Which Group Should You Choose: The String Quartet or Trio?

One of the biggest questions I get asked is, "Should I book a string quartet or a trio for my wedding?" Both groups are wonderful choices! Believe it or not, I can easily help you narrow down your options with 2 music videos and just a few questions.

Here are the 3 questions I'll ask to help guide my couples to picking the perfect ensemble for their wedding day.

Question: First of all, are you having us play for your ceremony only or your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour?

Wedding Ceremony Only:

If wedding ceremony only, you can likely choose either size ensemble without worry*. Your guests will have

no trouble hearing us outdoors as our instruments carry beautifully.

*However, if you're getting married in a public noisy park, near a road, or indoors (with a ton of guests), book the quartet. You'll want the extra power!

Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour

How many guests are you having? If over 100, we recommend the quartet.

Question: What kind of music do you want?

Both groups have an incredible library filled with classical music, Top 100, Disney, classic rock, you name it! I recommend you compare our string quartet and string trio song lists. There is a bit of crossover, but both are actually very different.

Also, keep in mind that if you book the quartet, we can easily play any song from the trio library, so there's added flexibility.

Question: What's your budget?

Ultimately, a string quartet is more expensive than a trio because it's one more musician performing with the ensemble. Both ensembles are versatile, dynamic, and fun, so you can't go wrong either way!

Now, let's compare the sound of the two groups

The string quartet will have the fullest sound, as it has all the players needed to cover all the musical lines of a song (melody, harmony, rhythm, bassline). If you're looking for pop string covers of your favorite modern songs, the quartet will be the more recognizable instrumental cover.

Compare these 2 versions of Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley. They're the same arrangement, but for the trio version, there's no viola. They both speak beautifully. Which one do you like better?

This trio video was recorded at a cocktail hour at The Pond House Cafe in West Hartford, CT.

Want to learn more about our string trio and quartet? Visit the contact page today!

Happy wedding planning! -Ariana

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