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Musicians for a Wedding

Live Musicians for a Wedding to Make Your Day Incredibly Memorable!

If you are looking for musicians for a wedding in Portland, Oregon (and beyond) or want major inspiration for popular songs to walk down the aisle to, you have come to the right place!   Our incredible song list of contemporary music for string quartet, Irish fiddle, guitar, piano and more is the largest in Oregon (and it’s always growing!)

From Traditional to Cutting Edge

We love Bach and Mozart of course (we took whole college courses on their music), but we are majorly inspired by modern musicians like the Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling and the Vitamin String Quartet. Since 2002 we’ve been writing our own custom arrangements of everything from ACDC to Lady Gaga.  While a DJ can of course play any recorded song, it will never sound as gorgeous and cohesive as having a string quartet play your favorite mix of Classical and Contemporary music.

Rock Star Talent Combined With Respect for Your Wedding Day

We work with Portland’s top musicians for a wedding to insure an unforgettable musical soundtrack for your day.  They are nice people who actually care and also happen to have rock star musical talent.  Check out our reviews on wedding inspiration sites like Wedding Wire to see what brides and grooms are saying. 

Your Custom Wedding Music in Portland and Throughout the Great State of Oregon

Effesenden Music provides custom, live string music for weddings all over Oregon.  Oregon is a great place to get married and we are so proud to be a part of the vibrant, artisanal wedding community. The following list is a sampling of the amazing venues/ensemble pairings we offer to inspire you to think about what would capture YOUR unique wedding style:

  • Effesenden’s String Quartet Playing Classical and Contemporary Music at a Hip Downtown Portland Hotel
  • Celtic Violin and Guitar Duo at the Eclectic McMenamins Edgefield
  • Acoustic Violin, Guitar and Cello at Rustic Willamette Valley Wineries
  • String Trio Playing Pop Music at an Organic Hood River Fruit Farm with Gorgeous Mount Hood in the Background
  • Two Violins Performing for a Beach Wedding at Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock Standing Witness
  • Violin, Piano and Upright Bass Serenade a Bride as She Arrives by Canoe to Her Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding Ceremony
  • Rousing Acoustic Quartet with Vocalists for a Country Themed Wedding at Black Butte Ranch near Bend, Oregon

We also perform for destination events in California wine country, Hawaii and pretty much anywhere you want custom live music!  If you’re doing a destination event, we’re more than happy to pack our bags.

Why Choose Live Music if You Are Already Having a DJ?

When adding live music to a wedding celebration, most couples start with the ceremony music as their top priority. Musicians for a wedding are more adaptable than a DJ for several important reasons. First, because a live performer can adjust the musical timing to fit what is actually happening. No matter how carefully you plan your wedding, things rarely go exactly as planned. Live musicians can more easily do things like repeat that epic chorus you planned to walk down the aisle to. Similarly, your wedding music ensemble can gracefully cut a song short so you’re not standing there awkwardly waiting for a song to end. Secondly, you can actually have more diversity in your song selections while preserving a style. Want Pachelbel’s Canon in D as well as the latest Ed Sheeran song? No problem. Want Beatles and Bach? Live music can pull many different styles of music off with style and class.

And one more thing . . . very few times in life do you have a chance to hire live musicians to perform JUST for you! Sure, you can hear your favorite band at a concert or club along with thousands of other fans but there’s something really magical about live music specifically chosen by you and played just for you and your friends and family. The memory of what it felt like to be treated to your own private performance is something truly special that you’ll never forget.

How to Choose Your Perfect Musicians for a Wedding

Not all wedding musicians are great musicians nor are all great musicians ideal for weddings. Think of some of the crazy stories you’ve heard about even world famous musicians and their bizarre and at times destructive behavior. You definitely do not want THAT at your wedding. You also don’t want a group of musicians who are disorganized, uninterested or jaded. . . seriously, you don’t want ANYONE at your wedding with that kind of vibe. So… do your research. Choose a wedding music ensemble who will treat your day with the respect it deserves. Choose wedding musicians who understand the timing cues, who will accommodate your musical tastes and who are truly talented performing artists.

Yes! I Want Live Music at My Wedding Ceremony

Ready to get started? We have tons of resources here at Effesenden Music to help you dream about your perfect wedding music. You can listen to samples of our wedding ensembles recorded live at actual events. You can read descriptions and check out pictures of our most popular instrument pairings. You can read 10 years worth of blog posts about our adventures in music and weddings. Better yet, you can get in touch with us to check availability for your wedding date and receive a custom price quote.