About Effesenden Music

atmosphere: your style, your live musicians for a wedding

Finding the right musicians for a wedding is one of the best ways to make your ceremony truly unique and reflective of your style as a couple!  Effesenden Music is a string quartet based in Portland, Oregon whose speciality is pop music.  With more than 500 arrangements and counting of everything form Tayler Swift to Led Zeppelin, we've set ourselves apart over the past 15 years by focusing on creating high quality string music tailored to our brides and grooms preferences.

In addition to string quartet, we love to play Irish acoustic music and jazz violin, incorporating instruments like guitar, bass, piano, drums and vocals with strings.

Many of our clients have fallen in love with the music of artists like The Vitamin String Quartet, The Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling and have discovered our music because we can create that type of vibe for their special day along with the classic wedding processional music like Canon in D, Bach and Vivaldi.

Our musicians are professional performers chosen both for their talent and their heart.  Our clients have included celebrities, athletes, Fortune 500 business leaders, renowned winemakers, chefs and hundreds of happy, music-loving couples with creative tastes.  

We love performing in Portland's hip hotels and historic churches but also are happy to travel to destination events in the Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Bend, the Oregon Coast and the beautiful Willamette Valley Wine country.  We also perform for events outside of Oregon including California Wine Country and destination weddings in Hawaii where violin adds just the right touch!  

Our website features tons of song samples and an easily searchable list of our repertoire which is always growing.  We hope you can stop by to listen for some heartfelt wedding music inspiration.  

Categories: Wedding Musician

Regions serviced: Portland

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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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Profile Picture Annie, 10/14/17, 2 Reviews
Category: Ceremony Music
Services Used: Guitar, Violin, Instrumental-Duo, Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Learn New Songs

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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Profile Picture Angie, 6/23/17, 1 Review
Category: Ceremony Music

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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!

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

We love working with Wendy and the team at Effesenden Music! They are extremely talented and are the perfect addition to a ceremony, cocktail hour or full reception! If they don't know a song you'd like to have at your wedding, they will go out of their way to learn it for you! We highly recommend Effesenden Music!

If you want simply beautiful ceremony music, call Effesenden. If you want an ethereal mood set for the most enchanted evening of your life, call Effesenden, If you are looking for an exceptional string musician; soloist, duo, trio or quartet, call Effesenden. If you want a polka band with a tuba, . . . well I'm not SURE. but you probably wouldn't call Effesenden. You will have to call Wendy and ask. No doubt about it though the sound of Effesenden is captivating and memorable. Definite recommendation of the highest order.


Portland, OR 97228   See On Map
503-860-7688 (phone)
Effesenden Music is a wedding music company from Portland, Oregon servicing weddings throughout the local area, including Oregon, Napa & Sonoma, and Hawaii. Effesenden Music is a professional wedding string ensemble that has been part of the Portland wedding industry since 2004 specializing in modern popular music arranged for strings.