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Wedding Vendors: Paying a Wedding Soloist?

Q.

If you ask an acquaintance from your church to sing a solo during the wedding, is it expected that he will be paid? If so, how do you determine the amount? When I asked him if he would do me the honor, he never mentioned being paid. Now I don’t want to insult him by offering payment. Would a gift certificate to a nice restaurant along with a wedding thank-you note be acceptable?

A.

Your solution sounds like a great idea, and it'll help to avoid an awkward "payment" conversation! This man is probably not expecting anything of you -- he'll be pleasantly surprised with your gift, which is a gracious and thoughtful gesture.

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