Sheraine from the fabulous Accordi String Quartet’s tips on booking live music for your ceremony

So you’ve booked the wedding venue, the caterer has been selected, cakes have been sampled and designed, the wedding outfits have been tried on and you’ve said “yes to the dress”, the guest list has been drawn up, the honeymoon has been booked, now it’s time to turn your attention to the content of the wedding ceremony itself. It’s at this point we receive enquiries from couples wanting to have some music in their ceremony.

Accordi String Quartet and Trio perform beautiful music on acoustic string instruments. We work with our clients to create bespoke playlists for the ceremony and reception. Whatever the desired atmosphere we have music to fit with all tastes. Here are a few suggestions to help you plan your ceremony music.

Before the ceremony:
As the guests arrive, the music to will set the mood. For example, if you select Italian opera arias you’re creating a romantic and thoughtful mood. Pop music played by stringed instruments continues to be popular trend amongst couples marrying. Perhaps your wedding has a theme, there is sure to be some music that will fit with your theme. We often see grooms waiting nervously for the start of the ceremony, it’s a really good idea to have the groom select some music that he would like to listen to calm and relax any nerves.

The Processional:
Pachelbel’s Canon continues to be a firm favourite with wedding couples and for good reason. As well as sounding great, it’s a clever piece of music. It can be easily adapted to fit in with the walk up the aisle. There are two other pieces that we are regularly asked to play: Jon Legend’s All of Me and Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. Both these pieces have beautiful melodies and sound great played by strings.

Signing the register:
You’re going to need at least two songs or two short pieces. Pieces that we’ve played recently include: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Moon River and Your Song by Elton John.

The Recessional:
To conclude the ceremony as you and your partner walk out of the ceremony as newly marrieds you may wish to have something a little more upbeat. Here are some suggestions Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison, All You Need Is Love by The Beatles, One Day Like This by Elbow, Signed Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder.

There are no right or wrong choices with regard to wedding ceremony music. Although it’s worth bearing in mind that if you are using a registrar or Humanist celebrant you must avoid anything with religious connotations for your ceremony. Your music choices may need to be cleared with the registry office in advance.

Having Accordi String Quartet and Trio play for your reception drinks can also be a smart choice, we can easily move from the ceremony space to your drinks reception. You might like to select a few pieces and leave the rest of the playlist up to us. We often decide what to play next by gauging the reactions of the guests. Guests seem to enjoy the novelty of being up close with stringed instruments and musicians. They often approach us and request pieces or like to stand nearby as we play. You wouldn’t think that a string quartet could get people dancing but, trust me, we can!

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