Music for My Wedding organise wedding entertainment for couples on their big day. They aim to do this in a way that reduces the amount of time the couple has to spend looking. In a way, it’s like high end online dating for finding a wedding singer. Couples complete an online form for what they are looking for, and wedding entertainers approach them with a direct quote. Efficient and effective! Founder, Dierdre Le Blang estimates that most couples find what they are looking for within days. We got to speak to Jo Elms, a wedding singer for Music for My Wedding about her role and her favourite part about what she does.
1. How long have you been singing or performing for? And what are your first memories of singing?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. School choirs and concerts etc but it was getting involved with theatre at the age of 11 that really changed things for me. I got to sing Elaine Page’s hit ‘ I Know Him So Well’ to a full house! I was also asked to sing ‘The Rose’ at a special concert at the Christchurch Cathedral when I was 12. The Cathedral holds very special memories for me. Especially now, as much of Christchurch (including the Cathedral) was destroyed in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
2. How did you get into wedding singing and performing?
I used to sing at a hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand. Just by chance it was called ‘The Elms Hotel’! I was only just out of school singing in my first real paid gig and someone in the audience asked if they could book me to sing at their wedding. I happily said yes of course!
3. What is one of the most interesting weddings you have sung or performed at before?
Just last year I was asked to sing on Fort Dennison for a lovely man who wanted to make a surprise proposal to his girlfriend. He went to such amazing detail to plan everything without her having a clue! Even the staff on Fort Dennison were in on it. I was outside hiding with my guitar and when she came through from the restaurant I came out singing ‘I’m Yours’. The groom then got down on one knee. It was so amazing and we were all in tears. Happily she said yes and then we all celebrated!
4. What plans do you have for the future?
Just to keep doing what I do, music is my life. I love it!
5. What do you do in your spare time when you’re not singing or performing at weddings? Do you have any hobbies or do any other work?
I teach at the Australian Institute of Music during the week, so that keeps me really busy! I love teaching. When I do have some downtime, I love cooking at home with my husband and just relaxing.
6. Any tips for brides choosing the perfect wedding singer or performer for their day?
I love it when Brides know exactly what they want in terms of music. It’s also nice when they make a real effort to incorporate different musical styles to please different age groups. For instance, some Rock & Roll and Jazz for the older age generation. It just means that the dance floor can stay busy all night with everyone being catered for.
Now enjoy a sample of Jo performing: