program tips

First of all, we have the PRELUDE. This is the stage when your guests arrive at the actual venue where the ceremony will take place. You should allow enough time for the musicians to arrive at the wedding venue before your guests! By this stage, the musicians will need to be on site for the main part of the ceremony, so it makes sense to take advantage of their presence and ask them to play for the Prelude as well.  Selections of upbeat classical tunes or pop songs are perennial favorites.

Now comes the big moment of your Wedding day, the PROCESSIONAL (walking down the aisle!) This is when you'll be very pleased that you hired a String Ensemble. The Pachelbel Canon in D is an ideal piece of music for this purpose.

The actual music for the infamous 'Here comes the bride' is the Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner. If you have your heart set on something modern we can suggest latest hits such us Marry You by Bruno Mars, It's Beautiful Day by U2. 

The SIGNING of the register is the next stage of the Wedding which requires music. The Andante Cantabile by Tchaikovsky or Schubert's Ave Maria  are both very appropriate for this stage of the wedding, as they are relaxing and soothing pieces of music. Bach's Air on the G string is also wonderfully effective or you can try something modern as A thousand Years by Christina Perry. This allows everyone in the room to have a bit of a breather and will help to release any tension in the room!  That's it, you've done it, you're married! 

All that's left for you to do is to walk back down the aisle, the PROCESSIONAL. Unless you have very strong feelings about an alternative piece of music, it is advisable to stick with the Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn. Everybody expects to hear it, it suits the occasion perfectly and is a fantastic piece of music perfectly matched to the sound of the string instruments.Other popular choices are All You Need is Love by Beatles, Viva la Vida by Coldplay. 

It's party time! The RECEPTION  follows the processional, and often takes place at a different location from the wedding ceremony. There is a huge amount of very good strings repertoire which is suitable for a Wedding reception. It would be possible to satisfy the needs of your reception with the music of  all the well-known baroque and classical masterpieces, some light music classics, jazz standards, show tunes and arrangements of recent pop songs