1. Bring on the strings
A string quartet or harpist adds a wonderful ambience to a church, drinks reception and even dinner, bringing a glamorous and traditional air to any venue, from the beach to a 17th-century cathedral.
Tradition meets trends: Just because they are using classical instruments doesn’t mean they’ll only play classical music—some string quartets or harpists will offer an old-fashioned repertoire, whereas others will perform instrumental versions of modern hits, so it's up to you to find the right fit.
Most are available for performances of around three hours, which means you can glide from the ceremony to the drinks reception with the prettiest choice of background music.
Setting the scene: “A harpist will perform throughout your event, with short breaks between sessions,” says entertainment booker Alison Vardy. “For weddings, we recommend booking a harpist for your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. You are likely to want something a lot livelier for your evening reception.”
While string quartets may not pack the dancefloor, there is no better way for creating a sense of early-evening romance.