A typical wedding day basically possesses a double-identity. The first half, the wedding ceremony, is an earnest, reflective event… a powerful rite honoring the union of two souls in marriage. Then, once the ceremony has concluded, the reception portion of the 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 even more excitement 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 adding unique and memorable entertainment for your wedding:
- 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. Cynthia and Dan had wonderful Polynesian dancers perform at their luau inspired wedding event. And Melissa and Tobi had a fantastic Hora Loca, which translates to “Crazy Hour” at their fabulous reception!
- Add a live event painter. We wrote earlier about these talented artists… not only do they provide a beautiful finished product to commemorate your special day, they also provide hours of entertainment for guests as they watch a blank canvas transform into a remarkable piece of art right in front of their eyes.
- Bring in a photo booth to provide hours of enjoyment for guests. These self-serve photo cubicles give friends and family the chance to dress up with silly props and pose for cute pictures with each other. And photo booths aren’t just boxes anymore… we’ve seen several VW buses transformed into fantastic and fun photo booths! Check out the fun VW bus photo booth at Maura and Ryan’s amazing Newport, RI wedding!
- 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 wedding guests to either take a tour or visit some of their galleries and exhibitions. Our clients, 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!
- Finally, be your own talented, artistic addition! If you can sing, play an instrument or dance, show off your skills at your reception! Not only did Serena and Dave have those fire artists at their reception, but Serena also entertained guests with her amazing belly dancing skills! At Ann Marie and Sean’s wedding, Sean got up on stage to rock the house, then sang a song he wrote just for Ann Marie. Larissa wrote a secret song just for her love, Bill, and also sang with her a cappella group on her wedding day. And Patrina was treated to a surprise, seemingly impromptu rendition of a Les Mis classic by so many of her theater friends at her beautiful reception.
June 8th, 2018
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas