Keeping guests happy and entertained is one of a bride’s top priorities on the big day. So we’ve asked top wedding singer Dominic Uppiah from sweetsoulfulsound.co.uk and parthenonltd.co.uk for his top tips on booking the best act for your day…
The first thing to remember when booking your evening entertainment is to keep an open mind. In my experience, the majority of couples give this area of the wedding the least amount of thought, but entertainment can really make or break your reception. Consider all your options, and be up front about your budget right from the start – that way, the whole process will be exciting and stress-free…
One of the questions I get asked the most is ‘where do I look for entertainers’? Search engines may give you an act who has paid good money to have their site ranked the highest, but this doesn’t mean they are going to be best suited to you. What makes a good performer is energy and interaction and, of course, their technical skill. If you can see the act live – whether it’s at a wedding show or a local venue – it will be much more beneficial and you will get a much better feel for what they can actually do.
When a booking is made it is worthwhile asking if you can meet nearer your wedding date to discuss in detail how you would like the evening to flow. Usually, once the first dance has been played by the DJ or band, this is a great time for your singer to start performing as all eyes will already be on the dancefloor. Set times can vary, from 45 minutes to one hour. Check with your particular act how long you’d like them to perform for, and when you’re thinking of breaking for food.
Another question I get asked a lot is ‘will we have to provide all the sound equipment for you?’ Absolutely not! All aspects of equipment should be dealt with by the act and the venue, leaving you free to enjoy your evening. What bride wants to worry about microphones and speakers?!
Many couples also ask me if I can sing their first dance song for them. It all depends on the range/key of the song. Sometimes it’s just best to stick to the original as that’s what you have in your mind. A single singer is also a great idea for brides on a budget, who can’t afford a whole band. A single singer has the ability to sing songs backed by professional backing tracks and deliver covers of well-known songs suited to you and your guests. They can bring lots of energy to the reception and interact with your guests perhaps easier than a larger band could.
The best thing about having a live singer at your wedding reception is that they can add an element of surprise. A great example of this is the anniversary party I sang at recently. The couple’s son announced he had a little surprise for his mum… little did she know that the surprise of him singing was, in fact, me! This was a great ice breaker and really got the party going with a bang!
Top five requested first dance songs
We asked Dominic for his top five requests that he gets from couples for their first dance…
Let’s stay together – Al Green
I want you back – Jackson Five
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Never too much – Luther Vandross
All night long – Lionel Richie
If you’re still planning your party, our Wedding Entertainment section has everything you need to get the music right on your big day.