In addition to being an event that officially joins you and your fiancé in marriage, your wedding is also a celebration of that union and a joyful gathering with all those you hold dear. Once the ceremony has concluded, the reception portion of your big day is mostly all about having fun, celebrating, laughing and being entertained, usually with exceptional music and spirited dancing. But some couples are adding more to their receptions than simply booking their band or DJ. They’re including additional artists or activities for a more full entertainment experience for their wedding guests.
Here are just five of the many ideas for including or booking entertainment for your wedding.
- Book dueling pianos for your reception. Guests can make requests, play games and sing and dance along with the entertainers. If you don’t want to forego your traditional band or DJ, inquire about adding dueling pianos for your cocktail hour (and one of their pianists for your ceremony as well) and perhaps for a portion of your reception if you’re planning a big party.
- Include guests in a family or ethnic tradition. Many families have special cultural wedding traditions. Others have certain songs they’re sure to play at every family wedding. Be sure to invite all guests to participate (and perhaps include the song lyrics at the reception so those who are unfamiliar with the song can follow). At Lauren and Zachary’s wedding at Lucien’s Manor, they were sure to incorporate the “spoon dance”, a wedding tradition in the family where guests grab wooden spoons and sing along to a longtime family favorite.
- Hire a strolling magician, comedian, caricature artist, jugglers, belly dancers or other talented performance artists to perform at your reception. Serena and Dave chose to have the amazing fire artists, Cirque De Light, thrill their guests at their wonderland wedding. And Cynthia and Dan had wonderful Polynesian dancers perform at their luau inspired wedding event.
- Bring in a Photobooth to provide hours of enjoyment for guests. These self-serve photo areas give friends and family the chance to dress up with silly props and pose for cute pictures with each other.
- Consider choosing a venue with built-in entertainment! Weddings that take place in museums, arboretums and zoos, etc. often come complete with their own activities and amusements for guests. For example, Philadelphia museums that double as wedding venues, such as the Please Touch Museum, the Mütter Museum (of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia) and The Franklin Institute, allow guests to either take a tour or visit their galleries and exhibitions. Lindsay and Zach decided to have their wedding ceremony and reception inside The Franklin Institute where guests were able to tour the exhibitions and experience the museum as they’ve never seen it… after hours!
October 20th, 2015
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas