Planning Your Ceremony

 Selecting your music is a very important part of your wedding ceremony.
Choose from a variety of music genres and ensembles to set the perfect mood and express your unique style!

**Due to unpredictable Ohio weather, Heart Strings is not able to play outdoor events between the third week of October and the last day of April.**


A standard one-hour wedding package includes:

*30 minutes of Prelude music before the ceremony *Processional music
*Mid-ceremony music (if needed)
*Recessional music
*Postlude music up to 15 minutes, or until the room is empty (whichever happens first)

String Duo

Instruments: violin & cello
classical, sacred, traditional
Sound: simple, suitable for small, intimate venues

String Trio

2 violins & cello OR violin, viola & cello
Repertoire: classical, traditional, *some contemporary
Sound: elegant and stronger, suitable for most weddings and indoor/outdoor events

String Quartet

2 violins, viola, & cello
Repertoire: full repertoire of classical, traditional, & contemporary options
Sound: full classic orchestral sound, suitable for large churches and halls, indoor/outdoor events, receptions


Some frequently asked questions:

Do you require amplification?
No, we do not bring or require amplification. However, you should consider the size of your venue when selecting an ensemble. The quartet is better heard in large rooms, loud receptions, or outdoors.

What do you require to perform?
Just one armless chair per musician, and shelter from direct sunlight/wind, if outdoors. See our contract for conditions on weather and temperature.

How will the musicians dress?
Our musicians always perform in formal dress black.

Do you attend wedding rehearsals?
No, we do our planning via direct communication with you, and consultation with your coordinator on the day of the event.

Do you charge mileage or travel fees?
Only if we must travel outside certain zip codes. A map of our travel radius is included in your quote. The general charge is .50 per mile, per musician. We also pro-rate our fee for waiting and/or travel time between weddings & receptions.

How much is the deposit?
We require a $20-per-musician deposit at the time of contract signing, which is non-refundable in the event of cancelation. The balance is due two weeks before the event.

Do I have to select every single piece of music?
Not at all!
We are happy to make suggestions to help you create your wedding day soundtrack. Your playlist isn't due until 30 days before your event.

Can I request a song not on your list?
Yes! The quartet package includes one free custom arrangement. Additional requests for new music can be had for a fee. We require 60-day notice for new music requests.

Can you accompany a vocal solo?
Sometimes, if the music is provided. Much depends on the style of the song, so contact us with more information.

Music Selection

Many key moments in the ceremony are timed to the music, with the help of your coordinator.  We arrive early to work out timing and music cues.

Choose songs from any category and create your
own unique playlist.

Here are two examples of different ceremony plans:

Classical Wedding Music Plan 

Ave Maria (Bach or Schubert)
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
Water Music Selections (Handel)
Evening Prayer (Humperdink)
My Heart Ever Faithful (Bach)
Air in G (Bach)
All in a Garden Green (Jenkins)
Be Thou My Vision (Traditional)

Family Seating:
'Tis a Gift (Traditional)

Bridal Party:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Unity Candle/Communion:
O Perfect Love (Barnby)

Traditional Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
La Rejouissance (Handel)
Rondeau (Mouret)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Spring from 'Four Seasons' (Vivaldi)
Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)

Contemporary Wedding Music Plan

Falling Slowly (Hansard/Irglova)
Stay With Me (Sam Smith)
You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker)
Hallelujah (Cohen)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Open Arms (Journey)
Lucky (Mraz/Callait)
All Of Me (John Legend)
Marry Me (Train)

Family Seating:
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

Bridal Party:
Can't Help Falling in Love (Weiss/Peretti)

A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Unity Candle/Communion:
The Prayer (Dion/Bocelli)

Marry You (Bruno Mars)

Love Story (Taylor Swift)

Best Day of My Life (American Authors)
I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)
Viva la Vida (Coldplay)
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)

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