Post # 1
Hello hive, especially those in Toronto and surrounding areas!
So I really, really, really want a harpist. I’ve always been fascinated with them since I was a little girl. Now, have any of you bees hired one? Is a harpist enough for the whole ceremony, or would a string quartet make the sound so much richer? How much did you pay? How much is too much? So far I’ve been quoted $550 from my number one contender for 1.5 hours (She has a GOLDEN harp and is giving me the extra half hour for an hour’s charge), and $425 for 1 hr from another one. A coworker of mine suggested that I look for music students from the Royal Conservatory of Music, but that sounds like a lot of work sifting through all that talent. Is the effort worth it?
Thanks for your input!
Post # 3
@gelaiy: Hi. Not sure if your wedding took place yet, or if you’ve booked anything. I am also from Toronto and currently in the same boat as you.
I’ve been quoted at $750 from Grenville Pinto who is a solo violinist for JUST the ceremony. I have also been quoted from another solo violinist for $500. It seems to be quite expensive especially for a solo, but I really like the guy for $500…
I am also unsure if a solo violinist would sound good enough… or if I should go with a string quartet…
Post # 4
I used to play harp for weddings in high school, and actually my harp teacher’s daughter played for our wedding. Harp can definitely stand on its own for a wedding, especially a full concert grand pedal harp, which I’m sure your potential harpist has based on the fact that it’s gold. Think piano or organ in terms of richness of the sound- in fact, many piano pieces can be played on the harp and sound great. as for the price, it’s a bit steeper than what I just paid for my wedding, but we’re in a rural area, plus it was a lever harp and I know pedal harpists often charge more. I do think looking for conservatory students is a really good idea though- playing a wedding is way easier than the stuff they’re working on at conservatory, Iimagine it wouldn’t be hard to find a very competent harpist there. Good luck!