The beautiful bride and glowing groom aside, the essential part of a successful wedding function is the entertainers. Think of all the weddings you’ve been to throughout your life. Weren’t the most enjoyable celebrations the ones with the liveliest music, plentiful food and drink and a touch of the unexpected?
Wedding entertainment had evolved dramatically from when your mother planned her special day. Couples have limitless options when it comes to keeping those smiles on the faces of their guests. How do you decide what to choose? It depends on what type of wedding you have.
Some brides give their wedding a theme, such as “Hollywood glamour” or “garden party.” Having an idea makes choosing wedding entertainment easier as you can group by type. For example, for a Hollywood theme, have “paparazzi” photographers snap pics of guests as they go into the reception on a red carpet, set up an old-fashioned popcorn machine, or hire Big Band-style musicians. Keep guests entertained at an outdoor garden wedding with lawn games like croquet and horseshoes. A carnival theme comes to life with the addition of a cotton candy machine and fire jugglers and magicians.
If you don’t have a subject matter, match your wedding entertainment to your location or family tastes. A zydeco band is ideal for a wedding in the South, while a luau featuring a hula show and fire show is a perfect match for a beach wedding in the South Pacific. If your family heritage is Mexican, think a mariachi band. Scottish brides and grooms often have a bagpiper at the ready while leaving the ceremony.
Keep in mind your goal is to keep guests engaged while still allowing them to take pleasure in each other’s company. Many couples have slideshows at their receptions but make the error of running too long. Your guests will rapidly tire of hundreds of photos of you, and you’re beloved, so keep it for no longer than ten minutes. Wedding entertainment should be amusing for others, not just the happy couple and their parents.
Your main focal point when it comes to wedding entertainment should be the music. Whether it is just there for background noise or you’re planning a wild dance party, your music is going to be heard by your guests for hours. Plan your other existing entertainment around the band’s breaks or make arrangements with the DJ to step aside to mark any unique entertainment.
Knock two items off your wedding checklist and accumulate a few dollars by combining wedding entertainment with favors. A photo booth with funny props like hats and stick-on mustaches allows guests to make a mistake around and gives them a fun token of your special day. A silhouette cutter is charming to watch and provides guests with a beautiful piece of art.
Save your “big bang” for about an hour before the stop of the reception, just as things start to twist down but before your guests begin to leave. A dramatic fire show is an exciting and moving way to entertain wedding guests and give the happy couple a grand send-off.
No matter what you select, consider always to sign an agreement that protects your interests and spells out any charges, as well as verifying that the company you are hiring has all proper permits and insurance. The tranquility of mind you’ll get will permit you to take enjoyment of your wedding entertainment fully.
Updated: 18 July 2020