"If you are looking for ceremony and cocktail hour music for your wedding, or heck- any event, these folks are the ones to hire. I got into contact with Kate about their services for a wedding that was originally planned to take place in Madison County, VA. Well, this plan was soon changed due to COVID restrictions as my husband and I opted for a smaller "backyard" ceremony and reception 2 hours away from our original location. The whole crew was so accommodating and willing to make the longer trip.
Their skills are unmatched- seriously. We looked at a few different string groups, listened to recordings, and landed on the decision Melodious Strings after finding that they stood out in their musical abilities. As good as they sound in their recordings, they sound even better live! They have an amazing selection of songs to choose from and offer the option of custom arrangements (we opted to have a slowed-down string version of Hall & Oates- Maneater and they crushed it).
While we only had around 20 total guests in attendance at our wedding, they ALL raved about Melodious Strings for weeks after! I would highly recommend that if you are thinking of having a string quartet at your event, choose these folks- you will be thrilled with them."
-Alanna Ostrowski, Chesterfield bride
"I highly recommend Melodious Strings if you prefer live music! After dealing with our 3rd date change (due to COVID19), Melodious Strings' flexibility and professionalism never waivered. They were willing to problem solve and were determined to make our ceremony and cocktail hour just as it was originally planned, despite having just a 10-person ceremony and reception. They even were able to play my husband's favorite DMB song as we recessed down the aisle- which was a total surprise for him. During our cocktail hour, we requested a variety of genres of music. Melodious Strings nailed the playlist-- with everything from the classics to Taylor Swift (my fav!). I cannot recommend Melodious Strings highly enough for anyone who prefers the traditional aspect of a string trio/quartet. I'll always remember hearing them in the memories of the best day."
-Lauren Thomas, bride at Farmington Country Club
"Melodious Strings is a phenomenal group. We hired a trio to play for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and they did a wonderful job. They were professional, timely, and sounded really lovely. My guests were so impressed with them, too! Leading up to the day was a breeze - Kate was responsive, kind, and helped me fill out the gaps in my playlist. They even learned a new song to play for us during the cocktail hour. Hands down, one of my best decisions during wedding planning was going with Melodious Strings! I would book them again if I had an excuse to do so!"
-Anna Scott, bride at Pippin Hill
"I can't say enough positive things about how lovely our ceremony music was- they are truly amazing!!! Katherine was excellent to work with throughout the entire process!! Super responsive, played requested songs and added in a few of their own to blend and did a beautiful job with everything! I am a music junkie and DJ at heart so my ceremony music was very important and I was impressed with all the genre's they can play. I HIGHLY recommend them for your wedding, I received so many compliments on how beautiful our music was!! 10 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
-Katherine Saul, bride at Upper Shirley Vineyards wedding.
"I feel extremely lucky to have found Kate to perform our wedding ceremony music. She was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Kate was very informative and willing to help me plan out music for each part of our ceremony. She was very open to my ideas and offered her opinions which I really appreciated. Wedding planning can be so stressful and having someone like Kate to work with really helped ease my mind. She was easily my favorite vendor! We received so many compliments on the ceremony music and I could not stop singing her praises."
-Devin Gilbride, bride at Sorella Farms in Evington, Virginia
"Such a sweet group of individuals and so incredibly talented! They added such a unique and romantic flare to the ceremony and cocktail hour. The way they transformed modern songs into beautiful symphony music was so beautiful!"
Beautiful photography by Jen Fariello at Pippin Hill Vineyards.
"I cannot say enough great things about Kate. She was incredibly responsive, very professional, and a delight to talk to and work with. We were originally thinking of doing traditional orchestral pieces, until we realized the wonderful array of modern music her ensemble could play. She worked with us to put together a prelude that truly represented us on our wedding day, and also payed homage to each of our parents. The music was beautiful and certainly provoked a lot of emotion from all in attendance. Thank you for making our day so great! I would recommend Kate and Melodious Strings to anyone!"
-Kevin Barry, groom at Mill at Fine Creek in Powhatan, Virginia
"Melodious Strings was absolutely great for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. We requested specific classical music for the pre-ceremony, a very specific cello solo for the ceremony and jazz music for the cocktail hour and Kate and her team were able to play exactly what we asked for. I cannot speak more highly of their flexibility and repertoire. I am so glad we were able to have a live string quartet for our wedding and they did everything we asked for and more. You are in safe hands if you choose them as your live musicians."
-Miyako Yerick, bride at Churchville, Virginia wedding
"The Perfect Addition to Our Wedding!
"Melodious Strings provided us with a string trio for our wedding ceremony. They played intro music as the guests were seated and all the music needed for the ceremony itself. My wife and I were extremely happy with their services. They played beautifully and their music set a beautiful tone for the ceremony. They were also extremely pleasant to work with, very helpful and very responsive...and are highly recommended."
Photography by Tori Watson Photography at Upper Shirley Vineyards.
"As a Day-of Planner, one of your goals is to have an awesome team of vendors! Katherine and her partner were an absolute joy to work with. She responded to my planning emails promptly, which in turn made my job easier. They were on time, well dressed, and sounded BEAUTIFUL! The Bride even shared a tear in response to their wonderful music! Melodius Strings are a great organization to work with, and I can't wait to work with them again in the future!"
"As the venue coordinator, I worked with Kate (Director) on the logistics and with Ryan (cellist) the day of the event. Both were excellent to work with and I can’t brag on Ryan enough on how beautiful the music was that he played! Thanks so much for your hard work and professionalism to make the bride and groom have the day of their dreams!"
"Melodious strings added the perfect touch to our wedding. Choosing the music with Katherine was painless. She put me at ease immediately as we discussed the program and the flow of our wedding from start to finish. The music was professionally played, timed perfectly and I received many compliments from our guests on the beautiful touch the strings brought to the ceremony! I would definitely hire them again for another event!"
"Melodious Strings was the perfect touch to a perfect day! They were incredibly talented and professional - Eastwood highly recommends them!"
Photo credit by Jen Fariello: Melodious Strings performing at Keswick Vineyards.
"The two gentlemen from Melodious Strings were amazing! They were very professional, prompt and moved seamlessly through the ceremony. They interacted with our guests and made the day even more fantastic. Beautiful day, beautiful music made for a special day. I would highly recommend Melodious Strings for an event!"
"Melodious Strings is a wonderful ensemble and perfect for your wedding! In fact, I had requested that they play my all time favorite song from Amelie - and even though it was originally composed for piano, they arranged that piece for violin and cello! Highly recommended!!!"
-Ashley, bride from King Family Vineyards
"My venue was small so we hired a violin duo instead of an entire quartet and they were wonderful! Kate was very responsive and professional and had a huge selection of music options. I walked down the aisle to "1,000 Years" and it was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend Melodious Strings for your wedding or any other event."
"Kate and the Melodious Strings were absolutely wonderful! Their communication and flexibility with our requests for the ceremony were fantastic. Thank you Melodious Strings for our wonderful ceremony music!"
"Working with Kate to arrange this event was delightfully simple. The music was beautiful and much appreciated by all of our guests. Thank you for sharing your talent."
"We chose Melodious Strings for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in Mcgaheysville, VA at The Columns at Six Penny Farm on June 4th, 2017. Kate is great to work with and makes the entire process simple. Their set list is better than any other in the area and we got so many compliments on her and Michael's violin duet performance at the ceremony and again during the cocktail hour outside on the patio. If you really want to wow your guests with amazing outdoor ceremony, you've gotta have live music and Melodious Strings is an unbeatable value. They are very experienced and very professional. I would highly recommend them to anyone getting married in the Blue Ridge Mountains."
"Katherine and her team were amazing! I had emailed them in a bit of a panic about a week or two before my wedding and they responded immediately. Booking the Melodious Strings Quartet for my wedding ceremony ended up being one of the most stress free things of my wedding. I was able to plan each piece of my ceremony, as they have a huge selection to choose from, and Katherine was very on top of things. Having them play as our guests arrived and during the processional and recessional really added something special- I would definitely recommend them!"
-Elizabeth, bride at Boathouse at Rocketts Landing in Richmond, Virginia
Photography by Robert Radifera at Early Mountain Vineyards.
"They were wonderful to work with & sounded beautiful!! Will be referring them to clients in the future!!"
"Melodious strings were great to work with. They were flexible with timing and play lists and even learned a new song for our recessional. We'd definitely recommend using them for your ceremony"
"The musicians arrived earlier than the scheduled time and set up quickly. They played the musically beautifully, were appropriately dressed and very personable. Would definitely recommend."
"Wonderful job for our outdoor ceremony!! Thank you so much."
"Professional and talented. Flawless and beautiful.
"The quartet with Melodious Strings performed a wonderful top-notch job for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. They were extremely professional in their performance and could adjust on the fly to the flow of the wedding ceremony itself. We are very pleased with their service and recommend highly."
Photography by Jen Fariello at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
"Kate was immediately responsive to my inquiry. She was agreeable in making a slight schedule change, showed up early, and began the melodious music right away. She and Michael are very talented, very professional, and delightful young people. I had them at an event for my shop and my customers loved them. I would ask them to return next time I have an open house or other event."
-Dawn Chadwick at Warrenton Decor for her Summerhouse Event
"Kate made everything about booking with her super easy. The music was beautiful. Very happy we went this route instead of using the dj for ceremony music. Thank you!"
-Nina Burgess, bride at Early Mountain Vineyards
"Kate was so accommodating and helpful during my wedding planning process. She was flexible and the musicians were wonderful. The live strings made my ceremony and cocktail hour perfect."
-Blair Overmiller, bride at Early Mountain Vineyards
"Love, love, love how the strings complimented the cocktail hour of our reception! Would highly recommend this group."
-Lynne Krueger, mother of the bride at Seven Springs Virginia
"For any Celtic or classically themed event, this performance vendor is a must-hire. We've had them perform for festivals and programs. Audiences love them. Flawless performances. Great repertoire of music that they play. We think of this performer first when we need a strings performance vendor."
"Extremely talented, Melodious Strings will wow your guests. They are extremely accommodating and are willing to work within your boundaries- whether it's budget, music style, time frame, etc. I would recommend Melodious Strings to anyone interested in booking them!"
"The Melodious Strings were so easy to work with and were very responsive to all of my requests. Katherine was willing to chat over the phone as well as over email, which made things very easy for me! She provided great background information and upon arrival, she and her team were truly flexible and did a great job during the event."
-Jamie Frieling, Events Manager for Three Notch'd Brewing Company
Photography by Jen Fariello at Montalto.
"Kate was very helpful and quick to respond to our questions. With the 1000 other decisions being made for our day, we greatly appreciated her checking in with us from time to time to keep us moving forward with this aspect of our wedding. Thanks Kate!"
"I've worked with Kate on numerous occasions. One of her strengths is in Celtic music (playing, improvising, and writing). However, she is also very accomplished in many musical styles from classical to pop. She loves to collaborate and share her visions for how music can transform an event. She is very professional and always on time, and I would not hesitate to contact her for a quote."
"Your time and effort spent helping the Arboretum with events is greatly appreciated."
"We wish to send you another great big ‘THANK YOU!’ for offering your time and talent last night at the Valley Mission Ceilidh."
"The staff of this company demonstrates eagerness and friendliness to help their customers. In addition, the staff are well-trained classical musicians graduated from reputable School of Music in the country. I highly recommend using this company for the great services they provide. Their willingness to improve their service quality is inspiring and I see great potentials for near future successes."