Grace Note String Ensembles ~ Church, Indoor & Outdoor Weddings

Cape May Court House , NJ


Violin ~ Cello ~ Harp ~ Acoustic Guitar ~Flute ~ Trumpet ~ Vocals, "music in good spirit"
Cape May Court House, NJ US 08210 (map)




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Experienced & Good~Spirited Musicians: the Grace Note String Trio, Duo, Harp, Acoustic Guitar, Classical, Jazz & more...we plan & play for church, indoor or outdoor weddings.

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Experienced & Good~Spirited Musicians: the Grace Note String Trio, Duo, Harp, Acoustic Guitar, Classical, Jazz & more...we plan & play for church, indoor or outdoor weddings.

What’s your choice for ceremony music... Cocktail or dessert reception?
Would you like a string trio? an elegant violin duet? Cello & violin? Concert Harp or Beach Harp?
Classical guitar or contemporary guitar music? Flute? Violin? Jazzy Trio? Harmonious voices? Trumpet?
Need an excellent organist & some music planning help? We are specialists in getting the music right for your day

Grace Note String Ensembles located at the New Jersey Shore, & in Philadephia area, are good-spirited, experienced musicians with a repetoire that will make your pre-service & ceremony say "You two are blessed!" We play classical, of course, but love to play a more contemporary style wedding too. Depending on your style, we’ll pick different instruments to get just the right flavor. "FROM VIVALDI to VIVA La VIDA" :)

We provide music on the beach, in church, at home or at the yacht or country club. We also do cocktail hour receptions (a nice touch before the DJ or band). I’ll be happy to send you music clips online. Better yet, FIND US ON FACEBOOK here: http://www.facebook.com/gracenotemusic

Experienced in working with your pastor or civil celebrant to incorporate music into the service.
We also do Celtic style weddings, and Christian Worship, including Catholic Mass. Special music? Just ask!

We play in regional ensembles, orchestras, and teach regionally in PA, DE, and NJ, and can serve your wedding in these locations as well...

Glad you found us, we would love to be part of your day! D. Conlin Read less
Ceremony Music




What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Well groomed in classic black attire, or if you like we will accent with complimentary colors for your wedding mixed into our black. Also can play in neutrals like steel gray, navy, sand & browns. Our men can wear tuxes or khakis with crisp shirt and tie, with or without jacket depending on the heat and venue requirements, and the formaility of your wedding. Regardless, we dress nicely! Our harpists were gowns in a variety of classic complimentary colors, including black.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Please do ask us via email for live clips or our ensembles, also available on our facebook page.


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Grace Note String played for our beach wedding ceremony. They did a terrific job and all our guests loved the music! Dori was very responsive and great to work with! She was able to recommend songs that would sound great on the instruments we were having. We absolutely loved the music that was played and we were so happy to have used Grace Note for our wedding day! Thank you Dori for all of your help!!! We hope to work with you again!!! If you want beautiful music, Dori will work with you to have the exact sound you want!
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1+ year ago
We were thrilled with the service from Grace Note String Ensembles. From the beginning planning stages through the day of the wedding everything was great!! I was a little overwhelmed at first at the amount of songs available to pick throughout the ceremony. Dori was patient with me while I spent a while going back and forth making decisions, and did not try to rush me along. She was able to give an expert opinion when I had questions about what was appropriate for certain locations and even communicated with my officiant to make sure they were on the same page with cues and prompts. I was nervous about how I would feeling walking down the stairs to have everyone staring at me as I came into our ceremony, but as soon as I heard the musicians start the entrance song I chose for the bridal party it just totally relaxed me (and my father!) and we were calm and happy. They also played during our cocktail hour and did a great job. The volume level was perfect!
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1+ year ago
Could not be more thrilled with everything (from planning, responsiveness, professionalism, music). I don't plan on ever getting married again lol but I will recommend to anyone who is looking for a consummate performer.
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Dori and the Grace Note team took so much time with us to plan the music selections. They had so many songs to choose from and were willing to completely customize their songs to our taste and wedding theme/atmosphere. Their talent added the perfect touch to the ceremony and cocktail hour. In fact, we did not want them to leave once the hour was up! They were so flexible and agreed to stay longer to "keep the party going." Mission accomplished! 5 stars all around!
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Grace Note String Ensembles ~ Church, Indoor & Outdoor Weddings responded with the following comments:

<3 <3 <3 your family, and the day, Marie, Mike ! Thanks for your kind words, see you around the 7 Mile ~ Dori :)
Dori was truly amazing! She planned everything with us rather late in the game via e-mail and her beautiful music contributed greatly to the wedding ceremony on my daughter's most special day! Thank you Dori!
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I can't thank Dori enough! I have to first thank her for reading my email and having a feeling that my wedding was something special. She was so helpful. Her fantastic energy and flexibility made everything so easy. We had a combination of a violin, flute and acoustic guitar. It was beautiful! Before I walked down the aisle and the church doors were still closed and i couldn't see anyone, I could hear Grace Note playing the beautiful music Dori and I had compiled. At that moment I knew how special this day was. They always say that the soundtrack makes a movie. Dori and Grace Not String Ensembles was the perfect soundtrack to Brandon and my special day. Dori thank you so much, you were wonderful
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Absolutely wonderful and a fantastic vendor to work with!!!!!! Musicians with Grace Note String Ensembles played for our beach ceremony in Cape May and our guests gushed over how lovely and perfect the music was. They were so easy to communicate with throughout the entire process and amazingly organized when it came to finalizing the details and making suggestions. We highly recommend Grace Note! They were the perfect touch to the perfect day!
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Grace Note String Ensembles ~ Church, Indoor & Outdoor Weddings responded with the following comments:

Sara, why thank you so much for your enthusiatic words! I'm happy we could be there for you two... with a little Beatles, and a little IZ included :) Congratulations, Miss Newlywed! ~ Dori
The music was such a beautiful addition to our ceremony. Grace Notes even learned a new song at our request just for our ceremony. It was a great experience working with Dori. We were extremely pleased with their performance & professionalism.
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Grace Note Music did an amazing job at our ceremony! All of our guests loved the harp and violin....it was perfect!! It was such a nice touch to add to the ceremony and one that we will never forget!!! Thank you for making our wedding so memorable!!!
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I was so happy that I found Grace Note Music only three weeks before my wedding. Ceremony music was something that had slipped my mind! Dori made choosing the ceremony music selections easy and stress free. The harpist they provided, Lynn, was wonderful. So many people commented after the ceremony how beautiful the harp was and how much it added to the ceremony. I would recommend Grade Note Strings to anyone who needs a musician in the future!
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Grace Note String Ensemble worked with me and my family to give our wedding ceremony a personal touch. We really wanted a Celtic flair incorporated into our ceremony, especially our processional and recessional, and had our hearts set on one song in particular. Dori was willing to do the research and practice necessary to accommodate our request, and the result made our ceremony so special. We really appreciate all the effort! All other aspects of the music planning went very smoothly. Thank you so much.
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My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Dori on very short notice. We had emailed her a month or so prior to the wedding. We did have some difficulty getting in touch with the company at first, but it was peak wedding season which I understand is stressful and we were looking for a last minute service. With just a week away, we were able to work with Dori in deciding song selections for her and another musician to play the violin and guitar during our ceremony. They learned new songs to play for us and even created music to a song that the notes weren't able to be found. The price was also phenomenal and overall the music met all our expectations!
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Dori was super enthusiastic and easy to work with. She happily played my requests and eagerly offered suggestions where needed. She was friendly and cooperative and I felt calm knowing she'd be part of my big day.
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I googled this company and decided to give it a shot. The compay's director responded to my voice mail and we talked for about 10 minutes. After talking about her family issues, she assured me that I would not have to worry about the planning or execution of the music for my wedding. She said that she would take charge of all of that, and I would just sit back and watch the wedding. However, it couldn't have been further from the truth. She went away to take care of her family issues and totally forgot about us. She said she would contact our vocalist to practice and did not do so. We tried paying online, but couldn't figure out the link so told her we'd pay her in person. Not sure wether she was coming or not, I was brought to tears not knowing that we had a musician for the event until about an hour before the ceremony. She did not answer my emails or my calls for days up to the wedding. We had no idea what to do, and my soon to be husband finally took over, since I was hysterically crying. On my wedding day. She decided finally to answer her phone, and confirm that she was coming about an hour before our lifetime committment. When they came, we were so busy getting everything together that we couldn't find them to pay. 4:30pm everything was supposed to start, but they refused to play until they were paid in full. A true nightmare. The only good thing that happened was that she had rehearsed a song that we asked her to. But the vocalist did not hear from her until the day of the wedding to practice it with her. Some of the musician's notes were off and in the end it was just a headache. Nobody should have to feel like their wedding is unplanned or stressed out up to the last hour of the ceremony. It's a big event, and if you want everything set in place before it happens, book someone else. Bad news. Save yourself the headache.
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Grace Note String Ensembles ~ Church, Indoor & Outdoor Weddings responded with the following comments:

BRIDES please do read this if you are wary - I am the human being & musician responsible for the "company" ! ~ Dori

I'm not enjoying having to respond to being called a “nightmare”...so...here goes. :-\ Warning: it’s a long one. But to this, I don’t know a smarter way to respond!
First, I thought you two had a beautiful wedding. Not sure why you are disappointed in me.
Let's address what you mentioned above.
THE Preamble: It's a shame you feel this way, as I did everything I could to put your wedding together in a very short two week time frame. Normally, most all our couples are paid in full and have their music plans finished by two weeks prior to the wedding. You had not decided on your instruments by that point. It's always lower stress, and a good idea to have things done early! I was happy to do custom music for you in a short time frame. Some family members and even the hired folks mentioned to us how nice the music was that day.

PAYMENT LINK DIDN’T WORK? We don’t have one. On the contract, it says to send a check. You didn’t send one (USPS Priority Mail is only $4.50) , and then you emailed finally me during the wedding week telling me your fiancé would Paypal us money. I NEVER REC’d any PAYMENT through Paypal even though it was the week of the wedding.

YOU DIDN’T PAY US. WE CLEARLY STATE PAYMENT IN FULL before the Wedding Day. That is standard & stated on our very simple contract.

YOU SAY COULDN’T FIND US TO PAY ON THE DAY OF? What?? Just ask your best friend vocalist. Or the Pastor. Or the coordinator for the venue. We saw them all, and spoke to them on the ceremony pad BEFORE the wedding preludes, and stayed there to setup, rehearse, warmup. And you’re not supposed to pay on the wedding day anyway. Told you in emails it was not our policy and way too stressful .

We really don't like to chase folks for money via email or phone, and certainly try to never call brides on their wedding day seeking our payments either - it's unfortunate that had to happen.
“SHE DIDN’T ANSWER MY CALLs OR EMAILS for days before the wedding” . Just not true. Read your July 11th email. That is when your email account was actually, finally, in working order and you responded by saying you’d pay by Paypal. An excerpt of that email is further down in the body of this response.

THE PART I WANT TO LEAVE OUT: I was nice as can be in all our calls and emails, and you were as well. But, with things not done by you and your fiancé til the last minute, no wonder you were panicky on the wedding day! I had spoken to you just days prior. How do you think this human being feels - having to do everything the week of the wedding, you telling me you’d pay, and you didn’t do so? Especially when we were away during part of the week (you knew), settling on a house for my 84 year old Dad…moving him too. (that is my "family issue" for those who care that I do talk on a personal level to my brides. We are people, not a large corporation!) I leave this in my response, because it’s important for people to know we are people too, with families, and couples do need to be responsible on some levels, right?. But that’s a moot point. The Point is YOUR email wasn’t working & then, when it was working… you didn’t do what you were supposed to do. I kept on top of your contract, music planner, payment reminders, gave info and options for completing things on time…we even had a personal call about the music, rather than completing that by email, due to your email not working. YES TRUE, your email wasn’t working the week before the wedding. But by four days prior to the wedding, your email was back in gear, through a different account on gmail.
That you called me on your wedding day because you didn’t plan or PAY is not part of any stress caused by me or my company – you didn’t pay after kindly reminders that you’d need to do just that.
Many of you can just stop reading here, I think…

REHEARSAL for VOCALIST? : WE sure did. I thought it was a pretty touching tribute to have your bestie sing a song you love, with meaningful lyrics. We played it in the same key as prearranged, and she rehearsed it on her own in that key, back home in Texas. We always work to rehearse with vocalists about 45min prior to the wedding, standard procedure for professional musicians. We don’t meet them on other days to rehearse, that is not practical (and we would have to charge more), and in this case as well - she is from TEXAS and just flew in that day. I did contact her via phone ( you said that was best) to let her know what time to meet us to rehearse, and to ensure that the key she was practicing was the correct one. You were confident in her, and she should be hugged for doing a nice job for you!
ON CONTACTING US, "DIDN'T RESPOND", “WENT AWAY & FORGOT ABOUT US”: And I quote YOU from YOUR own email. YOU SAID "Sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner..." ) Yes, the Fourth of July week is a holiday time, and I do understand you were busy. It was a holiday for me for a few days too. That week, which was two weeks before the wedding, you two had not quite decided on what instruments you would use for the ceremony (per my recommendations, and your budget) prior to the Fourth of July, and your wedding was on the 15th of July...that's okay, but again, we normally try to have EVERYTHING finished by two weeks prior to a wedding!
BRIDE’S EMAIL WASN’T WORKING to ACCEPT OUR MUSIC CONTRACT, nor the MUSIC PLANNER: Here an excerpt from my the second time I send the contract, my email of July 11th four days before the wedding ( you did get this, and recognize it from me) :

Grace Note is writing this, on July 11th, referring to the bride not getting all the important emails I sent:

“Do, do. Do, do ...it's the twilight zone. We’ve never had that happen ever before, but we will prevail with smile!

A couple things: You now have the music planner on your gmail here. I am glad that part of your internet access is working, Adrienne!

We could use some of that other music planner information filled out and returned with your gmail account.

Also please contact your cousin, she will talk to us before the ceremony, give us a program, and please introduce the pastor to us.

Also we need payment, usually there is enough time for a check to reach us, but if you have to, you can use Paypal, if someone in your family has an account. I will give you instructions so we don't get charged a lot of fees. If you don't have an account, maybe we can meet somewhere. I'll be coming back from PA from my Dad's on Saturday day. I don't know when you'll be in our area this weekend. Hope you’re not in Texas? Like Heather? lol!

We don't take payment on the day of, too much hassle ~ people are so excited , they forget to pay us (I know from experience)...and its no fun chasing any parents or your groom or groomsmen on the day when they shouldn't be thinking of those things, just enjoying.

thanks so much, Dori

Official Contract followed here
NOTICE I nicely said we don’t take payment on day of…
NOTICE I am giving plenty of time to arrange some form of payment, even by PAYPAL (which is not normal)
NOTICE I even said I would meet somewhere to pick up whatever form of payment! I would do that to help!

You wound up calling me on the night before your wedding, and on the morning of the wedding because you didn’t follow through on the Paypal payment or any payment that we discussed on JULY 11th. That would have been the solution to your stress. I told you on the 11th I’d be out of town later in the week, but returning sometime Saturday (day before your wedding) in the above email. I rec’d these cell voicemails on the day of your wedding, and called as soon as I saw them. NOT an hour before, but 4 hours or so before. I can imagine that was stressful. It was for me, thinking you had just not wanted us to come or couldn’t pay after all my work.

WE KNOW SUBTLETY: No one can say that we were not as subtle as possible in seeking payment at the venue before your wedding, as to not interfere with the good spirit of your family wedding day! You didn't pay us as required and you are lucky we showed up. But I am a nice person, so we did ...

YOU KNEW WE WOULD PLAY, as long as we were paid. I spoke nicely on the phone about it with you the morning of the wedding again. If you had paid, as contracted? then there would be no problem (or as you say "nightmare") to think about on your wedding week or day of ! You were very nice in the emails but it was apparent that your stress level was getting very high as the day approached.

TIME FOR PRELUDES: Still, at the wedding, I did have to find & ask your cousin for the money right before we played preludes. There was NO envelope prepared & waiting for me…I had to ask, I had to explain...

Did I mention it was truly 99 degrees out on your wedding day? That didn't stop us. We played.

OUT OF TUNE ?? As for what you say were "out of tune" notes: we played your special vocal song in one key, but your vocalist sang part of the end verse of the song in another key entirely.
She had a good voice, but was really nervous...and from experience, that can make people sing off key. I did try to relax her a bit during our rehearsal, and told her not to worry, she’d do fine.

TEMPLE BOYER MUSIC GRADUATE: I didn't charge you for learning and obtaining the music to your custom Christian song, I was happy to do something special for you on our Grace Note Guitar and Violin Duet. Believe me, my guitarist for your wedding is a Temple Boyer Music School graduate. He didn't play out of tune.

That's all I have to say. I thought it was a beautiful wedding, Adrienne. ~ D.


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