A signed contract and fifty percent deposit is required to reserve Dawn Bishop's solo or ensemble performance. The final balance is due two weeks prior to your event date. Payment can be made by personal or cashier’s check.
The Musical Selections Form, available from the online Wedding Music Guide, contains all of the information needed for the musicians to prepare for your wedding performance. Please complete the form and return it two weeks prior to your wedding. Special music requests that are not included on the repertoire list should be submitted two months prior to your wedding date.
It is not customary for the musicians to attend the dress rehearsal. The musicians will arrive early to discuss timing and cues with the officiant and wedding coordinator.
The musicians will arrive approximately thirty minutes prior to their performance. Depending on the space allocations, musicians may be positioned in the front or back of the ceremony. Most site coordinators can direct to where musicians are usually located. Please ensure that the musicians’ view will not be blocked by the wedding party or guests (particularly when they are standing for the bridal entrance).
While the harpist will bring her own harp bench, each additional musician will need an armless chair provided by the facility.
The intimacy of a wedding ceremony is an ideal setting to feature acoustic harp music because there is minimal background sound. Most ceremony locations do not require amplification. However, an amplifier will be provided (at no additional cost) for large auditorium settings, outdoor weddings, and ceremonies expecting a large guest count.
Reception music typically requires amplification for parties larger than 75 guests. It is preferable to use the house or DJ system, but if these options are not available an amplifier will be provided by the harpist.
Selecting a harp ensemble is also an excellent approach to increase the musical presence at your wedding or reception.
The musicians will wear formal black attire, complementing the ceremony setting without distracting from the wedding party.
Every effort will be made to accommodate special music requests. While most selections can be transcribed for harp and ensemble, it cannot be guaranteed that each piece will be appropriate for the instrumentation. Please make special music requests known at least two months prior to your wedding for adequate time to locate and rehearse the music. It may be necessary to provide the sheet music for difficult to find pieces.
Most pieces can be accompanied by solo harp and harp ensemble. If time permits, the musicians will arrive prior to the prelude performance to rehearse. A $25 fee per musician will be charged for each half hour of rehearsal time.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, Dawn will immediately secure a substitute and arrange the performance details. Only a professional and expererienced musician will be selected through Dawn's network of respected harpists. If an ensemble musician is needed, substitute arrangements will be madewith another musician who performs regularly with the group.