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The prelude takes place about 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the wedding ceremony. Though music is not the focus of the prelude is can really help set the mood for the ceremony and make the guests feel welcome as they enter and are seated. It also provides a wonderful cue for the guests to take their seats, notifying them that the wedding ceremony is about to start. The music for the prelude is often chosen by Duo d’Amore, as it is not really the focus in the same way that the processional music is. That being said, some clients have let us know a few songs that they like and we can easily incorporate these into the prelude. Depending on the mood that the bride and groom want to create (see the previous blog for more information) the prelude can range from music that is soft and welcoming, with predominantly classical music selections, to upbeat and bright with pop music. Other times clients want a mix of both, and that option is increasingly popular. However, most clients leave the actual selections up to Duo d’Amore, as we really enjoy selecting interesting music to play—sometimes the music can be quite loud (if there is a room full of people, for instance) or soft and intimate. An important thing about the prelude is the timing—for years we started playing for a full 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, but we have since changed this to a 15 minute time frame, and many guests appreciate this, as it give people a few minutes to chat amongst themselves prior to the wedding. It also provides a nice cue for people to take their seats as we begin to play.

I am always wiling and eager to help my clients, and they can call or email me anytime. www.duodamore.com

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How to choose wedding ceremony music: an introduction

As wedding ceremony professionals, one of the most common questions we are asked is “How do I choose my wedding music?” Unfortunately, there is no simple, straight answer to this question. I always ask couples to first consider the mood that they would like to create, and go from there. Next we can look at the type of ceremony (church ceremony, outdoor ceremony, religious, non-religious etc.) We can consider the structure of the ceremony: is it short or long? Is it a full Mass in a cathedral, or a gathering with family and friends at a winery? How many people will be at the ceremony? Do the bride and groom have a special song they would like performed? Is there a singer? Has someone in the bide and grooms family written any music? These and other questions are great for the couple to ponder, and will go a long way in not just choosing music, but choosing music that is a reflection of the couple.

I am always wiling and eager to help my clients, and they can call or email me anytime. www.duodamore.com

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Duo d’Amore received a wonderful review from Melody and Kevin, after our string trio’s performance at their wedding ceremony on March 30, 2014 at the Eglinton Grand in Toronto:

“Matthew was always responsive to my emails and always open to suggesting music for my wedding when I wasn't sure what to select. His team played flawlessly and the transitions from song to song were very smooth. Thank you for creating a beautiful atmosphere for my wedding!”

Wedding ceremony music Toronto: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

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Duo d’Amore featured on Junebug Weddings

This is special feature of Carrie and Scott’s wedding on August 4, 2013 at Saskatoon Farm in Calgary.

http://junebugweddings.com/wedding-blog/what-junebug-loves/

Wedding Ceremony Music Calgary: Duo d'Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

 

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Melissa and Gregory’s wedding ceremony at the Oakview Terrace, violin and cello duo, September 7, 2013, Richmond Hill ON

This ceremony was lovely and intimate. The Chapel of the Oakview Terrace was a pleasure for us to perform in, as the sound of the violinist and cellists instruments reverberated off the beautiful wood to add a warm and special ouch to the wedding ceremony. The music selections were classic and timeless.

Bridesmaids: Bach: Air on the G string

Bride: Pachelbel: Canon

Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria

Recessional: Handel La Rejouissance

Photo Source: Oakview Terrace

Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Wedding Venue: The Chapel of the Oakview Terrace

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We performed at a lovely string trio wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Graydon Hall, a venue that we have performed in for countless weddings, receptions and recording for film and tv.

Our clients were Maryna and Shahab, and we had a great time discussing and helping to plan the music for the ceremony and the reception. They chose a great mix of classical selections as well as more Modern, upbeat pop tunes. As always the venue was great too!

A week or so after the ceremony, I followed up with Maryna and she mentioned that “We would like to express our thank u for musicians who performed at our wedding. They were great!!!!! We and our guests enjoyed the music a lot. They add special touch to our wedding.”

As well, she also reviewed us online on WeddingWire, giving us a perfect 5 star review, noting our excellent service, reliability and helpfulness.

Here are her selections for the ceremony, and a selection of some of the music we performed during her reception:

Ceremony Music:
Processional: Con te Partiro
Signing: Imagine and Bach Air on the G string
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

Reception music:
A mix of classical and pop music (partial selection)
Imagine-Beatles
Beyonce-Halo
Michael Jackson-Billie Jean
Bittersweet Symphony
Christina Perry-Bittersweet Symphony
Handel Water Music
Bach Wachet Auf

Venue: Graydon Hall, Toronto
Ceremony music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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To get right to the point about this wedding ceremony—everything was exceptional, and the music choices went along with this. Jesu Joy was a wonderful song to start off the seating of the guests as the graceful and flowing melody could be heard as guests were being seated just before the start of the ceremony. Then came Pachelbel Canon for the  groom, bridesmaids, and flower girls. We worked on something special for the bride who wanted the Theme from a Secret Garden, which was stunning. The signing music by Vivaldi was introspective and soft, while the recessional music also by Vivaldi was bright, full and loud—perfect for celebrating such a beautiful wedding.

 

Seating of guests: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Processional (Groom, Bridesmaids, Flower girls etc.): Pachelbel Canon in D

Processional (Bride): The Song from A Secret Garden

Signing: Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons

 

Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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Sandra and Joseph’s wedding ceremony at Kanata United Church, October 20, 2012, violin and cello duo, Kanata ON

I just wanted to write you a quick note and commend you and your musicians for a fantastic job at our wedding. I was only able to catch half the show myself but from what I heard from my guests, it was amazing. Thanks again for helping to make our BIG day spectacular! Sandra, bride

Sandra and Joseph’s wedding was very traditional and beautiful, and the music perfectly complimented the ceremony. In our initial correspondence, the bride already knew that she wanted to walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon, and chose a number of additional songs to complement this selection. Particularly nice was the addition of an additional choice at the end of the ceremony. Although we always perform music as the guests exit, in this case the bride and groom chose a wonderful selection by the baroque composer Charpentier. This was a great choice, as it is always nice to see clients that are looking after their guests on the wedding day.

Processional: Clark: Trumpet Voluntary
Bride's Processional: Pachelbel: Canon in D
Signing: Bach: Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring
Bride and Groom's Recessional: Mendelssohn: Wedding March
Guests Recessional: Charpentier: Prelude from Te Deum

Wedding ceremony musicians Ottawa: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo’s string trios and string quartets

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Chantal and David had a wonderful wedding ceremony located in one of the most private settings in Niagara. Although Cave Springs Cellars is easily found on the main street in Jordan, the vineyard can be a bit tricky. You have to turn off on Cave Springs Rd and drive for a few km’s before you actually get to the venue. Thank goodness for the signs that the staff at Cave Springs put on the roard to let people know that a wedding is taking place!

This ceremony was beautiful, and it took place in the intimate venue known as the vineyard retreat. Chantal and David, chose their music wisely as it was very well suited to both the couple and the venue. Chantal wanted to enter to Pachelbel’s Canon, which was a great choice. The signing music was Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and the ceremony ended to loud applause with the Beatles Here Comes the Sun!

What a perfect day!

Wedding ceremony musicians Niagara: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, string trio and string quartet

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Kira and Jakub’s wedding ceremony at Banty’s Roost Country Club, September 8, 2012, violin and cello duo, Caledon ON

Kira and Jakub hired our violin and cello duo to perform for their wedding ceremony and cocktail reception at Banty’s Roost Country Club. The wedding ceremony was outdoors, I must admit that the music selections that were chosen really helped to accentuate and project a fresh outdoor feeling. The first song that started the ceremony was Mouret Rondeau—this song is stately and very easy for the bridesmaids to walk to as it has a clear cut beat. Sometimes the music for the bride will contrast the bridesmaids, but not in this case. Spring by Vivaldi really amped things up and created both a fresh feeling as well as a sense of excitement, which is how it should be for the bride on the wedding day! The signing music took a step back in terms of the vivacity, but also moved into a more lush and rich tonal palette, as our musicians performed the beautiful meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet. With a traditional ending to the ceremony, the bride and groom walked off as husband and wife to Mendellsohn’s wedding march.

Wedding ceremony and reception musicians Caledon/GTA: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duo, Caledon ON

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