Nicola Veal has had a passion for music since the age of four, where she began her musical journey by learning the piano. With years of experience and knowledge within the industry she has gained numerous qualifications and skills by learning a variety of instruments. After taking part in a range of music festivals and playing within professional orchestras, Nicola Veal has learnt the perfect technique to beautiful accompany your special day.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much do your services cost?
Prices start at £395, depending on where your wedding is and how long you would like me to play for.
Type of entertainment offered:
Every wedding day is different, but often couples ask me to provide music for their wedding ceremony, during a drinks reception or as background music throughout the wedding breakfast... or a combination of all of them!
What is included in your wedding package?
My prices include travel costs and your choice of music for your wedding ceremony. If you are local to Surrey (or if you don't mind travelling!) you are more than welcome to come and meet me in my home where we can sit and discuss all of your requirements and go through your music choices together.
How far in advance should I contact you?
As soon as you have a date! I only take one booking a day, so once you have decided that you would definitely like me as part of your day, it is best to get you into my diary so that I can guarantee that I can be part of it. Later, we can finalise the timings or other details.
Are you able to travel?
I am based in Surrey, but travel regularly across the South East of England. Don't be afraid to ask - I'm a keen traveller, so any excuse for a trip away...!
Is there a charge for travelling?
Not as such. Once we have decided on how much music you would like for your wedding, the price that I quote will include travel and any extras, so there are no hidden costs. I don't charge any additional travel costs for weddings in Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire or Buckinghamshire.
How long is your act?
How long is a piece of string...? My maximum booking time is for 5 hours, with an average being about 3-4 hours.
Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
It's just me, although sometimes for venues with difficult access I will sometimes bring a roadie (also known as my mum!) to help me up sets of stairs.
Do you charge per hour or per event?
Per event. Many weddings do not quite run perfectly to time, even with the best of plans and intentions. If you need more time for photographs, for example, if there has been some bad weather which has delayed things, then the last thing that you would want would be your harpist hot-footing it out of the door! By booking by the 'part' of your day, this means that I will stay as long as is needed.
If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?
I don't charge by the hour, but by the 'part' of your day. As long as your day stays reasonably close to the timings that your venue agreed with you beforehand, then it is never a problem, I just stay until you have finished.
What are the forms of payment?
Usually most couples pay by bank transfer, but I also accept cheques or cash.
Reviews for Nicola Veal Wedding Harpist
Recommended by 100% of couples
Lizzie North · Married on 16/02/2018
Wow! Absolutely perfect for our special day
Nicola played beautifully at our wedding back in Feb 18 at Cooling Castle Barn. It was simply amazing and all our guests were talking about how lovely it helped make our service. Nicola was fabulous to deal with throughout our communication with her and was more than happy for us to take the lead in what we wanted to make it our day. Highly recommend. THANK YOU NICOLA!Sent on 06/09/2018
Everything we wanted
We got married at Coltsford Mill on a lovely sunny day. Nicola was just wonderful. The music was stunning, the harp is something else. She was friendly, polite, spoke to the guests when they got curious, couldnt have wished for anything more, thank you for making our day so special.Sent on 12/07/2019
Nicola played the Harp for our ceremony and drinks reception at our wedding in April 2019. The process of booking and arranging music was very simple. Nicola was always available to discuss what we wanted and even learned two new songs for us as we were really keen for those particular songs in our ceremony time. She seamlessly slipped into the background and created the perfect environment and was exactly what we wanted! The music was beautiful and she plays effortlessly. We are so glad that we chose Nicola for our wedding and would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone we speak to!Sent on 17/05/2019