The most popular months to get married are June to October – so if you’re a singer, the next few months are your time to shine.
There are a few things you need to know in order to be a successful wedding singer. The last thing you want is spoiling someone’s big day to be on your conscience!
Here are Insure4Music’s 5 ultimate top tips for wedding singers.
Know your worth
Now, we ain’t saying you’re a golddigger, but if you’re passionate and serious about singing, you need to ensure you receive sufficient remuneration for the service you provide.
There are useful advice pieces which can steer you in the right direction if you’re not entirely sure how much to charge.
Christina Rotondo, a singer and Insure4Music policyholder with over 50,000 YouTube subscribers, is performing at weddings across the UK this summer with her guitarist friend, Harry.
She said: “We started at £300, and we’ve been told multiple times that this is far too low for the work we do. This means we’ll get around £150 each after a wedding performance, but the figure will differ from venue to venue – typically, public gigs like pubs will pay less.
“You should always add your petrol expenses on top of the fee, as well (HMRC guidelines recommend 45 pence per mile). This is something we now make sure we do wherever we play.”
Get yourself online
Near, far, wherever you are, you need to have a strong digital presence to gain exposure and secure gigs. Having a presence on any of the major social media channels and YouTube is a good start, but can you rely solely on these platforms to be discovered?
Granted, you might already have a few live shows under your belt through social media and word of mouth – but there are more ways you can stand out from the crowd.
This site is designed specifically for musicians who perform at functions such as weddings and allows you to complete a detailed profile with a biography, sample repertoire, price guide and examples of recent clients.
Prepare to succeed
You only get one shot – do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime… Whether it’s 8 Mile or a fancy country home in Watford, performing live in any capacity requires a lot of fine tuning, so it pays to be prepared!
After all, the opportunity for a first dance comes only once (hopefully) in a lifetime for the lucky couple.
Depending on the wedding, you might have to memorise over an hour’s worth of songs – needless to say, you should practise until you can’t forget a single lyric. If you’re concerned about vocal fatigue, drinking some water and/or peppermint tea will work wonders for your voice.
Think carefully about how you want to set up your stage, too. Often, the venue won’t specify where or how it wants you to set up your equipment, so being prepared in advance will help you think on your feet and avoid any potential delays once the guests arrive.
Finally, it’s definitely worth considering volume levels when you sing. You want to create a nice ambience, but not be so loud that people are having to shout to make themselves heard.
Time your journey
It’s too late to apologise if you don’t arrive at an all-important wedding gig on time. This tip might seem obvious, but there’s more to being late than potentially sabotaging the first dance and having to be replaced by a DJ or Spotify – you could also gain a terrible reputation in the process.
All it takes is for someone to go to the press or leave a negative online review for your wedding singing career to be over before it’s even started.
Therefore, if you’re given a set time to arrive at the venue, leave at a time which will get you there half an hour before said time. This will then allow you to offload your gear, set up and go through a soundcheck with minimal fuss. As we all know, satnavs aren’t always the most reliable.
Avoid unnecessary risks
Tragedy! When your amp explodes and the gig implodes, it’s pretty much always going to be a tragedy. It’s also not ideal if someone trips over a wire and claims compensation from you for their injuries.
These are common occurrences when performing live and you’re not protected against them without specialist music insurance. As such, you could be facing a potentially hefty bill if you’re not covered. What’s more, you might have to turn down some kick-ass wedding gigs, since most venues won’t let you perform live without Public Liability insurance.
That’s why, at Insure4Music, we offer Public Liability starting from just £20 a year to protect you against claims made for injury to someone else and property damage. We also provide Equipment cover to safeguard your instruments against loss, theft and damage.
Christina Rotondo said: “The venues I’m performing at have requested that I have Public Liability insurance. For not a lot of money, I’ve given myself that extra level of security with music insurance. Ultimately, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“When people are booking you to play on their premises, if you can say you’ve got Public Liability, they’ll be more eager to hire you.”