% of the full fee.
When do I need to pay?
The 20% deposit will secure your chosen date and times. The balance is to be paid either in advance via BACS or cheque.
How much does it cost to book you?
My fee for the first hour of any booking is £250.00. For any additional time booked my fee is £50.00 per hour or £25.00 per half hour. I do not charge for setting up or waiting time.
How long in advance should I book you?
I get booked up very quickly so to avoid any disappointment, as early as possible.
We are not sure how long to book you for our wedding - do you need to know in advance?
That’s no problem. Further time can be added at any point before the day.
Once booked when do you contact us?
I will contact you 6 months before your special day to send you a list of songs/pieces asking for your choices back approximately 3 months before your special day. You are very welcome to contact me with any questions or requests.
Are you free for my date?
To check if I am available on your date, please contact me using the online form, emailing me at claire@wedding-violinist.co.uk or phoning on 07938822233.
Where are you based and how far do you travel?
I am based in Somerset. I always include in my fee the first 50 miles of travel. For any additional mileage, my fee will incur a travel expense depending on location.
How long can you perform for?
I can perform for as long as I am required to as long as a break is provided after a couple of hours.
Can you play at more than just one venue during the day?
Yes, I will make sure that I am fully set up at both venues to help the day to go smoothly.
Can you perform outside?
Yes – Except for if it is spitting with rain or if there is prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Both of these things are not great for the violin, so I would require a shaded area to play in (the shade of a building, or under a canopy or marquee).
Do you perform acoustically or with backing tracks?
I can play both acoustically or with backing tracks.
Can we request a piece of music which isn’t on your repertoire?
Yes, no problem. My fee for this is £15.00 per song.
How many pieces can we choose?
As a rough guide 10 pieces per hour. Please see my wedding packages and fees page for more details.
Do you have your own PA/sound system?
Yes, I have two sets of PA equipment so I can set up in various locations.
Do you have Public Liability and PAT-testing certificates? Are you covered?
Yes, I have £10 million public liability cover and all of my equipment is PAT-tested. I am also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
How early will you arrive on the day?
I aim to arrive at least 90 minutes before I am due to perform to set up my equipment and sound check.