I. Love. Weddings.
Genuinely, there's something so special and magical about a wedding that makes them quite additive to work at
The harp is the perfect instrument to create the soundtrack for your special day. It not only sounds like it's been pulled out of a fairytale, but it also looks stunning, being the perfect visual addition to any space. My harp is electro-acoustic, so along with my battery operated amp I can ensure the music is still heard over everyone excitedly catching up.
Party like it’s 2019 right?
One of my favourite things about the harp is it's versatility. It's often stereotyped as a purely classical instrument, but you'll rarely find me playing obscure classical music you've never heard of!
I like to say I mix elegance and fun. This often means starting off the day with acoustic or lightly amplified solo harp to create an intimate romantic atmosphere as guests arrive and take their seats for the ceremony. Then, once the reception kicks off I’ll start mixing in some beats, live looping and fx pedals to create a more fun, upbeat party atmosphere that carries you through to the evening.
Harpists are often stereotyped as being very posh and unapproachable. I aim to break that stereotype. I'm very friendly, down to earth and am very much able to laugh at myself. I want to feel accessible to my clients. I want them to feel like they can drop me an email or a call whenever. Planning a wedding is crazy stressful, and I really want my role within your day to be as stress free as possible.
Prices start at £350 (£300 for off-peak dates in Nov/Jan/Feb).
Can You Play Outdoors?
Generally yes! I try and avoid it during winter, but I love an outdoor wedding when it’s nice and sunny! My amp is battery operated so I can set up in most places, provided the ground is flat/solid (no squishy mud please!). For looping & FX I do need access to power, but generally most wedding venues are able to run an extension cord outside. It’s good to discuss with the venue in advance potential options of shade/shelter, as on really hot days or if there's any chance of rain I need to make sure the harp is protected.
What do you need provided?
I am mostly self sufficient, however I’ll need somewhere to park my car as close to where you’d like me to play as possible.
Secondly performing can be tiring work, so in order to make sure I’m playing as beautifully as possible please ensure the venue is able to provide soft drink(s)/water for the duration of the performance. If I am joining you for multiple parts of the day, then I’ll also need a light vegan or vegetarian meal provided either after I’ve finished or during my break between the ceremony and wedding breakfast.
How does payment work?
I take a £100 deposit to secure the booking with the final sum due two weeks before your wedding date. Drop me an email at email@example.com to enquire about current pricing and date availability.
Can we confirm times later?
Absolutely, once you’ve paid your deposit you’re officially booked in. I like to have a rough idea if possible, but if you’re not certain right now or think you might want to add additional reception time later I’ll make a note and then just let you know if I get any other enquiries for later in the same day.
How far do you travel?
Most commonly you'll find me as a wedding harpist in Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Cotswolds and South Wales.
But I can travel however far you'd like me to! The further you are from Bristol the more travel fee I have to charge to cover my additional time/petrol expenses (or occasionally accommodation). But I have previously travelled down the Cornwall or up to Sheffield/the Lake District for wedding bookings.