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Effesenden Music

Portland , OR
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Portland, OR 97228 US (map)

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503-860-7688

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ABOUT US

Do you imagine floating down the aisle to the strands of Pachelbel’s Canon in D? Or maybe you’re not so traditional—you envision the train of your dress dancing to a rousing fiddle song... Read more
Do you imagine floating down the aisle to the strands of Pachelbel’s Canon in D? Or maybe you’re not so traditional—you envision the train of your dress dancing to a rousing fiddle song that nobody has heard before. You know what it sounds like in your dreams. Effesenden Music will make that dream come to life!

With the most diverse collection of live violin/fiddle music in the Pacific Northwest, Effesenden Music is the clear choice when you are looking for creative options and exceptional quality. Listen to our music and learn more at www.effesenden.com!

Solo Violin • Violin & Guitar • Violin, Guitar & Cello • Pop Music arranged for String Trio & Quartet as well as traditional Classical Music • Jazz Violin •Bluegrass & Celtic Music • Sacred Music with optional vocals

Contact us today at (503)860.7688 or by email at contact@effesenden.com for a customized quote Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3, 4-6, 7+
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Reception Music, Rehearsal Dinner Music, Vocals

REVIEWS

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Anna
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Wendy and the other musicians from Effesenden were amazing and so talented. We hired Wendy and her group for our ceremony and cocktail hour. From the start, Wendy was very responsive and easy to work with. We told her what vibe we wanted, and she nailed it. The music was amazing and one of our favorite parts of the wedding. We made a few special music requests, including accompanying my cousin so he could sing during our unity candle lighting. They were very accommodating and everything turned out wonderfully. We received so many compliments on the live music from our guests. We couldn't be happier with choosing Effesenden and highly recommend them.
Wendy and the other musicians from Effesenden were amazing and so talented. We hired Wendy and her group for our ceremony Read more...
Wendy and the other musicians from Effesenden were amazing and so talented. We hired Wendy and her group for our ceremony and cocktail hour. From the start, Wendy was very responsive and easy to work with. We told her what vibe we wanted, and she nailed it. The music was amazing and one of our favorite parts of the wedding. We made a few special music requests, including accompanying my cousin so he could sing during our unity candle lighting. They were very accommodating and everything turned out wonderfully. We received so many compliments on the live music from our guests. We couldn't be happier with choosing Effesenden and highly recommend them. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Barbara
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Wendy from Effesenden was delightful to work with. She was terrific at listening to our needs and guiding us with decisions while giving us a style of our own. Wendy was able to put together an excellent quartet for my daughters wedding with relatively short notice. One of the musicians was also a vocalist for a song during the ceremony and had a wonderful voice. The live music was a beautiful addition to our garden wedding and we couldn't be happier with the quality and professionalism of the quartet. Everything ran so smoothly! Thank-you Effesenden!
Wendy from Effesenden was delightful to work with. She was terrific at listening to our needs and guiding us with Read more...
Wendy from Effesenden was delightful to work with. She was terrific at listening to our needs and guiding us with decisions while giving us a style of our own. Wendy was able to put together an excellent quartet for my daughters wedding with relatively short notice. One of the musicians was also a vocalist for a song during the ceremony and had a wonderful voice. The live music was a beautiful addition to our garden wedding and we couldn't be happier with the quality and professionalism of the quartet. Everything ran so smoothly! Thank-you Effesenden! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Julie
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired Wendy and Effesenden for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I think they were my favorite detail of the ceremony. From the get-go, Wendy was knowledgeable and understood exactly what we were looking for. We wanted some Celtic music and she was so willing to take on our vision. Then for the cocktail hour, they switched to old Hollywood songs (like Frank Sinatra). It all seamlessly as our DJ took over for the reception. They executed it perfectly and it was beautiful. The musicians were so professional and talented. I just cannot say enough wonderful things about them!
We hired Wendy and Effesenden for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I think they were my favorite detail of the ceremony. Read more...
We hired Wendy and Effesenden for our ceremony and cocktail hour. I think they were my favorite detail of the ceremony. From the get-go, Wendy was knowledgeable and understood exactly what we were looking for. We wanted some Celtic music and she was so willing to take on our vision. Then for the cocktail hour, they switched to old Hollywood songs (like Frank Sinatra). It all seamlessly as our DJ took over for the reception. They executed it perfectly and it was beautiful. The musicians were so professional and talented. I just cannot say enough wonderful things about them! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Effesenden created the perfect atmosphere for our ceremony! Wendy was a dream to work with and had so many wonderful suggestions to help us craft our ideal program. All of our guests commented on how lovely the music was and Wendy was very flexible with our requests. She went above and beyond. I highly recommend Effesenden!
Effesenden created the perfect atmosphere for our ceremony! Wendy was a dream to work with and had so many wonderful Read more...
Effesenden created the perfect atmosphere for our ceremony! Wendy was a dream to work with and had so many wonderful suggestions to help us craft our ideal program. All of our guests commented on how lovely the music was and Wendy was very flexible with our requests. She went above and beyond. I highly recommend Effesenden! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sean
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Wendy and company are incredibly warm, organized, and responsive —and of course talented! Her and a guitarist played for our event and many of our guests, young and old, gave us glowing reviews of them. With just a few brief correspondences about the type of event we wanted, they nailed the tone and feel perfectly. They have a great repertoire, professional top notch skills, and are totally down to earth. I would highly recommend them and would hire them for all sorts of events.
Wendy and company are incredibly warm, organized, and responsive —and of course talented! Her and a guitarist played for Read more...
Wendy and company are incredibly warm, organized, and responsive —and of course talented! Her and a guitarist played for our event and many of our guests, young and old, gave us glowing reviews of them. With just a few brief correspondences about the type of event we wanted, they nailed the tone and feel perfectly. They have a great repertoire, professional top notch skills, and are totally down to earth. I would highly recommend them and would hire them for all sorts of events. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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kahli
Wedding:
8/24/2013
4.9/5.0
Professional. On time. Very good quality musicians. Added an extra touch to make my wedding day even more special.

The music was so beautiful. They even learned a new song just for us. When the processional went a little long and the music wasn't long enough, they quickly added a little extra ending to the song to make it work.
Professional. On time. Very good quality musicians. Added an extra touch to make my wedding day even more special.
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Professional. On time. Very good quality musicians. Added an extra touch to make my wedding day even more special.

The music was so beautiful. They even learned a new song just for us. When the processional went a little long and the music wasn't long enough, they quickly added a little extra ending to the song to make it work. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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shellan
Wedding:
8/4/2007
5.0/5.0
I knew the general flow of how I wanted my wedding to unfold and I as a performing artist myself I knew how music can guide those transitions and make things appear seamless. I was so baffled by the idea that I might have to balance multiple groups for ceremony and reception and really wanted to condense resources and utilize the best of one company. I was thrilled and honored to stumble upon Wendy Goodwins website with Effesenden. I was immediately drawn to her approach to business, music and customer service. I knew that I wanted 2 people for the ceremony, 3 for cocktail hour and then transition into a 5 piece band for the reception and I was amazed that I could provide her with my perfect play list and she could pull it together with no questions asked. We even provided her with songs she wasnt familiar with and she learned them just for us! She laid out the timeline for our wedding, we discussed what instruments we wanted for ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, then she put together a band, confirmed my play list and provided some awesome music that kept my guests at the reception till the very end of the night! I would recommend her without a doubt to anyone. She is so sweet and personable and also extremely talented and dedicated.
I knew the general flow of how I wanted my wedding to unfold and I as a performing artist myself I knew how music can Read more...
I knew the general flow of how I wanted my wedding to unfold and I as a performing artist myself I knew how music can guide those transitions and make things appear seamless. I was so baffled by the idea that I might have to balance multiple groups for ceremony and reception and really wanted to condense resources and utilize the best of one company. I was thrilled and honored to stumble upon Wendy Goodwins website with Effesenden. I was immediately drawn to her approach to business, music and customer service. I knew that I wanted 2 people for the ceremony, 3 for cocktail hour and then transition into a 5 piece band for the reception and I was amazed that I could provide her with my perfect play list and she could pull it together with no questions asked. We even provided her with songs she wasnt familiar with and she learned them just for us! She laid out the timeline for our wedding, we discussed what instruments we wanted for ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, then she put together a band, confirmed my play list and provided some awesome music that kept my guests at the reception till the very end of the night! I would recommend her without a doubt to anyone. She is so sweet and personable and also extremely talented and dedicated. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Wendy and team did such a great job at our wedding. The music was perfect. During the planning process she was very prompt in responding to any questions I had and also had great suggestions. Would highly recommend Effesenden Music to everyone!
Wendy and team did such a great job at our wedding. The music was perfect. During the planning process she was very prompt Read more...
Wendy and team did such a great job at our wedding. The music was perfect. During the planning process she was very prompt in responding to any questions I had and also had great suggestions. Would highly recommend Effesenden Music to everyone! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were extremely pleased with Effesenden Music performance at our wedding reception. We had a little bit of a unique situation in that we had our cocktail hour on the buildings roof top deck and dinner in the ballroom on the main floor. Effesenden Music seamlessly accommodated our music needs in both spaces. We were impressed and pleased with their repertoire of music and their openness to suggestions. We would not only recommend them, but would use them again in a heart beat!
My husband and I were extremely pleased with Effesenden Music performance at our wedding reception. We had a little bit of Read more...
My husband and I were extremely pleased with Effesenden Music performance at our wedding reception. We had a little bit of a unique situation in that we had our cocktail hour on the buildings roof top deck and dinner in the ballroom on the main floor. Effesenden Music seamlessly accommodated our music needs in both spaces. We were impressed and pleased with their repertoire of music and their openness to suggestions. We would not only recommend them, but would use them again in a heart beat! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Effesenden Music responded with the following comments:

So glad that you enjoyed our music! The event was awesome with so many people clearly having a great time and it was fun playing with such an incredible view of the Portland skyline in front of us! Congrats on a wonderful event.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
EXCELLENT MUSIC, SERVICE AND WORTH THE MONEY. GUESTS LOVED IT!
EXCELLENT MUSIC, SERVICE AND WORTH THE MONEY. GUESTS LOVED IT!
EXCELLENT MUSIC, SERVICE AND WORTH THE MONEY. GUESTS LOVED IT! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.1/5.0
This ensemble played at the earlier stages of our wedding. They were alright. I found them to be fairly overpriced, and everything you wanted to do with them was "extra". I selected them because we were down to the wire and needed someone. They showed up and filled the bill, but in general I thought we were paying far too much money for 3 players for 2 hours. I would not hire them again.
This ensemble played at the earlier stages of our wedding. They were alright. I found them to be fairly overpriced, and Read more...
This ensemble played at the earlier stages of our wedding. They were alright. I found them to be fairly overpriced, and everything you wanted to do with them was "extra". I selected them because we were down to the wire and needed someone. They showed up and filled the bill, but in general I thought we were paying far too much money for 3 players for 2 hours. I would not hire them again. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Effesenden Music responded with the following comments:

You can imagine our surprise at receiving this review when an email this client sent to us on October 4th was as follows:
"Hi Wendy- just a quick note to thank you and your ensemble members for playing at our wedding last weekend. We are now digging out from months of planning and the celebration, so I wanted to send along a note. Many people thought the music you added was their favorite part of the event, and we appreciated it as well together with your flexibility on making our event come together.
Here’s to your continued success! With our best regards,"

Had we known the client felt our services were not at a price point that worked for their budget we would have done what we always do which is either find a different option for music within our offerings that cost less OR refer them to one of our industry colleagues. To send positive feedback personally and then review negatively online is unfair to small businesses who depend on user experiences for future chances to do what we love--which is provide great music for awesome couples on their special day.

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