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Vancity Vendor:
Janelle Nadeau, Harpist

May 16th, 2014 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Janelle Nadeau, Harpist

Some kids play the piano, others love the guitar… but for Janelle Nadeau, it was the harp that caught her attention. She saw her first harp at a children’s symphony at the age of 3 and she fell in love. For 20 years, she has been enjoying a musical career, performing for clients and of course lucky brides and grooms who have sought her services.

Janelle Nadeau

Janelle Nadeau provides music during the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, depending on what your needs are. It costs $300 per wedding ceremony and an additional $100/hour if you want her to play longer. Janelle plays lots of music genres including classical, pop, Celtic, Latin, and even composes her own pieces!  Scroll down below to watch videos of Janelle in action and if you like what you see and hear, set up a meeting with her, she is located in the Fairview area of Vancouver. For more information on Janelle, visit her website to see more videos of her work, be a fan on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Janelle Nadeau

A Few Words With Janelle…

What made you decide to get into the wedding industry?
“I really became involved with the wedding industry by chance. When I was only 13 years old, I played at my aunt and uncle’s wedding and later their friends asked me to play for their weddings and so on; it all really snowballed from there.  I’m pretty lucky to have fallen into such a fantastic industry!”

Janelle Nadeau

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I understand that weddings can be extremely expensive and people worry that the vendors inflate their prices the second they hear “wedding.”  It is for these reasons that I have not raised my prices in many years, and also why I keep adding more value to my packages.  Additionally, when considering how expensive everything is, hiring a live musician really will give you that big bang for your buck.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I believe there are a few things that separate me from others in my field.  For one, I have much more experience than most which goes a long way while the ceremony is actually happening.  I am very accessible and probably the most important thing is that I will play anything the couple wants; so long as it can be played on the harp, I will learn it!”

Janelle Nadeau

What are your favourite songs to play for weddings (traditional and non-traditional)?
“There are of course the traditional standards, but my favourites are the ones that are not quite expected to be played on the harp. For example, I Wanna Hold Your Hand by the Beatles, Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, and What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. This makes for a classic feel with a pop of freshness.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I love adding that special touch to the ceremony and watching everything come together. Weddings are so beautiful.”

Janelle Nadeau

What was the most memorable song request your couples have made and why was it so memorable to you?
“The theme to Star Wars!! The groom was a huge fan and I thought it was so awesome that the bride was on board with the song being played for the processional.  All the attendees starting giggling and smiling when I started playing. Then the guys started to come down the aisle, chins held high and from there the tone was set.  The rest of the ceremony was relaxed and very memorable as a result of the cheekiness!”

Janelle Nadeau

What should your clients expect when they have their first consultation with you?
“When I first meet my clients I like to get to know them and to get a feel of what kind of music they would like for their wedding. Once we narrow it down to a few songs they like, I play for them so they know what it sounds like. I don’t like to pressure my clients if they don’t want suggestions for particular pieces; if the couple already knows exactly what they want, then and there, that’s great! If not, they have plenty of time to decide which pieces they would like to be played at their ceremony.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Secure a day-of Event Planner to help with logistics. Brides & grooms sometimes seem to think that it’s easiest to ask an aunt or a good friend to help out with a job on the big day, but what inevitably ends up happening is that person then becomes stressed while working so diligently, instead of relaxing as your guest and enjoying all the goings-on. This is such a special day for everyone: family and friends included, so they should all get to participate in the celebration.  As well, your ‘family helpers’ might not be aware of particulars such as emergency back-up vendor contacts, realistic estimation of timeline in’s and out’s etc. This removes the emotional/family relationship side of things so inevitable difficulties are minimized. This is a small expense that will ensure everything goes very smoothly.”

Janelle Nadeau

To contact Janelle, visit her website.
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All photos were provided by Janelle Nadeau

Photographer credits: Kara Nadeau, Jessica Stuart-Crump, Brian Noppe

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