Image of playing violin at Concord weddingWhat is the difference between the quartet, trio, and duo? Can I hear the difference?

  • The string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello) has the fullest sound and the largest song list to choose from.  It is a good choice for weddings of 100 or more and is the most popular choice for high end weddings.
  • The string trio (violin, viola, cello) is also a popular option.  It is not as full of a sound as the quartet. This group is a good choice for medium size venues and guest lists, and is a little lighter on the budget.
  • The string duo (violin/cello) is perfect for smaller weddings.  The repertoire is still plentiful, but slightly more limited than with the trio or quartet.

Listen to the difference. You can hear the ” Canon in D” and “Jesu” in each different ensemble to compare. Just click on the name of the piece to hear a sample.

All of these pieces are available as duo, trio, or quartet.

Processional Ideas:

Canon in D – Quartet
Canon in D – Trio
Canon in D – Duo
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Quartet
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Trio
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Duo
Flower Duet – Trio
Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke
Wedding March, Wagner
Passacaglia, Handel
Winter, from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Gavotte, Handel-Duo

Ceremony Interludes (perfect for a Unity Candle or other soft moment):

Bach Air – Trio

Recessional Ideas:

Handel “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba”
La Rejouissance, Handel – Duo
When I’m 64 – Duo
Wedding March, Mendelssohn
Hornpipe, Handel

Cocktail Hour and other “fun” tunes:

At Last
Con Te Partiro – Duo
I’m Yours
La Vie En Rose
Moon River – Duo
Salut d’Amour
Viva La Vida

Be sure to see our Song List for more!