As spring continues, more and more weddings are being planned. This is both a stressful and happy time for engaged couples, so I'm here to help a bit. I've compiled a brief list of what to look for in a wedding harpist.
Probably the biggest differing factor between harpists. A wedding harpists' professionalism can be judged by their website and all of the following tips.
In this day and age with smartphones and 24/7 access to email/facebook/twitter etc .. there is really no excuse for unresponsiveness. Be sure that your wedding harpist responds within 24 hours of your first contact. Of course, things happen, but generally the quicker a vendor responds, the more dedicated they are to their business and your wedding day!
When speaking with your wedding harpist, ask about her (or his!) repertoire lists, qualifications, and achievements. Check and see if they have recorded audio samples online, YouTube videos, or are willing to email them to you. Ideally, you would schedule a consultation with the harpist to listen to them play a variety of musical selections.
Hopefully the consultation will be enough to help you decide, but if you are stuck between two or three or more harpists to choose from (Wales has a plethora of harpists!) check out their testimonials. See what other people have to say about their musical abilities and services, and see how many have positive feedback. Try to not rely just on their professional site, but look into online wedding services like GigMasters and WeddingWire - where the harpist cannot edit the feedback given to them.
I hope these tips help all you happy couples in Cardiff!