W is for… Wedding Singer!
If you’ve ever seen The Wedding Singer, you’ve probably wondered “Do people really do that for a living?”
The answer is yes!
Wedding singers are musicians. Sometimes they work solo, but more frequently they work with bands, and may also play an instrument of their own.
My mother used to be an organist and wedding singer for people who were married in a traditional Catholic church ceremony. She played the organ and sang songs chosen by the couple, at various points in the church service, to help them make their special day unique.
Granted, this was back in the 1980s and 1990s, so these songs may seem dated, but I remember her practicing these wedding standards in our living room with happy couples:
Normally wedding singers entertain a post-church crowd at wedding receptions (which are like after-parties). As Rachel Anne Warren says in her piece for The Billfold:
“If you request a list of all sad, sappy songs that pull on your heartstrings like lepers, we’ll probably encourage you to let us steer the ship straight into the party zone. The party zone is, of course, that other-worldly place where you forget you own a cellular phone because faces are melting, booties are shaking, and souls are burning with the flames of life.”
Being a wedding singer these days is all about keeping the party rolling, encouraging audience participation, and singing crowd favorites. Depending on the style of music that the married couple prefers, wedding singers will belt out popular tunes of today (or yesteryear), and do their best to keep everybody dancing, clapping, and singing along.
If leading a perpetual party sounds like your kind of job, then maybe becoming a wedding singer is the job for you!
- Confessions of a Wedding Singer (The Billfold, 13 July 2015)
- Get Paid to Sing “Don’t Stop Believin’” Every Weekend: How to Become a Wedding Singer (The Penny Hoarder, 22 September 2015)
- The Wedding Singer (1998)
- Top 10 Classic Wedding Songs (WatchMojo)
- Top 10 Modern Wedding Songs (WatchMojo)
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