Outdoor ceremony music (to harp or not to harp)

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Harps are generally pretty quiet – you can mic them effectively but it’s tricky and could get expensive (I work with an orchestra).  If you don’t want a violin, then cello and flute as suggested could work – it’s a nice combination.  Or what about a classical guitar? They can be mic’ed more easily and if you find a good player, it won’t sound completely unlike a harp.

Post # 4
187 posts
Blushing bee

I play the harp, and have for 18 years. Harpists can make it pretty loud. BUT. If you’re going to have a bunch of people talking over it…it’s gonna be too quiet. Maybe have a harpist for your ceremony and then have a trio or something play for the cocktail hour?

Post # 6
1860 posts
Buzzing bee

A dear friend of mine is a professional harpist, and uses amplification for both the ceremony and the cocktail Hour.

I was at one of her beach weddings and the music could be heard all the way to the boardwalk, 2 flights up and about half a football field away. 

Ask your harpist. If she provides her own amplification, you can trust the fact that she’ll know how to use it.

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