Another big wedding trend we’re excited to see this year is an increased focus on adding unique and varied entertainment options. In addition to having a band or hiring a DJ to provide music and emcee services, a second or even third artist or group of artists are booked for the event. Or a surprise performance, often by the bride or groom or a friend in the wedding party, is arranged to wow guests during the cocktail hour or reception. After a year or so of being stuck at home binge-watching Netflix and instagramming, guests are so ready for some live entertainment! And with an abundance of Elvis impersonators, live event painters, caricaturists and songs written and sung by our newlyweds, we already see this happening a lot at the weddings we’ve filmed recently. Couples are simply looking to provide a more full, fun and memorable entertainment experience for their guests… and we think it’s fantastic!
Here are just a few of the many ideas for adding unique and memorable entertainment to your wedding:
- Hire a strolling magician or illusionist, comedian, caricature artist, jugglers, belly dancers or other talented performance artists to thrill guests at your reception. Serena and Dave chose to have the amazing fire artists, Cirque De Light, wow 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 a while ago 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.
- Order interactive food or drink options. DIY or customized food stations, like a smashed potato bar or gourmet mini grilled cheese sandwiches, always keep guests engaged and satisfied. Roaming oyster shuckers and attendants wearing amazing champagne drink hoop skirts also serve dual purposes as food servers and entertainment that guests won’t stop talking about.
- 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. The best part is that they have a fun keepsake to take home to remember your day, years after your wedding is over. And photo booths aren’t always 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!
- Have additional musical talent there to entertain guests, especially during your cocktail hour. A strolling violinist or accordion player, or a solo saxophonist or guitarist, provides lovely background music to help set the mood. A small jazz or Caribbean steel drum band can also add splendidly to the atmosphere. And here in the Philadelphia area, we know the Mummers really know how to kick off a reception! Be sure to see Julia and Michael’s wedding for a perfect example!
- 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 and an illusionist 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. Lucy did the same thing when she sang a song she wrote for Chase, then got on stage with her band to sing and play some more! 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.
February 23rd, 2021
by Kristi Chapman
in Tips & Ideas