Harvey Strings Top Picks for the Wedding Ceremony
Performing professionally as Harvey Strings since 1994, cellist Cassia Harvey and violinist/violist Myanna Harvey combine dynamic original arrangements of traditional classical string wedding music and contemporary string wedding music to offer a truly unique selection. Both Cassia and Myanna actively promote classical music to the younger generation, feeling compelled to create an audience for the musicians of the future.
Harvey Strings has performed throughout the US, including regional appearances at venues such as Philly Fringe Fest, the Reading Public Museum, the Swarthmore College Recital Series, the Ethical Society of Philadelphia and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Myanna and Cassia Harvey have been performing classical and contemporary string wedding music for ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions in the Philadelphia area for over fifteen years. With carefully chosen music, the duo (or trio) will add the beautiful sound of stringed instruments to make your special day truly extraordinary! Their extensive experience makes them the perfect choice to curate music tailored to your unique style and personality.
If you’re interested in reading more about Harvey Strings, Philadelphia’s Top Sting Duo, check out our recent Q&A below:
How many songs should you pick for your ceremony?
The music performed during the wedding ceremony is essentially background music but with careful thought and the input of seasoned professionals, it can set the tone for the entire day and gently tug on the heartstrings of those in attendance. Once you have chosen your performers you will consult with them on the 7 to 14 musical pieces performed during the Prelude, Processional, Wedding Service, and the Recessional. Let’s take a closer look at each phase of the Ceremony.
As the excitement builds on your wedding day, many guests will arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the time you have set for the Ceremony to begin. Your musicians will be happy to begin performing a 15 – 30 minute set of mellow string trio wedding music to set the mood and create the perfect ambiance for your guests. Keep it low key so that your guests can still converse, while this selection of music does not distract from your big entrance!
The Processional is when the bride makes her Grand Entrance but, as the star of the show, her appearance is the finale! Making way for the bride’s walk down the aisle are the Mother of the Bride, The Groom, The Best Man, The Groomsmen, The Bridesmaids, The Maid of Honor and The Flower Girls and Ring Bearer. When all are in position, cue The Father of the Bride and The Bride. Of course, none of this is written in stone and you may create your own version of a Processional according to your personal choice. You can include all of the titles mentioned above or none at all and create your own unique version of the Processional. Either way, string trio wedding music makes a perfect backdrop for the Processional and you can choose one piece of music for the general Processional song and something special and inspirational for the Bridal Entrance Song.
The Wedding Ceremony (Service) itself is the point when the couple exchange vows and are married by the Officiant. The specific aspects of the Ceremony depend on the choices made by the couple. It could be traditional or non-traditional, religious or non-denominational or something entirely unique, reflecting the vision of the couple themselves. Everything, including music is optional. The main Ceremony could include some music such as an instrumental interlude or a hymn. Music could also accompany the signing of the marriage certificate. Violin and string wedding music is perfectly adaptable to any format and will greatly enhance the ambiance and provide a touch of class!
The final part of the wedding ceremony is The Recessional as the couple walks back down the aisle, followed by the rest of the wedding party and ultimately all of the guests. Again, the musical choices run the gamut from traditional to joyous and even frivolous or humorous! Strings and violins are up to the task and musicians have many options to choose from in their wedding ceremony music repertoire.
Contemporary Violin Music for Your Wedding Ceremony
For those seeking more contemporary wedding string music, Harvey Strings offer this list of some of the most requested tunes:
- What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
- Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
- Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
- Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
- A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
- God Only Knows – Beach Boys
- Blackbird – Beatles
- A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman
- Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
- Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Beach Boys
Classical Violin Music for a Sophisticated Ceremony
Harvey Strings have performed many sophisticated wedding ceremonies with selections of classical violin music that have included:
- Pachelbel – Canon in D
- Vivaldi – Spring from the “The Four Seasons”
- Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
- Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze
- Handel – Hornpipe from “Water Music”
- Beethoven – “Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9
- Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary
- Bach – Air on the G string
How do you picture yourself walking down the aisle?
Get in touch with senior talent buyer, Sean Timmons. Explore options for traditional or contemporary string wedding ceremony music from Mole Street Artists.