The benefits of hiring a harpist for your wedding

Helen Barley Q – We’d love some live music at our drinks reception, but don’t want anything too intrusive as guests will want to chat and catch up. What would you suggest?

"There’s nothing more romantic for a drinks reception than live harp music. It has an elegant visual impact and a beautiful, relaxing sound which will create the perfect atmosphere. The harp is inherently gentle and can provide the correct level of background music to enable guests to enjoy listening but still be able to chat comfortably.

"There are harps for every situation. You could arrange to see and hear them to help you choose which one suits you best. For an outdoor drinks reception, I have a carbon fibre harp which creates a bright sound that carries well in a garden setting and is light enough to easily pick up and quickly move. Alternatively, for indoor settings, there are a range of harps from small Celtic ones to large concert harps to choose from. The choice of sound and colour is yours. All my harps have electric pickups for amplification, but this is rarely needed unless you have a large number of guests.

"The music for your drinks reception needs to be carefully chosen and should be smooth and gently flowing to create a soft ambience. I’ve found that people appreciate tunes that they recognise so whether you prefer classical or popular, it’s a good idea to include some well-known songs in different genres to appeal to everyone’s tastes."

Helen Barley

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