Wedding Ceremony Music Ideas Perfect for Your Big Day

beautiful wedding decor at wedding ceremonyTraditional, modern, or unique—the style of your wedding should shine before you walk down the aisle. We’ve given you ideas for traditional and modern wedding ceremony songs in our past blog post, as well as tips for hiring the right wedding ceremony entertainers. Now it’s time to dive into wedding ceremony musicians that set the tone for your wedding day.

Guitarist

A guitarist is a popular option for today’s couples because of the doors it opens. A quality guitarist has a diverse play list to choose from, and can play any song that fits with the style and theme of your wedding. If you want a really unique feel, ask for a guitarist that can play tunes from the era of your vintage wedding or a really unexpected modern song that fits with who you are as a couple.

Pianist

A pianist offers versatility—and fun, if that’s what you want played in your wedding ceremony. The right pianist can play traditional or modern tunes (choose from some of the most common wedding ceremony songs from this list). Make sure you hire a quality pianist to ensure that you get a quality performance that impresses you and your guests.

Singer(s)

Not every couple has a good singer in their contact list. For a dynamic delivery of your favorite wedding ceremony songs, hire vocalists who specialize in the genre of your song. If you don’t know where to find singers that fit your choice, contact an entertainment agent with a full line-up of vocalists to choose from.

Violin & Guitar Duo

For modern music and an unexpected surprise for your guests, consider a duo who can deliver rock songs or sweet modern love songs from well-known singers and bands. Contact an entertainment agent to hire acoustic background music that leaves your guests in awe—and ready for more at your wedding reception.

Orchestra

If you want to make a big impact with your traditional music, hire a group of instrumentalists for your wedding ceremony. Before you sign on the dotted line, talk to your entertainment agent to ensure that you have adequate space at your venue for the group and that you hire a group that can adjust the amount of musicians to the event (some orchestras can provide different number of musicians dependent on your needs).

 

Live Wedding Entertainment Ideas that WOW

endless summer band for summer weddingsMemorable. Dramatic. Perfect for the theme. Awesome. We’ve been involved in helping couples plan their wedding entertainment long enough to know that’s what couples want to hear from their guests. After all, that’s what wedding entertainer delivers—if you choose the right entertainer from the list of ideas (or lean on the experience of an entertainment agent to select the right entertainment for your big day).

Pianist

While a pianist may not be the most unique wedding entertainer, an experienced pianist can serve up the ambiance and atmosphere you want. A piano act can also be very versatile, playing background music for your dinner and a faster beat for your reception. If you want to add spice to your piano act, choose a pianist and vocalist duo to keep your guests on the dance floor.

Jazz Singer

Nothing reinforcjazz performers for weddinges a roaring twenties or vintage wedding theme like a jazz act. Add some atmospheric entertainers (as servers for your themed treats?) and your guests’ll feel transported back in time.

Orchestra

Nothing says elegant and upscale like an orchestra—and nothing makes a wedding more entertaining that a customized orchestra act. Ask your entertainment agent about an orchestra that personalizes their act to your tastes—and even the amount of musicians—to your special night.

Country Band

A country band can be the cherry on top of your rustic wedding reception, completing the rustic atmosphere you’re trying so hard to create. Talk to an entertainment agent about the right band that has a huge playlist of country and rock and roll songs you can choose from.

Steel Drums

A tropical or beach themed wedding just isn’t complete without steel drums. Whether as dinner music or for main stage entertainment, a steel drum band can make any wedding reception feel like a day at the beach.

Painter

wedding artist painting picture of receptionIf you want a really unique memento from your wedding, hire a wedding painter. A wedding painter can capture the night in a special way you’ll cherish for years. For an outdoor wedding, hire a number of face painters who can use your youngest guests as incredibly cute canvases. Talk to an entertainment agent to hire the professionals that’ll leave the parents at your wedding raving over your creative wedding entertainment.

Themed Entertainers

The list of live wedding entertainers is endless—and so are your options for creative live wedding entertainment (i.e. a murder mystery for your Halloween wedding, glow-in-the dark entertainers for an outdoor night wedding, contemporary band for a modern wedding reception, etc.) Talk to an experienced entertainment agent who can connect you with the right entertainers to make the huge impact that you—and your guests—want.

Holiday Party Entertainment Ideas for Every Crowd

Just like the holiday count down (you know two turtle doves, three French hens…), the days are counting down to your holiday company party—and the chance to book one of these awesome holiday party entertainers. The next question is “which entertainer is right for your holiday party?”

Carolers

Entertainment is what gives your party atmosphere. Carolers are the source of the holiday spirit. Perfect for a holiday party with a vintage or traditional atmosphere, carolers give your party background music or a main act that’ll get your guests in the holiday mood.

Interactive Entertainment

For a more active holiday party, consider adding interactive entertainment to your company holiday party. Think cookie decorating, a comedian who includes the crowd in a personalized act—the possibilities for holiday party interactive entertainment are endless (just ask an experienced entertainment agent who can explain your options).

Subtle Entertainers

A diverse company holiday party calls for a subtle holiday theme—and corresponding entertainment. Contact an entertainment agent who can select the right entertainer, such as the Spirit of Winter, holiday soldier, Scrooge, or Grinch, that fits with your party atmosphere.

Artists

An artist may not be the first holiday entertainer that comes to mind, but an artist can add a fun touch to any holiday party. Think of your artist as a fun photo booth. If you’re including kids in your company holiday party, hire a professional face painter that the kids’ll flock to.

Show

If your company holiday party is geared more toward a relaxing afternoon (or evening) away from the workplace, give your guests a memorable classic show, musical entertainer, or a dueling piano act. Talk to the pros to decide what show is right for your holiday party.

Tips for a Fantastic Formal Corporate Holiday Party

ice bar for charity eventsPlanning a formal holiday party is different than coordinating the details of an office party. The atmosphere you’re trying to create is different—or should be, if you use these tips to plan your formal holiday event.

Choose the right venue.

The right venue is more than a detail. It’s a requirement that ensures the success of your formal event. The perfect event fits your theme, location requirements, sizing and space specifications, chosen atmosphere, budget, and amenity needs. Because your venue needs to check off all the boxes, determine your goal and compile a guest list before you initiate a search for the perfect venue.

Give your guests an unforgettable entrance.

Event atmosphere starts at the door; formal events are not immune from creating a vital first impression. Hire entertainers that fit with your theme to greet your guests. To choose the right entertainers that fit with your holiday event theme, contact an entertainment agent that has experience and a full line-up of holiday entertainers to choose from.

Create awe.

Bring the wonder of the holiday into your event with every detail. Incorporate high impact pieces into your décor, such as table centerpieces and ice bars, that impress your guests and leave them wanting for more.

Use dinner entertainment to create atmosphere.

Your guests need to feel the formality of the event. Use dinner entertainment, like a string quartet or dueling pianos, to reinforce event formalness and give your guests something to talk about.

Make your main stage act a showstopper.

A formal event is nothing without a main stage act that fits the name. For a formal holiday evening, a White Christmas show fits the bill and the atmosphere. For another theme, contact an entertainment agent for an entertainer that can customize their act to your specific event theme. As with any formal event, you need to use a “larger than life” event planning strategy to create an awesome atmosphere that fits the holiday mood and the event formality.

Tips for a Better (and More Fabulous) Fundraising Gala

red carpet entertainer with guests at masquerade themed charity galaThe recipe for a fabulous gala is different for every event. We’ve seen it, experienced it, and planned it. A successful gala has a unique atmosphere with its own feel. It’s up to you to create that atmosphere and push it over-the-top with these tips (and expert advice that can make it a reality).

Choose the right venue.

The right venue is an essential part of gala success. There are several factors in your decision, including location, adequate spaces, and event needs (other criteria for the right venue are listed here). Screen your venues carefully, and look for a venue that fits your practical and décor needs.

Create the ultimate entrance.

Showgirls, human statues, paparazzi. Atmosphere starts at the door—or should, if you use décor and entertainers to welcome your guests. Once you have a general idea of your gala theme, talk to a professional entertainment agent to decide how to incorporate the right entertainers into your event entrance.

Allow for plenty of time for socializing.

Networking is what your guests want at a gala. Give it to them (just like a customer, your guests are always right!). Include plenty of time in your event timeline for mingling, and entertain them while they socialize. Ask your entertainment agent for ideas that fit with your theme, such as celebrity impersonators, entertainers serving snacks, and main stage acts.

Use entertainers in creative ways.

Entertainers don’t always just need to entertain. Instead, hire entertainers that can fit the practical needs of your event as well. Use your entertainers to welcome your guests, serve food, and improve your guests’ experience.

Be inventive with your fundraising.

Fundraising doesn’t need to be a “one size fits all” part of your event. Use imaginative ways to fundraise, and be open to creative ways. Use technology or your main stage act to play a part of your fundraising efforts (like making them your emcee for a contest!). If you need ideas, don’t hesitate to ask your entertainment agent for unique ideas that fundraise and entertain.

Holiday Party Planning: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

company christmas party guests with santa hats by holiday treeYou may not be able to stop a snow storm or a belligerent employee at your next company holiday party, but you can set up your next holiday party for success by avoiding these party planning mistakes.

Choosing the wrong venue

You may not have a choice for your company holiday venue. If you do, careful consideration should go into choosing the right venue for your company holiday party (tips on how to choose the right event venue here). The wrong venue can feel too tight or too big, making your guests feel uncomfortable or like there is poor attendance. In addition to space considerations, selecting the wrong venue can also mean an event without atmosphere or without the necessary amenities needed to make your event a success.

Not compiling a guest list

Planning company party details without a guest list is like blindly trying to make your way through a maze. Without knowing the demographic and size of your guest list, it’s challenging to choose the right venue, select the right entertainment, and make other arrangements. Before you set any details, craft a guest list that can guide your holiday party decisions.

Not enough entertainment

As entertaining as networking can be, don’t rely solely on socializing for your guests’ entertainment. Instead, use your guest list to determine what the best options for entertainment are for your guests. An entertainment agent can guide your efforts and book the best entertainers that fit the bill—and leave your guests satisfied and entertained.

Lack of refreshments

Food can do a lot for an event, and that’s always the case for a company holiday party. In addition to satisfying your guests’ taste buds, the seasonal treats can enhance your holiday party atmosphere and create the complete atmosphere you’re trying so hard to achieve. To add icing on the cake, use entertainers, such as elves, to put your company holiday party over the top.

Thinking you have to do it all

There are a lot of holiday party details to juggle, as well as the budget. One of the most common holiday party planning mistakes is trying to take it all on. Don’t be afraid to contact the experts to coordinate the details and assist you making the right decisions (as well as taking some of the weight off your shoulders); it’ll make your holiday—and your holiday party—a lot more jolly.

8 Jolly Holiday Event Entertainment Ideas

office holiday party entertainersHoliday events can be whatever you want them to be, but the last thing you want them to be is “ho-hum.” Use these entertainment ideas to make sure your holiday event is remembered as more than a bad pun.

Face painters

Professional face painters are the highlight of any family event, which is why adding face painting to your entertainment line-up is sure to please everyone in your audience. With incredible talent, professional face painters come equipped with a wide variety of designs—including holiday images and colors.

Comedian

Make the holidays a jolly time with a comedian that can adapt their act to the season and your audience. A quality comedian is flexible, and can fill their act full of jollies that suit your audience.

Gifts

Gifts are always a hit with your audience. Who better to deliver those gifts than Father Christmas? Hire a professional Father Christmas to hand out your gifts and get everyone in the holiday mood.

Carolers

Establishing atmosphere is never more important that at a holiday event. Carolers can be the key to that atmosphere, filling the room full of cheer with songs specially suited to your event.

Show

Dinner and a show are always hit at a formal affair, and a spectacular musical journey through the years is sure to fit the bill. Inspired by the classic films Holiday Inn and White Christmas, this spectacular holiday concert will take you on a musical journey of memorable songs from the fabulous ‘40’s & ‘50’s. Complete with lavish costumes, original arrangements, comedy and plenty of sentiment, this show is a holiday favorite.

Cookie decorating & crafts

troop of elves and holiday entertainers for holiday partiesSatisfy two event needs with one fell swoop. Give your holiday elves another job to do (besides making toys) at your event. Holiday elves can be the perfect facilitators for cookie decorating, crafts, or passing out gifts. Your audience is going to feel like they were transported to the North Pole for the duration of your event.

Band

Give your audience a holiday concert they’ll never forget. Hire a band that fits your theme: country, jazz, pop, etc. and build your event around your entertainment. Use your venue, décor, menu, and other event details to create a complete holiday atmosphere with your chosen theme.

Mariachi band

If you want to create a more international-themed event, consider hiring an entertainer suitable for an around the world theme, a beach holiday, or an event with a theme that fits a certain country. Your entertainment agent can help you find the perfect entertainer that checks off all the boxes and leaves your guests full of holiday cheer.

Halloween Event Planning Guide

witch Halloween entertainerHalloween events are a unique combination of the perfect theme, venue, food, and entertainment—with every detail executed to excess. There is no such thing as a halfway Halloween party; that’s why you need we’ve put together this Halloween event planning guide to help plan an over-the-top Halloween event.

Select a goal and a Halloween event theme.

The first step of planning a successful event is to choose a goal, because that goal guides many of the necessary decisions made during the event planning process. Next, choose a theme, such as a Monster Mash or Haunted House, that ties all the details together and creates your desire atmosphere (family-friendly, spooky, etc.).

Know your guests.

Once you’ve set a goal and a theme, think about who your guests are and their needs. A family-friendly event is going to be completely different than an adult-only event. Consider the age demographic and location of your ideal guest and what is needed at the venue to make the Halloween event enjoyable for everyone.

Choose the right venue.

The right venue is crucial to the success of the event (that’s why we’ve wrote whole posts about choosing the right venue). For a Halloween event venue, make sure you have the spaces needed for every part of your event (i.e. activities, haunted house, etc.), the technology and electricity needs required for your entertainment, and the square footage for your expected attendance.

Create an entertainment plan.

Start with a bare bones entertainment plan, and let your entertainment agent expand on it. An entertainment agent can recommend reliable entertainers perfect for your expected demographic, your budget, and your goal.

Make sure you have adequate staffing.

Halloween events require adequate staffing to serve food, assist and greet attendees. To create a strong atmosphere, combine those functions; hire entertainers to serve food or greet attendees.

15 Frighteningly Fun Halloween Entertainment Ideas

child with face painting of pumpkin at fall eventCostumes. Mysteries. Family fun. Haunted affairs. No two Halloween events are the same, which is why the list of possible Halloween entertainment ideas is long and varied. That’s why we’ve put together a list of Halloween entertainers sure to make any Halloween party a success (just ask us for the right entertainer or combination of entertainers for your event and budget).

  1. Costumed characters
  2. Hypnotists & Psychics
  3. Magicians
  4. Mind Readers & Fortune Tellers
  5. Face Painters
  6. Human statues (great way to establish a spooky atmosphere!)
  7. Mystery Show entertainers (keep your guests guessing whodunit!)
  8. Gangsters & Roaring 20’s entertainers (for a vintage Halloween feel)
  9. Jazz singerhuman statue entertainers
  10. Bands
  11. Mentalists
  12. Comedians
  13. halloween event entertainer with pumpkin head and orange suitCaricature artist
  14. Celebrity impersonator
  15. DJ

This list is just a starting point, of course. For more creative Halloween party entertainment ideas, contact us to take your event to the next level.

Unique Evening Wedding Reception Entertainment Ideas

LED entertainer Evening may be the traditional time for a wedding reception, but your wedding reception entertainment can be anything but traditional. If you’re looking for evening wedding reception beyond the traditional band or DJ, or for supplemental entertainers that create atmosphere, you’ll want to check out these unique evening wedding reception entertainment ideas.

LED Entertainers

Leave your wedding guests in awe with LED entertainers that can light up any wedding reception. An entertainment agent can include the LED entertainers into your evening wedding reception entertainment plan that wows and entertains.

Theme Entertainers

Make your wedding theme not seem too “themey” by turning your wedding into an experience. Use a wedding planner or entertainment agent to connect all the elements of your wedding—entertainment, décor, dishes—into a seamless atmosphere.

Dinner and a show

There’s no law against dinner entertainment at a wedding; to the contrary, an evening wedding reception with a dinner and a show can be the unique experience that sets your wedding apart. Contact an entertainment agent that can choose the entertainer that fits your taste and with your other wedding details.

Throwback Entertainers

A vintage or throwback wedding gives you the perfect opportunity to choose unique entertainment that takes your guests back to the era you feel you should have been born in (or at least love to enjoy). An entertainment agent with high-quality entertainers can connect you with the period-appropriate entertainers that take your wedding back.

Children’s Entertainment

If your wedding is an all-family affair, make your youngest guests’ (and their parents’) evening by including children’s entertainers in your evening wedding reception entertainment.  Don’t leave them out of your evening wedding reception entertainment; ask a entertainment agent about a magician, juggler, story teller, face painter, or another children’s entertainer that can make the evening memorable and unique.