Weddings have seasons just like almost anything else...there is the busy season when we find ourselves working on weddings every day, the engagement season when we first hear from potential clients, bridal show season, and finally the planning season. I am currently in planning season.
I am meeting with my current brides to help the music match the dream they have had since they were little girls. Some are very prepared and have been sending me mp3 files and YouTube clips for weeks. Others are already overwhelmed by hundreds of flower choices and cakes flavors.
Either way, we always find music to make the most of the event. There are pros and cons to both types of brides. If you know what you want, sending me files is a great way for us to get as much accomplished as we can prior to the meeting. I know what type of music you want, specific titles, etc. That way, when we meet I can just start to play the music for you and we can organize it to match your ceremony. It also tells us if something doesn't sound "quite right" on the harp.
If you aren't sure what you want then I thank you for your trust. Over 20 years experience helps me to know pretty quickly if you are more contemporary or traditional and once I know what song the bride is using for herself, everything else falls into place pretty quickly.
Having your ceremony outline is helpful but not necessary. Most ceremonies are fairly similar. We can always make adjustments later if needed. Also, we aren't limited to one meeting. I also SKPE, send music files via email and can play for you over the phone.
Don't assume that your favorite contemporary song won't work either. Let me know what it is. I am willing to try anything once and you just never know. Sometimes the most gorgeous harp songs come from rock ballads. If I can't find the sheet music, I know many talented arrangers that can help me!
This is one of my favorite times of the year. I have met so many amazing brides and their families the last 6 weeks. I have a few more bridal shows to do this spring and then it's right into the actual wedding season.
Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!