April 14th, 2015


When you’re planning your wedding you’ve considered the music that you want to rock out to at the end of the night. You might have discussed having a DJ, a wedding band, or both. However don’t forget about all of the other times that you’ll need to have some background music to help create a romantic ambience.

There are certain times when music will really help to carry the atmosphere of the day; waiting for the ceremony, during the cocktails & champagne and during the wedding breakfast are all times when a tune or two will be welcomed by your guests. What I want to know is who’s idea was it to hire a harpist and why?

Harps are one of those instruments that seem popular at weddings, for no particular reason other than a touch of ‘monkey see, monkey do’. At some point, somebody decided that a harp was a good idea and they’ve sort of stuck around and don’t appear to be going anywhere. When was the last time you heard or saw a harp played, other than at a wedding, on the side of a Guinness glass or in a pictorial reference to the Renaissance period?

It’s not for me to tell you what to play at your wedding but if you’re looking for originality then look in a different direction. However, if you are a traditionalist then stick with it. For those of you that are trying to keep everybody happy by including tradition and keeping things modern, and if that calls for a harp then check find out what the harpist’s repertoire consists of. He or she might be able to play some interesting modern tunes to give you a slightly different take on this traditional wedding instrument.

I still maintain that harps are pretty strange instruments that only seem relevant when played at a wedding. Here are seven other instruments that you don’t encounter very often, imagine having one of these at your wedding.


  • Bagpipes
  • Didgeridoo
  • Ukulele
  • Maracas
  • Glokenspiel
  • The spoons
  • The Harpsichord


There is a harpist that Off To Wed heard at a recent wedding that managed to make the hard sound contemporary, Claire Dibble, and it helps that she a skilled musician.