Candlelight Strings

Ensemble Types



String Quartet
Two violins, viola, and cello

  • Fullest sound
  • Wide selection of music available. Can play some pop/jazz tunes if requested.
  • Can add trumpet if desired.
  • Can accompany vocalist. May need to write arrangement of accompaniment (though we have several selections in our library for quartet).

String Trio
Two violins and cello

  • Sound not as full (similar to quartet, but one part is missing).
  • Limited selection of music is available for trio.
  • Can add trumpet if desired.
  • Can accompany vocalist.  Will most likely need a custom arrangement of accompaniment.

Violin Duet
Two violins

  • Thinner sound - only melody and 1 harmony line.
  • Better for small events (under 50 guests)
  • Limited selection of music available.
  • Not enough volume or harmony to support a vocalist or trumpet.


Here are some samples of some popular wedding pieces and what they sound like with each type of ensemble.   Each set of excerpts is exactly the same passage, only the instrumentation is different.

Piece Quartet (4) Trio (3) Violin-CelloDuo (2)
Canon in D major  - Pachelbel

All I Ask of You  (from Phantom of the Opera)
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Wedding March - Mendelssohn