Post # 1
Did anyone else have a harpist at their ceremony? How large was your space? Did you think the harp was too quiet?
My FMIL is driving me nuts about this one. It is the one thing my mom really wanted at her wedding and never got, and since my parents are paying, I am happy to oblige her on this one fantasy, since it is going to make her incredibly happy. My FMIL on the other hand will not stop asking me if I am 100% sure about it, don’t I want to at least consider an organist, just for the processional and recessional? I don’t know how many times I have to tell her no! Today she called to ask me about it AGAIN and said that several people have said they don’t think the sound would carry. Is this a possibility I should worry about? I thought harps were pretty common for weddings?
Post # 3
My best friend had a harpist at her wedding. I think she had around ninety guests? the wedding ceremony took place outside a winery barn… and the harpist had a speaker so the sound would carry… I think the harpist played a half an hour before the ceremony and throughout portions of the ceremony.
To be honest, I was sitting nearest the harpist. I was more into seeing my friends marry and listening to their words that the harpist was an after thought to me. So I can’t say I blatantly heard the harpist even though she was close enough I could pass a tissue to her.
Is your wedding inside or outside? I think if my friends wedding had been inside I would have heard the harpist more- even with the speaker.
As a musician from my perspective, just go with the harpist! I love live music of any kind (guitar, cello, singer, piano). But I wouldn’t go for an organist, personally I don’t care for the chordal progressions created…
Post # 4
Sorry to speak of my past, but when I had my big, fat, Baptist wedding years and years ago, I had a harpist. She was amazing! I had her play as people were seated. As the time for the wedding neared, lights were lowered and she played a bit more loudly. It could be heard well throughout the sanctuary btw. She played songs from Phantom (my fav musical) and it was truly gorgeous.
This time I want a harpist and strings and one percussion as I want something etheral but different. My song intro will be an instrumental version of "Viva la Vida". I want them to also play at the first hour of reception too.
A harpist is alot of bang for your buck.
Oh and my sister had the same harpist at her wedding too! Fantastic!
Post # 5
Contact a local university to find some musicians who will work budget friendly and yet do a great job! Check out their music dept!
Post # 6
A friend of mine had a harpist at their wedding and it was beautiful. Their church was pretty big and you could hear the harp during the processional, ceremony and recessional.
Bellenga has a great point–check out a local college or university for a music student. That’s what we did and we got an awesome ensemble at a fraction of the cost we would have had to pay for a professional group.
Post # 7
We are having a harpist. She was a student of the MR. when he was a TA. (so another university harpist.) I wouldn’t worry about it being too quiet. That’s what microphones are for. If worse comes to worse, let her practice before hand with a lapel mic. Most churches have at least that kind of mic!
Post # 8
My harpist was one of my favorite things about our ceremony. It was just perfect and beautiful, and she was able to play exactly the songs I wanted.
We had an outdoor ceremony with about 125 people. If sound was a problem, nobody told me!