(Closed) Has anyone had a harpist perform at their ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My stepsister did. Her wedding was outdoors in a public park in Macon, Georgia, and the harpist played the processional/recessional and all that since there wasn’t really any good way to set up a sound system. She did a great job from what I remember, and it was definitely more interesting than just hearing your standard Bridal March or Canon in D.

Post # 4
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My wedding is Saturday and we are having a harpist.  It was my mom’s idea and I can’t wait to hear it.  Although right now it is stressing me out because the company we contacted to hire the harpist has not gotten back to us about the details, although they have already been paid.  We submitted a list of songs but don’t know if the harpist is okay with those songs, so I can’t make the programs yet.  Just make sure all of this is done in advance so you don’t have to stress like I am 🙂

Post # 5
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My sister had one, and honestly, a lot of people didn’t even notice her and thought the music was being piped in. 8 don’t even remember hearing her at all, but I’m sure I was distracted by other things! 

That said, though, it it’s always been your dream, I’m guessing that you will notice him or her, and that it will amke a huge difference to you whether she’s there or not!

Post # 6
4414 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Friends of mine had a harpist play at their wedding and it was beautiful!  If I wasn’t eloping, I’d try to find one here for our wedding.

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I didn’t, but I think it would be beautiful!

Post # 8
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had one at our cocktail hour which people thought was pretty awesome! Its so unusual and cool I think to have a harp player.  I told her to play romantic songs which could be perfect for a ceremony as well!

Post # 10
271 posts
Helper bee

My cousin had one at their outdoor garden wedding and it was beautiful!

Post # 11
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just another vote yes for the harp player. My aunt had one for her ceremony and it was beautiful! It was actually the groom’s gift to her… They had a wedding on a tight budget and it was one of the things she really wanted, but had to scrap due to finances. When she walked to the aisle and saw the harpist playing the tears started… It was a very sweet moment and the music really was beautiful.

Post # 12
250 posts
Helper bee

I had a harpist and it was one of my favorite parts of the wedding.  I loved it. 

The harpist played “Canon in D” for the bridal party and then I walked in to “Trumpet Voluntary” (which was preceded by the call which is commonly heard at the beginning of “Here Comes the Bride”).

Post # 13
1222 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had a harpist @ our outside ceremony. She played so beautifully! I couldn’t imagine going any other route. Our guests commented on how much they loved it as well 🙂

The only songs I remember are: Seating- Gymnopedie by Satie, Processional- Autumn Leaves by Mercer/Kosma, I walked into- Canon in D and we walked out to Wedding March.

Post # 14
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We’re having a harpist for our ceremony and cocktail hour! I’m so thrilled, and we’re working on our music selection right now.

I’ll try to post back here if/when we make any real breakthroughs in terms of ceremony music.

Post # 15
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are having a Celtic harpist.  I was concerned about volume but he’s assured me that the church we are marrying in has great acoustics for the harp, he plays there often, so we’re okay with that now.  I’m excited, but haven’t decided on songs yet, except “Ode to Joy” for the recessional.   I wanted him to play the theme from the Princes Bride (Storybook Story) for prelude music and he told me he could if I found music for him but I’ve slacked on that totally so it probably won’t happen.  So I’m sure I’ll be happy with something he already knows… and we’re having my eldest child play guitar for the processional, so it will be an interesting mix. 😉

Post # 16
137 posts
Blushing bee

@CaraMia10: I’m thinking of having a harpist at my outdoor ceremony, but can’t decide if I’ll need a sound system. What did you do?


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