Tips to Hire a Harpist on The Bash

It's never been easier to hire a harpist.

Maddie Sheely

Account Specialist + Contributor

Are you looking to add a stunning touch of grace and elegance to a memorable celebration? The harp itself naturally adds elegance and sophistication to any event! To ensure a successful and stress free event, you must know what to consider when hiring a harpist on The Bash.

A harpist is the perfect addition to a wedding ceremony, private party, gala, and more. We gathered some tips from our top harpists as well as advice to guide you through the selection process to guarantee that you will be satisfied with your entertainment.

Here are some tips for hiring a harpist on The Bash:

Discuss the Basics

Communicate your expectations and special requests to any prospective harpists. It is necessary to know if your needs can be met to promise an enjoyable music experience. Talk with the prospective harpist to determine whether you feel comfortable with them and get the sense that you will enjoy working with them. 

Ask about their experience playing for weddings and events, whether they have played at your venue and if they have any required insurance. Ask about their repertoire, especially if you have a particular favorite that you want to use.

Communicate Your Expectations

Harpists notice that their most satisfied clients are those that clearly communicate their expectations. That's why you should give your harpist the best idea of what you'd like to hear and the mood you'd like to set. Make sure to let the harpist know songs that you want to hear and more importantly, the songs you do not want to hear.

It’s important to know what kind of atmosphere and mood you are hoping to set for your event. This will help with choosing what type of harp is appropriate for your celebration. For example, a Celtic harp is better for a more intimate engagement, while an electric harp is better for outdoor events because it will ensure that all your guests will be able to hear the performance. 

"It is very important that I know what kind of ambiance clients want for an event. For example, if a client is having a very traditional wedding ceremony, some of the popular and jazz repertoire may not be appropriate," explains Anastasia Pike (Annapolis, MD). 

When a client clearly explains the type of event and role of the harpist, it helps the performer make decisions on things such as attire and the selection of music. Every event is unique so it's important for the harpist to know whether they will be the main act or playing softly in the background.

Plan Ahead

One very imperative thing to consider is the venue you have chosen and whether it can accommodate a harp. Harps typically weigh around 80 pounds which makes them difficult to move. Lara Garner's (San Francisco, CA) suggestion to clients is, "Since the harp is a very large and heavy instrument, harpists need to have a detailed idea of the load-in; how many stairs, if there is an elevator.”

“Also, covering must always be provided for outdoor events. Harps are very delicate and valuable instruments and cannot take any sun or moisture. It's very helpful when the planner is aware of all the details of the venue to ensure a smooth set-up and a great performance!”

Ask Questions

A good reputation, a skilled player, and an amiable personality are three important traits in any musician. Harpists on The Bash also suggest asking these types of questions prior to hiring your performer:

  • Has the performer booked gigs at similar events?
  • How often do they perform?
  • What music does the performer specialize in and does it match your taste?
  • Has he or she studied music at a conservatory?
  • Will the event need amplification and can this performer provide it?
  • How far is the performer willing to travel?
  • Do they take requests?
  • Will the performer work to individualize your event?
  • Can they provide past client testimonials or referrals?
  • Does their music express the feeling or mood you are looking for?
  • Do you think you will enjoy working with this person?
  • And most importantly, do you like their music?

Once you’ve found the perfect harpist for your event, we recommend reviewing these 7 Topics to Discuss Before Paying a Non-Refundable deposit

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Published on 12/22/2022