(Closed) Ceremony Music: Violinist or Harpist?

posted 6 years ago in Music
  • poll: Which instrument should play at our beach ceremony?
    Violin : (12 votes)
    75 %
    Harp : (4 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I love harps!

    Post # 4
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    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I think violins have a stronger sound, particularly for outdoors. The sound of the harp might just disappear in a wide, open space.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m a classical musician and I think there are some things you might want to consider. Are you going to be on the sand? A harp player might not want to drag their harp into the sand, they are huge clunky instruments that roll on wheels. A violinist might have an easier time with that. Also, the range of the violin might be easier to be heard over the waves and the breeze. The harp has a more delicate and thud-like tone since it is a plucked instrument so it might be better for a quieter environment. The violin will make a statement and the harp will add romantic subtlety. If I were choosing between these two instruments (without environmental factors), I would pick the harp because of its ability to harmonize with itself and its sweet tone.  Do you have any particular music you want played? Many songs are better suited for the harp and many are better on the violin.

    When talking to potential instrumentalists, there are some who will not be comfortable playing outside. The humidity, temperature, and sun can all be bad for the instruments so make sure you let them know where you will be. Most people who will decline due to conditions wont be gigging anyways or they will have an instrument they use solely for outdoors so its not a big deal, just a heads up. Also, no matter who you choose, make sure you (by that, I mean your MOH) pack a few clothes pins for them in case they forget theirs. If the wind blows their music off their stands, they cant play. Clothespins are probably the #1 thing instrumentalists forget to take when they go to a gig.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @LadyElva:  yes exactly. I worry that it wont be heard. If the ceremony has ~20 people, sound should not be an issue. If we are talking ~75+, then I would pick violin without a doubt.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Britt_RN:  Fantastic then! That is way way better than getting somebody who hasnt played on a beach before. Either option should work perfectly depending on what you want. The musician in me just wanted to make sure you didn’t end up with a music disaster, but these are pros so no worries. Tongue Out

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