Most of us will remember the 1998 romantic comedy, ‘The Wedding Singer’ starring Adam Sandler as Robbie. Robbie’s childhood dreams of being a rock star never came to fruition and we cringed as his fed up fiancé left him at the altar, as disillusioned as him at his floundering career. Try as he might, his devastation wove its way into his performances and he was promptly sacked as a wedding singer.
One of our favourite wedding singers this year has definitely been the Fabulous Ed Sheeran. Ed secretly turned up at the Waterfront Function Centre to serenade Matt and Kya Debono a few weeks ago and sing his hit song”Thinking Out Loud” – Kya’s personal favourite!
The Australian couple was struck by family tragedy and had their wedding plans put on hold last year so Kyle and Jackie O at KIIS 1065 gave them the surprise of a lifetime by throwing them their dream wedding complete with Ed Sheeran as the Wedding Singer. The guest went wild with joy!
Although it’s unlikely you’ll get Ed Sheeran to sing at your wedding, below we have compiled a list of great tips to find the best wedding singer for your day:
1. Are they active on social media?
Wedding singers’ core business is, you guessed it, their voice! So take a look at how they are promoting their business. Do they have a user-friendly website where you can watch/listen to clips of their previous performances? Do they have a Facebook business page with testimonials? Search YouTube to see if they have uploaded any videos or have their own channel.
Also use social media to your advantage. Post a request for wedding singer recommendations and see what you get back…you never know the incredible contacts your friends could have.
Once you have a few options at hand, why not organise a live audition? It could be as quick and simple as an acoustic number of their choice. This will help you to hear how they sound without studio effects.
2. Are they approachable and professional?
Keeping in mind that although most wedding singers operate as a side business, this should not detract from their professionalism or approachability. Initiate contact via phone or website and try to gauge their interest. As you enter into discussions, it will become quite clear whether the wedding singer is interested in your business through the promptness in handling your enquiry, their willingness to communicate openly and with patience as well as the tone in which they convey.
As with most things, go with your gut feeling. If it doesn’t ‘feel’ right, then you probably need to keep looking for your perfect wedding singer.
3: Is the price right?
Naturally, each couple’s budget for wedding entertain will differ. It is important to keep in mind that you often get what you pay for and wedding singers with an excellent reputation and repertoire will charge the higher rates. Wedding singers are a unique breed of entertainer, they help to set the mood at any given moment of your reception and need to be in tune (pardon the pun!) with the guests at all times. No one up and grooving on the dance floor? It’s up to the wedding singer to read the signals and shake things up. Take our advice, hire the best wedding singer that you can afford.
4: Do you have it in writing?
A written quote is essential to securing the wedding singer’s services. This will cover a number of agreements such as:
- Arrival time
- Length of performance
- Inclusions and exclusions such as additional hires for PA systems, speakers etc
- Finish time
Do not be afraid of requesting a quote. Without it, you could be left high and dry without a wedding singer should they cancel on you last minute. If a wedding singer does not or will not provide you with a quote, it’s time to look elsewhere.
5. Get in early and keep communication open
Like all things ‘weddings’, your choice of entertainment should be locked in as early as possible. Don’t be dissuaded because your day might be more than 12 months away. It pays to be organised, especially if you know your chosen singer is in high demand and your wedding is on a Saturday…a risky mix!
Once your wedding singer is booked, be sure to keep in regular contact. You won’t annoy them. They will be much more appreciative of a couple who is organised and sends regular updates with song suggestions, than a couple who is disinterested and blasé about the entertainment.
Get in touch with us. Who is your favourite local wedding singer? What is a ‘must have’ track that will get you up and dancing every time?