An important choice for your wedding and reception is whether you will have a singer and whether it will be a friend with a beautiful voice or a paid professional singer. Some people are lucky enough to have close friends who have golden voices. Most of them would be honored if you asked them to sing at your wedding.
There are three things that all wedding receptions should include to be memorable and successful events. The three are good food, good times, and good entertainment or the three "G's". These three will make your wedding reception into an event enjoyed by all who attend. Generally taking care of the first and third of these concepts will guarantee the second. Good food is generally attained by hiring a competent caterer. Good entertainment brings with it a number of options and, unfortunately, none are ever ensured to be as good as they purport.
One entertainment option for wedding receptions is the wedding singer. For far less than you'd pay a band and a bit more than you can expect to pay a DJ, you can get an entertainer that is a master of ceremonies, singer, and comedian all rolled into one. Your reception singer probably should not be your wedding singer. Your singing friend would probably like to be part of the celebration instead of the entertainment at the reception.
Popularized by Adam Sandler's 1998 film The Wedding Singer, the person fulfilling this role at your reception will entertain you and your guests from start to finish. The wedding singer keeps the "show" aspect of the reception rolling along smoothly by providing music for dancing, and introducing various aspects of the reception such as the throwing of the garter and bouquet, and the unwrapping of wedding gifts. A good wedding singer will be the life of the party, keeping everyone in a good mood and having a good time by filling the lulls with witty comments and by singing his/her heart out. Some wedding singers will also have the guests sing, making parts of the reception a kind of karaoke party. Everyone loves karaoke. Even those who claim to despise it actually have a tiny Mel Torme, David Lee Roth, or Elvis deep inside them just aching to get out. The wedding singer will bring this out in people.
Finding a wedding singer to hire for your reception is often as easy as looking through the telephone directory or searching the Internet. You'll find that there are all types of wedding singers available to perform at your reception. Wedding singers will generally have a variety of musical styles to offer in their repertoire. Some offer general services which include a number of popular songs that they can perform at your wedding. Others are more specialized and offer "tribute" performances to famous singers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett or even the likes of Barry Manilow or Burt Bacarach. Most will be more than happy to discuss your musical tastes with you and gear their performances accordingly. Whatever musical style suits your particular tastes, you're sure to be able to locate a wedding singer willing to perform it for you.
Wedding singers can do it all for you and the good ones can make for a truly entertaining experience. They will know the special wedding songs you choose. When you're planning the entertainment for your wedding reception, consider hiring a wedding singer to help make sure your event fulfills the requirement of the three "G's" and is a memorable occasion for you and your guests.