Just the harp’s beautiful appearance sets the tone for a wedding! I will begin with the prelude as guests are arriving. I will play a mixture of light classical and love songs. Please let me know if there are any songs you particularly like or dislike. The prelude can be anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes depending on your package selection. Then, I play the processionals for the parents/grandparents, bridesmaids, and bride (each should be a different piece). You may also want to include a “musical moment” during the ceremony such as when the mother’s are given the roses, the lighting of the unity candles, sand blending, communion, etc. I will also play for the recessional as the bride and groom walk back down the isle. I conclude with a postlude as guests leave the ceremony site and greet the newly married couple and family.
How do I choose my package and what are the prices?
Every wedding is unique and I've created my packages to help you make your day perfect! Please refer to "Weddings & Event" page for package descriptions. I can also customize a package if needed. Prices depend on how much I play throughout the wedding from the prelude to the postlude. Package prices are determined by the length of the prelude, how many pieces you choose for the ceremony, and if you want a postlude. Prices for wedding ceremonies start at $300. Additional fees apply to outdoor weddings, amplification, rehearsals, and travel beyond Pittsburgh. Discount is applied if I play for both the ceremony and cocktail hour/reception.
Do I have to choose all of my pieces when I sign the contract?
No, you do not need to decide on all the pieces when you sign the contract. However, I do require this information one month prior to the wedding as stated on the contract.
How do I select the music?
Please refer to my song list on the "Weddings & Events" and the "Music" page. If you want me to play a song you do not see listed, chances are I can find the music and play it if given at least one month. I'm always happy to add new songs to my repertoire. Please email me these song requests for the processionals, during the ceremony, and recessional as early as possible so I can confirm it will work on the harp. I will choose the prelude and postlude music selections unless you request specific pieces.
Can you play a wedding outdoors?
Yes! However, there are restrictions stated on my contract and includes an additional fee of $50: In event of rain, high winds or temperatures below 60 degrees F, or above 90 degrees F, the harpist and instrument must be adequately protected from the elements or they must be allowed to perform indoors. The harpist and instrument must also be protected from direct sunlight. There must be a dry, flat, sturdy place for the harpist to perform and easy access for unloading. The harpist cannot perform on grass or unpaved surfaces. Please inform harpist in advance if there are any stairs, more than 20 feet of grass, or rough terrain to cross. If so, harpist will use discretion in determining the safest location for playing. The harp is moved on a cart with wheels and must be handled by the harpist at all times, to ensure the instrument’s safety. If wedding is outdoors, there must be a back-up plan to move indoors in case of unpredictable weather. Weddings cannot be booked outside from November- March.
Can you play with other instruments or singer?
Yes! Please contact me about any combination you are considering and I will make it happen. Harp paired with flute, violin, or voice is most popular. The other instrumentalist will set their own fee. There may be an additional charge for a rehearsal.
How loud is the harp? Does it need amplification?
The harp projects well in most places such as churches, homes, and public spaces. It generally does not need to be amplified for indoor wedding ceremonies. However, I strongly recommend adding amplification for outdoor wedding ceremonies and background music for cocktail and dinner parties, I bring my own speaker and stand so the harp is clearly heard, but does not interfere with peoples’ conversations. Amplification includes an additional $50 fee.
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