Top 10 Wedding Ceremony Songs (For String Quartet)

I have been playing for weddings for about 20 years, and over that 20 years, I have received a LOT of wedding requests. Some of these requests have been for the ceremony, and others for the reception, but for this post I’m going to stick to the songs that people love to hear for their wedding ceremony.

  1. Canon in D – J. Pachelbel – This is hands down the most requested ceremony song of all time. I think that I have played Canon in D at nearly every wedding I have played, and that’s a lot! Sometimes Canon is played for the bridesmaids, and other times for the bride, but unless you are a cellist, you will agree that Canon in D is a beautiful tune and is quite appropriate for an elegant walk down the aisle. I prefer this tune as one for the bridesmaids, because of it’s understated beauty.
  2. Trumpet Voluntary (aka Prince of Denmark March) – J. Clarke – This commanding tune is most frequently used as the processional. And, what bride wouldn’t want to walk down the aisle to it, really… If you really want to do trumpet voluntary right, you should add a trumpet to this tune. I have even had weddings, where the trumpet and an organist were hired just to play this one tune, giving it a truly over the top sound, when contrasted with the quiet elegance of the string quartet for the rest of the ceremony.
  3. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach – To get this tune off on the right foot, the correct pronunciation of the first word in this title is Yay-zoo. The pulse of this tune makes for really good walking music, and it’s another one that is great for the bridesmaids, or even the seating of the mothers and grandmothers. It’s an elegant and memorable melody that will probably get stuck in the heads of some of your guests. Definitely a classic wedding music choice.
  4. Air from Suite in D (aka Air on the G String) – J.S. Bach – This is one of my favorite wedding tunes to play. The interplay between the different instruments makes this Air stunningly beautiful. Bach was no slouch, when it came to writing music, but this is one of my all-time faves. Because this is a slower tune, I have most commonly played this for the lighting of the unity candle, although it works well as prelude music as well.
  5. Claire de Lune – C. Debussy – Although, I haven’t had the opportunity to play this tune as frequently as those above, Clair de Lune is a gorgeous tune. The emotion in this melody is evident from the start. And, passion flows through every second of it. Debussy was a master of using music to express emotion, and this is one of his masterpieces.
  6. Water Music – Finale (Sometimes recorded as Water Music – Hornpipe) – G.F. Handel – The Finale from Handel’s Water Music is a triumphant piece with a jubilant feeling. When your guests hear this tune, they will have no doubt that this is the end of the ceremony. They only risk here is that you may want to skip down the aisle to this one.
  7. Ave Maria – F. Schubert – Ave Maria is a classic – especially for Catholic wedding ceremonies. The violin carries a beautiful and slow melody. It’s bound to bring tears to the eyes of many of your guests. * Special Note Regarding Ave Maria: There are many tunes named Ave Maria because the name means prayer to Virgin Mary. The Ave Maria by Schubert is probably the one you want. 
  8. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade) – W.A. Mozart – If there is only one string quartet tune that you will recognize, it might be Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, (A Little Night Music) by Mozart. Eine Kleine Nachmusik is actually a suite of 4 melodies, but the most popular tune among these is the Serenade. This piece is fun, and fast moving, and is sure to please. Serenade makes a great tune for post lude music as the guests prepare exit the ceremony.
  9. Wedding March – Mendelssohn – Mendelssohn’s Wedding March is the tune you hear in the movies as the recessional. Everybody recognizes it, and it truly is a beautiful tune. It originally appeared at the wedding scene in a musical rendition of Shakespeare’s a Midsummer Nights Dream. If you want to stay traditional, this is your tune, but if not, consider Handel’s Finale from Water Music. *Special Note regarding Wedding March: Some Churches don’t allow this tune because the consider it to be “Secular Music”
  10. Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) – Wagner – Here is the tune that some people love, and others love to hate. Bridal Chorus originated as a part of Wagner’s romantic opera, Lohengrin. It has been played so often that it is the song people think of first when they think of Weddings. Here Come’s the Bride is the name most people know this tune by. Truly because this tune is so common in our society, my clients rarely have us play it. The reason is that people who hire a string quartet are looking for something classy and different. They want to set themselves apart, and the Wedding March doesn’t do that. However, for the traditionalist, this is your tune for the processional. *Special Note regarding Bridal Chorus: Some Churches don’t allow this tune because the consider it to be “Secular Music”

Wild Basin Lodge – Allenspark, CO

On our tour of the Estes Park area wedding venues, we took a little jog south of Estes to the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, CO.  When you walk into the lodge, the first thing that will hit you is the huge stone-hearth fireplace decorated with aspen greenery, harvested by the Wild Basin Lodge staff.  From the rough-hewn logs to the polished bar, Wild Basin features a mixture of rustic charm, and classic elegance.

One of the oldest lodges in the area, Wild Basin has been around since the early 1900’s, but has only been in it’s current facility for about 10 years. The tour of the Wild Basin lodge was truly enjoyable. Hillary and Denise really made us feel at home while we were there. The lodging is limited to 6 lodge rooms, but as a wedding or reception venue, Wild Basin can handle 200 guests.

Business Name: Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center

Primary Contact: Hillary Hanson

Title: Marketing Manager

Address: 1130 County Road, 84 West, Allenspark, CO 80510

Phone Number: (303) 747-2274

Contact Email: [email protected]

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Q: How many guests can you accommodate?

A: 200

Q: How long has your venue been in business?

A: 10 years on 12.21.11!

Q: How long has your venue been hosting weddings?

A: Throughout operation (10 years)

Q: How many weddings do you host a year on average?

A: 150

Q: What is the cost (or range) for your venue?

A: $67-$142 per person for an all inclusive wedding package

Q: Do you host Ceremonies, Receptions, and/or Honeymoons?

A: Yes, we also host day after brunches, rehearsal dinners, elopement weddings, anniversary dinners, vow renewals, and private events.

Q: Do you have different options or packages available for weddings?

A: Yes, we cater our wedding packages to each couple and their unique needs.

Q: What special amenities do you have to accommodate weddings?

A: Our facilities boast 2 outdoor ceremony sites with stunning views, 2 large reception rooms, 6 lodge rooms, and every single wedding package includes the couple’s choice of ceremony and reception site, all tables, linens, silverware, china, chairs, crystal, a complimentary champagne toast, bridal coordination, a bridal captain, a full reception meal including two appetizers, two entrée selections, organic sautéed vegetables, choice of a starch item, and loads of other inclusions!

Q: Do you offer any wedding services?

A: Couples often choose The Wild Basin Lodge for our flexibility, exemplary reputation for customer service, and on-site bridal coordination.

Q: Do you have an on-site coordinator for the day of the wedding?

A: Yes, we include an on-site coordinator, coordination and planning services prior to the big day, and a bridal captain to ensure that things run smoothly throughout the reception.

Q: If so, what services do they provide?

A: Our coordinators and captain ensure that a timeline of the wedding is pre-approved by couples and their families. Coordinators run rehearsals so couples don’t have to spend additional funds hiring officiates or wedding planners for an additional day. Wild Basin brides can rest assured that their coordinator will handle all processional queues, scheduling of decorating time, keeping photographers on schedule, entrances into the reception, serving private appetizers, the first dance, toasts, and cake cutting coordination.

Q: Do you have any restrictions on outside wedding vendors?

A: We welcome any and all outside vendors for weddings at The Wild Basin Lodge. We have a preferred vendor list if couples are looking for the top vendors in our area.

Q: What are the benefits of booking their wedding here?

A: We help couples plan a dream wedding that is as unique as they are, and we help them every step of the way. Our friendly staff will answer questions 7 days a week, our beautiful location wows guests year-round, and our award-winning cuisine is made on site with quality ingredients. We have remained at the top of our industry throughout our ten years in existence, and continue to host some of the best weddings and events in the nation!

Q: What do brides tell you is the reason that they choose your venue?

A: We consistently are told it’s for three reasons: our stunning location, our world-class food, and our outstanding customer service.

Q: What makes your venue unique?

A: Our location with gorgeous mountain views can’t be beat and the value of our all-inclusive wedding packages is excellent. We only host one wedding each day so we can guarantee our couples that their events will be private, personalized, and catered to their exact specifications.

Q: What kinds of things can a Bride expect when she contacts you, and throughout the process?

A: Couples can always expect to be greeted with a friendly and knowledgeable staff member who can cater tours and inquiries to anyone’s specific needs. We are always happy to give an in-depth tour of our stunning facilities, but if a site visit simply isn’t possible, we will assist our clients using photographs, video, and email. We highly encourage engaged couples to contact us any time throughout the planning process to schedule a tasting, a details meeting, or to ask us any questions they may have before the big day.

Q: What advice do you have for a Bride thinking about booking her wedding here?

A: Plan early! We will only host one wedding a day, and our most desired dates in peak season are booking out fast.

Q: Do you have any other general suggestions for the wedding couple?

A: Your wedding is a special day that’s all about you! Including unique aspects that define you as a couple will make the day even more significant, so plan your wedding the way that you want it.

Edwin Forrest Ward – Wedding Officiant

EdWard Officiant Mountain Destination WeddingAn Ordained Minister with the Temple of Man, Ed has been officiating at weddings since 1982. Weddings Your Way is the guiding concept of Ed’s ceremonies, meaning: Ed will create a ceremony tailored to fit the desires and needs of the bride and groom. Ed brings his talents as both a writer and performer together when he officiates at a wedding.

He is the consummate professional as both a Minister and Master of Ceremony. Ed charges $300 to meet with the bride and groom (when possible; if not, details can be worked out over the phone or on-line), to create a ceremony that meets the needs and desires of the bride and groom, and to publish a one-of-a-kind ceremonial booklet, and to perform the wedding ceremony. A formal rehearsal which is optional is $100. A travel fee of $35/hour is charged for ceremonies outside the Denver/Metro area.

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