Thoughts on Reviews

Live music is hard to quantify because so much of it has to do with the listener’s personal taste. Reviews are certainly helpful in many genres and I rely heavily on review sites when I’m shopping for things like hotels or when I’m in a new city and I want to find the best coffee. For Effesenden though, lately I’ve been less inclined to promote our ensembles on sites that are driven heavily by reviews.

Every time I work on the music for someone’s wedding, I love getting to know a little about them and their musical styles and I really want the music to be special for them. Feedback is great but when I’m reaching out over email to couples who are getting spun up on life as newlyweds…maybe knee deep in thank you cards and HOPEFULLY traveling the world together for a year before they return to “civilization” I don’t love the process of sending those pesky “Will you please review me” emails. I’d rather just let people express their thoughts as they see fit. So .. . that’s why you won’t find a lot of review sites with super recent reviews for our work at this time.

In the past, we’ve been active in these areas so if you want to leave us a review or read what some of our past clients have to say, please check out the following links:

A couple of my favorite wedding blogs are Style Me Pretty and JuneBug Weddings– several weddings we have performed at have been featured on the pages of these totally amazing wedding inspiration blogs. If for no other reason, go there and have fun looking!

A while back, I ran into one of the first brides I ever worked for. I was at the Portland Children’s Museum of all places. She caught me as we were chasing our respective kids through the maze of activity and expressed how much she had loved her wedding music– all these years later it was still with her. THAT was the best review I could have gotten, knowing that it mattered to someone all these years later.

Effesenden featured on the Champagne Wedding and Event Blog

I’m so excited to share that one of my favorite wedding coordination teams has chosen to feature our company on their blog today.  You can check out the post here:

http://www.champagnenw.com/blog/comments/portland-oregon-wedding-live-music-effesenden-music/

We’ve had the privilege of working with Champagne on a number of events over the past 5 years including everything from gorgeous rustic ceremonies out in the Columbia River Gorge to a fabulous elopement in the woods where a wild squirrel made off with one of the macaroons meant for the bride and groom to enjoy. They’re really wonderful at adding and executing little touches of style like hanging books at the reception of a couple who loved to read or a beautiful circle of candles inside which a lovely couple shared an intimate first dance.  Basically these people actually can pull off those amazing concepts you see on Pinterest… in fact, they’re probably one of the teams generating some serious nuptial style inspiration.

Oh… and those cute red heels on the website, well I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen these ladies pull of magic in shoes I would have a hard time limping across the street in.

Thank you Champagne for allowing us to partner with you in helping create memorable and beautiful wedding celebrations!