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When personalising your wedding playlist, you might think that it’s going to be hard to choose your music, especially for the harp, an instrument most couples don’t initially think of for your wedding. We certainly understand it can be a struggle to imagine which songs will sound amazing on the harp or in our case harps, and which you and your guests will instantly recognise and enjoy.
But, don’t fear, there are many beautiful song ideas and alternative music choices that we know will help you put together the best wedding playlist for you and your wedding harpist, that will also make your day totally special and unique.
Wedding Song Ideas for your Harpist
Whether you’re looking for a song as you walk up the aisle or you want to create a seamless playlist of stunning background music for your drinks reception and/or wedding breakfast, or looking for inspiration, we believe these songs will put you in true wedding mood.
Picking any music for your wedding day can be tough, but it really doesn’t have to be. Here are our top five tips for music to ‘get married to’:
- Think about the atmosphere, you want to create a good start. Maybe you’re looking for something relaxed and calm, or you want something more contemporary or feel good, or an upbeat vibe?
- Ask your closest family and friends about music which has played an important part in their lives. You could even use their ideas during your own wedding ceremony or look at other songs by the same singer or composer. If you’re really into important meanings, listen to the lyrics. See which you like most of all, because there will be music you’ll absolutely fall in love with.
- Think about what fits both of your personalities – and include ‘our song – perhaps as you are walking down the aisle’.
- Focus on your wedding theme and tempo.
- Put on your comfy clothes, grab a cup of tea and have a music playoff, and if all fails here’s some tracks, we both love!
30 Best Modern Songs for Your Wedding Harpist
These songs not only sound fantastic on the harp but are perfect for the modern-day couple looking to tie the knot. Whether you want them sung, or just played as an instrumental track, they’re sure to get yours and your guests feet tapping.
Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
Beautiful in White – Westlife
Best Day of My Life – American Authors
Bonfire Heart – James Blunt
Dance Monkey – Tones & I
Despacito – Luis Fonsi
Earned It – The Weeknd
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran ft Justin Bieber
Just You and I – Tom Walker
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Marry Me – Train
Next To Me – Emeli Sande
On Top Of the World – Imagine Dragons
Over and Over Again – Nathan Sykes
Rather Be – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
Real Love – Tom Odell
Rude – Magic
Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
Señorita – Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Shotgun – George Ezra
Tale As Old As Time | Beauty and the Beast – Ariana Grande and John Legend
The One – Kodaline
Timber – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
Walk Me Home – P!nk
When We’re Old – Ieva Zasimauskaite
Young and Beautiful – Lana del Rey
Yours – Ella Henderson
30 Best Contemporary Classical & Soundtrack Music for Your Wedding Harpist
Looking to bring a sophisticated vibe with a modern twist? This music is your ticket to the perfect laid-back wedding playlist, so the soundtrack to your big day is just like you’re in a movie.
Ave Maria – Schubert
Arrival of the Birds – The Cinematic Orchestra
Berlin Song – Ludovico Einaudi
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Can’t Help Falling in Love | Blue Hawaii – Elvis
Caribbean Blue – Enya
Cavatina – John Williams
Downton Abbey | The Suite – John Lunn
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You | Robin Hood – Bryan Adams
For the Love of a Princess – Braveheart
Gabriel’s Oboe – Ennio Morricone
Harry in Winter | Harry Potter – Patrick Doyle
I Giorni – Ludovico Einaudi
May It Be – Enya
Moon River | Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Audrey Hepburn
Mrs Darcy | Pride and Prejudice – Dario Marianelli
Now We Are Free – Hans Zimmer
Once Upon a Time… Storybook Love – Mark Knopfler
Over the Rainbow | The Wizard of Oz – Judy Garland
Reverie – Marcel Grandjany
River Flows in You – Yiruma
Romance | Jeux Interdits – Anonymous
Safe and Sound – Taylor Swift
Shallow | A Star is Born – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice
The Time of My Life | Dirty Dancing – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Ti Amo – Umberto Tozzi
Turning Page – Sleeping At Last
Up – Michael Giacchino
30 Best Alternative Songs for Your Wedding Harpist
For the not-so-traditional couple looking to bring something quirky, original and fun to your wedding day, these songs are the go to choice. Here you’ll find every genre from Neo-Folk, Alternative, Indie-pop to Disco and Rock. We say be adventurous.
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
Angels – The XX
A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrinth
Chances – Athletes
Don’t Stop Me Now – Freddie Mercury
Everytime We Touch – Cascada
Flightless Bird – Iron & Wine
Gravity – Embrace
Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
It Must Be Love – Madness
I Wasn’t Expecting That – Jamie Lawson
Never Let Me Go – Florence & The Machine
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
One Day Like This – Elbow
Pretty Wings – Maxwell
Riptide – Vance Joy
Same Love – Ryan Lewis
Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen
September – Earth, Wind and Fire
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns N’Roses
The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
The Scientist – Coldplay
Try – Colbie Caillat
Waves – Mr Probz
We Are Young – Fun.
Yellow – Coldplay
You and Me – Lifehouse
You’re the One That I Want – Lo-Fang
THIS IS A GUEST FEATURE WRITTEN BY // Adel and Karina // 2 of Harps
2 of Harps are professional, young, dynamic, gifted musical duo sisters, who play simultaneously on two bespoke handcrafted harps, singing a blend of rich, canorous alto and soprano harmonies.