Top five solo singers perfect for your wedding

by Jon Fellowes of Last Minute Musicians

Sorting out your wedding entertainment is an important part of your big day. We at Last Minute Musicians know that you want an act to create the right type of atmosphere, which will reflect your wedding theme and guarantee that your guests have a good time… no small feat!

While traditional wedding bands are an excellent choice, they do have some drawbacks. They have a lot of large equipment and can be very loud – this won’t be suitable to every venue. With 4 or more musicians in their line up, they can also be pricey. This is where solo singers come into their own! With a flexible set up and affordable prices, hiring a local solo singer for your big day is an excellent choice for live music.

Here are our top picks of the type of solo singers to have at your wedding…

Andrew Price Pianist

Jazz & swing singers

Jazz singers are very popular at weddings. They will usually utilise backing tracks to recite big band classics, jazz standards and modern swing numbers. As such, they are perfect to have at drinks receptions for evening guests, to serenade diners, or to get people up and dancing later in the evening.

Expect to hear: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble and Dinah Washington.

Classical singers

If you’re looking to have an intimate and romantic wedding ceremony, then classical singers are a firm favourite to serenade you down the isle! Performing either to backing tracks or with accompaniment, they will recite your favourite classical pieces, guaranteeing your relatives get a little emotional.

Expect to hear: Classical pieces like “Ave Maria” and “Nessun Dorma”, as well as contemporary renditions by the likes of Catherine Jenkins.

Rock/pop singers

If you’re looking for a solo singer with mass appeal, then rock and pop singers will have an extensive repertoire of popular hits. Rock/pop singers may use backing tracks, or they may play an instrument (like the guitar)… they may even combine these two things!

Expect to hear: 60’s sing-along classics by The Beatles and The Monkees, disco classics, 80 and 90’s anthems, more modern material by the likes of Jess Glynne and The Killers.

Rachel Brooks

Acoustic singers

If you were looking to capitalise on the recent big trend in “wed-fests” then you’d be wise to hire an acoustic singer and give your wedding that Glastonbury feel! Wed-fests are usually outdoors events, located in big tents or teepees. They incorporate lots of food, drink and dancing… an acoustic singer will provide all of the foot-stompin’ sing-along hits that will keep your guests partying well into the night!

Expect to hear: Acoustic pop, rock and folk hits by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons.

Piano singers

Perhaps the perfect way to add a sense of class and atmosphere to your wedding day is by hiring a piano/vocalist. An excellent talking point during a drinks reception or perhaps in the background of dinner, piano vocalists will usually have a varied repertoire, combining pop, jazz and chart hits.

Expect to hear: Piano pop tunes by the likes of Norah Jones, Keane, Adele and Jamie Cullum.

Whichever way you decide to go, live music is a fantastic addition to your celebrations and will definitely help create the atmosphere you want for your wedding. Everyone at Last Minute Musicians wishes you the best of luck with the planning of your big day!