You may have seen memorable depictions of wedding singers in popular movies such as The Wedding Singerand Old School, but do you know what it takes to be a wedding singer? “Sure,” you may think to yourself, “I sing at weddings, so I could do that job no problem.” However, in reality, being a wedding singer is a demanding and time-consuming occupation that requires plenty of talent, skill, and hard work. If you’re determined to succeed, here are a few things you’ll need.
Although no formal training is required to be a wedding singer, you would definitely benefit from taking voice lessons. An experienced vocal instructor can teach you techniques to keep your voice in tip-top shape so you can hit those notes every time and impress prospective clients. In addition to singing, you may also act as the master of ceremonies, depending on your client’s request. For this, a distinct and clear speaking voice is essential.
When it comes time to choosing the music, you must decide what kind of gig you want. Popular songs and traditional wedding love songs will suffice if you’re performing during the reception, but if you’re singing during the actual ceremony, you’ll need to add classic religious favourites to your repertoire. On top of that, you’ll also receive a number of requests, so it’s best to cast a wide net and become familiar with a wide variety of styles and genres.
In order to sell yourself and offer potential customers a taste of what you bring to the table, you’ll have to record audio or video demos demonstrating the range of your voice. The best tracks to include on your demo are popular dance songs, love songs, and religious hymns. In this multimedia age, it’s advisable to make your demo available in various formats, such as CD, downloadable file, and online streaming. To do this, you’ll need to set up a basic website featuring audio or video streaming, and don’t forget to include your photo and contact information.
Along with recording and distributing your demos, you must also market yourself properly. First and foremost, an online presence is mandatory for virtually any business in the 21st century, including websites, streaming, and social media activity. You can post ads in the wedding sections of local newspapers or bridal magazines. Establishing a relationship with a wedding planner gives you an automatic “in” with many clients if you are fortunate enough to be recommended, so get out there and network your heart out.
After all that hard work, you finally found a paying job! Word of mouth is the most effective form of advertising, so if you’re good at what you do, you should find your list of clients growing as you establish yourself and gain valuable experience. Always be ready to sell yourself and your talents to any and all prospective clients with music and references, and before long clients will be seeking you out. Now, get out there and knock ’em dead!