Animata String Quartet

(13 reviews)
Service Area
Melbourne and surrounds
Business Hours
7 days
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The Best String Quartet in Melbourne!

Music speaks to each of us differently – in fact, someone who ‘dances to the beat of their own drum’ is said to be someone who follows their heart, very appropriate when referring to music for your wedding.

Arranging music for your ceremony and reception can be a supremely personal choice, ranging from songs which may have special meaning to your relationship to those which carry a message you consider especially relevant to your day.

Many couples now choose to have different types of music at their weddings, opting for live music at the ceremony and pre-reception drinks, then a DJ later in the evening to get the dance floor moving once dinner and speeches are over.

Whether you decide to have live music or a DJ (or a mixture of both), the Animata String Quartet is happy to work with you to create a perfect musical mix for your big day. From Mozart to ColdPlay, we play a range of music which is entertaining, surprising and most importantly, from the heart.



Questions and Answers

What do you need to perform?

Animata String Quartet

Four chairs, without arms, are all we require. If it is an outdoor event, we also require shelter… even if there’s no rain, the sun can be just as damaging to our instruments. 

Can I choose which pieces I would like to hear?

Animata String Quartet

Yes, you can choose any piece from our repertoire list, or we can choose the music for you. Most couples like to choose some of the main pieces (for example, entrance music or signing of the register) and leave the rest to us. If you are after a piece that’s not listed, we can arrange it especially for you for a small extra fee.

When does the Quartet play during the wedding ceremony?

Animata String Quartet

Usually, we play for ten minutes before the ceremony starts as guests arrive, during your walk down the aisle, during the signing of the registry, when you exit, and then for about 10 minutes as guests leave. Some ceremonies also include ring warming rituals, or the offering of communion – these are also good moments for background music. 

Does the Quartet play at receptions?

Animata String Quartet

Yes, we do. We can play at the reception venue as guests arrive, during pre-reception drinks, or during the reception itself. 

How do you ‘time’ the music so that it fits in with the ceremony? Do you need to attend the wedding rehearsal?

Animata String Quartet

Very simple – we arrive early and speak to your priest or celebrant. They give us a nod or some sort of cue as you arrive, and we start playing the entrance music. They give us cues to begin playing during the signing of the register – and at any other time necessary.  We are very experienced at timing our pieces so that they fit into the right ‘slots’ in the ceremony, and we don’t actually need to come to a wedding rehearsal. However, should you have specific directions that require a rehearsal, we are usually able to attend (a rehearsal fee applies in these situations). 


(13 reviews)
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19 Mar 2022

Perfect!!! Animata String Quartet played at our ceremony and during the cocktail hour and they were amazing to listen to! Simone was friendly and professional and answered all our questions promptly, the whole process was seamless and they are just incredible musicians!! I just wish I had another function I could book them for so I could listen to them again! :) Thanks Simone and team!

24 Apr 2021

Simone and the Animata String Quartet were a beautiful addition to our wedding ceremony and post-ceremony drinks hour. Their gorgeous musical renditions created such a magical atmosphere and completely elevated our wedding to be really something unique and special. There was just something wonderful about walking down the aisle and having our venue space filled with the soaring sounds of their instruments. Simone was also utterly professional in her communications, and I have no hesitations in recommending. My only comment is that I truly wish on the day I didn't need to be whisked off for photos so I could hear more! It seems such a crime that I missed out!! Only good things filtered back to us through friends and family. I’ll be doing my best to encourage friends to get married and to use Animata String Quartet so I can sit back and enjoy next time!

Animata String Quartet  

Thank you Rochelle for your lovely review. We are so happy you enjoyed our music and yes it is a shame you didn't get to hear us play more. Maybe you will get to hear us again soon at a friends wedding :-)

16 Nov 2019

Animata String Quartet created so much atmosphere at our ceremony and pre-reception drinks. Wonderful classical music to walk down the aisle - it sent shivers down my spine! Their movie themed music in particular received a lot of praise from guests. Playing the Game of Thrones theme while we signed the register made everyone smile - especially the bride and groom! Thank you Simone and your group for a perfect backdrop to our day.

29 Feb 2020

Thank you animate for your beautiful music

7 Dec 2018

The feedback I had from guests ( and reception staff) when discussing this amazing group of professionals was amazing.. A professional group of musicians who definitely know their stuff. Thank you so much for making our ceremony such a success.

8 Nov 2018

We can't thank these amazing people enough for playing at our wedding. It made the day so much more elegant. truely talented musicians!

12 Nov 2017

We had the quartet play at our ceremony. They sounded great. Very easy process!

2 Sep 2017

A very talented and professional female string quartet. They have a wide repertoire and are very good to deal with. I can highly recommend them to add real class to a reception.

15 Apr 2017

Amazing string quartet that really completed the atmosphere for our garden wedding.

27 Jan 2017

Animata were great - they were able to create an arrangement with the song we wanted.

6 Mar 2016

This group has clearly been playing at weddings for a long time and know most venues around Victoria. They are professional, accomodating and extremely competant at their craft. I had requested a custom arrangement for my Walk down the aisle and the Signing of the Register and they performed everything just beautifully! A lovely way to set the scene and ambience - especially for an outdoor ceremony. Highly recommend!!

11 Jan 2014

Wonderful music and very easy to deal with!

7 May 2011

Great communication pre and just beautiful music during the ceremony. The only downfall was that I got to hear obviously the processional and recessional music, but not anything else! We booked for a drinks package as well, to entertain our guests for that time during the post ceremony pre reception during their early drinks and so many people just adored it.

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