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Effesenden Music is a pop string quartet located in Portland, Oregon whose speciality is writing, arranging and performing your unique musical requests. With more than 500 custom arrangements in a wide-array of musical styles from hip hop to movie themes, classical to jazz, bluegrass to sacred, these musicians for a wedding tailor their musical playlists to your own personalized wedding style.

Services Offered
Effesenden Music offers couples a variety of entertainment services. Options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ceremony Music
  • Cocktail Hour Music
  • Dinner Music
  • Reception Music
  • Will Learn New Songs
  • String Quartet, String Trio
  • Irish and Acoustic Music
  • Sacred Music
  • Jazz Violin
  • Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drums
  • String Orchestras
  • Rock Violin inspired by Lindsey Stirling and the Piano Guys
  • Ensembles with Vocalists
  • Solo Violin
  • Destination Weddings

Areas Covered

Effesenden Music performs at Portland's hip hotels and historic churches. They also gladly travel to destination events in the Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Bend, the Oregon Coast and the beautiful Willamette Valley Wine country. This tenacious string quartet also regularly performs for weddings outside of Oregon including California’s Wine Country and destination weddings in Hawaii where violin adds just the right touch!

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Frequently asked questions

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?


Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learn New Songs
Reception Music
Sound/PA System

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Instrumental - Solo
Instrumental - Duo
Instrumental - Trio
String - Trio
String - Quartet
String - Quintet
Soloist / Vocalist

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3
4 - 6

What instruments does your group play?


What services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learn New Songs
Liability Insurance
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Sample Performances
Sound/PA System
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Reviews of Effesenden Music

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4.9 out of 5 rating
36 Reviews
99% recommend it
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Diana Sent on 07/15/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Magical Strings (and amazing vocals too!)

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 Sent on 11/20/2017
5 out of 5 rating
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!
Kristen Sent on 10/15/2017
5 out of 5 rating
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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Professional Network & Endorsements

7 Endorsements
EJP Events EJP Events Wedding Planners

I have worked with Wendy and her team of talented musicians over the past several years at many weddings. No matter how remote the location, or how complex the day's outline of events, her musicians always show up on time, looking professional, and are ready to perform. I am always amazed at people who do art as a business and make it look like all in a day's work, and Effensenden Music does it so well. Finally, the variety of the styles of music that you can get makes them an ideal choice for couples wanting to please many tastes and age groups. I have heard them play everything from bluegrass to Beatles to classical.

Blush Bridal Consultation Group Blush Bridal Consultation Group Wedding Planners

Wendy and her amazing team of musicians are some of the most dedicated and talented artists in the industry. Each time we work with them we're amazed at their broad array of capabilities. Wendy in particular, takes the time to meet with each couple in order to understand exactly what their vision is for their wedding music. She and her team then spend countless hours learning almost any piece you want played, whether it be a hit from U2 or the traditional Canon in D. There are no limits to what they can contribute to your special day and we can't recommend them enough!

Designs by Muse Designs by Muse Banquet Halls

Incredibly talented! If you want to awe your guests with music that is posed to be an experience then Effesenden is the perfect choice.


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