Storytelling with Strings– Our Interview on Best Wedding Oregon

Effesenden Violin Cello and Guitar

We are so excited this week to be chosen to represent Portland’s wedding musician community by Best Wedding Oregon for a spot about wedding ceremony music. You can check out the full article here.

They had great questions for us about the role that live ceremony music plays in enhancing a wedding celebration.  They also allowed us to share some important tips that we wish more brides and grooms were aware of.  Here’s a recap of a few of those bits of advice:

  1.  Choose your ceremony musicians 8-12 months ahead of your wedding date, especially if you have one of those popular summer Saturday weddings.  You’ll ensure that you get the best musicians and that they have time to properly prepare your wedding music selections– especially if you’re opting for something customized like pop strings.
  2. Many industry resources advise brides and grooms to scout their ensemble by going to hear them live.  This advice is great for a band but really doesn’t apply well for a string quartet.  Oh how we wish that every club in Portland was featuring 2 violins, a viola and a cello every night performing classical, jazz and contemporary music on strings but the reality is that those venues don’t really exist.

    If you want to see our musicians in action, you’ll need to check out ensembles like the Oregon Symphony, Ballet, Opera etc but the best way to really get a feel for what wedding ceremony musicians might sound like at your event is to listen to their sample material and/or watch their videos.  We try to be really transparent about what you get by posting as much live recording and video footage as possible so you really get a sense of what it would sound like live at your wedding or event!

We have been involved with the Portland wedding industry since 2002 as well as interacting with national organizations such as Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and JuneBug weddings. We really like Best Wedding Oregon’s approach of research based information. Normally vendors like us are solicited to purchase advertising and then rely on customer reviews to fill out the picture as far as what our brides and grooms can expect. Best Wedding Oregon took the time to learn about our company and in turn hopefully provide valuable advice for brides and grooms looking for live wedding ceremony music– whether they choose to work with Effesenden Music or another company. Thanks Best Wedding Oregon for checking out our music and giving us a chance to talk about what we love: providing customized live music for weddings and events in our beautiful city of Portland, Oregon!