Strings for Weddings Calgary: Tessa and Ben wedding, June 15th, Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Calgary AB. We had a great time performing at this wedding, and the location was fantastic! Combining this with the couple’s unique and non-traditional pop arrangements of some of the ceremony songs, this was a ceremony to remember!
Star Struck Wedding
When Tessa and Ben sent the selections to me, I was struck by how nicely they had combined popular film music with well known classical music, and how well the arrangements sounded for the violinist and cellist. And if you’re having your ceremony at an Observatory, the Imperial March music from Star Wars is a must!
Bridesmaids Processional: Storybook Love from the Princess Bride
Bridal Processional: Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Signing: Edelweiss and Vivaldi Winter
Recessional: Imperial March from Star Wars
Listing our Wedding String Quartet and 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. This 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.
The String Trio
The string trio is made up of the violin and cello, with the addition of a third instrument. Often this is a violin or viola. We recommend this ensemble for 150-200 guests.
The String Quartet
Our string quartet is the largest wedding ensemble that we have for hire. The string quartet has a long and rich history. This dates back to the classical period of music in the 18th century. 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.
We often recommend the string quartet for large gatherings, receptions, weddings and events with 200 or more guests. The string quartet is one of our more versatile ensembles, as we can perform everything from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms in the classical spectrum, to pop, jazz, folk, Top40 and beyond.
Choosing wedding ceremony and reception music
Duo d’Amore has one of Canada’s largest collections of wedding pop and classical music for our string ensembles. In general here is what we recommend for a wedding ceremony. Of course, every ceremony is different and we like to customize things to suit your plans and ideas. We also have lots more wedding music planning ideas and resources on our blog, here.
Prelude (as guests arrive) 3-5 songs
Processional: 1 or 2 songs (1 song for both the wedding party and bride or 1 song for wedding party, another song for bride)
Signing: 1 classical song, or 2 pop songs
Recessional: 1 song
Consider slower less upbeat pop music guests arrive:
The prelude before the ceremony is a great time to include less upbeat pop music, as guests will be chatting. As well, we like to recommend that this is the time to include a wide variety of different styles, think classic rock, top40, the Beatles etc–a little something for everyone. Listen now: https://duodamore.com/samples/
Gradually add more contemporary/pop top 40
Add some contemporary selections: Contemporary music can add a modern touch to your playlist and appeal to a wider range of guests. Consider incorporating popular songs like “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri or “All of Me” by John Legend. As the ceremony progresses, we incorporate additional current pop music.
Incorporate special songs: Consider adding special songs that have meaning to you and your partner. It could be your first dance song, song from your first date or song that holds special memories for the both of you.
Vary the moods: Mix up the moods of the songs on your playlist to keep things interesting. Consider adding upbeat songs for the reception, and slower, more contemplative songs for the ceremony. Here are some ideas: https://www.brides.com/upbeat-love-songs-4799999
Signing of the register is a time for reflection
The signing of the marriage documents is a time to stop and reflect, and the choice of music should reflect that. This is the time to really slow things down. There may be time for one or even two pop songs, and don’y forget classical. The slower, quieter song choices really make whatever is chosen for the upbeat recessional “pop”.
Tell your story
Make a playlist that tells your love story: Create a playlist that tells the story of your relationship, by adding songs that hold special memories for the both of you.
Wedding areas near Calgary-Wedding Strings Calgary
When searching for the perfect wedding venue, there are several key elements to consider that will shape your celebration into a truly memorable experience. The location should be accessible and convenient for both you and your guests. It should reflect your desired ambiance and style – whether that’s rustic charm, urban chic, or timeless elegance.
Size of Venue
Ensure the venue can comfortably accommodate your guest list and is available on your chosen date. This means provisions for a Plan B in case of weather changes for outdoor venues. Look for venues that offer a range of services and amenities. From in-house catering to bridal suites, and that are flexible enough to accommodate your personal touches. Read reviews, seek recommendations, and thoroughly review contracts to ensure transparency on pricing and policies. A well-chosen venue not only sets the stage for your celebration but also provides a canvas upon which your unique love story can unfold.
Banff and Canmore
These mountain towns are located just outside of Calgary and offer stunning natural landscapes, making them popular choices for weddings. Venues like the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Silvertip Resort are well-known for their picturesque settings.
The city itself has numerous event spaces, hotels, and ballrooms that can host weddings. The Calgary Zoo, The Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre, and the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel are some examples.
Heritage Park Historical Village
This living history museum offers unique settings with historical buildings and beautiful gardens, creating a charming atmosphere for weddings.
Azuridge Estate Hotel
Located in Priddis, just outside Calgary, this luxury estate offers a blend of modern amenities and natural surroundings. It a popular choice for upscale weddings.
The Lake House
Situated on Lake Bonavista, this venue offers waterfront views and a rustic yet elegant atmosphere for weddings.
Known for its equestrian events, Spruce Meadows offers versatile event spaces and beautiful outdoor areas. These can be transformed into unique wedding venues.
This historic restaurant located in Fish Creek Provincial Park and provides a rustic and charming setting for weddings. Accommodates both indoor and outdoor options.
The Rooftop Bar at Simmons
This rooftop bar in downtown Calgary offers panoramic city views and a trendy atmosphere. This makes it a great choice for couples looking for a modern and urban wedding venue.
Known for its fine dining and elegant atmosphere, Rouge Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for intimate weddings.
Wineries and Vineyards
There are several wineries and vineyards in the nearby foothills and beyond that offer beautiful settings for weddings. They often combine natural beauty with a romantic and rustic vibe.
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