Wedding Singer Discover how to become a wedding singer and you’ll unlock lots of lucrative work. But you must build a good reputation and know where to look for gigs. Working out how much to charge can be confusing at first and will vary according to a number of factors.
How to become a professional wedding singer
As a professional singer, one of the best kinds of event gigs you can get is a wedding. Everything wedding-related commands a higher financial premium than other functions, be it flowers, photography or catering. But there is a reason for this: the stakes are high. People plan their big day often for years and so expect fully reliable and perfect service from suppliers.
That means you need to guarantee you’ll turn up and do what you’re contracted to do – and have people you can call on for back up in an emergency. It also means you must have a robust voice and train regularly. If you don’t, you’re likely to experience vocal strain that can lead to voice loss and make you unable to sing at gigs from time to time – a real no-no for a wedding singer.
How do you become a wedding singer?
This is an area of work as a singer, that, while still competitive, is abundant. Hundreds of thousands of couples tie the knot every year and in peak wedding season it can be a challenge to find good musicians within a reasonable budget. And with a lot of components to arrange, couples will be only too glad if the job of sourcing the music is made easier for them. This is where you come in. Advertise and promote your service in the right places at the right price and you can get regular paid work as a singer. But first, you must ensure you’re up to scratch, have the right equipment and enough appropriate repertoire.
How to be a wedding singer
There are two ways to be a wedding singer – either by yourself as a soloist or as the lead singer of a band. Some singers also perform as part of choirs, but would not be classed as a ‘wedding singer’ rather as part of a group. Joining a choir that performs at weddings can be a good way to learn the ropes though. Then, you must decide if you are a ceremony singer, reception singer – or both. This affects how you’ll market yourself.
What do wedding singers wear?
This is an important part of the role. You must be prepared to dress for the day – and not the kind of thing you’d wear for a contest or music video. You can make yourself even more popular as a wedding singer, by pairing your outfit to the vibe of the day – particularly for females. Barn wedding? Wear something floaty and ethereal. Formal church ceremony? Wear a smart suit in a plush fabric. Glitzy evening reception? Wear a long gown with some sparkle or black tie. Ask the couple what their theme is beforehand. They’ll be thrilled if you’ve made an attempt to fit in, particularly if they’re going for a specific era, like Great Gatsby 1920s, or Rockabilly 1950s. And if it’s a vintage wedding, think about how you can echo this with your hair and make-up.
Here are some things to avoid when choosing your outfit.
- Never ever wear white. Or ivory, or cream, or anything that could be construed as white.
- Avoid black (other than black tie/dinner jackets). It looks funereal.
- Bright colours. Aim for muted shades – pastels in spring and summer and rich jewel colors for winter are ideal. Unless the bride has told you she wants you/the guests in bold colours.
- Revealing and super tight clothes. You shouldn’t pull focus. You can be subtly sexy and attractive without drawing too much attention. The bridal party should shine.
- Denim. Unless it’s part of the wedding theme. It’s far too casual.
As a wedding singer, you’ll need a closet with plenty of options and if necessary you should pick up something new (especially if charging a very high fee). Charity shops often have great worn-once wedding outfits.
How much do wedding singers charge?
Arranging instrumentalists, a band and a singer will usually be part of the bride and groom’s planning, and with the average cost of a wedding being £31,974 in the UK, most couples will have a decent budget set aside for music. But fees will vary massively, according to experience, geographical location and what’s being offered. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question. It’s a case of researching what people in your area are charging. You can also ask friends and family who’ve hired wedding musicians how much they paid.
In general, fees can vary from £40 for a number without any additional requirements and with little or no travel implication, to around a hundred pounds for a few ceremony songs, to well over a thousand pounds for a full day night’s entertainment.