Whether it's belting a solo or jamming with the band, if you're interested in performing at your own wedding, you may want to consider a few things beforehand. Here are a few handy dos and don’ts when it comes to taking the stage at your ceremony or reception.
DO plan ahead.
Plan your performance the same way you would any other wedding arrangement: in advance. You need time to perfect your performance on your own, you need to give your musicians ample time to learn the song, you need time to practice with whoever accompanies you, and you all need time to get accustomed to the space and acoustics of your venue. Waiting until the last minute to coordinate your performance puts you (and everyone else involved) at risk of showing up unprepared on your Wedding Day.
DON’T let stress get the best of you.
To ensure that you give your best personal performance possible, you need to be prepared and practice. Just be sure that you don’t let the stress of performing curb your engagement excitement, don’t let a personal performance distract you from other arrangements that need to be made, and don’t let stage fright kill your Wedding-Day buzz. You should spend your wedding focusing on your spouse and enjoying the celebration.
DO a preview.
You should do a sound check at your venue to test out the acoustics in the room, and you’ll want to feel comfortable performing in front of a crowd, so invite your wedding party to a preview performance.
DON’T wait until the end of the night to perform.
Not to suggest that you won’t perform as well at the end of the night, but you may have a few more glasses of champagne than you expected, and some guests may have to leave early, so you should try to schedule your reception performance sometime between cocktails and mealtime. You’ll be fresher, all of your guests will be present, and you can have as many glasses of champagne once you finish.