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Vancity Vendor: 12strings

October 5th, 2012 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: 12strings

The trio of 12strings started off with a cellist named Benz Phaisaltantiwongs and a violinist, Pratima Cheung. During rehearsals, they realized that they lacked some depth in their music so they asked their friend Krystel Yip, a fellow violinist, to join in. They love the sound they created, and most of all, they really enjoyed playing together, so they decided to share that joy with others. They have only been playing together for 2 years but each of them have more than a decade of experience in their respective instruments. They find wedding gigs so rewarding because they love bringing smiles to not only the bride and groom, but also their guests.

12strings offers live musical performances for events such as weddings, graduations, and private parties, for starting prices as low as $250!

The trio has a vast repertoire of music that spans various genres including classical, pop and rock. They do accept requests, though, so if there is a special song you want them to learn, they can arrange it for a small fee of $30. Otherwise, they will be able to help select music for you based on the mood of your event. Whether it be traditional, romantic, fun or a mixture of either, they can find something in their repertoire that will work for your wedding. In any case , should there be an emergency, backup musicians for the group will be available to fill in so your day won’t be compromised.

12strings is based in Richmond, if you’d like to get to know them better give them a call at (778) 886-2837 or send them an email at 12stringstrio@gmail.com. You can also check out their website, see them in action on their YouTube channel or be a fan on their Facebook page.

A Few Words With 12 Strings…

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“12 Strings provides essential classical wedding music at a reasonable price with the option to customize our repertoire by requesting additional songs for a small fee. Being a trio rather than a quartet also allows us to perform at a lower cost than other ensembles meaning we can deliver the same beautiful music to more prospecting couples.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“We are fun, energetic and enthusiastic about our music and always open to new ideas for our performances. Because we are able to arrange our own music, the sky is the limit. We do our best to accommodate any music preferences and welcome song requests outside of our normal repertoire.”

What kinds of music do you play? Are couples able to make requests?
“We offer musical selections from a wide variety of music, ranging from classical, traditional pieces to pop and old school songs. We are always open to special requests from the couple – anything to make their special day an even more memorable one.”

What are your favourite songs to play for weddings (traditional and non-traditional)?
“Some of our favourite songs to play are Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton, Save the Last Dance for Me by Michael Bublé, and of course, Pachelbel’s classic Canon in D.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“To be able to be a part of someone’s special day is amazing. What’s even more amazing is to be able to add to the atmosphere through our music. Being able to contribute something we are passionate about is one of the best perks about our job!”

What was the most memorable song request your couples have made and why was it so memorable to you?
“Our most memorable song request was Sweet Child O’ Mine by the Guns N Roses. It was one of our first requested songs, and boy, was it a challenge! We had a fun time arranging this song for our trio, and it turned out even better than expected!”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“The right music takes the right kind of planning, and that’s what we’re here to help you through. If we had one piece of advice for the bride and groom, it would be to keep an open mind or.. On the day of the wedding remember to sit back, relax and just enjoy the day. Take some time to really taste the food, listen to our music etc. and enjoy the hard work you both put in! Things almost never go as planned but that is what makes life memorable!”

To contact 12strings, visit their website.
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All photos provided by 12strings

Photographer Credits: Paul Milaire & Sakura Photography

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