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Wedding String Quartet Oakville

Wedding String Quartet Oakville. Duo d’Amore is an award winning string ensemble, made up of professional violinists, violists and cellists. Together we have versatile string ensembles such a s solo violinists and cellists, string duos, string trios and quartets. We perform a wide variety of music including pop, Top40 and classical for weddings, special and corporate events.

Wedding String Quartet Oakville
Wedding String Quartet Oakville

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

We booked a string duo with Duo d’Amore for our ceremony and cocktail hour music after they performed at my father in-law’s wedding. They really stood out to us there and they actually provided incredibly reasonable prices compared to many other people we had hired. When we had to postpone our wedding, they were generous, flexible, and only charged a nominal fee for rescheduling. They provided suggestions for repertoire (modern, classic, etc.) but I didn’t really had any strong preferences except for my walk down the aisle. I basically told them what song I wanted (Can’t Help Falling in Love, which was a TEAR JERKER the way they performed) and asked for a more modern repertoire for the rest. They followed my instructions and were phenomenal. I actually got some texts before the ceremony had started since they were performing for guests as they arrived, and guests were very happy with the songs and impressed. We had an indoor/outdoor venue with the dinner inside and bar/ceremony/grounds outside for guests. Unfortunately, because of extreme heat and humidity, our cocktail hour was moved indoors for the sake of food safety (we had a live sushi station). The guests didn’t get to avail of the live music outside as much as I had hoped, but anyone who went out for the bar would have at least enjoyed these talented artists.


Listing our Wedding String Quartet and ensembles Oakville

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 around Oakville. 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 around Oakville. 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 in Oakville. 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.

Versatile ensemble

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:

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:

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.

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Oakville Wedding Musicians

Wedding String Quartet Oakville

Wedding String Quartet Oakville

Rachel Pomedli recently spent a year in Japan as a member of the international Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Yutaka Sado.

Rachel holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Her principal teachers have been Andras Fejer, Judith Glyde, Aldo Parisot and Shauna Rolston.

Wedding String Quartet Oakville
Wedding String Quartet Oakville

A native of Toronto, violinist Praise Lam is a highly sought-after musician known for her adaptability in both solo and collaborative performances and her ability to merge classical and contemporary approaches into a myriad of art forms. Her performances as an award-winning violinist has taken her from her hometown stages in Canada to appearances in Hollywood’s 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles, California.

Oakville Wedding Venues

The Oakville Club

Private yacht club offers a picturesque waterfront setting for weddings. The club features elegant event spaces with stunning lake views, making it an ideal choice for a romantic and classic wedding.

The Glenerin Inn & Spa

Historic inn is known for its Tudor-style architecture and beautiful gardens. The venue offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, including charming banquet rooms and a patio, perfect for intimate weddings.

Appleby College

Private school with a stunning campus, Appleby College offers picturesque grounds for outdoor weddings. The campus features lush gardens, waterfront areas, and elegant event spaces for indoor ceremonies and receptions.

Royal Canadian Yacht Club – Oakville House

Additional venues

Yacht club provides a scenic location overlooking the lake. With its nautical ambiance and waterfront views, it’s a great choice for couples who love the idea of a lakeside wedding.

Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre

Offering both indoor and outdoor event spaces, this venue can accommodate weddings of various sizes. Its modern facilities and waterfront location make it an attractive option for couples looking for a contemporary setting.

Le Dome Banquet Hall

While located just outside Oakville in nearby Milton, Le Dome Banquet Hall is known for its grand ballroom and elegant decor. It can host large weddings and provides ample space for dancing and entertainment.

Glen Abbey Golf Club

Famous for its golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, Glen Abbey also offers event spaces for weddings. The clubhouse features beautiful views and a classic ambiance.

Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre

Offers a variety of event spaces, accommodating both intimate and larger weddings. They provide customizable packages and a range of amenities for couples to choose from.

If you or someone you know is planning wedding or event in the Oakville area and are looking for the finest, most experienced and professional Wedding String Quartet Oakville to perform, please recommend and contact Duo d’Amore today. Listen to samples here.

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