Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions

Wedding Ceremonies

Braidstream, with their own flair for original sound, takes great pride in providing the most gracious and elegant music for weddings. Brides can choose from a variety of styles so that they may create the ambiance of their dream wedding. Braidstream is fully adept with traditional wedding repertoire. However, the bride may choose also from a variety of styles including Renaissance, Medieval, classical, romantic, light garden music, quiet contemplative and religious music as well as contemporary and Celtic music.

The choice of musicians and instrumentation is also adaptable allowing for budget needs, but always with the ability to create just the right mood. The full complement of instruments can include classical guitar, flute, hammered dulcimer, cello, harp and keyboards. You are offered every possible combination of instruments from duos to the full sextet according to the fullness of sound necessary for the ceremony. We also provide vocals should special songs be requested.

For an outdoor wedding, Braidstream musicians need a flat and shaded location. There is a slight additional charge for a situation that requires amplification, including remote microphone for the officiator. We are also happy to provide equipment and assistance for playing pre-recorded accompaniments for guest singers, or provide the option of accompanying the singers.

Wedding Receptions

Braidstream can remain in the same configuration for both wedding ceremony and reception depending on the style of music requested. They can play lighter classical music, Celtic, jazz, and "easy listening" background music. For a more up-tempo reception, adding keyboards and percussion transforms Braidstream into a contemporary band, playing jazz and contemporary standards for dancing.

There is a flat rate for weddings and receptions, with a price break if hired to do both. There can be additional charges for travel, amplification, or overtime.

Sample wedding audio clips: 

Bridal Chorus by Mendelssohn
Eleanor Plunket - Irish Traditional
Wedding March by Wagner
Gentle Spirits by Mozart

Trumpet Tune by Purcell
Greensleeves - 16thcen. Traditional
Trumpet Voluntaire by Clarke
Gymnopodie by Satie

Air on a G String by Bach
Hornpipe - Handel's Water Music

All In A Garden Green - traditional
Intermezzo by Masgagni

Allegretto by Vivaldi
Jesu Joy of Mans Desire by Bach

 Allegro - Handel's Water Music
Renaissance Lute Piece - 16thcen. Italy

Ave Maria by Bach
Mia Babino Caro by Puccini

Bouree In E Minor by Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach

Cannon In D by Pachelbel
Simple Gifts - traditional
Claire de Lune by Debussy
The White Flower - 16thcen. Italy

Dance of the Bergemeister - 13thcen. Traditional

Need help planning your wedding music?  Click here to review our helpful guide.

Please feel free to call, email or submit an online request form for price information.  We look forward to helping you create the beautiful wedding of your dreams.

The Wedding Dance

Consider preparing for your first wedding dance with professional help.Nancy Hayes and Robert Wootton enjoy helping couples make their wedding dance as special as the love they share. So, whatever your dance experience or personal style, they can show you how to make your dance in the spotlight fun, romantic or whatever you would like to create for this day of importance.You can bring your music or they can help select a song.

Nancy and Robert have been partners for 10 years and bring their varied dance backgrounds together to create moving visual shows.They have done showcases of Ballroom dancing and Argentine Tango. They have performed Vintage Ballroom shows for the Holiday Candlelight Tours at the Biltmore House.

Nancy performs with Dulcinea, a salsa performance group, and she teaches Middle Eastern Dance at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA). She was a founding member of one of Asheville's first belly dance troupe "Rhythm of Isis" and now directs UNCA's belly dance troupe "Munirah Dancers."

For 30 years, Robert has enjoyed both social dancing and performance.  Beginning with Western Square Dance, he has added to his repertoire disco, Cajun, Ballroom and Argentine Tango. He has not only taught but also performed in numerous regional competitions and performances.

For information about lessons or performance, contact Nancy at 828.273.3377 or nancydances@gmail.