Your harpist plays a selection of light classical for 15- 20 minutes before the ceremony begins. She plays a piece from her repertoire as the bride enters, and a piece as the couple exits. After the ceremony, she will shift to more upbeat, contemporary music including pop, film, folk and love songs, with a spattering of well-known classical, keeping things elegant and vibrant.
Here are our suggestions based on many performances, feedback from brides and what works best with the harp.
Entrance of the Bride:
Canon in D (Pachelbel),
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
The Bridal March (Wagner),
Air on a G String (Bach)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
River Flows in You (Yiruma)
Exit of the Bride:
Ode to Joy (Beethoven),
Marry You (Bruno Mars),
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz),
Bridal March (Mendelsohn),
Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)
Additional (e.g. Signing of the Register):
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
All of Me (John Legend)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
By Your Side (Sadé)
Choose two to three items for your ceremony. The harpist keeps her repertoire list fresh and diverse and she will curate the rest of the repertoire for your event, from well-known classical (Bach, Schubert, Mozart) to edgier contemporary (Bruno Mars, Sadé, George Ezra, Plain White Tees) folk and even jazzy renditions.
Please consult Harp Affair to find the right harpist for you.
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen (Shrek)
Bridal Chorus (“Here Comes the Bride”) – Richard Wagner
All I ask of you – Andrew Lloyd Webber
Up – Theme song from the Disney Pixar movie “Up”
A Thousand Years (Twilight) – Christina Perri (covered on harp, this recording using special effects).
All of Me – John Legend