Choosing wedding classical music. Choosing music for a wedding ceremony can be a personal and meaningful decision, and it can help to have some guidance on selecting the right music for your wedding. Here are some tips for choosing traditional and contemporary classical music for your wedding ceremony:
Consider the tone and theme of your wedding
If you are having a formal, traditional wedding ceremony, you may want to choose classical music that reflects this theme. If you are having a more casual, contemporary wedding ceremony, you may want to choose music that reflects this tone.
Think about the mood you want to create
Classical music can be both upbeat and romantic, so think about the mood you want to create for your wedding ceremony. For example, if you want a romantic and emotional ceremony, you may want to choose music that is slow and melodic.
Listen to samples of music
Before choosing music for your wedding ceremony, it can be helpful to listen to samples of the music you are considering. This will give you an idea of how the music will sound and help you decide whether it is appropriate for your wedding ceremony.
Consult with your musicians
If you are hiring musicians such as our string ensemble for your wedding ceremony, it can be helpful to consult with them on music selection. They may have suggestions based on their experience and can provide you with additional ideas for music that will suit your wedding ceremony.
Consider the meaning of the music
If you have a particular piece of music that is meaningful to you and your partner, consider incorporating it into your wedding ceremony. This can add a personal and emotional touch to your special day.
Choosing music for a wedding ceremony is a personal decision that should reflect your tastes and preferences as a couple. Whether you choose traditional or contemporary classical music, the most important thing is to choose music that is meaningful to you and creates the mood you want for your special day.
Traditional wedding classical music
Here are several examples of Traditional wedding classical music, suitable for all our string ensembles:
- Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach
- Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach
- Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
- Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke
- Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
- Spring from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
- Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner
- The Swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Non-traditional wedding classical music
Beyond the traditional, well known classical music songs, we have compiled a short list of additional options that are less performed and more unique wedding classical music options,
Non-traditional classical wedding ensemble string music can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wedding ceremony, while still being unique and memorable. Here are some examples of non-traditional classical wedding ensemble string music:
- “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber: This beautiful and emotional piece can be played by a string quartet or string ensemble, creating a poignant and solemn atmosphere during your ceremony.
- “Palladio” by Karl Jenkins: This contemporary classical piece can be played by a string quartet or string ensemble, bringing a modern and uplifting touch to your wedding ceremony.
- “Salut D’Amour” by Elgar. This classical piece can be played by a string quartet or string ensemble, bringing a solemn and reflective touch to your wedding ceremony.
- “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy: This romantic and dreamy piece can be played by a string quartet or string ensemble, bringing a delicate and ethereal touch to your wedding ceremony.
- “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” by Heitor Villa-Lobos: This unique and exotic piece can be played by a string quartet or string ensemble, bringing a touch of Brazilian flair to your wedding ceremony.
- “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi: This classical masterpiece can be played by a string quartet or string ensemble, with each season providing a different mood and atmosphere for your wedding ceremony. Some are more performed than others.
Choosing Upbeat wedding classical music
Here are some suggestions for upbeat classical music that would be fitting for a string ensemble to play at a wedding:
- “Spring” from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
- “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn
- “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” by Johann Sebastian Bach
- “Rondeau” from Abdelazer by Henry Purcell
- “Allegro” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- “La Rejouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks by George Frideric Handel
- “Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell
Choosing wedding classical music for our different ensembles
The solo violin
The smallest bowed string instrument in the violin family is the violin. It is also the quietest instrument, but that does not mean that it cannot produce a sound. Don’t forget that violin soloists regularly perform with a 50-100 piece orchestra, in a large hall seating 2000 or more people, and the solo violin can be heard over the entire orchestra, and at the very back of the concert hall. How? This comes down to the skill of the violinist, and positioning. This is why at wedding ceremonies for example we often are quite picky about the exact spot where our violinists and ensembles perform, no matter if the string ensemble is outdoors or indoors a single violinist is a great choice.
Duo d’Amore’s solo violinist is a great option for those who want live music but have a smaller budget. The solo violinist performs classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and intimate dinners.
The solo cello
Like the solo violin, a solo cellist is a great option for slightly smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions. Larger than the violin, it is very resonant, and can play an equally wide range of music. Clients that hire the solo cello and solo violin for weddings and events often have a guest list of under 50, but not necessarily so.
The violin and cello duo
The violin and cello duo, or string duet, is made up of one violin player and one cello player, and is our most requested string ensemble for hire. Having both the violin, which is able to play soaring melodies, and the cello which is able to anchor and often accompany, while having an even larger sound it is no wonder that this is our most popular string ensemble. I like to imagine that the violin is like the right hand of the piano and the cello is the left had of the piano, together they can play almost anything, and that is another reason that it is our most popular ensembles.
Duo d’Amore’s violin and cello duo is a popular choice for weddings. The duo consists of a violinist and a cellist who play together, creating a beautiful, harmonious sound. The duo’s repertoire includes classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and dinner parties.
What size of group/event would you recommend for a violin and cello duo string ensemble?
The short answer is we often recommend the violin and cello duo for between 50-150 guests, but when mic’s, we have performed for over 600, so it all depends. The more that we know about the type of event that you are hosting, the easier it is for us to recommend a string ensemble that will sound the best and fit with the wedding or special event that you are planning. Contact us here https://duodamore.com/contact-us/
The String Trio
The string trio is made up of the violin and cello, with the addition of a third filler instrument, such as a violin or viola.
What size of group/event would you recommend for a string duo string ensemble?
This larger string ensemble is suited for events with over 200 guests, and larger venues in general. With a slightly larger sound than the violin and cello duo, but not as large or rich sound as the string quartet, the string trio fits right in the middle of the string ensembles that we offer.
String quartet wedding ensembles
Our string quartet is the largest wedding ensemble that we have for hire. The string quartet has a long and rich history, dating back to the classical period of music in the 18th century. During this time, composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven wrote some of the most famous and enduring string quartet works. In the 19th century, the string quartet continued to be an important genre, with composers such as Schubert and Brahms producing some of their most notable works in this format. During this time, the string quartet also began to be used for more private, intimate occasions such as weddings. Of course now, we have a large selection of pop music for the string quartet.
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Consider slower less upbeat pop music guests arrive:
The prelude before the ceremony is a great time to choose less upbeat classical music, as guests will be chatting. As well, we like to recommend that this is the time to include a wide variety of different classical music styles, from early baroque to late romantic–a little something for everyone. Listen now: https://duodamore.com/samples/
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