Harpist or string quartet?

posted 6 months ago in Music
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

A harp would work great in a church, not so sure about where your reception venue will be.  Harps carry pretty far, but a string quartet would have a fuller sound.  You would be playing more for the string quartet because you have 4 classically trained musicians instead of 1.  Keep in mind with musicians you are also paying for rehearsal time, music purchases, transportation, and all the hours of practice for your event.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Also I highly encourage you to look for things besides Pachelbel’s Canon.  There’s SO MUCH out there, and the Canon is waaaay overdone.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We’re having a quartet so I’m a bit biased! We picked that over a string duo because the quartet had a much richer sound, the duo (even from the same quartet) sounded a bit… Hollow? I haven’t specifically looked at harpists but for us it was definitely quartet. We haven’t picked any songs yet!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Vineyard Lake

I vote string quartet. They sound so lovely!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

ljm308 :  agree!!

i always think of this https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM

 

i think the string quartet is more entertaining as they can do fun ‘covers’ 

the harpist is beautiful for background elegance but the sting quartet may be more fun (if they are the kind to do things other than classical – if so check out some of the vitamin string quartet stuff for ideas). 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 UK-bee :  Yup!  Gets me every time.  I am a musician who has played Pachelbel’s Canon one too many times…

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I think the string quartet would be better for your reception based on what you said. We are having a harpist but we are getting married in a small chapel so it will work great for that. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Both would be great options.  String quartets are fuller–there are four insterments.  But an electric harp through an amp  would really fill a room.  I’ve heard harps play cool covers–if you haven’t I’d check out the Harp Twins.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

Both great choices- enjoy!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

 ljm308 :  It is also a beautiful piece, and lets get real – most aspects of weddings are ‘overdone’. That’s not a good reason to choose/not choose something! 

 

handbaglover222 :  I think harps are gorgeous, but it falls flat when compared with the string quartet. When you talk about the price difference, look at what you get for your money. It’s only natural that a 4 piece will cost more than a soloist. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

garnobella :  I say it’s overdone because there are literally thousands of other possibilities even if you are just looking at classical music.  I think a lot of people choose it because it’s familiar, but I literally make it my goal to open peoples’ eyes to the music that ***is*** out there.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

ljm308 :  I get that, but sometimes it’s the familiarity that makes it so special. When I first started planning I was so self-conscious about using anything that was “overdone” or “common”, it totally put me off. Then I realised that a white dress is overdone (and considering most of us are not virgins when we marry…), a 3-tiered white cake is overdone, the bouquets, the vows, the music – everything. If you’re really into classical music and there’s a song that you love, by all means use it. But if you want to play the wedding march, canon in D, or the bridal chorus, it will be beautiful too. 

Hearing those traditional songs gives me chills above all other classic music, because they really have become ‘wedding songs’ which is exciting. Many of us know about the other music out there, enjoy that music, but want to stick to tradition. To each their own. 🙂 

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