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What are the key moments of a wedding ceremony that require string quartet song choices from the client?

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For most wedding ceremonies the key moments where a song choice is necessary are:

  • While guests arrive
  • During the processional (entrance of the bridal party and bride)
  • During the signing of the register
  • During the recessional (at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony)

While the guests arrive:

Although our clients can select any genre of music to be performed, we generally recommend allowing the quartet to perform classical music before the wedding ceremony commences.

The celebrant will inform the quartet when the bridal party arrives. The string quartet will stop playing and prepare for the processional. Once given the signal from the celebrant, the quartet will begin performing the requested processional song. The most popular song for processionals is ‘Pachelbel Canon’ or ‘Canon in D by Pachelbel’. Other favourites include The Verve ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, Bach-Gounod ‘Ave Maria’ and Bach ‘Air’ from Suite No.3.

During the processional:

Brides do not need to worry about timing when it comes to the processional song. We will time our music to our lovely brides and bridal parties. For example, if the bride takes a little longer than expected, we will simply loop our music. Once the bride has completed her walk down the aisle and is comfortable in position, our string quartet will phrase off our music. There will never be any sudden end to our music.

At this point, our clients have the option to allow us to continue performing soft, slow, background music during the entire ceremony. There is no extra cost for this. It is lovely effect, but it is also vital that the celebrant is using a microphone if opting for this. It is also important that the bride and groom are amplified when delivering their vows. Otherwise, the string quartet can be silent during the vows and the entire ceremony process.

During the signing of the register:

When it’s time to sign the register, the string quartet will perform again. Since the signing of the register takes approximately 10 minutes, the client can select two songs for the string quartet to perform during this time. Again, there is no need to wait until the string quartet is finished before concluding the signing of the register. When the celebrant indicates that the signing has been complete, the string quartet will phrase off beautifully.

During the recessional:

At this point, the celebrant usually concludes the ceremony by welcoming the new couple as husband and wife. The string quartet then performs the requested recessional song for the couple’s exit.

At the conclusion:

Once the ceremony has concluded, the string quartet will continue to perform background music as guests mingle and exit. It is therefore recommended to hire our string quartet for an extra 5-10 minutes so that guests can enjoy the music after the wedding ceremony.

If photos are being taken afterwards, it is also lovely to have the string quartet continue to perform. The string quartet will perform more popular songs after the ceremony if requested by our clients.

It is then an option to book the string quartet for the wedding reception as well.

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