Our Non-Traditional Wedding Ceremony Music

When trying to figure out what kind of music we wanted at our wedding (band, DJ, classical, etc.), Mr. Knight and I had very different ideas. He wanted a string quartet for the ceremony and cocktails, and I wanted a band for the reception. We compromised (more like I gave in) and we decided on a string trio (quartet was too much $$$) and a DJ for the reception.

It was incredibly hard to find a string trio in our price range (most were quoting us anywhere from $500-$800 for 2 hours). We booked The Classern Quartet out of Orlando, FL through GigMasters for $350 for 3 musicians (violin, viola, and cello). They are going to play for 2 hours, which will cover pre-ceremony, our ceremony and an hour of cocktails. One of the things we really liked about them is that they play not just classical music but also modern tunes (Coldplay anyone?).

A mixture of classical and modern songs

Seating of the Parents
“Air” by Bach

Bridal Party Entrance (played softly during)
Bride’s Entrance with Father (played slightly louder)
“Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s, played by Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional (Walking back down the aisle as Man and Wife)
“Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve, played by Vitamin String Quartet

It was difficult to decide exactly what songs we wanted for our ceremony. We struggled with traditional songs. They were too overplayed in our minds, we wanted something different and more us. Plain White T’s Hey there Delilah song has special meaning to Mr. Knight and I. If you listen to the lyrics in the song it talks about a couple who are miles away, in school and in love. For those who don’t know, Mr. Knight and I spent 3 years of our relationship apart (while he was attending UCF and I at UF).

I can’t wait to walk down the aisle to this beautiful song and marry Mr. Knight… only 8 months 3 hours left!

8 Comment

  1. Great Post!!!

    It was great meeting you Sunday!

  2. This is going to be awesome! How unique! I love your choices. :)

  3. Gabrielle says:

    I just did a post about how we chose our reception music http://crosscountrywed.blogspot.com/2009/09/mission-get-music-part-2.html

    I love that you are doing Vitamin String Quartet renditions… their version of “Never Think” is a-mazing, we are considering that.

  4. I love Vitamin String Quartet too…I am still toying around with using their version of “Soul Meets Body” somewhere. Great choices!

  5. mrknight says:

    I’m actually pretty excited about our wedding music. I’m so happy you “gave in”.

  6. marina says:

    I love it!!! Mr. Knight was probably so insistent on the string trio because of the musician in him… I also love string trio’s, quartets, whatever! I cannot wait for this wedding!!! It is gonna be the best wedding EVER!!

  7. marina says:

    It’s me again! I listened to “Hey There Delilah” and it made me cry…thanks, I needed a good cry. Perfect song for a perfect couple!

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