All successful entertainers know the importance of professionalism. You want to radiate professionalism in everything that you do - whether it be a phone call with a client or the way you look. This especially true when it comes to entertaining at weddings. We checked in with GigMasters pianist Laura Cummings (Fort Worth, TX) for a few tips on how to dress the part for entertaining at weddings. Here's what she had to say:
As a musician for wedding ceremonies and receptions across the state of Texas, I try to dress differently for each event. I try to match the bride's colors either with my dress or my jewelry. Many brides express how much they appreciate my attention to matching their colors and I am thrilled when they notice this important detail.
I also try to match the colors for my own needs. I'm usually photographed at the events and if the photographs turn out well, they can be placed on my website's photo gallery and used for marketing. Brides are very visual and repeatedly mention my gallery when they come for their free consultation to select their music.
So, how do I manage to afford all these different outfits? Fort Worth, my home base, has dozens of resale shops. Some are small; some large. A few are expensive upscale; others---- not expensive at all. I search each and every one. I recently bought a lovely burgundy dress at a resale shop. The bodice was striped in metallic burgundy, gold, and champagne colors. I did not know at the time of purchase that a month later a bride would contact me about music for her wedding and the colors in this dress were exactly her colors. Since her wedding was scheduled for December, I knew I would be cold in the sleeveless dress. Shopping another resale shop, I found a burgundy long sleeve blouse; same fabric, and color. I changed out the buttons of the blouse to make it dressier. Later, I went on eBay, and found a pair of vintage art moderne gold and burgundy drop earrings. Just perfect to complete the outfit. My total cost was $21.00.
Resale shops are not the only places where I find beautiful dresses, jackets and blouses. Garage sales, estate sales and antique shops have all supplied me with unique treasures. Simple tips like changing the buttons on a dress or blouse to make it fancier or more modern, or changing jewelry to update an outfit can save hundreds of dollars and still allow you to dress professionally for each event.
If you've got a great tip or idea that you'd like to share with other GigMasters' members, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're looking for more info about weddings and wedding planning, check out our wedding section.