Wedding Day Tips


Over the last 20 years, The Shrewsbury String Quartet has performed at over 200 weddings each year.

We have seen many disasters that could have easily been avoided.

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Here are some ideas that could make your special day run smoother:

 

 

  1. Be ready early.

    Nothing will stress a bride more than having to rush to the ceremony.

 

  1. Get plenty of rest the night before the wedding.

 

  1. Start your wedding on time.

    It is very rude to your guests if your wedding starts late.

 

  1. Practice walking and more importantly practice sitting in your wedding dress.

    Trains, hoops and strapless gowns can be problematic. (Also, practice using the ladies room, you will probably need help!)

 

  1. A few weeks before the wedding, wear your shoes for several hours making sure they are broken in and comfortable.

 

  1. Limit your alcohol intake (and also the groom’s).

    There is nothing more upsetting and disrespectful to your guests than a sloppy bride or groom. (Some of our photographer friends have told us that pictures of “tipsy” brides or grooms often do not turn out as well as wedding couples would have liked.

 

  1. Put your engagement ring on your right hand until after the exchange of rings.

 

  1. Make an emergency kit

    and also have the groom and groomsmen carry small packets of tissues in their tux jackets.

(Google wedding emergency kits for ideas of what to include in the kit.)

 

  1. Ask your officiant to keep the sermon to less than 3 minutes

    or better yet have no sermon at all. (Usually, anything beyond 3 minutes starts being about the officiant, not about the bride and groom.)

 

  1. Keep your ceremony short.

    Most guests will only remember your processionals, vows, first kiss and introduction as husband and wife.

 

  1. Do not deal with any wedding day minutia.

    Let someone else deal with it. Your wedding will not be perfect. Something will go wrong and mistakes will happen and that is what you and your guests will remember and talk about years from now.

 

  1. Keep smiling and enjoy your big day.
    Remember, it’s not about the wedding, it’s about the marriage.

  2. Here is an excellent article. This bride really handles it well.

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About Tony


I worked in “Corporate America”  for over 20 years.  One day  I decided to turn my avocation into my vocation.  I love playing the cello and I love weddings.  A wise person once said that if you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.

I truly love what I do.  You can always pick me out at a wedding because I am the one with the biggest smile.

I try to run the business and treat brides the way that I like to be treated and I try to be the easiest vendor that a bride will have to deal with.

I designed the web site, not as a selling tool, but to be as informative as possible.  Please feel free to visit the site often.  If there is any thing in the site that you can use, please help yourself.

If you have any questions about your ceremony, please feel free to call me, even if you are not using the Shrewsbury String Quartet.  We have done several hundred weddings and always enjoy helping brides.

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Click here for an interview we did with a local newspaper

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About Amy/Violin Lessons


Amy Weckesser, First Violinist of the Shrewsbury String Quartet, taught at Settlement Music School, Wilmington School of Music and Haddonfield School for the Performing Arts before deciding to open her own studio in Haddon Township, NJ. She has been teaching violin for over 20 years.

 Many of Amy’s students have been accepted in All State Orchestra, All South Jersey Orchestra and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Some of Amy’s students have been accepted at prestigious music conservatories such as Peabody, University of Indiana, Ester Boyer College of Music at Temple University.

Amy tours with Smokey Robinson and has played for Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. as well as many others. Amy has played with Delaware Symphony, Trenton Symphony, Delaware Valley Orchestra, Jubilate Deo and many others.

Amy conducts South Jersey Youth Orchestra and Friends, a multi-generational orchestra that performs two concerts a year. This orchestra gives  students a chance to play with other musicians as well as learn orchestral repertoire. All of Amy’s students are encouraged to play in this orchestra. 

Amy also assembles students into smaller chamber groups. This gives even the most inexperienced students opportunities to play with other musicians of the same ability.

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If you or any one you know is interested in taking violin lessons,
please call Amy at

856-952-1737

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$30.00 for a half hour lesson.  $50.00 for a full hour lesson.

Group lessons are also available.  Please call for pricing.

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Rose


Dear Shrewsbury String Quartet,
String music held a very special place in our mother’s heart. We knew that she wanted a string quartet at her funeral and we are very thankful that we found you. You were absolutely wonderful. Many of our friends told us that it was most memorable and emotional when you played Amazing Grace as the pallbearers carried mom out of the church. They said it was something that they will never forget. We wish that we could have met under different circumstances and that mom could have heard you play, although I’m not so sure that she didn’t.
Sincerely,
Rose

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  • Lisa
    Dear Tony, I just wanted to thank you for your kindness and help leading up to my wedding on November 8th. Please pass along my heartfelt thanks to the quartet that played at the ceremony. When I walked into the church moments before I was to walk down the aisle, I heard those beautiful strings and I was instantly charmed and calmed. After the ceremony, so many of our guests commented on the music and how it sounded so different and uplifting compared to standard organ music. Your players added a perfect note of sophistication and grace that set the tone for the rest of the day. As for you personally, you were a true oasis in the chaos of wedding planning. I never felt that I had to double-check anything with you, and your players performed exactly as I had hoped. I really can’t thank you enough. What a wonderful day it was! My only regret is that I was not able to meet the players personally after the ceremony. My son was not feeling well and I was attending to him. Please let everyone know I am sorry I could not thank them in person. If any of our friends in the area need beautiful music for an event, I will be sure to give you the heartiest of recommendations. Best wishes to you!Warmest regards, Lisa
  • Tamara & Carter
    Dear Tony and the Shrewsbury String Quartet, I sincerely apologize for taking so long to send you this thank-you note. You all were such a special part of our May 24 wedding ceremony and we appreciate your hard work and beautiful music!. Tony, thank you so much for all of your help throughout the planning process. You went above and beyond my expectations and you truly helped to make the planning process a joy. Thank you for answering all of my questions about music selections, for honoring my special requests, and for taking the time to arrange and practice a special selection for us – Bryan Adams’ “Every thing I Do, I Do It For You.” I never had to worry as I worked with you. You were kind, helpful, prompt and clearly very experienced and competent. You all played beautifully at the ceremony. It was like a fairy tale to walk down the aisle to such a gorgeous rendition of “Pachelbel’s Canon”. Sincere thanks for helping to make the most joyful day of our lives absolutely perfect. Tamara & Carter

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