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What a year this has been!

String Quartet Cornwall with Sue Aston

What a year this has been! Just had to postpone a wedding for the third time. Our thoughts are with engaged couples everywhere and also with all the talented and hard-working wedding suppliers. Love will conquer all as it always does and soon the smiles and memories will return.

Sue x
Classical Strings Weddings & Events
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Micro Wedding Music

COVID has had a huge impact on the Wedding Industry and in turn, is affecting trends and perhaps some of these are actually helping couples make different decisions.

There is a desire to enhance the intimacy of the day and reduce wedding costs and the rise of the ‘Micro Wedding’ has increased. More couples are opting for celebrations with smaller guest lists because of COVID but also because it fits in with the rise of elopements and smaller weddings.

You can still customise your Micro Wedding by hiring a musician and if your wedding is small, a Solo Violin is the perfect choice in creating a magical atmosphere. A solo violinist will also provide safe distancing, is very mobile, eco friendly and needs very little room!

“Sue played at our wedding and we cannot recommend her highly enough. Sue was extremely accommodating in rearranging the date and times due to Covid. Everyone was amazed at how Sue transformed the atmosphere with her beautiful playing! She’s an amazing and talented lad! Thank you again, X” Nicole

Sue Aston
Classical Strings Weddings & Events
String Quartet – Trio – Duo – Solo Violin
Bespoke Wedding Music Composed Just For You

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Choosing a Wedding Violinist

Choosing a Wedding Violinist Cornwall

Choosing a Wedding Violinist

A solo violin will provide your wedding with the perfect soundtrack that you can remember for a lifetime.

What styles of music can a violinist play?

Violinists are normally classically trained. Ideally, a solo violinist can also play in a variety of styles, such as Pop, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Soundtracks etc. Their classical music training will have given them the skills to be able to play any type of music to professional quality.

I play on an acoustic violin that requires no additional equipment. Being acoustic also fits in with the trend for Green and Eco themed weddings. The sound will naturally blend into your wedding when required and will not overpower the natural conversation from your guests. A solo violin is also very mobile and can move to any location as they need so little room!


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String Quartet – Trio – Duo – Solo Violin – Virtual Violinist

Weddings Covid-19 Update

By now we have all seen the news about weddings for the next six months. I want to assure all our couples that we are here to work with you and offer friendly advice via message, phone or video.
With the numbers being so small a solo violin may be a better option for your wedding, please get in touch. (We also have a virtual violinist option for the ceremony)
Also, remember If you have to move your date your deposit is transferable.

Sue Aston
Classical Strings Weddings & Events
String Quartet – Trio – Duo – Solo Violin – Virtual Violinist
Bespoke music composed and released just for you

+44(0)1736 719342

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How To Choose Music For Your Wedding Ceremony

How to choose music for your wedding ceremonyThe wedding music you choose for your ceremony sets the scene for your big day. Will your wedding day be formal, traditional or more laid back and casual?  I can help you pick the right songs for the different parts of the wedding ceremony. The right songs will create an atmosphere that reflects your personality and style.

So much energy goes into choosing the flowers, cake, wedding dress, food and venue that the wedding ceremony music timeline can get left until last. We specialise in creating a playlist that is as unique as you are so we do not force established songs on you if there is a special song or songs that you would rather have. Arranging songs can take time so it is important to give this some thought.  We can meet via a video call to discuss the songs you might like to use.

Can I use any music?

Some wedding celebrants and venues have a strict guideline on what music can be used, Religious music cannot, for instance, be used in venues which have a civil wedding license.

What song will be our special song? 

If the words are a very important part of the music you might want to book our String Quarter with a vocalist, however, if the melody is strong enough and you feel that the lyrics would detract from your wedding ceremony then our arrangments for String Quartet, Trio, Duo or solo violin would be perfect.

You will need music for four parts of your Wedding Ceremony

Part One As the guests assemble and are seated: We usually play a selection of popular music and classics from our repertoire, this can be chosen by you as your guests are taking their seats and waiting for the wedding ceremony to begin.

Part Two The Procession: We will switch to a new song as the Bride arrives. This song will last as long as it takes for the bride to reach the front of the room, so there is no need to worry!

Part Three The Signing of the Register: At this point, we play two or three pieces of music to play as the registers are signed.

Part Four The Recessional: We play upbeat joyful and lively music to conclude the wedding ceremony as the bride and groom process out of the room.

If you have any questions please call or email

Sue Aston | Classical Strings Weddings
String Quartet | Trio | Duo | Solo Violin
+44(0)1736 719342

New Virtual Wedding Service Launched

We are now available worldwide

Our virtual Violinist and String Quartet is now available for Wedding Ceremonies around the world we can play music from our repertoire for the Bride & Groom before the virtual ceremony begins and afterwards as the ceremony finishes.

Click here to read more

Sue Aston

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Love Will Find A Way

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We may have been quiet on here but behind the scenes, we have been busy moving all our affected wedding bookings to future dates. We have also been looking at what we can do during this period of staying home. Some of these ideas include virtual weddings where I can turn up via a video link.
We are also arranging and recording lots of new music and starting our first unique composition for a couple based on their initials and interests.

Also, expect a lot more videos to help bring some positivity into these challenging times. My composer account Sue Aston Music will also be joining in.

Sue Aston
Classical Strings Weddings & Events

T : 01736 719342

This is a stressful time for all of us

This is a stressful time for all of us. At times like this, it is love and looking out for each other that really counts.
To all our couples worried about their weddings, if your wedding is postponed and moved to another date your deposit will be transferred to your new date.
We are here for you.

Sue Aston
Classical Strings Weddings & Events
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Solo Violin at Polhawn Fort Cornwall

It was such a pleasure to play Solo Violin at Polhawn Fort, for the wedding of Aimee and Callum. This is such a stunning venue to play at, and perfect for a winter wedding too, as the fairy lights, candles, and sumptuous flowers create a magical and cosy atmosphere! The acoustics are fantastic at the Fort too, and it is wonderful to hear the music from my violin fill the room.

The Bride made her Entry to a beautiful love song which I arranged for Solo Violin – ‘Yours’ by Ella Henderson. During the Signing of the Register, the lovely couple chose ‘Hedwig’s Theme’, from Harry Potter, and ‘Time of your Life’ by Green Day. Aimee chose the joyful and uplifting ‘Under the Sea’, from My Little Mermaid for the newlyweds to make their Exit to.

During the drinks reception, I played a selection of my arrangements of Rock, Pop and Film music, and I was delighted to receive a wonderful testimonial from Aimee:

Sue was incredible her music made us smile and fill our hearts with wonderful memories!

She was professional from start to finish and I only wished I could have adsorbed and spent more time with her as I was amazed by the music filling up the room.

It was very important to me that I had sue there playing on our special day, and I’m so glad I did. That was a little something special for me to have and hold within myself, music is everything, music is emotion and I felt it with sue playing.

The talent this woman has and her incredible attitude hand in hand makes her the best woman for the job.

Don’t ever hesitate on booking this lady because I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Sue complimented our wedding day and we were honoured to have her play for us.

Thank you so much, Aimee & Callum

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