(Closed) Harpist for ceremony?

posted 10 years ago in Music
Post # 3
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
3331 posts
Sugar bee

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
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

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!

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