Grift Weddings - Vermont Wedding FAQ's
We know that planning a wedding is stressful, and we want to alleviate some of that stress for you by providing you with complete information on booking Grift Weddings up front. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from brides, grooms and their families. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions that aren't listed here!
How far in advance do you book?
For weddings, we are now booking 9-16 months in advance for Saturday weddings in June through October. We have more flexibility on Friday and Sunday weddings typically and from November to May. It doesn’t hurt to send us an inquiry before committing to a venue if you’re set on having Grift Weddings be part of your big day. We can check our calendars and be back in touch quickly to share our availability with you.
How many weddings does Grift Weddings play per year?
We receive roughly 100 wedding inquiries a year, and expect to play 40-50 weddings this year. We encourage you to book early, as our dates in peak Vermont wedding season (May – October) fill up quickly (often a year in advance).
Why do you only play for 3 hours? Band X,Y or Z is cheaper and will play for 4 hours?
Over the course of many gigs over the years (2,300+ to be more precise), we’ve determined that three hours is the perfect amount of time to keep the dance floor packed and your guests moving. We want to end your special day with everyone on the dance floor, singing along or shouting “one more song!” We’ve played for four hours before and see guests become tired and sit down or wander off. After all, when you’re going to be dancing song after song after song, it is tiring! With that said, if you have your heart set on a four-hour set, let’s talk about it and see what we can do.
Will you play a ceremony, a cocktail hour and a reception?
Yes! We have an “Everlasting Love” package that includes original acoustic music for the ceremony, typically with Clint and Peter on vocals and guitars. For an hour-long cocktail hour, we recommend a low-key Bluegrass set of your favorite cover tunes to start warming people up for the party. During dinner, we are happy to emcee and introduce the wedding party, the bride and groom, speeches, etc. And then we’ll go rockin’ and rollin’ for a three-hour set during the reception, typically with one 15-minute break in the middle of two sets. We roll from one song into the next and want to get everyone dancing.
Can we customize your set list?
Depending on what package you choose for your wedding, yes, our set list is customizable. Based on our song list, you could send along your “must plays,” along with any other preferences you have. For our basic package, we have a largely pre-determined set list that is guaranteed to get your guests moving, starting with classics like, “Twist and Shout,” “Run Around Sue” and “Billie Jean,” and then might move into more recent songs like “Wake Me Up,” “Mr. Bright Side,” and “Shut Up and Dance.”
How early do you arrive at our wedding venue to set up?
We arrive 2 ½ hours before your ceremony starts to unload, setup our equipment and do a sound test. We’ll conclude thirty minutes before your guests are scheduled to arrive at the ceremony.
What size stage do you need?
We can fit into small spaces well, but an 8 foot by 12 foot space would be ideal.
What do you need for electricity?
We just need two standard electrical outlets; that’s it!
Do you play outside of Vermont?
Yes, we do! Depending on the time of the year and our availability, we will travel for your destination weddings. This spring we’ll play in Hillsboro, Florida and Yakima, Washington just to give you a taste of how far we’ll go. Planning a Boston wedding, New Hampshire wedding or New England wedding? Ask us about our pricing to travel.
We are on a budget. Do you have different options for us?
We do have three different price points for booking The Grift at your wedding, depending on your interests, as well as a host of a la carte options you can add on. If you’re on a budget, let us know so we can work with you. We have more pricing flexibility with Friday and Sunday weddings, as well as during the off-season months (December-April).