“We were so fortunate to find “Ovation Strings”! They transformed the wedding event into an enchanting experience with their beautiful music. Not only was the music excellent and the musicians talented, but they also were extremely helpful ahead of time during the planning process. The options of music choices are extensive and include many genres. Planning the music became the most enjoyable part of the wedding preparation, - we were so excited to hear them play. And now we are so pleased with their performance and at how much the music added to the ceremony.” - January 2023
“We had Ovation String Quartet play our ceremony music at St. Patrick's church of Edina for our wedding in December 2022. From the jump, Laurie was great at communicating details and very prompt with her responses. I had so many guests compliment me on the ceremony music and how beautiful it was throughout the night. They have such a large selection of music to choose from and are willing to work with you if you want something that is not on their list (although their list is huge). One of the best parts as well is how affordable their service is. I cannot recommend them enough!” - December 2022
|Ovation String Quartet played for my November 2022 wedding. They were absolutely amazing. Music is incredibly important to my family as I have a grandmother who was a music teacher and organist. Needless to say, everyone was impressed by the music played, and people are still talking about it. Their repertoire is extensive and quite impressive. Laurie was super responsive and helpful to work with. They played absolutely beautifully and I am so glad we utilized them to play our wedding!|
"We were blown away by the amazing job that Ovation did at our wedding. We had to reschedule our wedding 2x due to COVID, so we had a lot of time to decide on music! Laurie was super responsive and went above and beyond to compose several custom arrangements for our pre-wedding music. She and her team also composed Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen for my bridal processional, which was absolutely magical and everything I dreamed of when I walked down the aisle. Highly recommend for any event if you are looking for talented musicians who are able to take your special day to the next level!" - October 2022
"Ovation was absolutely fantastic! From the start of the process, they were responsive, willing to work with me, and even took a special requests. Everyone loved the music and they sounded beautiful. I would highly recommend!!!!!" - October 2022
“We had a great experience with Ovation String Quartet! The quartet performed beautifully at our wedding ceremony even in extreme winds! Laurie was very responsive, helpful, organized, and supportive throughout the planning process. They have an extensive and amazing selection of music in their repertoire. We are so happy we chose Ovation String Quartet and cannot recommend them enough!” - September 2022
"Ovation String Quartet played at our ceremony. They played a mix of classical, traditional Catholic hymns, and current pop. We asked a lot and they performed it all amazingly! It was magical to have them perform and we are so grateful for them. It was easy to book, plan, and communicate which made the process even better. I highly recommend booking them at your wedding or next event." - September 2022
"Ovation String Quartet played my July wedding. It was 90 degrees but we had shade for them and they played beautifully! Aside from the bride walking down, all of the songs we chose were from their pop/contemporary music list and their arrangements of those songs sounded amazing. They did a great job with cues from our coordinator and officiant and the ceremony went off perfectly. Would love to work with them again in the future" - July 2022
"Thank you all so much! We are so glad we hired Ovation String Quartet, it was one of our favorite parts of our ceremony and our guests still talk about how wonderful the music was!" - June 2022
"Thank you and the rest of the quartet for your beautiful playing at my and Justin's wedding on Saturday! So many people commented that the music was so elegant and made the ceremony. We really appreciate it and have passed your name on to some of our friends who are also getting married!" - May 2022
"We received lots of compliments on the string quartet at our wedding! They did a beautiful job playing for our ceremony and cocktail hour, and I’m so glad we booked them. They were also very communicative with the booking and planning process, which was very helpful!" - May 2022
"oh, my goodness! we so enjoyed the music of Ovation String Quartet. I just spoke to my daughter, he bride, and she said as she and her husband sat down for their reception lunch, she heard the quartet playing her favorite VanMorrison baroque style. It was magical and exactly as she had hoped.
we will definitely call Ovation String Quartet again. our experience was professional and easyand the music was beautiful." - May 2022
"Thank you again for being a part of our day. We heard from everyone how great the quartet sounded and what a nice touch it was so thank you! Here are a couple pictures our photographer took for you!" - April 2022
"We hired Ovation String Trio for our wedding. They provided beautiful music for the ceremony. It was incredible and our guests were very impressed!" - January 2022
"Ovation String Quartet played at our wedding this past New Years Eve. They sounded incredible, were super easy to work with and we received so many compliments on their music. We are so happy they performed at our ceremony and cocktail hour. I would 100% recommend!" - December 2021
"We are so, so glad that we chose to work with Ovation and that they were available. Laurie is extremely responsive and lovely to work with, and even added two new songs to their already lengthy repertoire upon request that sounded absolutely beautiful! We received so many compliments on how much their gorgeous playing added to the evening and I can't recommend them highly enough." - November 2021
"They were great! Went over all the music with us and did a fabulous job being on time, playing the right music at the right time. I would highly recommend them!" - October 2021
"Ovation String Quartet was absolutely wonderful! They played at my daughter's wedding and during the cocktail hour, adding the couple's requests to their playlist. I could have listened to them all night. The guests raved about them as well. Like so many, our daughter's wedding was postponed in 2020. Laurie was great to work with throughout this time as well as when the wedding was rescheduled. She was very professional and kept in communication with us throughout 2020-2021. This was so reassuring & definitely made me realize how fortunate we were to have Ovation String Quartet as part of my daughter's big day." - September 2021
Laurie and the rest of Ovation String Quartet were a joy to work with. They were extremely accommodating and kind when we had to postpone our wedding due to the pandemic. When our amended wedding date finally arrived, our guests very much enjoyed the wide range of music that they offered, from the traditional wedding march to the Beatles to the White Stripes; and they worked with us to select music that was a reflection of my husband and I. A memory I will never forget is during the hustle and bustle of the cake cutting they cued up "Grow Old With You" from the movie the Wedding Singer, which is a favorite of ours' and a request that they took time to master during the postponement. Ovation String Quartet played a large part in making our wedding day lovely and I couldn't recommend them more! - September 2021
"Ovation String Quartet played at our ceremony and they sounded amazing!!! Laurie was professional, kind, and quick to respond! They worked with our church pianist and vocalist perfectly! It was stress free and beautiful!" - September 2021"
"It's always been a dream of mine to have a string quartet at my wedding and the Ovation String Quartet did the perfect job fulfilling that dream! The group has a large repertoire which was nice to narrow down to exact pieces my wife and I wanted (and the group was very accommodating to new pieces and arrangements). The group was exceptionally punctual and can masterfully improvise as was the case when our short 30 second unity ceremony ended up being several minutes due to weather 😁. The quartet did an excellent job and I cannot recommend them enough!" - September 2021
The Ovation String Quartet played prelude and ceremony music for our August 2021 and they were absolutely amazing. The quartet performed with perfection and never missed a cue, making the whole presentation seamless. Their communication while coordinating our arrangement was impeccable as well, not to mention the two slightly unique songs they customized for our ceremony. My husband teared up just from listening to the digitalized version of his walk out song! I 100% recommend Ovation String Quartet to anyone looking for live string music during their wedding or any other special celebration." - August 2021
"Ovation String Quartet made our wedding absolutely perfect! Our guests continue to talk about how great the music was at the ceremony and cocktail hour. We had many pieces to choose from and Ovation String Quartet learned several new pieces that were very special to us. Laurie was great to work with and was very responsive with our questions." - August 2021
"We had the String Duo (violin and cello) play at our garden ceremony. Laurie and her partner were wonderful and made the ceremony so beautiful with their music! We had guest size of 100 and the duo was perfect. We were worried about the rain but worked it out with Laurie and found a canopy for cover so that they could play. It worked out great. Our guests loved the live instrumental music! I walked down the aisle to Beauty and the Beast's Tale As Old As Time and it was beautiful. I just wished I had walked slower to hear more of it! :)" - August 2021
"Ovation provided a beautiful soundtrack to our wedding. We had the full quartet for both the ceremony and cocktail hour. We loved their huge selection of rock and pop songs which made it difficult to pick which of our favorites we wanted to hear! Laurie was very easy to work with and communication was great. We were blown away that they learned our song and played it as we walked down the aisle! Very talented and professional. We would highly recommend!" - July 2021
"Ovation String Quartet was one of our highlights of our day! We added them in as a last minute choice and are so grateful we did! We are continuing to get compliments two weeks later. It was the perfect touch to our ceremony and cocktail hour and a memory we will have for years to come. It added an elegant feel to our wedding. They were so kind and easy to work with and very affordable! We would recommend them to anyone!" - July 2021
"I'm a classically trained and degreed musician and am very happy I found Ovation to play for my wedding. Laurie was incredibly responsive and helpful in discussing repertoire, They were also very flexible considering we had to reschedule our wedding TWICE due to COVID. In case you are wondering, their playing was beautiful. If you are looking for a group of high quality professional musicians, look no further." - June 2021
"Ovation was wonderful! They made our ceremony so special, and sounded amazing. They have a large selection of songs to choose from as well. Highly recommend!!" - May 2021
"My husband and I used Ovation for our wedding this past October. The pandemic provided numerous logistical challenges but the group was still very willing to play at our very small outdoor ceremony. They timing and quality of each selection was lovely and numerous guests commented on how much they enjoyed our live music. Hats off to Laurie who manages the group and was so kind and pleasant throughout all of the communication." - October 2020
"I'm so glad we decided to have Ovation play for our wedding! They played our chosen selections beautifully! The whole experience with them was great, not just for that day, but leading up to the day as well! Laurie was very responsive and professional in the months leading up to our big day, and I feel that they did everything to make sure that we received exactly the experience we were hoping for!" - August 2020
"Ovation String Quartet really did an absolutely beautiful job playing our ceremony, cocktail hour, and brunch reception. They are so organized and everything ran smoothly. There is so much room for customization to make your special day special for you. Outside of our ceremony we didn't have a lot of specifics we wanted so they did a great job making a set that created the perfect atmosphere for our day. Our officiant already asked for their contact info to recommend them to other couples he has! My mom felt pretty strongly about having live music and she couldn't have been more right, especially since we had a morning ceremony in a historic mansion and didn't want a dance party, a string quartet was the perfect fit and Laurie and her team knocked it out of the park!" - January 2020
"For my wedding day I always envisioned the day being elegant and regal. Ovation String Quartet really helped to set the tone for my wedding ceremony.
The planning process was super easy. Laurie sent us a checklist around the 6-month mark, and it was straight forward. My fiancé and I had a great time opening a bottle of wine and Youtubing their expansive music collection available.
Our guests really enjoyed listening to the strings and we got tons of compliments all night about how lovely it was. It was a great topic with our guests and we really enjoyed hearing what was our guests’ favorite songs.
I would highly recommend the ensemble to anyone looking for some strings for their wedding." - October 2019
"Laurie and her quartet were so great to work with! They made our wedding ceremony special and were such a beautiful addition to our outdoor ceremony. They have an extensive list of music to choose from and are also willing to learn new pieces that you have in mind! I would highly recommend working with Ovation String Quartet for your wedding!" - September 2019
"Laurie and Ovation String Quartet were so wonderful to work with! I knew I wanted a friend of mine to sing a specific hymn during our ceremony. Laurie worked with him to arrange the piece for free (I think you get an arrangement or two as part of your contract) and though they only got to rehearse with them just before the ceremony started, sounded incredible!! they are also extremely flexible, offering to do a trio instead of a quartet to better fit my budget. You won't notice much as you walk down the aisle, but I distinctly remember Ovation's beautiful music!" - August 2018
"We could not have been any happier with Ovation! The music was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. Laurie was amazing to work with and made our ceremony music dreams come true! Ovation also made an arrangement for me to walk down with my dad to and it was perfect! Thank you for making our ceremony even more beautiful!" - July 2018
"Ovation played contemporary music for our ceremony, including a specific song requested by us. They were fantastic and we received so many compliments about how wonderful the music was. Thank you Laurie and team for providing the perfect ceremony music!!" - July 2018
"They were amazing all around. They communicated perfectly. They were accommodating to all my special requests and changes requested. hey sounded great and our guests loved their songs. I would give my absolute highest recommendation to this group." - July 2018
"We were lucky to have the Ovation String Quartet play for our wedding in June 2018. They were excellent and we couldn't recommend them more strongly. Laurie was very easy to work with and quick to respond to all our e-mails. They were very reasonably priced and we were happy to pay a little more to keep them around through our cocktail hour. One awesome perk is the arrangement of a song of your choice for strings. They did "Everything Is Awesome" (from The Lego Movie) as our recessional. It truly was awesome and many people commented on it. My only complaint was, as the groom, I was too busy doing other things and didn't get to sit and enjoy their music enough!" - June 2018
"I had such a great experience working with Ovation String Quartet. Laurie was very accommodating and responsive. I had some very specific music choices and they delivered exactly what I asked for. My guests were impressed. I highly recommend them." - November 2017
"Laurie and her team are beyond words. They added that special touch to our wedding that made it romantic and memorable. I've received so many complements from guests on how great the music was. Laurie was so easy to work with and was very responsive to my numerous questions/emails, which is so nice when you're working with so many people. I highly recommend Ovation Strings and will make everyone remember your event!!" - October 2017
"Ovation String Quartet was absolutely amazing and truly perfected our ceremony. If you are questioning whether to hire a quartet for your wedding, DO IT - Ovation String Quartet was worth every penny and brought an amazing element to our wedding that guests are still raving how beautiful the ceremony was. Working with Laurie was so easy and she transformed our vision to reality, seamlessly. The ceremony was beautiful and made our wedding feel magical & SO CLASSY! I loved it :)" - September 2017
"Ovation String Quartet was the perfect addition to our ceremony and cocktail hour! We hired a trio (just in order to save a little money) for 1 hour & 45 minutes. They sounded AMAZING! We chose all modern songs for our wedding ceremony (Just The Way You Are -Bruno Mars, All Of Me -John Legend, etc.) and it made our ceremony extra special. Hearing those songs being played was really memorable for us and several guests commented that they sounded great with all of the songs! The price, song repertoire list, organization and execution were all 5/5 and I would recommend them to anyone else looking for great ceremony musicians!" - September 2017
"Ovation String Quartet was the PERFECT addition to our special day. Their extensive repertoire and proficiency lead to an amazing time. Not only did they perform during our outdoor ceremony but also during an outdoor cocktail hour immediately following.
As a musician myself, I could not be more impressed by the musicianship and professionalism that was exemplified with the Ovation String Quartet. They even learned new songs for our special day!
My wife and I would give them 6 stars out of 5 if we could." - September 2017
"Hiring Ovation String Quartet for our wedding was the best decision we could have made. Laurie was so kind and quick to respond to any questions we had. She even took the time to sit down with us and go over music selections and suggests pieces while I was stuck. She found something perfect for our bridal party procession. We had so many compliments on how fantastic the music was. They played for our ceremony and reception. They even did a custom arrangement of Adele's Remedy and Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at our request. I was blown away by the quality of their performance. This is the best investment you could possibly make for your wedding. I would hire them for another event in an instant!" - August 2017
"We booked Ovation String Quartet for our wedding ceremony musicians. Their communication, timing and quality of music was above and beyond exceptional! We enjoyed browsing their repertoire and selecting a unique mix of songs for our ceremony.
They played before, during and briefly after the ceremony. Our good friend even joined as a vocalist for one of the songs. Our guests loved our live musicians and of course we did too. The quartet was up for any challenge and seamlessly improvised to accommodate our timing the day of.
Would highly recommend for any couple looking for a lively ceremony compliment - or even more traditional selection. They have a very diverse portfolio of music for any setting." - August 2017
"Laurie was super accommodating and easy to work with, their repertoire was vast and their playing was skillful and elegant. Their opening music, ceremony music, and dinner music fit so well with our wedding and were a part of our entire day" - August 2017
"Ovation String Quartet was great from start to finish. Great communication with answering all questions to providing recommendations. On our wedding day, we received rave reviews regarding the music we had before, during, and after our ceremony. We were so pleased with how the music pulled everything together. We highly recommend Ovation String Quartet!" - July 2017
"Thank you so much, OSQ! So easy to work with and very responsive. I received many compliments about the music played before and after our ceremony. Great music selection to choose from. I will never forget the song you played as I walked down the aisle. Wish I could have heard more!!!" - July 2017
"Ovation was a wonderful addition to our ceremony! They are professional and organized, so on the day of my wedding I never once spoke to them but they were on top of it and perfect. On such a busy day, it's really nice that they don't need additional instructions or directions and you can focus on other things.
They followed along with my pastor during the ceremony and it seemed like they had practiced with us several times, although it was the first time we did the ceremony with them. They know what they are doing!
On top of being a seamless addition to the ceremony, they are talented musicians. Hire them!" - June 2017
"The Ovation String Quartet is the perfect addition to any wedding ceremony! We included Ovation at our Mill City Museum wedding in May of 2017 and they were incredibly professional and accommodating to all of our musical selections and processional/recessional needs.
The Ovation String Quartet offers excellent communication leading up to the day of the ceremony and on-going status updates regarding song preparation and timetables. Their expansive repertoire and ability to incorporate custom pieces makes Ovation the absolute best and affordable string quartet option in Minnesota.
"Thank you Ovation String Quartet for making our wedding ceremony thee most memorable day of our lives!" - May 2017
"Ovation String Quartet is absolutely amazing! A must have for a wedding or any event! They are very talented musicians and not to mention extremely friendly. I worked closely with Laurie; she was helpful and very knowledgeable on music for weddings. Ovation supplied a list of songs for our ceremony and cocktail hour! They are great at what they do! We couldn't be more happy with them! An absolute must have!" - May 2017
"Hiring Ovation's string quartet was the best decision we made for our ceremony. Our families, bridal party, and guests absolutely loved the music and we heard so many great compliments–professional, beautiful music for the setting, great timing when walking down the aisle (my entrance was exactly at the point in the song I was hoping for, without even asking), and so much more! The songs played during the prelude made many guests cry, that's how beautiful it was. Compared to other quartets, Ovation is a great price, very professional, and has a HUGE repertoire list; from classical to contemporary, jazz to folk, they can play it. I hired them only two weeks out from my wedding, and Laurie responded right away and we breezed through the process. My only wish is that I would have hired them sooner, that way we could have had up to two songs arranged just for us at no extra cost! If you're looking for something to take your ceremony from good to great, hire Ovation. Highly recommended to anyone!!" - August 2016
"We hired Ovation String Quartet for our wedding and it was one of our best decisions! My husband and I are both musicians and the music at our ceremony was very important to us. Ovation has a wide range of songs on their repertoire from classical to pop to jazz standards. I was sold when I found out that 3 arrangements were included in the price! Laurie was amazing to work with and arranged 2 beautiful songs for our processional - one of which I couldn't even have music for! I found Ovation to be very reasonably priced compared to other quartets, especially considering their willingness to arrange new songs. When I was notified that the church required more time to rehearse prior to the ceremony, Ovation agreed to add time to our contract on short notice without a problem. Laurie is extremely professional and I believe she wants to provide the best music possible for her clients. The level of musicianship was outstanding! I highly recommend Ovation String Quartet for any event!!" - October 2015
"I would most definitely recommend hiring Ovation String Quartet for your wedding or event! We booked the group for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour music and could not have been happier with our choice. Laurie is responsive, friendly, flexible and extremely helpful. For our procession, I requested a song not included on their repertoire list -- Laurie and the group agreed right away and arranged it (and played it beautifully!) in just a month! Laurie was also very helpful in selecting the rest of the music for the ceremony. I gave her my (very) general ideas and she quickly sent me a great list of options. After hiring Ovation, ceremony/cocktail hour music was no longer a worry for me. I knew I was in great hands!" - December 2015
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I loved every minute of your playing and we heard many compliments from our guests about the special touch the violin and cello duo added to our wedding ceremony. On top of the beautiful music, you were fabulous to work with! You responded to my emails very quickly, listened to my requests/ideas and offered your own when asked, and took charge in reaching out to the other musicians we had hired at the church to figure out music and details (rather than having me in between, which was awesome!). As I am sure you have seen, the last few weeks of wedding planning are so crazy busy with many little details to be thinking about, and right away we were able to tell you had it all under control and took some of the work off our plate. We truly appreciate how easy you made this process. Reed and I loved what you guys added to our wedding and we would highly recommend you to others!" - September 2015
"We booked our wedding with Ovation String Quartet 7 months in advance. Even though we live in Oregon (wedding was in Minneapolis), Laurie Melting was extremely prompt and very easy to work with. She made the planning process a breeze. During the day of the performance, Ovation String Quartet arrived early and were extremely professional. But the best part was the performance! Our guests were completely pleased as the music set the tone for the wedding. They were absolutely amazing. We would recommend them for ANY event. Thank you Ovation String Quartet for making our day very special!" - September 2015
"I'm very pleased that I chose Ovation to play for my ceremony. We didn't get married in a church, but I wanted live music for my walk down the aisle. It was a smaller venue and I had a tight budget so a duo (violin and cello) was perfect. It was a pleasure to work with Laurie Melting from start to finish. She is extremely responsive and helpful. When it was my turn to walk down the aisle the sound in the room was magical and completed the experience."
"I truly believe my wedding ceremony wouldn't have even been half of the success it was without the help of these talented musicians. It felt so surreal walking down the aisle to my favorite song being played by the group, like I was in a dream. I was more than pleased with their flawless performance. Countless guests approached me after the ceremony telling me how impressed they were too, and how having a string quartet was a refreshing change of pace from the usual wedding music. It was a wonderful experience."
"Absolutely fantastic. Their performance was outstanding. The sound was so good people at the church initially thought it had to be recorded music we were playing. Very fortunate we were able to have them for our event." - August 2014
"Working with Laurie and her team was a breeze. The responsive nature, flexibility and confidence is unmatched. They were able to create a level of emotion that touched not only our hearts but everyone's in the room. When asked if they could do custom songs for us ("Yellow", "The Feather Song", and "Bang on the Drum All Day") there was no hesitation, almost excitement which she had vocalized that putting arrangements together is one of her favorite activities as a musician. We had people posting on Facebook and coming up to us all night telling us how awesome they were and how unique the music was. "Who plays a string version of 'Bang on the Drums All Day'" one guest asked...well they do! :) They are totally self-sufficient on the event day. I only realized they were all set up when they started practicing a song that brought tears to so many faces that pictures had to be paused for a brief moment. I would recommend them to anyone!!! Thank you Laurie!" - August 2014