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Choosing the right group for outdoor and indoor events

outdoor music ensembleFollowing are suggestions for selecting the right instrument combinations and number of performers for your ceremony or reception.

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Outdoor wedding (100-200 guests, vast surrounding) or Indoor ceremony (i.e., a large church)

Brass Quintet
String Quartet + French horn
String Quartet + trumpet
Woodwind quintet
Horn + String Trio
String Quartet
Flute + String Trio
String Trio
Flute + String Duo
Guitar + String Duo (guitar with amp.)
Guitar, Flute, Cello (guitar with amp.)

Outdoor wedding (under 100 guests, intimate location) or Indoor ceremony (i.e., a hotel or restaurant)

string quartet

String Quartet
String Quartet + French horn
Woodwind quintet
French horn + String Trio
Flute + String Trio
Guitar + String Trio (guitar with amp.)
String Trio
Flute + String Duo
Guitar + String Duo (guitar with amp.)
Guitar, Flute, Cello (guitar with amp.)
Violin, Guitar (guitar with amp.)
Flute, Guitar (guitar with amp.)
Violin, Harp
Flute, Harp
2 violins
Violin, Cello
Flute, Cello
Solo Guitar (with amp.)
Solo Harp

Choosing the right combination of instruments:

  • Mix a melodic instrument (i.e., a violin or flute) with an accompanying instrument (i.e., a guitar, harp or piano)

  • Mix melodic instruments the way so you have every part (high, middle, bass) covered (i.e., a violin viola, cello)

  • You can mix melodic instruments with accompanying instruments the way so you have the melodic instrument on the top, the accompanying in the middle and the bass melodic on the bottom (i.e., a flute, guitar, cello or violin, harp, cello)

  • If you choose to have a duo mixing two melodic instruments, try to have one playing in the high register, one in the lower (i.e., a violin, cello or flute, cello)


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