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eddings are festive occasions, bringing families and friends together in a celebration of love.

Music helps to ensure this special day lives on forever in our hearts and minds.

Having the Arcadian Duo at your wedding will help to create the ambiance you desire.  The flute and violin playing together is a perfect metaphor for the harmony of two people joining together in marriage.

What You Can Expect

  • We arrive a half-hour before the scheduled start time

  • We play pre-service music as your guests arrive.

  • Providing processional & registry signing, music as needed

  • Same approach for the recessional

The Ceremony
  • Interested in learning more? 

  • Please complete our booking request form for a no obligation follow up with Deborah Henderson.

  • You will be glad you did!

  • Postlude music is extremely important as the bride and groom and family greet and show their appreciation to their guests

  • We ensure the ambiance continues as we play for 15-20 minutes while greeting your guests occur.

After the Cerermony
Additional Information
  • Outdoor Ceremony:   

    • our instruments require some protection from sun or rain. A shady spot or a patio umbrella will do for sun, but for rain, a solid covering such as a tent or verandah is necessary.

    • Please consider these circumstances and consult your venue to ensure that these options are available.

  • Playing Preference:

    • Standing:  We prefer to stand we play as a duo, but when playing as a trio or quartet, we require chairs without arms

    • Wedding Ceremonies:  We prefer to play wedding ceremonies acoustically (without amplification) but we bring a small cordless amp, so that if the setting dictates, we can boost our sound

    • Larger Indoor Venues:  amplification is usually necessary. If there is a disc jockey or a house p.a. system, we can play through their system if they agree.

  • Ceremony Rehearsals:  ​

    • With over 20 years of experience playing for weddings, we do not attend ceremony rehearsals.

    • If you have a wedding coordinator, (s)he is usually available to brief us when we arrive​

    • We also speak to the officiant / minister when (s)he arrives, so that we know the format of the ceremony.

    • If we are asked to play with other musicians, such as an organist we will arrive early on the wedding day to rehearse.

  • Breaks:

    • We require one 10-minute break per hour of service.​​

  • Special Requests:

    • our duo instrumentation usually requires some rearranging of songs . For pop songs that are not in our repertoire, there is an additional $25.00 charge per song to do the necessary downloading and arranging of parts.

  • Ceremony Delays:​

    • In the unlikely event that your ceremony is delayed, and we have another event scheduled, we will try our best to accomodate but are not obligated to stay after the agreed upon time.​



$300.00 for up to  1.5 hours 


1 Hour or less $200

Additional Musicians

This will be confirmed during our initial discussion.


It is quite common that our customers request us to play longer than 1.5 hours. Which is why we have added this option:

Only  $100 for the first additional hour and $50 per each additional hour after that.

Additional Playing Time

Our designated area is Port Hope / Cobourg.  

Outside this locality, reasonable expenses for travel time will be negotiated and added ($0.50 /km is typical).

Travel Costs

(outside of Cobourg / Port Hope)

Choosing Wedding Music

Wedding music consists of pre-ceremony music, a processional, register signing, communion (optional for church ceremonies), and finally a recessional. The pre-service music can be a mix of styles - bright and festive, as well as quiet and reflective. The much-anticipated processional is often flowing and lyrical, although a stately and dignified march is also fitting. The signing of the register can be used for a special piece of music with a romantic theme. We recommend keeping the atmosphere serene and elegant at this time, even though your photographer will be very busy. The recessional is always lively and festive as the newly introduced couple joyfully walk down the aisle together.

  • Gavotte in D
    00:00 / 00:51
    Bourree from the Water Music
    00:00 / 00:38
    Slow Air
    00:00 / 00:42
  • Arioso
    00:00 / 00:35
    Air from the Water Music
    00:00 / 00:39
    Trumpet Tune
    00:00 / 00:40
    00:00 / 00:40
    Trumpet Voluntary
    00:00 / 00:38
  • Air from Orchestral suite in D
    00:00 / 00:45
    Isis & Osiris
    00:00 / 00:41
    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
    00:00 / 00:41
    Romance from _Eine Kleine Nachtmusik_
    00:00 / 00:40
    Sheep May Safely Graze
    00:00 / 00:38
    March of the Priests
    00:00 / 00:40
  • Hornpipe from The Water Music
    00:00 / 00:39
    La Rejouissance from _Music for the Royal Fireworks_
    00:00 / 00:42
    00:00 / 00:40
    00:00 / 00:36
    00:00 / 00:37

Fred Cory, B.Mus.  

Choosing Wedding Music

Weddings are festive occasions and music should be a key consideration in every couple’s wedding plans. There is room for all kinds of music because weddings include not only boisterous celebration but also moments where deeply felt pledges are given and an atmosphere of poised serenity is called for. Music can help accentuate these two contrasting aspects and help to keep them separate. During the ceremony, elegant music encourages people to be elegant; sometimes boisterous celebration is impatient and can spoil a sacred moment. But at the reception, energetic music will help get the party in gear.

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