Booking Andromeda Winds

Andromeda Winds is available for various ceremonies and events in and around Seattle, typically playing for weddings, private receptions, University of Washington functions, and a variety of other occasions. The ensemble performs a wide variety of woodwind quintet literature. It is also known for diversifying the repertoire by splitting and expanding to play duets, trios and numerous, larger, chamber ensembles. Special music selections may be available upon request. Fees vary depending on performance length, travel expenditures, and performance setting, and are sometimes negotiable. Please contact us for further information.

Information for Weddings

Planning your wedding day is full of excitement and many choices. Amongst the many choices you will make is selecting the music for your ceremony and reception. The music you choose can make your wedding even more elegant, personal, special, and memorable. However, without musical training, choosing ceremony and reception music can be slightly daunting. Andromeda Winds is happy to offer some suggestions that will help you make the best choice of music for your special day.

Prelude Music
This music is heard 20–30 minutes prior to your ceremony while the guests are arriving and being seated. The Prelude music may continue through the seating of the mothers, though some choose to have a special selection/processional for the seating of the mothers. The Prelude music establishes the atmosphere for your wedding.

A general guideline for prelude music:

The music should be suitable as background music for prayer and light conversation and thus it should probably not be dance/entertainment oriented.

Sample Selections:

Air on the G string — J.S. Bach
Pavane — G. Faure

Processional music
There are typically 2–4 processionals; one for the wedding party, one for the bride and some will choose separate pieces for the seating of the parents and grandparents. Keep in mind that too many selections may be cumbersome if the aisle does not permit a long processional. The music should be of the style that makes it easy for all to keep time while walking.

The bride’s processional announces the bride and focuses all of the attention on her. This is one of the most important, special moments of the day.

Sample Selections:

Air (Water Music) — Handel
Canon in D — Pachelbel
Wedding March — Wagner

Ceremony music
Music can be performed as a short interlude before a reading or during ceremonies, such as the lighting of the unity candle. These selections should be slow and soft.

Sample Selections:

Sheep May Safely Graze — Bach
One Hand, One Heart — Bernstein

Recessional music
This music is played as you and your new spouse exit arm in arm. The music should be majestic and joyous with a quick tempo.

Sample Selections:

Arrival of Queen Sheba — Handel
Wedding March — Mendelssohn–Bartholdy

Postlude music
This music is performed as your guests are leaving and possibly during the receiving line. Again, it should be upbeat and joyous.

Sample Selections:

Allegro I (Water Music) — Handel
La Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks — Handel

Live music at your wedding will make an incredible difference to the atmosphere of your day. Not only the sound, but the visual aspect of live musicians will make everything seem that bit more special, and add a real sense of occasion that you will remember forever.