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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect String Ensemble for Your Toronto Wedding

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect String Ensemble for Your Toronto Wedding. Helpful advice from our award winning musicians. Includes Toronto and GTA venue recommendations.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect String Ensemble for Your Toronto Wedding
The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect String Ensemble for Your Toronto Wedding

About Duo d’Amore

Duo d’Amore is an award winning string ensemble, made up of professional violin, viola and cello players. Together we have versatile string ensembles such as solo violinists and cellists, string duos, string trios and quartets. We perform a wide variety of music including pop, Top40, video game music and classical for weddings, special and corporate events.

Whatever the size and scope of your wedding or event, there is a string ensemble that will perfectly suit the occasion. Listed below is an overview of our string ensembles, and some general remarks about the size of wedding or event where they are best suited. Every event is unique and we suggest that you contact us so that we can plan and customize a string ensemble for your special occasion. Contact us here https://duodamore.com/contact-us/

Matthew was super responsive and professional throughout our planning process. Our original musicians ended up getting sick last minute and it was dealt with quickly without any stress and they were able to find wonderful replacements. The musicians at our event were kind and friendly and played beautifully, highly recommend!

Carmina, Bride

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 large sound. Don’t forget that violin soloists regularly perform with a 50-100 piece orchestra. This is in a large hall seating 2000 or more people, and the solo violin can be heard over the entire orchestra. How? This comes down to the skill of the violinist, and positioning. And 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 this is our most requested string ensemble for hire. As well, 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. And most often this is a violin or viola. We recommend this ensemble for 150-200 guests. Also, the string trio a great mid size ensemble that is an excellent option for an outdoor wedding or large church wedding.

The String Quartet

Our string quartet is the largest wedding ensemble that we have for hire. 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. We can perform everything from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms in the classical spectrum, to pop, jazz, folk, Top40 and beyond.

Huge list of Modern, Pop, Top40s

Having pop string music at a wedding or reception offers a unique and enchanting atmosphere that beautifully blends tradition with contemporary flair. Also, one of the key advantages is the versatility it brings to the event. Pop string music has the ability to cover a wide range of popular songs. This ensures that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Listen to music samples:

Visit our website to listen to pop and classical wedding favourites performed by our musicians: Listen to samples here.

Tips of choosing wedding ceremony music, with a modern touch

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.

Helpful advice from our award winning musicians.
The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect String Ensemble for Your Toronto Wedding

Toronto Wedding Venues–a selection

The Distillery District

A historic area with charming cobblestone streets, the Distillery District offers a unique atmosphere for weddings. It has a variety of venues, including loft spaces, galleries, and outdoor courtyards.

Casa Loma

This Gothic Revival-style castle offers a fairy tale setting for weddings. With its grand interiors, lush gardens, and stunning architecture, Casa Loma provides a romantic backdrop for ceremonies and receptions.

The Royal Conservatory of Music

Known for its modern and elegant architecture, this venue features beautiful event spaces. The glass-walled Koerner Hall lobby and the outdoor patio are particularly popular for weddings.

The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

A luxury hotel located in the heart of the city, the Four Seasons offers a range of elegant event spaces, including ballrooms and rooftop terraces, suitable for both intimate and large-scale weddings.

The Aga Khan Museum

This museum showcases Islamic art and culture and features stunning contemporary architecture. Its stunning courtyard and elegant spaces make it a unique choice for a cultural and artistic wedding celebration.

The Eglinton Grand

A restored historic theatre, the Eglinton Grand offers a vintage-inspired backdrop for weddings. Its art deco interiors and glamorous atmosphere create a memorable setting for couples seeking a classic Hollywood feel.

Auberge du Pommier

This French-style restaurant tucked away in a cozy cottage offers intimate indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings. The rustic yet refined ambiance makes it a popular choice for romantic celebrations.

The Omni King Edward Hotel

A historic luxury hotel, the King Edward features elegant ballrooms with intricate detailing, making it a timeless venue for traditional weddings.

Additional venues for our string ensembles

Evergreen Brick Works

For nature-loving couples, this former brick factory turned environmental community center offers a rustic and industrial backdrop. It has various event spaces, including a greenhouse and outdoor gardens.

Artscape Wychwood Barns

A converted streetcar repair facility, this venue offers a unique blend of industrial and artistic charm. The Barns have a variety of spaces, including a covered courtyard and an expansive hall.

Graydon Hall Manor

A stately mansion with manicured gardens, Graydon Hall Manor provides an elegant setting for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Its timeless architecture and lush surroundings make it a popular choice.

Thompson Toronto Hotel

With its modern and chic design, the Thompson Hotel offers rooftop event spaces with panoramic views of the city skyline, providing a trendy and sophisticated backdrop for urban weddings.

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