Wedding Planning

Songs to Walk Down the Aisle To - A Harpist's Wedding Planning Tips

Welcome back! Today I want to write about song selections for the most important part of the ceremony - your walk down the aisle! Some people feel that they must stick to the classic choices, but that is simply not the case. Your wedding musician should be able to learn almost anything from any genre. And if you have hired a harpist, don't feel that they can only play classical music. The harp is much more versatile than you might think! That being said, there is something lovely about the classics at weddings, so I will start with a few of those selections for your entrance.

The ever popular Canon in D by Pachelbel is a soothing way to make your entrance, while Here Comes the Bride signifies to everyone in the room of your arrival! A few other options include Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Clair De Lune, and the theme from the movie The Ludlows. 

If you are a more modern bride, some great options are At Last as performed by Etta James, or Rather Be by Elle Hollis. With pop music, it is usually the lyrics that stick out, so it is best if you choose a song with clear and memorable melodies when you want an instrumentalist to play it. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri is an excellent choice as is Marry Me by Train. 

Feel free to ask your wedding harpist about learning songs for your entrance. Most are completely willing and happy to learn more repertoire and to make your day even more special. 

I hope this has inspired some thoughts on your song choices for your wedding day! Remember to really take the time to figure out what you love and want played at your wedding. 

How to Find and Hire a Wedding Musician - A Harpist's Wedding Planning Tips

Welcome to A Harpist's Wedding Planning Tips! This is a new series on my blog that will hopefully help clarify any confusion you might have when looking for a musician (or multiple musicians) for one of the biggest days of your life! I though I would start with the very beginning : how to find and hire a wedding musician. 

I would recommend booking wedding musicians about 6 months prior to your wedding day. Sometimes they are booked years in advance, and while they might be available a month before your wedding, you don't want to risk it. Though there are many ways to find a musician for your wedding, I think the best way to discover one is by word of mouth, from people that you trust. Ask your wedding planner, friends who have recently been hitched (and had a GREAT experience with their wedding vendors of the musical variety), church musicians (you may not want an organ, but they may know of a great string quartet).

Aside from these 'in real life' options, there is always the Internet. This might help you if you are looking for something unique or extremely specific (for example, bagpipes, or brazilian accordion .... ?) I would highly recommend Gig Salad to start your digital search, or the wonderful Google of course!

I will write an entry on things to look for in a wedding vendor soon, but make sure they are serious about playing music for weddings. That's probably the biggest tip - if they love playing for weddings, they will love playing for yours.

Once you have a few musicians lined up that you like, I would encourage you to go see them perform live. Sometimes they have a calendar on their website, but if not, you can always email and ask when their next live performance is. Alternatively, you could ask to meet them in person for a free consultation/meet and greet. Professionally speaking, most vendors require some type of deposit and a contract (red flags should pop up if your vendor doesn't)! 

I hope these tips help you get started in planning your dream wedding!