As most of you know, I will, from time to time, play music at weddings. When you look at it from an economic standpoint, it’s a fantastic gig – making the type of money per one hour ceremony that usually only executives and lawyers see.
But there is a reason it pays so well:
- Psychotic mothers. These are the women who talk to you constantly, changing and adjusting. They are also the ones who will make changes to the music the day of the wedding, regardless of how many people are involved or what music is being substituted. One MOTB (mother of the bride) decide the day before the wedding that we were going to be moved…crammed into a single line against the church wall, with no line of sight to the proceedings or the other musicians.
- Unreasonable brides. Being a bride is nerve-wracking. I know, having done it myself. And it know the stress makes otherwise perfectly rational and considerate people turn into Bridezilla. One outdoor wedding I played with a harpist found me 50 feet away from the wedding party, balanced on the edge of a pool. And we got the blame because no one could hear the music.
- Weather disasters One bride had planned an outdoor wedding, and when the heavens opened up about an hour before. I made it to the alternate location by driving on medians to avoid flooded roads. The guests trickled in over the next hour and a half, and a one hour gig turned out to be four hours of sogginess.
- Traffic weirdness. I have never played a wedding where someone didn’t walk in after the bride. It’s a convenient excuse. But when the entire wedding party gets caught in traffic, that is another matter. Especially when the signs have been up for a week that a particular bridge would be closed on the weekend…
So it’s never about just playing one hour. And it’s never without a snag. So that’s why playing weddings pay so well.
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