A string quartet is what many people imagine when they picture wedding songs performed live at a ceremony. Maybe it dates back to all of the movies where the string quartet is frantically playing the Wedding March while the bride and groom run into some sort of problem that is thwarting their efforts to tie the knot. Maybe it’s the fact that kings and queens would hire court musicians to perform for their special events back in the day when Kings and Queens did that sort of thing. Whatever the reason for the string quartet’s prevalence in pop culture, there are some really great reasons to bring this gorgeous musical ensemble to your Oregon wedding!
String Quartets Look Really Gorgeous!
So much better than the speakers and chords associated with recorded music. Also better than a keyboard. Am I biased? Maybe but seriously . . . violins and cellos are amazingly beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of artwork in their own right.
String Quartets Create a Rich and Full Sound.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding in Oregon with live music you want to make sure that people can hear the ensemble playing all of your favorite wedding music!
Nobody Does Traditional Wedding Songs Like Canon in D Better
Sorry bagpiper but pieces like Canon in D and Vivaldi’s Spring are just begging for 2 Violins, a Viola and Cello. It’s classic, elegant and totally fitting for Oregon’s natural beauty.
Pop Music and Contemporary Music Arranged for String Quartet is Awesome!
Over the past 13 years of performing for weddings, we’ve amassed an insanely large collection of contemporary wedding songs arranged for our beloved string quartet. Check it out on our Repertoirepage. . . you won’t find a larger or more diverse list in the state of Oregon! You are definitely going to find something you love on this list for your wedding but if not, no worries: we include 2 custom new song arrangements with every wedding music reservation!
String Quartets are Rare, Special and Definitely Worth the Splurge at a Wedding
So there’s a longstanding discussion in my marriage about the point of flowers. My husband (who is awesome don’t get me wrong) doesn’t really get why buying something that’s already dead (aka a beautiful bouquet of roses) is a good idea–it’s already dead. It won’t last he says. But for me, I love the beauty of the roses while they are vibrant. It makes me feel special to have something like this in my home even though they won’t last forever. Same with a string quartet at your wedding–sure, it’s not going to “last” forever like your pictures but it is still definitely worth the splurge if it makes you feel special, celebrated and that this day is something that is truly memorable!
My Top Ten Favorite String Quartet Love Songs
A Thousand Years from Twilight
First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
All of Me by John Legend/Lindsey Stirling
Canon in D by Pachelbel– an oldie but a goody!
Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N Roses
Falling Slowly from Once
The Kiss from Last of the Mohicans
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli
Want to talk wedding music? Please drop us a line! We are all about personal connection and helping you find the right ensemble and the right musical style for your wedding day!
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:
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.
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!
We love performing for events at the McMenamins Edgefield! This popular Portland area venue combines the quintessential Portland quirkiness with our amazing Pacific NW natural beauty. On Friday, we stayed cool in the shade of the meadow next to Blackberry Hall as our Acoustic Duo performed for an utterly delightful wedding of some of the kindest, sweetest clients we’ve ever interfaced with. And boy, these days with everything going on in our world, we need a little more nice-ness! Pay it forward, pass it on. . . just be nice, whatever… thank you friends for allowing us to play and sing for your special day!
Now then, the music was a great blend of acoustic selections– prelude featuring Irish and Americana music + some super classic recognizable melodies like In My Life by the Beatles.
For the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s entrance we sang Stand By Me. The bride entered to Canon in D and their adorable recessional selection was Walking on Sunshine.
In case you missed this wedding, here are some links from a live recording we made at the event.
In My Life
Something in Blue (an original piece by Wendy Goodwin and Nolan Staples)
Stand By Me (Bridesmaids, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer)