Bring out the wedding singer!

Last week I was chief bridesmaid at a good friend’s wedding. A bit of a busman’s holiday, but at least I wasn’t responsible for hiring the wedding singer at the reception – one of the worst acts I’ve heard!

Getting your wedding music right is so important. My sister Jill and fiancé Alan want a singer for their church ceremony and the reception.  And they’ve asked for my advice – so here it goes!

Nothing like someone serenading you during your first dance

Nothing like someone serenading you during your first dance

 

A singer to enhance your special day

If you’re getting married in church, then a solo singer is a good choice. Remember Kiri Te Kanawa’s rendition of Let the Bright Seraphim at Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding in St Paul’s Cathedral? If you don’t have friends in such high places, then find an experienced singer who will enhance your special day!

A word of warning: make sure you listen to him or her performing live. Even if it’s a five-minute audition in your kitchen!

Organising live music for a registry office ceremony can be difficult due to time constraints. But if it’s a civil wedding at a UK stately home or in a gazebo on some Caribbean beach, then that’s a different story! Why not hire a local singer for your island paradise nuptials?

A song to suit the mood

A singer who can work a crowd

Once the reception begins, when is the right time to introduce your singer?

I think the sit-down meal or cocktail is the time for family and friends to catch up and listen to the traditional wedding speeches – good or bad! But when the newlyweds take to the floor for their first dance, then that’s your singer’s cue!

And a couple of tips to guarantee success:

Your singer should be an entertainer who can work the crowd, engage with your guests and get them up and dancing!

Avoid a tribute singer, who specialises in Frank Sinatra or Elaine Page songs! Variety is key when there is a mix of ages and musical tastes!

Jill and Alan have now bought tickets for our village music festival to check out the local talent!

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