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 Future Mother-In-Law 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 Future Mother-In-Law 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!