LaLa
Devoted October 2019

Harpist

LaLa, on June 5, 2019 at 5:22 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 18
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Ok I need some opinions. Is having a harpist playing during the ceremony "too much"? We both enjoy classical music, & I love history, so I was thinking it would be pretty cool and unique to have a harp. However, we're not "fancy" people. Our wedding is already somewhat "fancier" than I planned for lol. It's at a country club, do you think adding a harpist is just going overboard? I don't want people thinking what the h - e - double hockey sticks is this? lol.

Has anyone ever had and/or seen a harpist play at a wedding?

I can't decide!

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    I don't think so! I think it's a nice, formal, romantic touch. Especially if you like the sound of a harp, I'd do it if it's in budget.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    I’ve seen a ceremony harpist at two weddings. Such beautiful music! I say yes. It doesn’t make the wedding too fancy.
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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I haven't seen it but I honestly think it would sound and be aesthetically beautiful.
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  • Lauren
    Super September 2019
    Lauren ·
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    My old college roommate is a harpist, she played at many weddings! I always thought that was so cool! The only problem was that she had to provide her own harp and harps are huge!

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  • Michaela
    Super May 2020
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    If you can find one within budget then absolutely! I think people's reaction will be more like "wow so unique" vs "WTH". I think it fits better with your venue. If you were having a country barn wedding and there was a harp I would be a bit confused, but country club yes!!

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  • Emilee
    Dedicated September 2020
    Emilee ·
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    Harps at weddings are absolutely beautiful! I don’t think anyway would be thinking what is this girl doing but they would rather be thinking about how they’ve not really heard too many harpist okay especially at weddings!
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  • Hermione
    Devoted February 2020
    Hermione ·
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    I am having a string duo at mine. I don't think it looks bad.

    Are you thinking Celtic (small) or concert (big) for harp type.

    The only live music that starts to get questionable is bag pipes unless their is a great reason or really bad musicians. I could even see it at a country barn wedding here considering they usually have chandeliers and white stone walls.
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  • Tris
    Expert August 2019
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    I think it would be really nice
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  • LaLa
    Devoted October 2019
    LaLa ·
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    I believe it will be a concert harp. Do you know a lot about live musicians? One of the harpist's website requires the instrument to be "shaded" if it gets over 80 degrees. I live in Arizona, can I rent a umbrella? lol

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  • Mrs. Sarantos
    Master November 2019
    Mrs. Sarantos ·
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    It’s definitely not too much, it’ll be pretty
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  • Hermione
    Devoted February 2020
    Hermione ·
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    I am a violist (being someone who has played viola at weddings).

    If you contact them, they usually can provide vendors they worked with in the past and help with understanding what they mean.

    Make sure you look at their set list and hear their work. There was one I was considering but their tone was bad.
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  • Rachael
    Expert October 2019
    Rachael ·
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    I've seen it, and it was beautiful. And this wedding is about you and your fiance, so if you can afford it and want it, do it!!

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  • Tara
    Expert June 2019
    Tara ·
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    I do not think so! We are doing a harpist and our wedding is not traditional or formal at all! I wanted something different from the whole strings vendor.
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  • Selena
    Super September 2019
    Selena ·
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    We are totally having bag pipes at our wedding, yes it is totally "being extra" but figured the guys are wearing kilts may as well live it up.
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  • KiwiDerbyBride
    VIP May 2015
    KiwiDerbyBride ·
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    You'll definitely need something if it's going to be warm - harps are susceptible to heat - they'll go out of tune and also it becomes much more likely to crack. A big umbrella should do it. Harps do also take up a reasonable amount of space - about 6 feet x 3 feet (including the player) plus elbow room around it.

    (I work as the operations manager for an orchestra and spend altogether too much time moving concert harps around!).

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  • I
    Savvy June 2020
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    Not at all! I’ve never been to a wedding with one, which is why I’m getting one for my ceremony/cocktail hour. It will be a nice added touch and the music is simply beautiful.
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  • Pattie
    Devoted June 2020
    Pattie ·
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    I love that idea!!! Very unique and not too over the top. I have been to ceremonies where they have an entire strings session playing that have been lovely too.


    I looked into getting a classical guitarist for our ceremony. Found one online but he is TERRIBLE at communication. Now i think our DJ will just play instrumental.

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  • Hermione
    Devoted February 2020
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    Yes but this falls into the great reason exception. I mean with a celtic theme wedding it fits.

    The only ones that have no understanding that are intolerable are the very terrible musicians like the wedding singer whose voice cracks more than a pubescent boy's and is more off key than the American idol audition reject or the instrument that sounds like they are playing a literal tin can and miss every note.
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