The Complete Guide to Singing Waiters

Looking to hire Singing Waiters/waitresses for your event, party or wedding? Then look no further…..follow our advice guide below for everything you’ll ever need to know about hiring singing waiters/waitresses……

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Singing Waiters are a fairly new concept in the UK but are swiftly becoming one of the most popular shows for events, parties and weddings. It is the perfect way to break the ice at any event and get the party started. Whether it is a corporate function, a venue, or your very special wedding day. Singing Waiters will bring a light hearted yet outstanding performance, with professional singers performing the very best in Opera, Swing, Musical Theatre, Pop, Current Chart Hits and even Rock.

So….. What does a singing waiter do?

Singing waiters are performers who disguise themselves as part of your venues catering team. They will dress to match the staff and serve your unsuspecting guests throughout the course of your event before creating the ultimate surprise by bursting into beautiful song. The ‘waiters’ are actually professional singers, who will leave your guests astounded and amazed.

The key to a successful performance…….

Comedy plays quite a large role in the successful execution of a singing waiters show so song choices, the surprise scenario you choose and the performers you book are the key to a great performance. The performers you hire must be quick witted, fantastic actors (as they must remain incognito prior to their performance) and also, incredible singers. Song choices must be varied, fun and suitable  for any audience and the scenario for the ‘surprise’ must be believable…… to keep their masquerade going as long as possible. The longer you can keep the surprise, the more astonished your guests will be.

How long do they perform for?

The misconception when hiring a singing waiters show, is that the performance begins when they start singing. This is not the case. The performance begins as soon as your guests arrive as they must remain in character throughout the duration of your event, from the second you and your guests arrive until the end of their singing performance.

The Singing waiters will arrive at least an hour before you and your guests arrive, this is so they can setup their equipment, and be clear of the room before anyone sees them. By the time you and your guests arrive, they will be in character, dressed similarly to the venue waiting on staff and most likely, will already serving your unsuspecting guests.

There are several packages you can choose from when booking a singing waiter…

Package A – The singing waiters will serve your guests for up to 1 hour incognito prior to performance to add to the element of surprise! Up to 60 minutes live singing

Package B – The singing waiters will serve your guests for up to 1 hour incognito prior to performance to add to the element of surprise! 1 x 45 minute `surprise` singing set Plus 1 x 45 minute lively party dance spot in the evening

Package C – The singing waiters will serve your guests incognito for up to 1 hour prior to performance to add to the element of surprise! 1 x 45 minute `surprise` singing set Plus 1 x 45 minute lively party dance spot in the evening Full DJ/Disco & background Music package for up to 6 hours

What will they wear?

Uniforms are very important as they have to blend in with the waiting staff as much as possible. Our singing Waiters have various waiter/waitress styles and outfits to help blend in with the waiting on staff at your venue. However, if your venue has branded uniforms, it would be helpful if they could assist in providing spares to the singing waiters so they can disguise themselves successfully. Most venues have had singing waiters perform so are usually more than happy to oblige. Some venues use standard black shirts/white shirts and black trousers, which the singing waiters will already have access to.

The Scenario! – How do the singing waiters start the surprise performance?

This is very important as this is what draws the attention of your guests to the singing waiters prior to their singing performance. There are several tried a tested way of executing the surprise which our singing waiters would be more than happy to discuss with you, or perhaps assist in developing a scenario tailored specifically to your event. There are many examples of previous scenarios used for your inspiration

  • Getting fired by the manager in front of your guests
  • Drunken waiters
  • The bad waiter routine – perhaps drop cutlery, spill water, get the orders wrong etc
  • Quitting their job
  • Moving abroad to start a new career after a lengthy spell as a waiter for the venue
  • About to audition for a TV Talent show and need to practice
  • And many more

The choice is yours……our singing waiters are also able to adapt an individual scenario of your own choosing or suggestion

What can I expect to pay for a singing waiter?

The price of singing waiters varies from show to show. Prices start from £300 – £2000, this depends on how many waiters you hire, what time of year you are booking them for and what day of the week your event is taking place. There are many factors that go into the costing of the performance which is why each quote is tailored specifically to the event. Show are available from solo singing waiters up to troupes of up to 4 singing waiters.

 

Can they perform as anything else?

Yes, of course!! Our singing waiters have also performed as Drunken Guests, Undercover guests, Firemen, Environmental Health, Chefs, Managers and many more. You can even suggest what you would like them to perform and they will do what they can to accommodate your request.

Introducing……

 

James Franklyn from ‘Franklyn & Wallace – UK Singing waiters’

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Franklyn in performance

 

How long have you been performing as a singing waiter? I have been a singing waiter now for 5 years, and this fantastic job has taken me all over the world.

Do you enjoy performing as a singing waiter?

The sheer joy on the bride and groom’s faces and their guests alike, when suddenly one of their waiters bursts into song during their wedding breakfast, is such a wonderful feeling. Its a fantastic show that I love to perform.

What advice would you give to someone looking to hire a singing waiter for their event?

If you were to book me as your singing waiter, you would hear me sing every genre of music from opera to soul, from pop to rock , all delivered with passion. My waiter show is not just based on my vocals that takes everybody by surprise , I add a fun element to the performance, whether it being a clumsy waiter who is forever dropping things, a cheeky waiter who wanders around the room, helping himself to guests drinks as he is waiting on…..etc, the list of possible scenarios is endless.

What has been your most memorable performance as singing waiter to date?

My favourite to date has to be a wedding I performed at in Italy. I had to be a drunken gatecrasher at an English wedding. I was dressed like I had been playing golf all morning, then been drinking all afternoon, so you can imagine the surprise in a quiet room as everyone is enjoying their wedding breakfast, as I enter rather loudly and extremely ‘drunk’ , making a nuisance of myself. Well, the bride and groom were the only people in on it, so it did not take long for his best man and ushers to carry me out of the room and throw me onto a grass verge just outside the chateau. So you could imagine everybody’s surprise when I entered from the back of the room extremely upset and wanting revenge. Timing is everything in this situation, and as the same 4 men were running around the room trying to catch me, the music starts, I grabbed my microphone and burst into song, stopping these 4 rather tired and angry men in their tracks. Once the cat was out of the bag and the fun had been had, they could not apologise enough. If you would like something that bit different for your wedding , or any other event for that matter. Then booking a singing waiter is what you need to do.

 

Jon Christos from ‘Voci – The Singing Waiters & Surprise Singing Experience’

'Voci' in performance

‘Voci’ in performance

 

How long have you performed as a singing waiter?

Approximately 2 years

Do you enjoy the performances as a singing waiter?

The Surprise Singing Waiters show is arguably my favourite out of all the shows that I’m a part of; there is such a variety of scenarios we can offer the clients in how we are revealed ranging from being simple waiters, management, kitchen/chef staff, environmental health, security etc who can argue, spill something; what we can offer has the diversity when creating a scene agreeable to the client and venue that works for us all. With that in mind, prior contact with the venue from the singers involved is vital.

In addition, the fact the audience in attendance have seen us waiting on and serving them etc almost lulls them into a false sense of security so as to when we eventually burst in to song, the look of sheer amazement and the opened mouths you see before you is something that creates such a stir, buzz and energy that we the singers can feed off and carry through to the end of the performance.

What type of show would you say works the best?

As successful as they have been, I would have to say that I personally prefer and feel there is a greater success with the shows where there are 2 or three singers involved as opposed to being a solo waiter as it simply maximises the impact and variety of what we can offer. As we the singers pride ourselves in delivering a show, this also allows us to feed and bounce off each other whilst having access to more of the audience which naturally enables us to offer and interact more.

Song choices can be tricky with a show like this…. what would you suggest to advise anyone looking to book a singing waiters event?

With regards to the choice and style of song, I think it is vital to gain as much knowledge not only of the clients personal tastes in music but also of those who will be in attendance as best you can. Naturally, you cannot cater for everyone in the room in such a short time but it allows us to plan and work together with the client in delivering the perfect set list due to the vast array of songs from practically every genre we have at our disposal. What I would however encourage is beginning with something high energy even if from the Classical/Opera genre is a key not only to the success of the reveal but also the mood and energy in the room too. Having some songs in the set where you can get the audience involved whether it be singing along, dancing etc has proven very popular and successful too.

In my experience, if all these points are taken on board, the client and their guests are treated to something that has that ‘wow’ factor and the singers themselves come away feeling they’ve had a rewarding experience.

 

Francesca from ‘Francesca – the singing waitress’

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Francesca – The Singing Waitress

 How long have you been performing as a singing waitress? 

Around two years doing this particular show.

Do you enjoy your singing waitress performances?

Very much so, I always have a ball and meet some incredibly interesting people along the way. Its great fun when the venue staff get involved in the performance as well as the audience.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Its hard to choose, there have been so many! I would have to say either the birthday party in Worcestershire where I was asked to destroy a birthday cake as my grand entrance, it played out well as people were concerned I had hurt myself when I ‘fell over’, which added to the shock factor when I burst into song………….. or perhaps the wedding, in which I started an argument with another staff member in the middle of the wedding breakfast. This annoyed one of the wedding guests who had no idea I had been planted there, who then joined in the argument. Needless to say, after the performance, she was very apologetic…… but it all added to the drama and the fun of the event……the bride was in hysterics!

 

For friendly, helpful advice regarding hiring one of our singing waiter/waitress shows, contact a member of the team today, who would be happy to advise you.

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

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