How Do I Make My Picnic Wedding Music Extra Special?
Written by 2 of Harps
As 2 of Harps, the world’s only harp and vocal duo, we are both very excited to share this lovely blog with you. We’re both real foodies, and for us, there’s nothing better than a picnic wedding. We’re really passionate about playing the harp, singing, music and weddings, and sharing our musical ideas with our couples, planning every type of wedding.
We love finding the best music that sounds beautiful on the two harps, and also creates a tranquil wedding atmosphere. We hope you feel inspired with the soundtracks we have compiled for your picnic themed wedding day.
Make yourself comfy, and enjoy reading and listening to your ultimate picnic wedding playlist.
What is a Picnic Wedding?
If you’re wishing for a wonderfully relaxed wedding meal (as your wedding breakfast), a picnic wedding is the perfect option. Picnics are a part of our history and first became popular after the French Revolution, when ordinary people were able to visit the country’s royal parks. In the 18th and 19th century picnics were elaborate events with delicious food and delicacies sometimes taking days to prepare!
Picnic weddings embrace the culture of dining ‘al fresco’, and are very family orientated, or can also be a more intimate occasion shared between two people. A wonderful meal outdoors, shared with your loved ones, complete with a picnic basket, a dainty china cutlery set, and a picnic blanket.
A picnic wedding is a superb way of planning an outdoor wedding breakfast. There are many different ways of organising this:
- a self-service buffet table with sandwiches, cakes, and lots of delicious snacks
- a ‘blanket service’ with canapés and posh snacking
- a traditional picnic with individual picnic baskets for each couple, or family / friends group
For some delightful picnic wedding inspiration, here is ‘A Sweet Homemade Picnic Wedding’ blog from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picnic
and a picnic wedding with the prettiest colour palette in a blog by One Fab Day… Real eye candy!
Can I book a harpist for my picnic wedding?
Live harp music is the ideal accompaniment whilst enjoying scrumptious food outdoors. It’s a wonderful way to relax and be entertained, lifting the atmosphere, and giving you that luxurious wedding vibe.
As a sister harp and vocal duo, we have been performing at weddings for many years. There are many occasions during your wedding day where a harpist can enhance the atmosphere.
- The ceremony; as your guests arrive, for that special moment walking down the aisle, light background music as you sign the register, and a celebratory piece of music as you walk back down the aisle and to your reception area.
- Your pre-picnic drinks; as you celebrate your marriage together with a little tipple, we love playing light modern classical music on the harps, a beautiful addition.
- The wedding picnic; as you, and any invited guests mingle and enjoy your wedding meal, gentle harp music brings a delightful atmosphere.
Adel, “We really love it when a couple ask us to play and sing for their first dance. It’s special to be part of this special time; an intimate moment between you and your partner.”
Karina, “The song or piece of instrumental music for your first dance is truly personal. I think that the best first dance songs are when a couple have chosen music they both love. It’s all about the LOVE.”
What is the 8 BEST ‘Walking Down the Aisle’ music for my picnic wedding?
A picnic wedding makes us think of summertime, glorious sunshine, nature and romance. AND harp music (which we think is really enchanting!). The perfect relaxed wedding. We have picked out what we think are the top entrance songs which embrace the feel of a picnic wedding and sound beautiful on the harps. Roll on those lazy hazy summer days.
California Dreamin – The Mamas & The Papas
Caribbean Blue – Enya
Heaven – Ziggy Alberts
Human – dodie feat. Tom Walker
La Isla Bonita – Madonna
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
The Few Things – Charlotte Lawrence, JP Same and Ryan Marrone
What are the 7 BEST ‘Signing the Register’ songs for my picnic wedding?
For the signing of the register (or certificate), choosing something special is a must. Why not entertain your guests with harp covers of these stunning songs?
Acoustic – Billy Raffoul
Africa – Toto
Atlas Hands – Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Barcelona – Ed Sheeran
Don’t Worry Be happy – Bobby McFerrin
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
Waves – Mr Probz
What are the 5 BEST ‘Exit’ songs for my picnic wedding?
Our top songs not only bring an uplifting vibe as you make your way to your drinks reception, but also sound stunning on the harps. After all, picnics aren’t complete without a slice of cake…
Cake By the Ocean – DNCE
Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor
Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
You Took the Words Right Out Of My Mouth – Meatloaf (Summer Night)
What are the 7 BEST ‘Drinks Reception’ songs for my picnic wedding?
Here are some truly beautiful songs for lazing in the summer sun whilst enjoying your wedding drinks reception. Perfect for bubbly served in dainty teacups. The most lovely, alternative and quirky music options for your big day, truly beautiful on the harps.
All the Pretty Girls – Kaleo
Long Hot Heavy Summer – Ben Howard
Summertime – Sam Cooke
Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers
Those Lazy Crazy-Hazy-Days of Summer – Nat King Cole
To Build a Home – The Cinematic Orchestra
Wonderful Summer – Robin Ward
What are the 7 BEST ‘Picnic Wedding Breakfast’ Songs?
A picnic wedding during the warm summer months, must have the perfect summer playlist. No wedding at this time of year is complete without (in our opinion) these staple songs.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
I Know How to Speak – Manchester Orchestra
Long Hot Summer – Keith Urban
Paradise – George Ezra
Sedona – Handmouth
Summer Nights – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (from Grease)
Time of Our Lives – James Blunt
How else can I make my picnic wedding extra special?
Every couple dream of planning the most perfect wedding. Sometimes, you just need that little bit of inspiration to make your Pinterest board of wedding ideas and wedding vision, utterly magical.
These extra touches can help make your picnic wedding, really wonderful. Something you and your guests will remember forever.
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