Hedsor House is one of the most beautiful wedding venues that we’ve worked in and ideal for a wedding string quartet. It’s no surprise that it’s been a location choice of major film productions, with the likes of Tom Hardy, Maggie Smith, Nicole Kidman and Ricky Gervais among many others to have filmed there. With its rich history, stunning Georgian design and close location to London, it’s long been one of the hottest choices for weddings in the UK. Close to London and yet contained in 100 acres of green parkland, the City will be far from your thoughts whilst there. Have a look at their website and feast your eyes on this superlative venue.
Shortly before lockdown, we returned to Hedsor House for a wedding string quartet booking. Sophia and Dan had found us through the brilliant Wedding Photographer Chloe from Caught the Light, with whom we’ve worked before. Chloe is a wonderful wedding photographer and fabulous to work with – we’d highly recommend her as a first class choice. The photos featured on this page are by her and from this wedding. The couple contacted us and had a clear idea of the songs that they wanted to personalise their ceremony, as well as their reception. Often we play classical music before the ceremony but they wanted a mix to include Wonderful World, At Last, All of Me, Halo and Moon River. Lovely choices, since they’re not too fast which just doesn’t work in this formal part. But they have a timeless romantic quality. They chose a mix of older standards and modern romantic masterpieces like John Legend’s All of Me.
Then for the actual ceremony, they selected Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles – a great classic pop song that works really perfectly for wedding strings. It’s great to chose the songs that are really well-suited for string quartet for the Wedding Ceremony especially and we always can help with that from our years of playing in ceremonies and knowledge of our own music arrangements. For the Signing of the Register, Dan and Sophia chose ‘Empire State of Mind’ and ‘Viva la Vida’. And finally in the Ceremony they marked the Exit music when they take their first walk as husband and wife with Happy by Pharrell. This is another great modern choice – feel-good and celebratory. And as it takes a long time for every last guest to leave the room they asked for Rather Be by Clean Bandit to be played if needed so keep the music going as guests were leaving the ceremony room. We guided them on numbers of songs needed and they chose from our list. It’s really simple and we like to keep it that way. We know that planning a wedding is hard work, even if it’s also great fun and tremendously exciting. Some aspects need to be more simple than others and we think that sorting the music out can and should be.
After the reception, our wedding string quartet played in the champagne reception. Again Sophia and Dan had picked a few tunes from our list to definitely include in the informal sets after the ceremony. A mix of light, jazzy tunes and classic pop and some fun ones like The Bare Necessities and the Cantina Band from Star Wars. These all enhance the happy and warm buzz of the drinks reception. A string quartet playing pop music is always entertaining but never distracts from conversation – it’s superb background music that is still very much ‘live’.
If you’re having your wedding in Hedsor House and require music, then let us know and get in touch today for some entertainment ideas to book in for the big day.