Harpist For Your Wedding Ceremony

When you book Ruby for your Wedding Day you are in safe hands. Her musical talent and caring nature make her one of the most popular wedding musicians in the UK. Whether you are having a Civil Ceremony or a Church Ceremony, choose Ruby for a Wedding Day that is truly inspiring and memorable.

As your guests enter the room they will be bowled over by the gorgeous look of Ruby's large black and gold harp. So elegant for historical buildings, castles or modern hotels, it is also a really practical choice. Ruby's vast music repertoire includes well known pieces ranging from Handel to hip-hop- and they all sound magical on a harp.

A harpist's fingers are fascinating to watch and Ruby will keep everyone entranced with her music ranging from exciting and edgy to calming and tranquil.

Ruby will play at various times during your Ceremony. Find out how a Wedding Service works and get tips on Planning Music for Your Wedding Ceremony in the sections below.

The Order of Service in a Wedding Ceremony

Whatever kind of service you are having, the order of service is usually as follows:

  • Waiting For The Bride (Prelude)
  • Bridal Processional - The Bride Walks Down the Aisle
  • Introduction to Marriage
  • Music , Reading or Church Sermon
  • Marriage Vows
  • Hymn, Music or Reading
  • Signing of the Register
  • Presentation of the Certificate and First Kiss
  • Departure as the Wedding Couple Walk Back up the Aisle (Recessional)


Planning Your Wedding Ceremony Live Music

Ruby can play at various different times during your Ceremony, look below to find out what music works well in each part of the ceremony:

Music For The Prelude

As the guests take their seats, they will be entranced by the sight of Ruby's beautiful harp. Ruby will play some of the very best Classical Music mixed with some modern music to show off the harp's range and power.

Ruby may greet your guests with Classical repertoire like Yiruma- The River Flows in You, Handel- Water Music or Clare de Lune by Debussy.

Or with more Contemporary music , like Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Elbow's One Day Like This or All I Ask of You, Phantom of the Opera.

Ruby will usually play three to six pieces during The Prelude and has extra music on hand in case the Bride arrives a little late.

Music For The Bridal Entrance

All Eyes are on The Bride as she Walks up the Aisle -like a Princess Serenaded by her Personal Harpist!

Traditionally, Wagner's Here Comes The Bride, known as The Bridal March, is played for this happy moment. This piece sounds like it was written to be played on a harp! It's very stately and heavenly and finishes with an amazing flourish. Another popular Classical piece that transfers beautifully to the Harp is Canon in D by Pachelbel.

Prelude in C by Bach is also lovely. It contains some of the same music as Ave Maria and is permitted in Civil Ceremonies.

Modern music is also a popular choice to Walk In to. Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and Diamonds by Rihanna are played as solo harp pieces or Harp with Vocals for the Entrance of The Bride.

Live Music During Your Ceremony

Ruby can play or sing a solo during your Ceremony. This takes place when you might otherwise have a hymn, or reading.

Ruby performs an arrangement of the piece that is no more than 2 minutes long to keep the audience enrapt and attentive.

The Officiant will introduce Ruby and mention the special meaning of the piece of music.

Suitable pieces would include Songs with inspirational lyrics for you as a couple- for instance Little Things, by One Direction. Or you can pay homage to absent loved ones with and instrumental or a song - for instance O Mio Babbino Caro- O My Beloved Father, by Puccini.

Music for the Signing of The Register

Ruby can play or sing a solo during your Ceremony. This takes place when you might otherwise have a hymn, or reading.

Ruby performs an arrangement of the piece that is no more than 2 minutes long to keep the audience enrapt and attentive.

The Officiant will introduce Ruby and mention the special meaning of the piece of music.

Suitable pieces would include Songs with inspirational lyrics for you as a couple- for instance Little Things, by One Direction. Or you can pay homage to absent loved ones with and instrumental or a song - for instance O Mio Babbino Caro- O My Beloved Father, by Puccini.

Music for The Recessional (The Couple Walk Out Together)

Now you are officially married it's really time to celebrate! The music for this part of the Ceremony should have a happy, positive feeling.

For a traditional feel it would be an upbeat piece of classical music with a medium to fast tempo. For instance, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel, or the Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke.

For a modern exit, how about Florence and the Machine's contemporary rock - You Got The Love, Jason Mraz- I'm Yours or All you Need is Love by The Beatles.

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    Thanks so much Ruby, the harp looked stunning in Sledmere House. Anna & Robin,Thanks again for your musical expertise, we will treasure 15 September 2012 forever.All the best, Anna & Robin,

    Driffield, North Yorkshire
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    Thanks very much for being there on our day- we really enjoyed having the harp music playing in the background during the wedding breakfast. A lot of our guests commented on how original and unique it was afterwards. It was one of the best decisions we made in terms of adding to the magic of the day. I will recommend you to friends for future! With love and thanks, Sam and Andy x

    Headlam Hall
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    I want to say how much everyone enjoyed the entertainment. It was so nice that you sang as well as played the harp, it made it that extra bit special. The Newly Weds are now enjoying themselves in Las Vegas! Debbie Coban, Mother of the Bride,

    The Village Hotel, Coventry
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    As a retired professional musician myself I can say your performance was very professional. All my guests said your music was delightful- thank you helping make our special day so magical. Charlie & Sandra Jones,

    Carlton Towers, Goole , January 2013
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    So glad you could play the pieces at the wedding, they sounded so amazing on your harp. My mum really loved it all...especially when you played 'you raise me up' in honour of my dad! Thank you once again, you were marvellous. Jan,

    Swinton Castle, Leyburn, North Yorkshire
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    We've had lots of comments about your wonderful music, thank you so much, Amanda & Darren,

    Marriott Hotel, Leicester
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    Thanks for performing on the HM Bark Endeavour. It took a bit of effort to get the harp on board but it was well worth it, it added a really special touch and was appreciated by all. Lindsay - HM Bark Endeavour,

    Stockton on Tees, July 2013
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    We would like to thank you so much for playing at our wedding on Saturday. You were excellent! A lot of people commented how lovely it was to listen to during the meal and I thought it was a great touch to the day, Sam & Emma

    Ox Pasture Hall, Scarborough,
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    My wife and I would like to take the opportunity to thank our harpist for helping us make yesterday the most memorable time of our lives. Mr & Mrs Cheung,

    Woodlands Hotel, Leeds
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    Many thanks for your beautiful playing at our wedding. All our guests commented on how different it was to have lovely music that enabled conversation but was so appropriate to the setting! Andrea and Paul Davy,

    Raven Hall Hotel, Scarborough
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    Hello Ruby - I thought you might like the attached photograph, which I think is absolutely lovely, taken at Leanne and Chris's wedding at the Craiglands Hotel I also wanted to say a huge thank you for the beautiful music you provided. It added such a magical feel to the day, it was absolutely perfect, Sandra,

    Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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    I really wanted to say a very big THANK YOU for your superb performance at our wedding. We have had many comments about how beautiful your harp music and singing was on the day. It added a definite touch of class to our wedding,Julie and Martyn Eames,

    Stockport, Cheshire
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    "We were so thrilled that we choose Ruby for our wedding harpist. Having such a wide mix of people there, and all sorts of tastes, choosing the right option took a while. I was so happy that everyone commented on how amazing she was. Her music was such a complement to the day and contributed to the amazing atmosphere, The Suttons, May 24th,

    Hazelwood Castle, York, North Yorkshire
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    Ruby played during our Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast and it was just so perfect and full of emotion. I was very nervous before walking down the aisle but hearing the harp play, those beautiful soft notes... it made my heart melt and I knew everything was falling into place. I felt like a true princess, a moment I will never forget. I would recommend Ruby to anyone in a heartbeat." The Suttons - May 24th -

    Hazelwood Castle, near York
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    Hi Ruby Thank you so much for Friday. Everyone said how wonderful you were and it really made the day special. Roger was amazed at how diverse the harp could be with your selection of classical and contemporary music. Many thanks, Sally and Roger Ricketts

    The Beverley Arms, Beverley, East Yorkshire
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    Ruby, Everyone said how well you topped the evening off, you looked lovely and it was nice to have some back ground music for a change. I hope they use you again on the next dinner before they go to Afghanistan in September, Rgds, James Wombell, Gazza Barracks.

    Catterick Garrison, Richmond, North Yorkshire
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    Thank you so much for singing Songbird at Yolander and Harry's Wedding Ceremony. You have such a beautiful voice, it was quite magical. Shelia Fresco,

    Brigg, Lincolnshire
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    Thanks for re-locating many times around the venue. The day went very well and we had lots of feedback commenting that it was one of the best weddings many people had been too. We would certainly not hesitate recommending you, Mike & Zoe Daubney, Stoke Rochford Hall,

    Grantham, Sunday 17th July
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    Good Evening Ruby, I hope you had a safe journey home, Jason and I would like to thank you for playing the Harp at our Wedding in Church on Saturday. It was truly beautiful and many guests commented on the ambience your music provided, Kind Regards, Sandra and Jason King

    Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire
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    "Thank you so much Ruby, the music was perfect for our Ceremony. It really made the Drinks in the walled garden come to life and absolutely made the wedding." Helen Widdowson,

    Treasurer's House, York
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    Dear Ruby, Thank you for your lovely harpist's music at my daughter's Wedding. So many of the guests felt tranquil and relaxed whilst listening to you. I would be more than happy to recommend you to any family or friends, Hans Bance,

    Oulton Hall, Leeds, West Yorkshire
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    Good Morning Ruby, Thank you so much, you were fantastic.It looked and sounded amazing. We received a lot of compliments about you. Thank you for making our day special and unique. Kind Regards, Tonia and Ajay

    Leeds, June 2016
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    Thanks for your lovely Harp playing during our Pre- Dinner Drinks. We could hear it drifting down from the Gallery and it definitely added to the atmosphere. Traveloptions, Wilmslow, would recommend you, Best Wishes, Jim Sorley

    Castle Howard, York
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    Hi Ruby Thank you for playing Canon D for when Hazel entered the room with her Dad. Everything sounded so different on a Harp, With Our Thanks, Jonathan Taylor

    Theddingworth, Northamptonshire
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    Just to say, thanks so much for your Harp Music at Rebecca's Wedding Drinks last week. It really set the scene beautifully and helped make for a Special Day, Janet Marsden,

    Holdsworth House, Bradford
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    Ruby played at my wedding in May 2011, so when my brother was organising his wedding reception in 2013, I felt that Ruby would be a great addition to the evening. Ruby played Bollywood Harp and Classical Harp Music during the Drinks Reception and we received lots of compliments. It was a welcomed change to what you would normally expect to see and hear at an Indian Wedding.Nav Gill,

    Sun 4th August 2013
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    Hi thank u ever so much for playing at our wedding. Everyone commented on how good u was! Merry Xmas and hope u have a good new year x (Texted to Ruby's phone) Hayley Timperley, Moorside Grange Hotel,

    Disley, Cheshire.
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    We would like to say a very big thank you to you for making our Wedding Day so special.Lucie and Johnjo Keen, Everyone said how beautifully you played and sang for us, You have a lovely touch, it was almost as if the harp was singing too. Thank you for taking the time to chat a little while afterwards, it was a pleasure to meet you. You really are a very talented artiste and a lovely person too. Many, many thanks,

    Whirlowbrook Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
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    "You were a fantastic harpist and made our day so perfect. Much appreciated." (Texted to Ruby's phone)Jill and Jamie,

    Wentbridge house, Pontefract
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    "Hi Ruby, You were a real talking point -I hadn't told anybody you were coming so the suprise was great. The American side of the family were very impressed by you. You added a great touch to our day, especially with the Welsh music you learnt for us" Rachelle Williams,

    Shrewsbury, July 4th 2009
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    Hi Ruby A huge thank you for Tuesday - your musical input to our Civil Partnership event was beautiful. We loved your song suggestions, in particular for our exit !! It was brilliant how you managed to give the children a "mini harp lesson" and we laughed when we heard the theme tune for " In the night Garden." Your calming influence was a saviour and joy. The whole event was spectacular with the snowy backdrop and a day to remember forever. Happy New Year !!! Anne-Marie and Diane,

    Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland,North Yorkshire.
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    "We were extremely pleased with Ruby. Not many harpists could manage to learn a traditional piece of Persian music in a very short space of time. Ruby proved to be very reliable, versatile, and punctual. Not forgetting her beautiful voice, music and warm personality. Julieann and Mohammad Anglo and Iranian Wedding Ceremony

    Wynyard Hall , County Durham, Sunday 8th November 2009
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    "Just a note to say a big thank you for your fabulous performance at our wedding. You were truly wonderful and everyone has commented on your beautiful voice in church. You definitely added an extra dimension to the proceedings and thank you for your CD which I have enjoyed." James & Shirley Burns

    Newark, Leicestershire - 24th June 2010
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    Thanks Ruby for re-locating many times around the venue. We had lots of feedback about the harpist, commenting that it was one of the best weddings many people had been too. We would certainly not hesitate recommending you.Thanks for adding to our wonderful day. Best Regards, Mike & Zoe Daubney

    Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham
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    Thanks,Ruby, the harp was lovely when the Bride was walking in and made for the peaceful atmosphere we wanted for the Wedding Meal, Nazira,

    Memory Lane Banqueting Hall, Bolton, Lancashire
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    Thanks Ruby , the Harp Music was just perfect for our Wedding Drinks Reception and made the event really special, Natalie,

    Wood Hall Spa, Wetherby, York
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    Ruby was an excellent harpist at our wedding, especially with the awful weather, she did wonderfully!! The harp sounded so beautiful,Carolyne

    Yorkshire Wedding Barn April 2016
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    Dear Ruby, Many thanks for Wednesday, everybody said how beautiful your harp sounded and how it was just perfect for the occasion. I feel you really hepled give my sister a wonderful send off

    Harewood House November 2015
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    We are very happy we booked Ruby!The harp was fantastic and perfectly fitting for Lumley Castle. My wife and I and the guests enjoyed Ruby's music. She even went the extra mile to play a few pieces for the Bride and Groom when the guests departed! We would strongly recommend her. Jeff Shek,

    Durham
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    The music was beautiful and was lovely to have during the ceremony. Ruby wasn't put off by the remote location of our wedding, and offered to learn an extra piece of music which was great! Clare Slater,

    Wooler, 2014
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    Ruby was exactly what we wanted for our wedding - her music suited the day perfectly and all our guests commented on how lovely it was to have a harpist. A harp is a great addition to any special event, Samantha Gibson

    Headlam Hall, Darlington
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    Ruby's playing really enhanced our wedding and was a great addition to the relaxed atmosphere. Lots of guests commented on how good she was. I would definitely recommend Ruby, she is very talented and very professional. She is also a very pleasant and friendly person, Joanne Perry,

    Chesterfield, 2014
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    Ruby played at our wedding and was excellent. We would strongly recommend her, she was very professional and played a variety of music throughout the ceremony, drinks reception and meal. It was just lovely, Gayle Atkinson,

    Derbyshire, May 2014
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    Thanks so much for for being part of our wedding you were fabulous and really made our day special xx. David and Shaun,

    Hotel St Pierre, Wakefield
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    We are so glad we booked Ruby to play and sing. I had always wanted a harp and it was just so beautiful listening to Ruby playing as I walked down the stairs!! Ruby was very accommodating and asked us for our list of songs and gave suggestions which was excellent. Ruby was very kind and made a special slot for some personal song choices for our parents etc, If you are thinking of having a harpist at yr wedding, do not hesitate to book Ruby!! Gail Rich

    Matfen Hall, Newcastle-Upon -Tyne
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    Beautiful. I don't think there's another word to sum up Ruby's music and personality, from the very beginning Ruby was attentive, friendly and gave us all the information we needed to make sure the day ran smoothly as possible. The harp was the soundtrack to the day, and something both we and our guests will never forget. Laura Jane Grafton,

    Preston Hall Museum, Stockton on Tees
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    Ruby Paul completed our wedding just perfectly. Her choice of songs throughout the reception were sensational. I had a lot of comments from my guests stating how peaceful and relaxing ruby made the day. Her songbird piece to me walking down the aisle was wonderful- I would recommend her to anyone getting married, just adds that special extra touch. Thank you ruby. Amy James,

    York Pavilion Hotel, York 2013
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    Hi Ruby Paul harpist You were AMAZING thank you!!! Love Mr and Mrs Howell Xxxx

    Treasurer's House, York, May 2014
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    Hi Ruby, I just wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding. It was lovely. Sorry that we didn't get to speak to you much it was just so hectic, Thank you again. Mr & Mrs Hyland

    Roundhay Mansion, Leeds
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    Dear Ruby, A huge thank you for the wonderful part you played with the wedding. Everyone commented on your music and how it accompanied the meal so well. The music was varied and entertaining. Once again Thank you and I would definitely recommend you, Vicky Bavin

    Healing Manor, Grimsby, Lincolnshire
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    Thank you so much for the beautiful Harp playing at Doxford Hall. All of the guests loved the selection of songs you played and it really added to our day. We are both looking forward to watching the video to see the bits we missed!.. Faye and Edward

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    Dear Faye and Edward, So Many thanks for your beautiful card with the lovely picture. I really enjoyed playing for your wedding, and i am so glad that you and your guests loved the harpist music. Very Best wishes in your married lives together, Kindest Regards, Ruby Paul, harpist

    York
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Harpist For Your Wedding Ceremony

Ruby performs for many kinds of Wedding Ceremonies including Civil Ceremony, Church Ceremony, Humanist Ceremony, Same Sex Civil Partnerships and Gay Weddings, Iranian Weddings, Indian Weddings and Catholic Ceremonies!