Music is always a very important part of any wedding. It serves to entertain
your guests, to set the mood, and to make your ceremony memorable and beautiful.
Deciding on wedding music can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Musically, the elements of your wedding are these:
- Music to 'warm the room' as your guests arrive and are seated (PRELUDE).
- Music as the wedding party enters (eg: family, groom/groomsmen, bridesmaids, bride) (PROCESSIONAL).
- Any special music for the ceremony (eg: the register signing).
- Music as the wedding party exits (RECESSIONAL).
- Music played as the guests depart (POSTLUDE).
You can decide how involved you want to be in the music selection. You may decide that you wish to select a specific piece for the processional for the groom and groomsmen, the bridesmaids, and the bride. Or you may prefer just one selected piece for the entrance of the bride. Most often I find that couples decide to pick out a piece for the bride's processional, one for the register signing, and one for a recessional.
I can give you lots of options for your music, and if you have a piano available at your wedding location, you have the choice of piano, harp, or both. The piano gives you the choice of Celtic music, classical, or a tasteful mixture of both. In addition, if your service is a religious one and will include any hymns, I can play them on the piano (with advance notice, please).
My rate for a wedding in the immediate Calgary area is usually $300, which includes thirty minutes of music before the service, any special music for the service itself, and fifteen or so minutes after the ceremony, as the guests depart. (Travel or the purchase/learning of specific music will involve an additional charge, to be arranged.)
Please note: If you are considering an outdoor wedding, the harp is a very sensitive instrument and must be kept out of any rain (or snow!) or strong direct sun.
I look forward to hearing from you about being part of your special day.