Post # 1
hey y’all. We are having our wedding outside under a tent on the dock. I had my heart set on a harpist for the ceremony/cocktail hour (100 guests) but have been told it will be too quiet, even miced, outside.
the music guy suggested we do a string duet or trio instead. Anyone have experience with this? Or have witnessed it? I’m kind of not into the violin so any other ceremony music ideas? Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
charlestonmorgan: we had a harp, flute, and cello. They sounded amazing
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Harps are generally pretty quiet – you can mic them effectively but it’s tricky and could get expensive (I work with an orchestra). If you don’t want a violin, then cello and flute as suggested could work – it’s a nice combination. Or what about a classical guitar? They can be mic’ed more easily and if you find a good player, it won’t sound completely unlike a harp.
Post # 4
I play the harp, and have for 18 years. Harpists can make it pretty loud. BUT. If you’re going to have a bunch of people talking over it…it’s gonna be too quiet. Maybe have a harpist for your ceremony and then have a trio or something play for the cocktail hour?
Post # 5
Thanks you guys! Sounds like harp might not work in this setting. Bummer!
Post # 6
A dear friend of mine is a professional harpist, and uses amplification for both the ceremony and the cocktail Hour.
I was at one of her beach weddings and the music could be heard all the way to the boardwalk, 2 flights up and about half a football field away.
Ask your harpist. If she provides her own amplification, you can trust the fact that she’ll know how to use it.