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Add an elegant touch to your wedding day with Harp & Voice
or enjoy the romantic atmosphere of instrumental harp music.

A wonderful addition to your outdoor garden wedding ceremony.

A harp is still a very unusual sight at a wedding so you will have something quite special if you choose live harp music for your wedding day. It really is the perfect type of music for a wedding!

Robyn holds a certificate in Celebrant Studies and can help you choose the right music to enhance your ceremony.

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some of the many weddings Robyn has played at, more on the Gallery page

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Music at your wedding ceremony

Robyn can play before your wedding service as your guests are arriving to create a wonderful atmosphere before your ceremony.

A song or instrumental piece of music for the bridal entrance, another piece of music or a song while the register is being signed and then another to mark the end of your wedding service, letting your guests know it is time for celebration!

There are many different places in your ceremony where music can be involved - maybe some instrumental music during a slide show, the lighting of a unity candle or when special gifts are being given. A special song to remember a family member who is unable to attend or a handfasting ceremony. Garden wedding ceremonies are popular in the Spring and Summer months and Robyn has battery powered amps if there is no electricity. Robyn can guide you through the process of choosing the right music for your wedding as she has extensive experience in this area but if you prefer to leave the choices up to her that is fine!
If you are wanting to have music at just the ceremony, you are probably looking at around one to one and a half hours.

Popular tunes this year for the brides arrival are A Thousand Years as sung by Christina Perri or the instrumental version by popular cello and piano duo The Piano Guys and All of Me by John Legend. Canon in D by Pachelbel is also very popular. Have a look at the wedding ceremony music guide for more ideas and also the repertoire page.

Music after the ceremony while photos are being taken

Robyn can entertain your guests after the wedding ceremony as photos are being taken. This is where your guests will drink, maybe have some finger food and chat, some background music is perfect. Have a look at the repertoire page to see the different styles of music available, usually a mixture of celtic and medieval works well in this situation as there is usually a range of ages.

This can take around 1.5 to 2 hours depending on where you are planning to have your photos taken.

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Music at your wedding reception

The music at your reception can create an inviting atmosphere for you first guests as they arrive. A special piece of music or song can herald the bride and grooms arrival and often there is also another special instrumental or song of your choice for when the cake is being cut. Have a look at the repertoire page to see the different styles of music available, usually a mixture of pop songs with a sprinkling of celtic and medieval music works well at the reception. You can choose any style you think will fit or leave it to Robyn to choose.

Weddings on Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is also a popular choice for getting married in the Auckland area, and Robyn is able to travel to Waiheke Island to provide you with entertainment. There are several choices of very stylish venues on the Island which regularly host weddings particularly in the summertime. There is an extra charge to cover transport via the Waiheke Ferry services, and there may also be an additional overnight accommodation expense if the wedding is late in the day and the last ferry is not able to be obtained.

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Celtic Weddings

Irish and Scottish weddings are a speciality and the addition of beautiful Irish and Scottish songs to your day is a special touch for those with Celtic ancestry. Robyn has her family's ancient Sutherland tartan sash that she can wear if suitable on the day.

Wearing the tartan is always very special!

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Outdoor Weddings - Garden Weddings

Outdoor and garden weddings are very popular in the Spring and Summer months, kiwis like nothing more than to be close to nature so the idea of an outdoor wedding is close to the kiwi heart.

Robyn can provide gorgeous harp music in the garden and can use battery amps if there is no electricity nearby. The harp music will drift gently around the garden and delight your guests setting just the right atmosphere for your ceremony.

On your wedding day you will be able to draw a deep breath of delicious fresh air from beautiful Aotearoa - we are truly blessed in this beautiful country of ours for the many wonderful places available in just a short drive that are suitable for wedding ceremonies.

Harp music is perfect for when the photos are being taken after the ceremony as well, instrumentals or instrumentals and songs providing a backdrop of sound while your guests are sipping on their celebratory drinks and enjoying the wonderful garden you have chosen for your special day.

There are many places for an outdoor wedding in New Zealand, parks and reserves, public gardens and private gardens, rocky beaches and dramatic clifftop locations. You might want to be married in a beautiful forest, by a picturesque lake or at one of the many venues that cater for outdoor weddings.

The harp will need to be under shelter from the sun for an outdoor performance - if it rains the harp will need to be moved indoors. Some people put up a gazebo and some venues have shelter in the form of rotundas or moveable sun umbrellas. Robyn can bring a small sun umbrella if there is no shade available at the venue.

Mother nature provides many of your wedding decorations but here are some other additions you may like to consider for your outdoor wedding:

Monarch butterfly release
Dove release
Beautiful flower arches
Horse and carriage entrance for the bride
Helicopter entrance for the bride
Bagpiper entrance for the bride

Robyn has seen these things work very well at outdoor wedding services.

Garden and outdoor weddings are quite often in the good old kiwi spirit of do it yourself and these additions can be fun for your friends and family to help arrange and to take part in on the day.

Bubble blowing - a very important job for small children. . . and the not so small, great for pics!
Stringing fairy lights through trees - very effective if you are having an evening outdoor event.
Floating tealight candles - lovely in the evening if you have a pond.

Travel - Robyn loves to travel around the country and the harp can go anywhere that it can be driven.

How long can you play for?

You can have . . .
Up to 3 hours of songs, with a small amount of instrumentals mixed in
Up to 2 hours of instrumental music
There is usually a 10 minute break each hour of playing

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Some comments about some of the weddings Robyn has played at are below.
You can read more on the Wedding Customer Comments page


Vanessa and Paul Aurelio - Married at Bracu, Bombay, Auckland

My husband and I were looking to create an unforgettable, unique "us" factor for our special day (Wedding Day), and we are very grateful and blessed to have had Robyn Sutherland play at our Wedding Ceremony.
On entering into my own Wedding Ceremony her angelic voice and affortless playing of the harp of now one of our favourite songs "A Thousand Years", set the scene and created an atmosphere that was so surreal and indeed a magical moment that we will both never forget.
Thank-you so very much Robyn for everything that you have left us with, a time to remember and cherish for the rest of our lives together as husband and wife!
God Bless and Best Wishes
Jordan and Vannessa Aurelio-Pasina


Samantha and Cameron - Wedding ceremony - Mudbrick Cafe, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Having our wedding at Mudbrick Vineyard was special as it is a stunning location and having your harp music to greet our guests, during the ceremony and afterwards just took the day to another level and added to the overall ambience. Your music and singing was stunning - just what we had hoped for and we had so many lovely comments from our guests about how it added to the day. Thank you so much for adding to our special memories of a beautiful day.


Rachel and Chris - Outdoor wedding ceremony at Kumeu Valley Estate, Kumeu

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding.
We really enjoyed the harp music and had so many wonderful comments about your music from our guests afterwards.
We especially enjoyed the song you played (All For Love) during the signing of the register.
Thanks again and we will definately be recommending you to anyone we know who would like harp music at their weddings / events.


Ben and Sarah - Married at Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island, Auckland

I wanted to say that your playing was just fantastic. In a previous life I directed a barbershop chorus and have been involved in several stage productions, so know first-hand how many things can go wrong with live music performances. However at our wedding everything flowed really well and the hand-offs between you and the celebrant were seamless. It was great to hear the particular tunes that we'd requested (that meant a lot to us personally) interspersed in your set and the processional in particular was simply beautiful. From now on One Thousand Years will be forever special to us. Thank you so much for your part in making our day perfect.


Read more of what Robyn's past wedding clients say on the Wedding Customer Comments page

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email: robyn@robynsutherland.com or phone: 021 252 7632


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