Whether you're looking for a live wedding band for your wedding reception, a magician for your drinks reception or you have your own ideas about the wedding entertainment you want for your big day, we've got you covered...
At the end of the day, entertainment is what makes a party a party. Your wedding entertainment choices will define the style and tone of your wedding day. They are a chance to put your own personal stamp on your big day. In this guide, we offer some wedding entertainment ideas for what works best during the various parts of your big day and why.
There are two main parts of a wedding day that strongly benefit from the addition of wedding entertainment. The first is the drinks reception and the second is the evening reception.
Your drinks reception immediately follows your wedding ceremony. And, traditionally, your first act as a married couple is to have you wedding photography done. Even with an efficient and experienced photographer, this can take an hour or two. And it doesn't involve your guests. So while you and your new wife or husband are getting snapped, your guests attend an event called a drinks reception.
If we're being candid, the term 'drinks reception' is putting a very positive spin on it. The reality is that your guests are standing around waiting for the newly-wed couple to return so that the wedding breakfast can begin.
This makes for bored guests. And this is one of the main parts of a wedding day where wedding entertainment can really help. Here's what we suggest:
Having a magician perform close-up magic to your guests in small groups is likely to become one of the most memorable parts of the day for them. Despite the recent popularity of close-up magic, most people have never seen a live magician, making this a chance to gift your guests a new experience.
Additionally, magic is an interactive form of entertainment. It gets your guests involved. This has the potential to serve as an ice breaker between groups of guests who may not have met before as it gives them a shared experience to talk about.
Wedding magicians are highly skilled professionals who have honed their skills over many years. A good close-up magician can command a crowd, amaze that crowd, and make them laugh, all at the same time.
Wedding magician prices start at around £300, but it will cost you between £500-£1000 for a good one. Top magicians, particularly celebrities, can cost a lot more than this.
If you're not feeling the magic vibe, another way to go is to have a caricature artist draw cartoon pictures of your guests. This provides your guests with mementos of your wedding day and can also be entertaining for their friends and family to watch the process.
Another option, growing in popularity is the magic mirror photo booth. This is a booth that takes funny pictures of guests. It's another more hi-tech option that provides guests with a memento of the day.
If you have money for it in your budget, having low-key live music - something like a string quartet - can add a classy ambience to a drinks reception. Think posh hotel lobby.
Evening receptions usually complete your wedding day and can go on until late. With dancing utmost upon the minds of most of your guests, most couples hire either a DJ or a live wedding band or both.
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