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Your Wedding
Nanaimo BC British Columbia

The Ceremony and Reception


Vancouver Island harpist Alison Vardy offers her fine harpistry that can flow effortlessly through your wedding ceremony from one special moment to the next creating an ambience and elegance for all to remember. Her magical music can then drift through your reception making for a luxurious event. With a decade's professional performing experience at over four hundred plus weddings Alison has the ability to make your day just that more special

Alison normally offers a three hour package for a Nanaimo wedding including the ceremony with the reception/dinner afterwards. Alison can provide for all the audio technology requirements for the entire wedding.

Contact Alison for a detailed discussion of how she can best meet your wedding wishes.


Planning "The Music" for Your Wedding in Nanaimo BC
What to consider when having Alison as your Harpist
  Ceremony Prelude

The prelude music is performed while friends and family are arriving and awaiting the ceremony. It's nice to have a broad selection of tunes for all tastes - and you may request some special musical dedications for guests and family whom you wish to acknowledge.
  Ceremony Processional

The Bride often chooses the Processional music she wishes to accompany her "down the aisle". Some couples choose two musical selections: one for the Bridal Party (Bridesmaids) and a different one for the Bride herself.

  Ceremony Recessional

The Recessional is celebratory music for when the now married couple walk back up the aisle to receive the congratulations of family and guests at the service completion. This musical selection can also be made by either the Bridal Couple,
or Alison, who will make a suitable choice on your behalf.

  Alison's Availability

Alison is available to play for your wedding ceremony or reception in the Port of Nanaimo BC or elsewhere on central Vancouver Island. Be sure to visit Alison's Your Nanaimo Event webpage and Contact Alison today for a no obligation discussion regarding your wedding needs - as music is a very important part of the planning for your marriage.

  Book Early

Music is a very important part of the planning for your marriage. Book Alison early as many weddings are booked with Alison 6-8 months in advance. So do not delay and be disappointed! Alison's Nanaimo Wedding Fees are available.

  Pachelbel's Canon

Pachelbel's Canon is by far the most popular choice for the Bride's Processional music. Alison's harping skill set combined with the fluidity of her arrangement of the Canon are well suited for when ceremonies unfold uniquely in the moment. Alison offers other Processional choices including the Bridal March. Listen to Alison's sensuous dual arrangement of:

Pachelbel's Canon
intertwined with
The Streets of London

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  CDs as Gifts

Alison's CDs make excellent wedding gifts as recorded music is a memorable and lasting souvenir of your wedding's ambience and Alison's harpistry. Choose from
three CDs
of solo harpistry and Alison offers bulk wholesale pricing to her wedding clients.
  Signing the Register

Guests appreciate having a luxurious and pleasant musical interlude as they wait for the signing formalities to be completed and for the Bridal Couple to be announced as "Husband and Wife".

  Ceremony Duration

Most of Alison's harping services specific to the ceremony alone last about an hour from the beginning of the ceremonial Prelude to the end of the Recessional. Most marriage commissioners normally take a half hour for the formal ceremony itself. Some ceremonies may be longer for certain religions or when other dedicatory items (candle lighting, readings etc.) are included.

  Harpistry at the Reception

Alison's harp offers a number of advantages over using a string quartet or other instruments like
the piano or the organ for your Nanaimo Wedding Reception entertainment. Notably a pleasant sounding and accessible repertoire and a smaller space requirement or footprint. The harp offers greater portability and superior audibility when amplified well by Alison's own Harpsound Audio. A solo harpist also makes an excellent lead-in entertainment to a band later in the reception. When amplified, Alison can also provide a speech microphone.


Considering eloping? Intimate atmosphere in romantic settings with no unwanted intrusions, traditions or protocols to observe. Elope on a weekday and almost every location and supplier will be available. Eloping is very easy. A recent trend is for Bridal couples to elope having Alison, her harp and a photographer as the only guests while also serving as witnesses.

  Why Choose Alison?

Alison's elegant harpistry provides a gorgeous ambience and a beautiful sound for all your guests to hear. She has a large and diverse repertoire with over 20 hours of music memorised to play by ear at both your ceremony and reception. She brings a depth of professional experience as a musician to make the ambience of your wedding simply magical.

  Alison Provides...

Captivating repertoire…
Warm, expressive presentation…
Enchanting music indoors or out...
Ceremony & Reception music...
Your choice of processional...
Your choice of recessional...
Outdoor Ceremony Microphone...
Harp CDs as wedding gifts...
International experience…
Professional service…
Flexible, accessible itinerary…
Acoustic or amplified delivery…
For all groups, large or small...
Adaptable equipment set-up…
Speech services...


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"Just a little note to thank you a million for your marvelous music which was appreciated by so many people. It was just the right amount of amplification - which we appreciated sharing!"

"With so many guests from so far away we were very thankful that we had your harp music as a relaxing backdrop to our reception. Please accept my sincere thanks - it was just so fitting!"

"You made it so simple for us, Alison. I had no idea what pieces to select and I am so glad I left it up to you. Your choices were perfect!"

Such compliments are three of many that West Coast harpist, Alison Vardy, has received after playing her harp at hundreds of weddings in both Canada and New Zealand.


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