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Music Styles

How Will Your Wedding Sound? Traditional Elegance.

As you know, your personal preferences, individual tastes and beliefs will be reflected in your ceremony. The special touches you choose--readings, a special song, lighting of the unity candles, vows, exchange of rings--make the ceremony uniquely yours.

While the choice of a music ensemble as well as the music itself is also a matter of personal preference, and taste, it may be helpful to know that the most popular ensembles chosen for a wedding ceremony and reception are string trios and string quartets. However, some brides may prefer a solo harpist or a harp combined with another instrument. A duo or trio consisting of one or two violins and classical guitar offers a beautiful alternative as well.

Remember, the same ensemble that you choose for your ceremony can change the tempo and mood of the music to create the perfect atmosphere for your cocktail reception and dinner. It need not end there. We can provide small to medium size Continental Combos to play background music during dinner. Then, the first dance will inspire you to dance the night away with your family and friends until the magic of your day feels like it will never end.

As you begin to think about your own wedding ceremony and reception, please feel free to contact us to discuss your ideas for music no matter how simple or elaborate they may be. Let our expertise in wedding music planning and performance assist you in exploring our resources as you make the key decisions regarding your wedding music.

Suggested Ceremony Selections

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)XX
Adagio (Albinoni)XX
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)X
Largo (A. Vivaldi)XX
Air on G String (Bach)XX
Air (Water Music - G. F. Handel)XX
Canon in D (Pachelbel)X
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)X
Hornpipe (Water Music - Handel)X
Spring (Four Seasons - Vivaldi)X
Ode to Joy (9th Symphony - Beethoven)XX
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)X
Bridal Chorus (Wagner)X
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)X
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)X
Brandenburg Concerto #3 (Bach)X
Le Rejouissance (Handel)X

So You Want The Unusual, Something Really Different?

If you want to explore options outside the traditional wedding music "box" we would be very pleased to discuss your ideas with you. We can provide customization services, and we welcome your inquiry.

Perhaps you have a special song, or there is a particular musical style, or an ensemble that you want for your celebration.

As one recent example of our custom service, after a Napa valley traditional church wedding ceremony, the guests were shuttled by limousine to a winery venue for a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner. A line of eight strolling violinists in formal attire, serenaded the arriving guests with lively waltzes and uptempo ballads, then continued to stroll during cocktails. A guitar, bass and violin trio provided background music during dinner until the Maitre d' Hotel announced that a very special surprise was about to be unveiled. Immediately, the original eight violinists, with a guitar and bass, re-entered the dining room, and in a full violin orchestra sound that filled the entire restaurant, performed a unique arrangement of "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" (Aerosmith) during dinner. The effect was dramatic and very romantic.

So please keep in mind, we are flexible, and have the ability to offer creative solutions that will add a unique, memorable touch to your wedding day. Our special projects are quoted in proposal form after consultation.

Wedding Venues

The following is an example list of some of the venues in which we have performed for weddings.

San Francisco

  • San Francisco City Hall
  • St. Vincent DePaul Church
  • 1409 Sutter Street Mansion
  • Queene Anne Hotel
  • Mission Dolores
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Hamlin Mansion
  • Flood Mansion
  • Shakespeare Garden, Golden Gate Park
  • Old Federal Reserve
  • Temple Emanu-El
  • Temple Sherith Israel
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Victor's Palace - Westin St. Francis Hotel
  • Pacific Union Club
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Various Bay Area Regional Venues

  • Alta Mira Hotel
  • Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
  • The Fairmont Hotels, San Francisco & San Jose
  • Wente Vineyards
  • St. Anselm's Church, San Anselmo
  • Burlingame Country Club
  • Unity Center, Novato
  • Kohl Mansion, Burlingame
  • Dunsmuir House and Gardens , Oakland
  • Brazilian Room, Berkeley

Napa Valley

  • Meadowood Resort, St. Helena
  • Culinary Institute of America - Greystone
  • Domaine Chandon
  • Beaulieu Garden
  • Chardonnay Golf Club


  • The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church