Sure, Adam Sandler’s movie is witty and fun to watch. However, when it comes to hiring a wedding singer for your big day, you have to get the right person. Most wedding singers are professionals who have spent months (if not years) perfecting their art. Some run fully fledged bands, complete with opera singers. Even then, you need to be sure that the singer you’re about to hire will get the job done. Here are some critical questions that will give you an idea of what to expect with you prospective singer.
Do you have any training as a singer?
Okay, not every professional singer has undergone training, and there’s no problem with that. Nonetheless, if you plan to hire a person who can sing a hymn or aria at your wedding, you’ll need more than a soft voice. You have to make sure that the singer has the vocals and the experience to give you what you want. On the other hand, if you’re scouting for a “rock star” you want to know that you’re not dealing with a choirmaster in a Pentecostal church.
Are you a solo act or do you have a band?
You need to know if you’re engaging a soloist or a band before you can settle for a particular singer. At times, depending on your needs, you may have to hire a pianist or a DJ to provide more entertainment. You’re better off with an accomplished singer who can handle it all. Some singers also double up as DJs and master of ceremonies. Put differently; you want someone who can guarantee that everything will run in harmony without unnecessary glitches.
How much do you charge?
You can only spend on what you can afford, right? Ask the singer how much he/she will charge you for the entire ceremony, including performing at the reception. You’ll then factor in the costs in your wedding budget to see if you can afford the singer or not. There’s always room for negotiations. Ask for a discount. But, don’t go for an expensive singer, especially if your budgetary allocation doesn’t allow it. Remember, apart from entertainment there are other equally important issues to address.
What your favorite genre of music?
While most singers can pipe just about any popular wedding tune, you want to know the details. Apart from keeping your guests entertained, you have to be sure that the singer is going to enjoy him/herself. Think of the singer as a soundtrack to your wedding. Besides, this question will help you figure out the personality of the person you’re about to hire.
The Bottom Line
A good singer for your wedding should have a backup plan in case anything unexpected happens. He/she, for instance, ought to know what to do if the music instruments fail. And, unlike during the old days, you can get a sneak peek of what your prospective singer brings to the fore. Ask for a video that shows him/her performing. Pay close attention to the crowd’s reaction. At times, a video is all you need to know if the singer can pull it off.