Creating the perfect wedding day
Surrey String Ensemble will provide an amazing performance on your big day. We can help you strike the right note, creating a great atmosphere to get your guests relaxed and make it memorable. We recommend that you listen to some of our videos to give you an idea of what you may like and take a look at our 3420 piece repertoire. Please find below some help and advice on how we make it special. We can recommend some appropriate music for each part of the ceremony, or you may wish to choose each piece yourself. In religious ceremonies there are numerous possibilities where music can accompany the proceedings. You can choose any or all of these moments to put your personality into your big day:
The standard format for a wedding ceremony presents four musical performances:
- Pre-ceremony music – Beautiful music while your guests arrive
- The bridal entry – Your chosen unique entrance piece
- Signing of the register – Special pieces during the signing & photographs
- Bride & groom exit – Your memorable exit piece as you leave man and wife
If you are having a Catholic Ceremony, you may wish to include us in other parts of your ceremony.
A drinks reception is a great opportunity for your guests to meet each other and mingle. For members of both families and friends this is often the first chance for everyone to meet up. A relaxed atmosphere with drinks & canopies accompanied by The Surrey String Ensemble is ideal. We offer you the option of selecting all or a few pieces, or we can simply perform some great wedding favourites.
We provide the perfect backdrop, creating a lovely atmosphere for your Wedding Breakfast. Playing relaxing live music of your choice for your guests, we add that extra special touch. If you would like help deciding what music you would like, we are more than happy to assist you in making recommendations.
Wedding packages have proven very popular as they reflect excellent value for money. The packages we offer are a combination of the separate parts of your wedding at a reduced price. The packages are:
- Bronze – Pre-Ceremony, Ceremony & Drinks Reception
- Silver – Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast
- Gold – Pre-Ceremony, Ceremony, Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast
For further information on our great value wedding packages please contact us. Below are some ideas for your ceremony music.
Robbie Williams – Angels
At Last –(as sung by Etta James)
Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Mendelssohn – Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Take That – Greatest Day
Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Wagner – Bridal Chorus
Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
Cold Play – Viva La Vida
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel – Hornpipe, from Water Music
Lionel Richie – Endless Love
Mendelssohn – Wedding March (From A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Sting – Fields of Gold
Take That – Greatest Day
Deciding on which pieces to choose for your ceremony and drinks reception is a supremely personal choice and you will want pieces that have special meaning to your relationship, or carry a message that you wish to deliver to others on your special day. The duration of each piece is not a concern when planning your service. Most quartet pieces are between three and five minutes long and thus fit perfect within each section. Otherwise most classical music contains repeats or recurring phrases which sound excellent if attenuated at a cadence point. For example Pachelbel’s Canon is based on a cyclical baseline which means we can always time the bridal entry to perfection! We take our cues directly or by liaising with the Priest or Celebrant prior to the ceremony, so there is no input needed from you on the day.
If you are having an Indian Wedding please click here to be taken to our special Indian Weddings page.