Weddings/Events

Valérie Saint Martin has a broad experience as a performer both as a singer and harpist in Europe and in America and offers professional harp and vocal performances in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas in Southern California. 

 

She is available to play the harp and sing at the wedding of your dreams, your intimate elopement ceremony, your sophisticated and elegant corporate event or simply any special occasion, in indoor or outdoor settings. 

A unique combination of harp and voice is also available for selected songs. 

Valerie played more beautifully than I ever could have imagined and added magic to the ambiance. 

— Agnes K

Wedding Services Offered:

Wedding Ceremony Harp and/or Vocal Music as follows:

  • Prelude ~ Music to accompany the guests' arrival 

  • Processional ~ for both Bridal Party & the Bride's Entrance  

  • Ceremonial ~ Special requests during the ceremony

  • Recessional ~ Exit music for the Bridal & Groom                                     

  • Post Ceremonial ~ Exit music for the guests' departure

Cocktail Hour / Reception:

  • Music played while drinks and appetizers are served

Dinner:

  • Beautiful soft music played during dinner

Additional Services Offered:

Elopements

Corporate Events and Special Occasions 

Memorial Ceremonies 

Recitals  

 

How much will it cost to hire

Valerie Saint Martin for your wedding or event?

EVENTS / SOLO HARP PERFORMANCE (up to two hours): $450 

Any additional hour will be charged $100 or $25 per extra 15 minutes 

WEDDING CEREMONY AND COCKTAIL HOUR / RECEPTION PACKAGE: 

Solo harp performance (up to two hours): $450

WEDDING CEREMONY / SOLO HARP PERFORMANCE: $400

Price includes:

  • pre-ceremony music (usually 30 minutes)

  • ceremony music

  • post-ceremony music as guests leave 

HARP & VOCALS COMBINATION: $50 (extra per song)

CHANGE OF VENUE BETWEEN CEREMONY AND
COCKTAIL HOUR / RECEPTION:
$100

VOCAL PERFORMANCE: $200 (for up to 30 minutes)

* Prices do not include travel expenses if the venue is outside of Santa Barbara

If you are looking for the perfect ambiance for your event, Valerie is just supreme!

— Donna

Pricing

 

What music arrangements can you provide?

  • Solo Harp

  • Combination of Harp and Vocals 

  • Voice with Piano / Keyboard or Backing Tracks Accompaniment

  • Other music arrangements are possible upon request

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, a 50% deposit is required to book my services.

 

Do you provide a contract?

Yes.

 

Do you learn new songs?

Yes definitely.

Our guests are still talking about how beautiful and magical the music was. I cannot say enough about Valerie's professionalism and artistry. — Valerie Carmel

Do you do beach weddings?

Yes certainly. I will need a plywood platform, an umbrella and a PA sound system to plug my harp in for amplification.

  For other outdoor events and weddings, I will need a flat and firm surface to play as well as an umbrella unless there is sufficient natural shade for me to play.

Do you provide amplification?

Yes, I have pickups with cables that can very easily be connected to most PA sound systems.

FAQ

Why choose harp music for your wedding or event?

Soft or loud, the sound of the harp is beautiful and will create a wonderful atmosphere while not being overpowering. It is also a gorgeous instrument that will enhance the beauty of any setting. 

What music does Valérie play and sing?

Diverse styles of music such as Baroque, Classical, Operatic, Broadway Musicals, Jazz Standards, Film-Music, Popular and Spanish Mexican songs. Request A Repertoire List.

 

What people are saying about

Valérie Saint Martin

Testimonials

I can't imagine the event without Valerie's music

"I was booking with short notice and was worried about everything being perfect. Valerie was incredibly assuring, reliable and arrived on time. And her talent is just WOW! She played more beautifully than I ever could have imagined and added magic to the ambiance. I would choose to work with her again and strongly recommend her. The music took everyone's breath away and made the event even more unforgettable." 

— Agnes 

"Valerie, thank you so much for such a beautiful harp performance at our wedding! We were so lucky to have you there. We will treasure this day forever."

— Christy and Ken Blum 

Valerie was amazing!

It was such a pleasure to have Valerie play at my wedding.

She helped make it such a magical event. — Michelle Whitfill

Convenient to work with, personable musician & beautiful music!

"I planned my wedding from out of state, so most of my communications with Valerie were over e-mail. She was very responsive and had good suggestions, which made planning a breeze. I was delighted that everything went as expected — she was at the ceremony venue on time and played a beautiful prelude, ceremony and post-ceremony music. The volume was lovely — soft, but still filled the space (Mural Room at the Santa Barbara Courthouse) with a romantic atmosphere. Truly a treat for our guests — I highly recommend! Great value too" 

— Erika 

She is the best!

"I am incredibly excited to write this review for Valerie. When I first contacted her I had no idea what to expect, since I literally found her information on the internet. She immediately responded to my email and we connected right away. She agreed to play for my daughter's wedding and even created a beautiful rendition of a Tchaikovsky piece for the processional. She was wonderful to work with, professional, and exceeded every expectation we had. Our guests are still talking about how beautiful and magical the music was. I cannot say enough about Valerie's professionalism and artistry. I highly recommend Valerie for anyone looking for something special for any occasion." 

Valerie Carmel

Everyone loved her!

"Working with Valerie was a pleasure! On the day of our wedding, she was on time, made sure to review the game plan for the evening and she handled it from there. Everyone loved her and the harp was the perfect addition to our cocktail hour and ceremony. Now, when people ask for recommendations I always bring Valerie up! If the opportunity ever comes along I will reach out to her again."

Gadier Uriarte

Amazing harpist

While planning our wedding, we had decided on a small, intimate event, that would include only our closest family and friends. We had decided to have a harpist provide the ceremony music.

Our wedding planner introduced us to Valerie and Valerie was able to provide the ambiance we were looking for with her music. She played prior to the ceremony, during the ceremony and after. She asked for our song requests and made our wedding ceremony so unique and special! Valerie was pleasant to work with, accommodating and most of all a true professional. If you are looking for a talented harpist for your wedding or any other event, I highly recommend Valerie...again, thank you Valerie for making our special day so special! — Paula Browne

"I am not in the habit of writing to performing artists, nor any other artists for that matter, but I write to say how much I enjoyed your impressive and heartfelt lead role performance of  "Dido", in Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas", at Tewkesbury, Roses Theatre. I must say that your increasable ability to "cry and sing" simultaneously was, "Absolutely Impressive!"      

Chris Mason

Cheltenham, UK

 

The perfect way to set the tone for our ceremony!

"Valerie was the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony music! Her selection of music made it simple to choose songs, and the ease of her setup was perfect for the venue we chose. Valerie's professionalism from the moment we contacted her made it so easy to trust her which, as a planning bride, is everything!"

Mary Catherine

"So happy we booked her for our wedding! Valerie was amazing & we highly recommend her for your wedding!"

— Heidi

"Thank you so very, very much for the beautiful music you played at our daughter's wedding. During the rest of the evening, many of our guests complimented your beautiful playing and have asked me to tell you how much they enjoyed it. Once again many, many thanks for helping make our daughter's wedding so memorable." 

Martha Sophocleus

West Midlands, UK

 

"Thank you so very much for lending us your precious time and talent to entertain us so beautifully at the Friends of Ranger's House Christmas Party. Your lovely voice, the charming repertoire was the delight of the festivities."

— Eileen Wilson

Friends of Rangers House, London, UK

Thanks so much for making our wedding so special with your beautiful harp & voice.

— Marci & Michael, London, UK

"Thank you for so generously helping with our fundraising and for stealing the show with your "Seguidilla."                             

— Moyra

Opera Omnibus, Surrey, UK

Beautiful playing!

"Valerie was pleasant from start to finish. She has impeccable manners & I cannot say enough about the beauty of her playing! She played for our wedding & it was lovely. I would not hesitate to recommend her!
Thanks again, Valerie!"

— Cresta Bennett

"Once again it was a pleasure to work with you. Your talent and voice made a great difference to the event's atmosphere and vibe."

Williams Johnson

London, UK

Valerie was wonderful to work with

"We booked her for my daughter's NYE wedding at the Santa Barbara courthouse. Besides songs on her repertoire, she played songs we chose that were not on her list such as "Stairway to Heaven", a Led Zepplin song that sounded absolutely wonderful the way she played it on her harp! My daughter's wedding ceremony was truly unforgettable in part because of Valerie's beautiful music. You cannot go wrong booking her for your special day!"

Gabriele

A Magnificent, Elegant and Warm Musician.

"Hiring Valerie to play at our wedding ceremony was one of the best decisions we made on our wedding day. She is a wonderful harpist and her music is elegant and magical. We had an outside ceremony and Valerie was at the front of our venue playing under a tree surrounded by white flower petals. She immediately drew everyone into her performance and our guests truly enjoyed listening to her. I could hear applause as I waited behind the scenes for our ceremony to begin. Her list of song choices is a perfect mix of classical, traditional and contemporary. She played the traditional songs we had chosen until after the ceremony when we walked back down the aisle to Bruno Mars, Marry You. So fun! Valerie is easy to work with and after our ceremony, she gave us both a big hug, she felt like a member of our family. She was the perfect choice for our Wedding Day!"

— Robin B.

The perfect touch!

After doing my research and emailing a few other harpists, Valerie was the most professional and sweet.

 I hired Valerie for my intimate wedding on September 8th and it was the best decision I made. She played at my wedding dinner for an hour and did an amazing job :). I requested some songs and she played them all beautifully, I can’t thank her enough!! I really recommend her for any special events. 

— Liz

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