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I studied music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and most of my friends and colleagues are musicians I met whilst studying. Due to this I have been very fortunate in being able to cram a huge variety of music into our wedding day – for a tiny fraction of the price it would have cost otherwise!

The Ceremony

I used to run a film and media music business with a great friend and colleague, Michael, who kindly offered to write music for our ceremony for string quartet (and the string quartet comprises three very good friends and an ex-housemate!). He has written some beautiful music for the entrance of the wedding party and myself, and for the end of the ceremony has also arranged one of the most beautiful songs we know – that we are also having played by a different band for our first dance! (I’m afraid I’m going to keep this a secret for now as I am aware my guests are reading these posts and I’d like to keep an element of surprise here and there!) See Michael’s other work here.

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Carlton Ensemble string quartet with flute Manchester

Carlton Ensemble string quartet with flute Manchester

It was my absolute pleasure recently to be asked by Hallmark cards to ask readers of the blog to share their suggestions for ‘alternative first dance songs’ for weddings. Being a huge fan* of Hallmark, I thought Firestarter was a good one and it subsequently made it into their top three. My point being, I’m not an expert on romantic music!

Wedding music isn’t a priority for everyone: it’s easy to concentrate on the big suppliers, the visual aspects and logistics – but choosing something extra special will make a huge difference to your day. If your taste in music doesn’t suit weddings (me!) then you have to venture outside of what you’d normally have on the stereo and find something that will suit the occasion…

… so up step Carlton Ensemble!

Carlton Ensemble dressed for a sophisticated event in black

Carlton Ensemble dressed for a sophisticated event in black