I have come across three client that I have quoted them my pricing but they called me back telling that the dinner venue provider will give them their in house musician performing for FREE in their wedding dinner package. Well, I can't force them of course. FREE. I can't perform for FREE. Then, their wedding dinner passed and they called me back to tell me how regret they are.
1st:- The performance is only for about 20-45 minutes that left other gab empty and bored the friends and relatives.
2nd:- The selection of songs- imagine they sing sad lyric songs in a Chinese wedding.Why? easy because they are foreigners how do they understand bout Chinese custom?
3rd:- They perform this during their break from other outlets, so they barge into the ballroom while the host ,bride and groom and in laws doing "Toasting ceremony" on the stage while the musicians are busy setting up their instruments,running cables saying " excuse, excuse" and better of all sound checking while you are there yelling " YUM SING" ( Uhh! Sound check 1,2 1,2,)
Hearing this from my regret clients, I have to let all bride and groom to be: "BEWARE" nothing is good and is FREE.The venue provider actually has few options for you as complimentary:-a) singers and musicians, b) Free usage of projector and screen for your slide shows, c) Complimentary reserved tables for dinner reception
Why not just take item c, for you can invite more friends and relatives to be at your dinner so the ang pow that you recieved can cover for your professional musician fees. hee hee.
Of course, if you have friends offering you to sing at your wedding dinner, please make sure you know how well they sing and the song lyric has no sad meaning ( if you don't mind about the lyric then you can relax on this matter of course ). Still I don't think is good to stress out your friend ( she or he give ang pow leh ) so let the professional musician do their job.Anyway this a once in a lifetime event.