Pleyel Quartet

Michelle and Stuart on choosing their ceremony and reception music

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Hallo everyone!

We’re delighted to introduce another in the series of interviews with brides and grooms for whom we have played, and who have very kindly agreed to share their advice and experience with those who are still at the planning stage and looking for some help.

Michelle and Stuart got married in the beautiful Glenskirlie Castle, in Stirlingshire, and chose a humanist ceremony. Over to Michelle and Stuart:

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At what stage in the whole process did you start thinking about the music for your ceremony and reception?

For me [Michelle], I always knew I wanted a quartet at the wedding. I would see it on TV, and hear the cello, and think it was beautiful. It was one of the first things I organised.

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What made you decide to have live music at your wedding ceremony and reception?

I’ve always known I wanted it.

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What made you decide to have a string quartet?

Every time I heard the cello play…it is a beautiful instrument. The music of the string quartet was amazing.

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How did you go about choosing the music for your ceremony and reception?

I knew I wanted Pachelbel’s Canon in D for both entering the service and leaving, as I felt it was a lovely piece.  I also requested music with a Scottish theme to be played during the ceremony, as there was a Scottish theme throughout the whole day. I had requested some movie tunes, as I knew my guests would appreciate this.  I was then happy to have anything else played.

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Michelle and Stuart chose a great selection of film music for their guests to listen to as they were busy with their photographer, including ‘Kissing You’ from Romeo and Juliet, ‘The Bare Necessities’ from The Jungle Book, ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story, and a mixture of the more well-known themes from Star Wars.  We finished our selection with ‘500 Miles’ by The Proclaimers.

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Is there any advice you would give a bride or groom to be about the music for their ceremony/reception?

Having a quartet is a lovey option. However, it may be just outwith some couples budget, so they should remember that there are other options, for example an acoustic guitar duo, or harp, would also be lovely.white

It’s also possible to hire a string trio, duo or a soloist! 

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What did you enjoy most about having live music and a string quartet at your ceremony and reception?

As it turned out, I did not see much of the music as I was either in the room getting ready, or having photos taken. However, I know my husband and all of my guests felt it added to the wonderful day.

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A couple of words to sum up your big day?

Amazing, perfect…wish I could do it all over again.

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And what are you enjoying most about married life?

That’s a hard question! Stuart and I were together for 10 years before getting married, so not much has changed. I was happy before and am happy after.  I love hearing how much he enjoyed the day, and I love it when he introduces me as his wife.

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Just wanted to drop you a wee email to thank you for everything you did to help make Sunday the best day every, everything was perfect!

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Credits

A huge thank you to the team at Glenskirlie Castle for making us so welcome!

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