Having worked in the wedding industry for around eighteen years, I have been fortunate enough to provide entertainment for weddings across the South West at some of the most prestigious venues. I have met some lovely couples, many of whom I have kept in touch with over the years.
I have gained some valuable insight into what is required to be a successful Wedding Singer and wrote an artcle for the Real Brides website highlighting the kind of things that couples should be considering when booking their Wedding Entertainment.
The Wedding Singer
You will have had a lovely day, a special service and a wonderful wedding breakfast with your friends and family and the last thing you will want is for the day to fall flat at the last hurdle.
A good Wedding Singer can really make your wedding reception and help you finish off your perfect day in style.
Evening entertainment is often the last thing that couples think about when organising their wedding but it is also often the one thing that guests talk about weeks, months and years after the event so it is important to invest in quality.
There are many wedding singers advertising on the internet so it is important to spend a little time making your selection. Some will be tribute artists, some will be more classically trained and some will be party singers. You can often listen to audio or watch video clips, however it is definitely better to meet your wedding singer and if possible see them in action or perhaps speak to other couples who have used them in the past.
The Personal Touch
The first thing is to make you feel happy with your choice of entertainment and to get you feeling excited about the evening. No event is ever the same and it follows that no song sets will ever be the same so it is very important to discuss the evening in detail. You can select songs from your singer’s set list for them to sing on the night and they will integrate these with a few choice numbers of their own. It’s a lovely touch to choose special songs which mean something to your guests or songs which you can dedicate to members of your family. These special moments can also provide priceless photo opportunities.
Your First Dance
This is a very special and personal moment for many couples and so it is important to choose whether you would like your first dance performed live or whether you would like the original song played for you. With enough notice and depending on the song, it is often possible for your singer to learn your first dance and perform it for you live on the night.
When you have the right singer you have a great deal of flexibility with your evening. They should be able to guide the evening, engaging with you and your guests, making the important announcements and helping you to create the party atmosphere that you are looking for.
It is often the case that many of your guests will not know each other and therefore it is very important to create opportunities for them to come together and celebrate. DJ’s and bands often rely upon guests entertaining themselves but your singer will often be an entertainer too, singing, dancing, chatting and generally having a laugh with your guests. They will often find creative ways to involve your guests and get the party going.
Many weddings also have a full age range of guests and a good wedding singer will find ways to include the younger members as well as the older ones, keeping everyone happy.
Singer & DJ Combination
Many singers work together with DJ’s which can be a perfect combination. The DJ brings the light show, your singer sets the scene, sings your songs, relaxes people, gets people dancing and helps to create a fun atmosphere and then the DJ can play Disco requests and continue the party.
Closing the night
The end of the night is just as important as the beginning and the skill is to ensure that the night does not fizzle out. Your wedding singer will often bring everyone together in a group for the last fifteen minutes so that you can celebrate the final few moments of your evening with everyone on the dance floor singing their hearts out and sending you off in style.
Many couples still opt for either a DJ or a band for their wedding entertainment; however for a really personal and memorable experience with plenty of fun and classic photo opportunities a wedding singer can definitely hit the spot.
Written by Simon Rees
Wedding Singer in Devon area