Maybe there is more to choosing a wedding singer for your wedding, than just their voice timbre. Here are some thoughts:
- Will you need a wedding singer only for the ceremony, or also for the cocktail hour and dinner? If you only need them for the ceremony, a mellow voice and a downbeat repertoire might be enough, but if you need them for more, there are more qualities to look for. An average full day booking would be 3-4 hours of live music. Your wedding singer needs to have a diversified play list to cover different genres and eras. Keep in mind your wedding guests are a group of people of different ages and tastes in music and they all need to listen to some of their favourite songs. A wide dynamic range of repertoire and orchestration is crucial to not causing ear fatigue to your guests. Your wedding singer needs to have guitar skills to build a song up using a looper, adding musical layers like bass lines and riffs, to create a fuller version of the song they cover. A stripped down performance with only one guitar starts to become dull after one hour regardless of the quality of the singer.
- Do you need a singer or an entertainer? Is music the only thing you need from your singer or do you need someone who will engage with your guests and create a welcoming atmosphere? The entertainment aspect is very important when choosing a wedding singer. People always remember how they felt and although a couple of year after your wedding day, your guests might not remember the songs your singer sung, they will remember the fact they had a great time.
- Quality and speed of communication, flexibility in terms of repertoire, collaborations with other musicians and relative vendors like DJs to create bundles are qualities that can help your planning process.