Red Rock Canyon is a scenic destination for weddings on the west side of Las Vegas, just 30 minutes from the Strip. Having harp music for your Red Rock Canyon wedding will only enhance the drama and uniqueness of what is already an unforgettable backdrop for a wedding ceremony.
Getting to the Ceremony Site
If you have been researching the Red Rock Canyon Boardwalk for your wedding or elopement venue, then you probably already know that it's a bit of a trek up to the site! But I'm here to tell you that, absolutely yes, you can have harp up there! I always arrive early to wedding ceremonies, but the Red Rock Canyon Boardwalk is a special case, so I allow extra time for the walk up there. Check out these pics I took while heading up to the ceremony site recently:
I use a dolly to cart my harp up the boardwalk. That's my dress hanging off the left side of my harp covers! (Message me for my super stealthy outfit change routine--I don't want to get my dress dirty and wrinkled during the walk up with the harp!)
Preparing for Your Red Rock Canyon Wedding
Here are some ways that I come prepared for Red Rock Canyon Boardwalk in particular:
If you're planning your Red Rock Canyon wedding, I highly recommend that you make sure to have sunscreen and sunglasses on hand for yourself--and remind your guests of this, as well. Even outside of summer, it can get really hot in Las Vegas, and no one wants a sunburn as a memento of the wedding! (Some extra water bottles are always a good idea, too.)
Here are a few shots of the harp set up before the guests and other vendors have arrived. How gorgeous is that background?!
Live Music at Red Rock Canyon
There are some definite advantages to having live harp music at your Red Rock Canyon wedding.
Depending on when the guests arrive at the Boardwalk, there may need to be a lot of prelude music or only a little. My experience playing at Red Rock Canyon is that I need to have flexibility with the length of the prelude, as the timing can vary from what the planner or coordinator expects. Everything depends on when the guests arrive at the site, and then the aisle setup is different from other venues. As a live musician, I can adjust in the moment to make everything flow naturally so that the guests won't even realize if the timing ends up being slightly different than anticipated.
Kristie's Experience at the Boardwalk
I am thrilled to have played several weddings at the Red Rock Canyon Boardwalk. Here are two reviews from recently married couples who hired me as their ceremony harpist:
Booking Harp Music for Your Red Rock Canyon Wedding
Please use my Contact Form to ask any questions you may still have about harp at your Red Rock Canyon wedding--or if you're ready to check my availability for your date!
Prelude Song Selections
Twilight Themed Wedding Processionals
Most weddings need two processionals:
Here are 4 breathtaking processional songs from Twilight:
I'm a huge Twilight fan myself, so I'm 100% on board to incorporate any or all of these songs into your wedding ceremony! If you'd like to see some other song options, check out my Wedding Songs page. Or maybe you'd like to learn more about having harp at your wedding--I have a blog post all about that!
You can get in touch with me by texting 702-575-2793 or using my Contact Form. Can't wait to hear from you!
One of the top questions I receive from couples and their event planners is: When will you arrive to set up for my wedding?
The short answer to that is: at least an hour before my play time. But are you wondering what is involved in my setup (and how I move my giant instrument)? I'm going to walk you through it below, so read on!
I am ready to play the prelude 30 minutes before the scheduled ceremony time. I begin playing at that time or whenever guests begin arriving. I suggest choosing about 5 songs for the prelude music. Depending on your venue, I will play 10-30 minutes of prelude music as your guests arrive. Prelude music may be classical, pop, or anything else you choose. I have a sampling of songs on my Wedding Songs page, or you may choose any song you like!
Are you wondering whether I'm available to play for your wedding date? Text me at 702-575-2793 or use the Contact Form to check my availability. I will be thrilled to hear from you!
FAQ: Does the Harp Need to Be Amplified?
Couples and clients often wonder whether the harp needs to be amplified. The short answer is: usually the harp doesn't need amplification, but it depends on the venue.
At an Outdoor Venue
At an Indoor Venue
At an indoor venue with good acoustics, for example a church, amplification is rarely needed.
I recommend using amplification for the harp at many indoor venues in Las Vegas, for example:
An important consideration for using amplification for the harp is the guest count. If you have under 50-75 guests at your event, the acoustic sound of the harp will be perfect--gently accompanying the conversation of your guests. But if you have 100 guests or more, light amplification is helpful so that the harp can be heard even as the party is ongoing.
How It Works
I bring my own mic and amp upon request. I can also hook up to a house system or your DJ's speakers for a more dramatic effect.
When using amplification, my goal is to make it seem to your guests as if it isn't even there. I never set the sound to an overwhelming level, and I keep it as visually unobtrusive as possible. (My mic even lives inside the harp and is invisible to you and your guests!) The amplification of my harp is a discreet *enhancement* of the sound, just one of the many details that help make your wedding day seamless, elegant, and polished.
This photo is courtesy of M Place Productions.
Don't worry--I don't expect you to be an expert on harp amplification! If you think you may need amplification for your wedding or event, please use the contact form or text me at 702-707-4225, and we'll discuss.
The average couple just has their DJ play songs for their ceremony, but having a harpist at your ceremony will make your wedding unique, elegant, and unforgettable! Here are 5 reasons to book a harpist for your wedding ceremony.
A live harpist can adjust their timing to fit exactly what is needed for your ceremony on the spot. They can make your processional super short or extremely long without being boring. This is great in the event that, say, your flower child takes a detour on their way down the aisle! A live harpist will help your ceremony run smoothly.
3. Customized, Beautiful Songs
A really excellent harpist can play just about any song you would like and make it sound amazing! Romantic songs like John Legend’s “All of Me” and “A Thousand Years” from "Twilight" are dreamy on the harp. And for Classical music like Pachelbel's "Canon in D," solo harp can’t be matched by a DJ or another instrument.
4. Personal Touch
A live harpist brings their own personality and style, adding a personal touch to your ceremony. Here's a recent review:
Kristie was absolutely amazing... She was mesmerizing to listen to & indeed lit up the room. Everyone loved her dazzling performance.
5. Your Unique Style and Vision
Finally, think about your unique style. What image do you want your wedding ceremony to project? Do you want it to feel elegant? edgy? magical? romantic? You can let your harpist know the vibe you are looking for, and they can make sure to enhance the style of your wedding! Check out this testimonial:
I was honestly blown away at the professionalism and talent from this amazing beautiful harpist!
How to Hire an Amazing Harpist in Las Vegas
Hi! I'm Kristie, and I provide unforgettable wedding ceremony music in Las Vegas. I'd love to hear what songs you are dreaming of for your wedding! Reach out using the form below.
A friend asked me why I took this course, asking whether it makes a difference whether I'm playing Pachelbel's "Canon in D" for a cisgender, straight couple or an LGBTQ+ couple. Of course, no matter who I'm playing for, I'll always play my best, and the harp will always be beautiful! LGBTQ+ wedding music is simply wedding music, after all! But LGBTQ+ couples face unique challenges and biases in celebrating their love. I want to be known as a professional who can be relied upon to be inclusive and welcoming to LGBTQ+ couples.
If you're an LGBTQ+ couple looking for an inclusive wedding harpist in Las Vegas, please reach out. I'd love to discuss how I can help make your wedding stunning and unforgettable!
Step 3: Enjoy Your Wedding!
You and your guests will enjoy personalized harp music that sets the tone for your wedding day. 💜
Do you have some amazing, romantic ideas for your wedding songs? Contact me to let me know your ideas!
Playing Harp for Weddings
At my very favorite weddings, the song selections are eclectic and fit the couple's personalities. The couple and their guests are enthusiastic about music and how it makes the wedding ceremony magical and unforgettable.