Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ)

1) What is your pricing?

· $850 for 1-2 hours
· $150 per extra hour

Pricing includes

· 1 setup of my piano & sound
· 30-60 mins of pre-ceremony music
· Personalized music requests
· Microphone for your ceremony or speeches
· Background music for breaks

Extra Setups & Parking

EXTRA SETUPS
if ceremony, cocktails, dinner are in different spaces
$250/setup

CANOPY (10′ x 10′)
for outdoor events where no cover is provided
$250

PARKING
for venues with paid parking
$25-$60

All services are subject to 13% tax.


2) How do we hire you?

Email me your event date, time and venue/location and I will promptly respond with my availability and a quote. To book, contract and payment info is as follows:

a) Contract Info

  • your name, phone & email
  • event date, start time & end time
  • venue/location

b) Payment

For events that are less than 2 weeks away, full payment is required to reserve the date. For events that are more than 2 weeks away, payment can be 50% deposit with the remaining 50% balance paid 2 weeks before the event date.

  • e-transfer | kim@kimberleydunn.com (note the extra “e” in “Kimberley”)
  • cheque | mail to: 2390 Marchurst Rd, Kanata, ON, K2W 0G9
  • cash | in person (by appointment): 2390 Marchurst Rd, Kanata, ON, K2W 0G9

3) How do we choose our wedding ceremony music?

I don’t require your finalized song selections until 2 weeks before your wedding, so in most cases, you have lots of time to decide!

Ceremony and first dance songs are very personal selections, so I encourage you to choose anything that’s special to you. I’m happy to help if you’re stuck – many couples need help deciding, and that’s okay, that’s what I’m here for.

For background music for prelude, cocktails and dinner, you are welcome to choose your favourites from my song lists or have me choose. I’m really good at reading a crowd, so feel free to defer to my expertise.

Ceremony Music

  • Prelude  |  30-60 mins of background music before the ceremony
  • Processional  |  song(s) the bridal party & bride walk down the aisle to
  • Signing  |  song during the signing of the marriage documents
  • Recessional  |  song at the end of the ceremony when everyone walks back down the aisle

Catholic Ceremony Music

Depending on your church, there may be some or all of these songs, usually in this order:

  • Prelude  |  30-60 mins of background music before the ceremony
  • Processional  |  song(s) the bridal party & bride walk down the aisle to
  • Responsorial Psalm  |  song after the 1st reading
  • Gospel Acclamation  |   the “alleluia” sung after the 2nd reading
  • Offertory Hymn  |  song during the preparation of gifts for Communion
  • Communion Song  |  song during the Holy Communion
  • Signing  |  song during the signing of the marriage documents
  • Recessional  |  song at the end of the ceremony when everyone walks back down the aisle

4) How do we choose our wedding reception music?

Cocktail Music

10-12 songs per hour | choose your favourites from my song lists or have me choose

Grand Entrance

A fun upbeat song while you and your bridal party are making your grand entrance. I can perform this song live or play a recorded song of your choosing.

Dinner Music

10-12 songs per hour | choose your favourites from my song lists or have me choose

First Dances

  • Bride & Groom’s First Dance
  • Father-Daughter Dance
  • Mother-Son Dance

Many couples just have the one bride-groom dance. Some couples like to start off with a bride-groom dance and then have me invite everyone up to join them halfway through – this can be a great way to get everyone on the dance floor to segue into your DJ/dance!


5) How do we choose our funeral music?

Music for funerals is very personal, and I encourage you to choose anything that’s special to you and your loved ones. I can help you with your selections if you’re having a hard time choosing.

Most Requested Funeral Songs” and “Religious Music” can be found on my song lists page.

Funeral Music

  • Prelude  |  30-60 mins of background music before the service
  • Processional  |  song that opens the service
  • Song(s) of Reflection  |  special songs of meaning that allow quiet time to reflect
  • Recessional  |  song that closes the service

Catholic Funeral Music

Depending on your church, there may be some or all of these songs, usually in this order:

  • Prelude  |  30-60 mins of background music before the service
  • Processional  |  song that opens the service
  • Responsorial Psalm  |  song after the 1st reading
  • Gospel Acclamation  |   the “alleluia” sung after the 2nd reading
  • Offertory Hymn  |  song during the preparation of gifts for Communion
  • Communion Song  |  song during the Holy Communion
  • Blessing/Incensing  |  song played during the blessing of the casket or urn
  • Recessional  |  song that closes the service

6) Can we include other performers at our event?

Yes, absolutely!


7) Do you come to our wedding rehearsal?

I can, but it’s not necessary. Your rehearsal is for you to run through what to do and where to stand, and you don’t need the music for that. I will time the music day-of in real time, so you don’t need to rehearse the music timing (see next question). If it makes you feel more at ease having me at the rehearsal, I’m happy to oblige. Just understand that I need to reserve that time and charge for it like any other event.


8) Should we worry about the timing of our processional song for the walk down the aisle?

No, please do not worry about this. I will time things perfectly to fit what is happening in real time. I have lots of practice at this, and I promise it will be magical.


9) We do not have a piano at our venue, do you bring your own?

Yes, I can travel with everything I require: digital piano & sound system.


10) What if our wedding takes place in 2 or 3 different rooms?

It’s very common for weddings to take place in up to 3 different spaces in a venue, 1) for the ceremony, 2) for the cocktails, and 3) for the dinner. I have 2 digital pianos and 3 sound systems. For events where I need to move quickly from room to room and transition from ceremony to cocktails to dinner, I will set up all 3 spaces in advance.


11) What if our wedding takes place in 2 different venues (church and reception venue)?

There is usually enough time between the ceremony and reception for your guests to be able to make that same move, and that gives me enough time to transition between the two venues. In the rare case where the transition time is not long enough, I would set up a second piano and sound system at the 2nd location in advance of going to the 1st location.


12) Can we rent a grand piano for our event?

Yes! Grand pianos add undeniable beauty and sophistication and can be brought into almost any sized space, big or small. Rentals range from $1500-$3000 and include delivery & tuning. My professional digital pianos are always available, but if you are looking for that extra wow factor, please contact me and I am happy to help coordinate with Yahama or Steinway.


13) Can we add additional hours day-of?

Yes, provided I have availability to stay later (which I usually do) I’m happy to extend my stay at an hourly rate of $150/hr for as long as you need me.


14) Do you need to do a site visit of our venue beforehand?

No. If I’m going to a venue I’ve never been to before, I will arrive extra early day-of to ensure that I have more than enough time to navigate and set up.


15) Can we have the “real” (original artist) version of a song we like?

Yes! I can play any recording(s) you wish. If you’d like to have the original recorded version of a song (for your first dance, for example), we can definitely do that.


16) Do you have an extra microphone for our ceremony & speeches?

Yes. Just let me know and I’d be happy to run an extra mic for you. I use microphones with cords (not wireless) because they are more reliable…cordless mics can be fussy and the batteries always seem to die at the worst times.


17) Can you perform outdoors?

Yes, I can perform outdoors if temperatures are between 15°C-30°C (60°F-85°F) and I have cover to protect from rain and sun. Trees are not sufficient cover. You or your venue can provide cover for me, or I can provide my own 10′ x 10′ white canopy for $250. If there is extreme heat, cold, rain or wind on your event day, I reserve the right to limit my time outside or set up indoors. There are no refunds due to weather.

TEMPERATURE

I should be fine if the temperature at the time of the event is between 15°C-30°C (60°F-85°F). It is difficult to play well in colder or hotter temperatures and I may need to limit the amount of time I play outdoors, or setup indoors.

PRECIPITATION

I have a tarp to cover my equipment in an emergency, but I have to shut everything off and cover it at that point, and therefore can no longer play.

My setups involve many large, heavy components and lots of cables that take a lot of time to set up and can’t be moved in a hurry.

If there is a chance of rain, it’s better for me to setup inside rather than risk having to shut everything down in the middle of your event.

WIND

Very strong winds can blow my gear over and cause my canopy to go flying, creating a dangerous situation. I’m not able to set up in extremely windy conditions and would need to setup indoors.

DIRECT SUNLIGHT

My equipment (and myself) risk overheating and sun damage in direct sunlight. If you are providing your own canopy for me, please ensure it covers a 10′ by 10′ area and keep in mind the angle of the sun at the time of the event. The canopy may provide shade at 11am when you set it up, but it may be in full sun by 4pm when your ceremony starts.

I always strive to provide the best performance possible, but it is ultimately my discretion to refuse to play outdoors at any point if conditions are unsuitable. Performances can always be moved indoors.


18) Do you require anything for your performance?

Just a chair and access to power. I have everything else I need to perform.


19) What is your cancellation policy?

The initial 50% deposit is a non-refundable retainer. Once you have secured your date with your deposit, I have turned all others away for that date and have missed those opportunities, therefore I’m not able to refund that portion. The remaining 50% due 2 weeks before your event date is refundable if you need to cancel before that time. If you need to change your date, I am happy to honour your deposit towards a new date. In the highly unlikely event that I am required to cancel (see next question), any and all payments you’ve made will be 100% refunded.


20) Do you have a backup in case something happens to you on our event day?

I get this question a fair bit, so I thought I should address it. Just like there are no guarantees that *you* will make it to your event, there are no guarantees for me either. That said, in the 500+ events and 10+ years I’ve been performing, I have never once cancelled, been late, or not shown up for an event. I would have to be in a very dire circumstance for that to happen, which would be outside of my control. Rest assured, I would never cancel simply because I was feeling “under the weather”. Something extremely serious would have to happen, and unfortunately there is no planning for something like that.


21) Can you put background music on for your breaks?

Yes! I have background music to put on through my sound system for any short breaks I take, so everything is seamless and there’s never any awkward silence.


22) How far do you travel for events?

I travel within 1 hour (100km) from my home, 2390 Marchurst Road, Ottawa, ON, K2W 0G9.


Do you have a question you didn’t see answered here? Please ask me and I’ll add it to the list!