Outdoor events can create unique challenges. Considering the following can help make your event a success:
In case of rain:
Because harps are damaged by rain, I will need to move my harp to a dry location if any rain starts to fall. Of course, you wouldn't want your guests sitting in rain either! Let me know your plan in case of rain, and make sure that I have contact information for someone who will be reachable on the day of your event, to confirm location if rain is forecast. I am happy to move as needed to continue an event in a dry location.
Location for harp setup:
The harp needs to be set up on a level surface. (About 5 ft by 4 ft space is needed.) A paved area, deck, gazebo, or similar surface is ideal, but a grassy area will also work, as long as it is dry and level. This is critical, because harps can easily become unbalanced and tip over.
Since sound dissipates quickly in an open area, amplification is almost always needed at outdoor events. I can provide my own amplification, as long as a power outlet is available. In a unique outdoor location or with a very small group of people, amplification may not be needed. I am happy to discuss how this may relate to your event.
Excessive heat and humidity:
Temperature and humidity extremes can be hard on any musical instrument. I have several harps and will choose which instrument to bring to an outdoor event, based on the needs of the event and any weather conditions which might create stress on my more delicate harps.