Weddings

Harp music adds a touch of sophistication to any event. With years of experience performing for hundreds of weddings, parties and other special events, Melissa caters to your musical wishes to provide the lavish and elegant atmosphere you've been dreaming about for your special day.

Melissa can perform in a variety of settings as a soloist or with duos, trios and other ensembles. She has performed for countless events in the Washington DC area.

Although classically trained, Melissa is just as comfortable performing in pop, jazz and contemporary settings.  Everything from Beethoven to The Beatles to Beyonce is possible on the harp, so let your imagination soar!

Melissa was chosen to perform for Pope Francis, and has performed for events for such notable guests as former and current presidents of the United States, foreign heads of state and celebrities.

The music at your wedding should create a dynamic and memorable atmosphere.
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Choosing Music for Your Wedding Ceremony

Traditional Processional

I have compiled the following list of commonly requested selections simply to provide a starting point to assist you in planning your own program. Feel free to inquire about your favorite selections...the only limiting factor being the availability of sheet music and playability on the harp.

Prelude

Soft background music performed while guests are being seated. If you do not have particular requests for this music, select a category of harp music you would like performed (for example, light classical music or popular love songs).

Processional

Begins when the officiant and the groom approach the altar. The bridesmaids (along with the groomsmen who may join them) continue to walk to this selection. Traditionally, this is a majestic piece played at a pace that is easy to walk to. For non-traditional weddings or smaller wedding parties, this selection need not have a majestic sound, but should retain an easy walking tempo. This piece ends when the entire wedding party reaches the altar.

Bride's Entrance

Traditionally, the bride enters to fanfare music that announces her arrival (most often, Here Comes the Bride). Again, for non-traditional weddings or small weddings, other music may be chosen to suit the bride's taste, as long as it sounds good played at an easy walking pace. This piece ends when the bride reaches the altar. When there are no other bridesmaids, other than the maid or matron of honor, the bride sometimes elects to enter to the same piece of music as the maid or matron of honor.

Recessional

A triumphant, almost quickly paced piece played as the newlyweds walk up the aisle as husband and wife, followed by the wedding party

Postlude

Lively selections played as guests file out. As with pre-ceremony music, specific requests and preferred categories are welcome.

 

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"I opted for a duo (cellist and harp) and they were both fantastic! Right from the beginning Melissa was very professional. Her responses were always timely and detailed (I planned the wedding in 3 months so time was extremely valuable). They arrived at the venue early (always a plus), played all the songs I had requested, and gave my ceremony that extra touch of awesome. She's professional, prompt, and talented. I want to host another event just to hire her again!"

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