Name: Michelle Cobley
Business Name: Michelle Cobley Harpist
Industry Category: Musician
What are some common mistakes you see couples make while preparing for their wedding?
Leaving booking musicians until the last minute, especially harpists. There are only a handful of us in this area and we all get booked pretty quickly and consistently in the wedding and holiday seasons. That and wanting to change the music selections very close to the wedding date. Sometimes our busy schedules cannot accommodate those last minute changes!
If you could give couples one piece of advice, what would it be?
Make sure that you have a wedding planner and other vendors that you get along with, you can trust, and have great reviews! This will allow you to focus on being in the moment during the day, and appreciate all the beauty of it instead of stressing out.
What don't couples know about your business category that they need to know?
Unlike florists or caterers, musicians unfortunately do the same amount of work for a big or small wedding ceremony. We cannot charge less for a small ceremony because it is not any different for us than a big one!
What is one question a couple should be asking that they don't know to ask (specific to you or in the general planning sense)?
Perhaps more of a comment than a question, but music has the incredible ability to bring up memories (and sometimes these aren’t positive or happy memories!). If there are any songs you DON’T want your musician or DJ playing, definitely do not hesitate to let us know.
What sets you apart from other vendors in your field?
I have an undergraduate degree from Berklee College Of Music (Quincy Jones, John Mayer, and Diana Krall, are just a couple of fellow alumni) and a Masters’ degree in jazz performance. I am not committed to playing solely classical music, and am willing and able to learn almost anything on the harp. That means you can walk down the aisle to your absolute most favorite song, whatever genre. I can also provide a jazz combo of nearly any variety for a cocktail hour. The jazz harp combo really helps transition from the peaceful ceremony music to the DJ/party band scene later in the evening!
Tell us about your favorite wedding that you've been part of.
My favorite wedding I was a part of was definitely my sister’s! I was her maid of honor as well as harpist. Not only that, she was married in Scotland, so the backdrop to the ceremony was stunning. It felt wonderful to provide this service for my amazing sister and her husband, and to share it with the rest of my family.