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Ceremony Music in Portland, OR,
(503) 860-7688
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4.9 out of 5
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    Diana

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wendy and her team of musicians were the magic that made my wedding amazing. Wendy one one of two violins and one cellist who played during my outdoor ceremony-- hymns which created sacred space, and I walked to Pachelbel's Canon in D which made my mom cry. The trio were joined by a guitarist to play my reception. We had a complete mix of classic and modern tunes-- from Waylon Jennings to Elvis to Lil Nas -- which I asked them to spotify. It was awesome. At my special request, Wendy sang vocals on the tunes which had the most meaningful lyrics to me and my fiance. It was a magical day, and I got so many compliments on the music. Thank you to Wendy and the amazing musicians at Effesenden Music!

    Annie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had a fantastic experience with Wendy and Effesenden Music both in the lead-up to as well as on the day of our wedding. Wendy is very communicative, professional, and flexible, and she and her team are incredibly talented. With an extensive repertoire and willingness to accommodate custom music selections, Effesenden has such a diverse offering (and rock-star musicians), making for a beautiful and customized day-of experience. Unequivocally better than any DJ or recording. Thank you again for making our wedding day so special!

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    Thanks Annie! I really enjoyed working with you and we loved playing for your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. The whole wedding was just stunningly beautiful! Best wishes to you guys and thanks again for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day!

    Kristen

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    5 out of 5
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  • Effesenden really made my ceremony go from special to amazing. I initially hired them because they had the widest repertoire of popular/alternative music string arrangements of any of the string quartets/trios in Portland, but the music they provided was even more perfect than I had originally imagined. They were incredibly professional and accommodating. They even did a special arrangement for me 3 weeks before the wedding when I changed my mind about what I wanted to walk down the aisle to. I absolutely would recommend them for any ceremony.

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    Thank you Kristen! It was a pleasure working with you and we loved your musical selections. Congratulations and best wishes.

    Angie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We loved working with Wendy and Effesenden Music. She was very professional, caring, helpful in designing music and flexible during the ceremony to produce a WONDERFUL experience for all. She coordinates a wide variety of talented musicians (instrumental and vocalists) plus has a large portfolio of music suggestions (and open to learn new). We had an outdoor wedding, Wendy/cousin sang and played guitar/violin. My favorites were her Celtic music, very beautiful, however our guests enjoyed all. We had many compliments on our ceremony music. I highly recommend Effesenden Music for any event!

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    It was so much fun playing for your wedding! Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your day and best wishes to you and your family!

    Becky

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wendy played the violin, and her partner played the guitar for our wedding. We got so many compliments on the music, and they both went out of the way to learn special songs we requested for the ceremony (eg: Anne of Green Gables Theme music, and Indiana Jones for our getaway.) Their music helped make our day special, and they are incredibly talented and personable. I would recommend them to everyone. Love Effesenden Music.

    User5439533

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    5 out of 5
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  • EXCELLENT MUSIC, SERVICE AND WORTH THE MONEY. GUESTS LOVED IT!

    User5440733

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I were extremely pleased with Effesenden Music performance at our wedding reception. We had a little bit of a unique situation in that we had our cocktail hour on the buildings roof top deck and dinner in the ballroom on the main floor. Effesenden Music seamlessly accommodated our music needs in both spaces. We were impressed and pleased with their repertoire of music and their openness to suggestions. We would not only recommend them, but would use them again in a heart beat!

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    So glad that you enjoyed our music! The event was awesome with so many people clearly having a great time and it was fun playing with such an incredible view of the Portland skyline in front of us! Congrats on a wonderful event.

    Anna

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wendy and the other musicians from Effesenden were amazing and so talented. We hired Wendy and her group for our ceremony and cocktail hour. From the start, Wendy was very responsive and easy to work with. We told her what vibe we wanted, and she nailed it. The music was amazing and one of our favorite parts of the wedding. We made a few special music requests, including accompanying my cousin so he could sing during our unity candle lighting. They were very accommodating and everything turned out wonderfully. We received so many compliments on the live music from our guests. We couldn't be happier with choosing Effesenden and highly recommend them.

    Barbara

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wendy from Effesenden was delightful to work with. She was terrific at listening to our needs and guiding us with decisions while giving us a style of our own. Wendy was able to put together an excellent quartet for my daughters wedding with relatively short notice. One of the musicians was also a vocalist for a song during the ceremony and had a wonderful voice. The live music was a beautiful addition to our garden wedding and we couldn't be happier with the quality and professionalism of the quartet. Everything ran so smoothly! Thank-you Effesenden!

    User4548249

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  • Wendy and team did such a great job at our wedding. The music was perfect. During the planning process she was very prompt in responding to any questions I had and also had great suggestions. Would highly recommend Effesenden Music to everyone!

    Julie

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  • We hired Wendy and Effesenden for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I think they were my favorite detail of the ceremony. From the get-go, Wendy was knowledgeable and understood exactly what we were looking for. We wanted some Celtic music and she was so willing to take on our vision. Then for the cocktail hour, they switched to old Hollywood songs (like Frank Sinatra). It all seamlessly as our DJ took over for the reception. They executed it perfectly and it was beautiful. The musicians were so professional and talented. I just cannot say enough wonderful things about them!

    Jessica

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    5 out of 5
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  • Effesenden created the perfect atmosphere for our ceremony! Wendy was a dream to work with and had so many wonderful suggestions to help us craft our ideal program. All of our guests commented on how lovely the music was and Wendy was very flexible with our requests. She went above and beyond. I highly recommend Effesenden!

    Sean

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wendy and company are incredibly warm, organized, and responsive —and of course talented! Her and a guitarist played for our event and many of our guests, young and old, gave us glowing reviews of them. With just a few brief correspondences about the type of event we wanted, they nailed the tone and feel perfectly. They have a great repertoire, professional top notch skills, and are totally down to earth. I would highly recommend them and would hire them for all sorts of events.

    User5536275

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    3.1 out of 5
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  • This ensemble played at the earlier stages of our wedding. They were alright. I found them to be fairly overpriced, and everything you wanted to do with them was "extra". I selected them because we were down to the wire and needed someone. They showed up and filled the bill, but in general I thought we were paying far too much money for 3 players for 2 hours. I would not hire them again.

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    You can imagine our surprise at receiving this review when an email this client sent to us on October 4th was as follows: "Hi Wendy- just a quick note to thank you and your ensemble members for playing at our wedding last weekend. We are now digging out from months of planning and the celebration, so I wanted to send along a note. Many people thought the music you added was their favorite part of the event, and we appreciated it as well together with your flexibility on making our event come together. Here’s to your continued success! With our best regards," Had we known the client felt our services were not at a price point that worked for their budget we would have done what we always do which is either find a different option for music within our offerings that cost less OR refer them to one of our industry colleagues. To send positive feedback personally and then review negatively online is unfair to small businesses who depend on user experiences for future chances to do what we love--which is provide great music for awesome couples on their special day.

    kahli

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • Professional. On time. Very good quality musicians. Added an extra touch to make my wedding day even more special. The music was so beautiful. They even learned a new song just for us. When the processional went a little long and the music wasn't long enough, they quickly added a little extra ending to the song to make it work.
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