Marissa Knaub
Harpist

FAQ

How does the harp fit into a wedding, and when will it be played?

Just the harp’s beautiful appearance sets the tone for a wedding. I will play a prelude as guests are arriving before the ceremony begins. This can be anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes depending on your package selection. Then, I play for the processionals for the parents/grandparents, bridesmaids, and bride (each should be a different piece). You may also want to include a “musical moment” during the ceremony such as when the mother’s are given the roses, the lighting of the unity candles, sand blending, etc. I will also play for the recessional as the bride and groom walk back down the isle and a postlude as guests leave the ceremony site and greet the new married couple and family.

 

How do I choose my package and what are the prices?

Every wedding is unique, and I created my packages to help you make your day perfect! I can also custom make a package if needed. Prices depend on the length of the wedding and how much I play. Your package will be determined by the length of the prelude, how many personally selected pieces during the ceremony, and if you want a postlude. Please refer to "Event and Wedding Booking" page for descriptions. Prices for wedding ceremonies start at $300. A significant amount of time goes into musical preparation, transportation of the harp, setting up, and of course performing!

 

Do I have to choose all of my personally selected pieces when I sign the contract?

No, you do not need to decide on all the pieces when you sign the contract to give you some time and not feel rushed. However, I do require this information one month prior to the wedding as stated on my contract.  

 

How do I select the music for my personal choices?

Please refer to my repertoire list for help. I am also more than happy to discuss this over the phone or by email. I will choose the prelude and postlude music selections unless you request pieces from the list.

 

Can you play a wedding outdoors?

Yes! However, there are restrictions that are stated on my contract and an additional fee of $50: In event of rain, high winds or temperatures below 60 degrees F, or above 90 degrees F, the harpist and instrument must be adequately protected from the elements or they must be allowed to perform indoors.  The harpist and instrument must also be protected from direct sunlight. There must be a dry, flat, sturdy place for the harpist to perform and easy access for unloading. The harpist cannot perform on grass or unpaved surfaces. Please inform harpist in advance if there are any stairs, more than 20 feet of grass, or rough terrain to cross.  If so, harpist will use discretion in determining the safest location for playing.  The harp is moved on a cart with wheels and must be handled by the harpist at all times, to ensure the instrument’s safety. If wedding is outdoors, there must be a back-up plan to move indoors in case of unpredictable weather. Weddings cannot be booked outside from November- March.


Can you play with other instruments or singer?
Yes! 
Please contact me about what combination you are considering and I will make it happen. There may be an additional charge for a rehearsal.


 
How loud is the harp? Does it need amplification?

The harp projects well in most places such as churches, homes, and public spaces. It generally does not need to be amplified for wedding ceremonies. It is loud enough to be heard for background music such as cocktail and dinner parties, but does not interfere with peoples’ conversations, making it ideal.

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