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10 (Unique) Wedding Entertainment Ideas You Haven’t Thought Of

happy just married young couple celebrating with wedding entertainment ideasWe all have seen the traditional wedding reception entertainment: a good DJ or one of the best wedding bands that can create a special atmosphere.  For couples that want to go beyond the traditional wedding entertainment, there are a number of unexpected (and fun) wedding entertainment ideas that can take your wedding day over the top.  (If you want more unique ideas, contact us. We’ll find the perfect wedding entertainment for your ceremony and reception.)

Magicians

Your union is a magical experience; why not share that sentiment with your guests?  Hire a magician to entertain your youngest guests in a separate room, or to fill time between your dinner and wedding reception.

Artist

wedding artist painting picture of receptionAn artist is an unexpected wedding entertainment idea that is perfect for a formal or a picnic wedding. A wedding artist can give you a memento of your big day that you can hang on your wall forever.  At a picnic wedding, an artist can face paint your young—and more experienced (adult)—for fun wedding photos that you’ll have for years to come.

Yard Games

If you want fun outdoor wedding entertainment, crack out the traditional yard games: corn hole, lawn dice, tic tac toe (on steroids), ring toss, outdoor bowling, etc.  Put out yard games to keep your guests entertained before your band takes over, or contact an entertainment agent for entertainers to create a fun carnival atmosphere at your wedding. (Remember, due to our unpredictable Midwestern weather, make sure you have a plan B.)

Hayrides

Nothing beats a hayride at a rustic wedding venue.  It’s the perfect entertainment for all your guests, both young and old.  One tip: make sure your hayride is safe, and your venue has adequate insurance for the occasion.

Mariachi Band

For a fun Mexican or beach-themed wedding, hire a Mariachi band to make your guests feel like they’re on vacation.  To enhance the theme, add a piñata to your list of wedding entertainment ideas to enhance your wedding atmosphere.

Bowling

Lawn bowling or a venue with classic bowling options…you’re guests’ll always remember your union as a strike!

Greeters

wedding entertainer with formal red dress and head piece as a wedding entertainment ideaTo establish your theme before your guests enter, hire statement entertainers to greet your guests and circulate through the crowd.  Ask your entertainment agent about entertainers specific to your theme, such as flappers and gangsters for your vintage event.

Bubbles and a coloring table and…

Don’t forget about entertainment for the kids at your wedding.  We’ve listed a few wedding entertainment ideas that your young guests—and their parents—will appreciate!

Fireworks

End your big night with a bang.  Make sure your guests now about it so you can enjoy it together.  For a plan B wedding entertainment idea (the weather, remember?), contact the professionals who have the experience to make your night a big bang everyone’ll remember—even if it’s pouring outside.

5 Tips for Selecting the Right Ceremony Music

wedding ceremony sheet musicYou’re engaged! Congratulations. Let the wedding planning begin, including selecting the songs that play while you walk down the aisle. Your ceremony music is one of the first parts of your wedding that your guests experience, so make sure you give your ceremony music the due attention it deserves and don’t let your big day (or your guests) down. Here are five tips to help you choose the ceremony music—and the musicians—that makes your wedding ceremony even more meaningful.

Know how much ceremony music you need/want.

Every wedding is unique; the amount of songs vary but we can talk in generalities. Typically, your ceremony music consists of prelude, processional, and recessional music, and any interlude songs that are played during special moments during the ceremony (lighting a unity candle, etc.).

  • Prelude music is soft background music played as guests enter and are seated.
  • As the wedding party enters, there are usually two songs played during the processional. The second processional song is a more joyous song signifying the bride’s entrance and walk down the aisle.
  • During the recessional, a louder song is played as the bride and groom exits followed by softer music as the guests leave (called postlude music).

If you’re holding the wedding in a religious setting, ask about ceremony music restrictions.

Don’t wait to do this important step; ask first so you can avoid heartache later. Talk to the coordinator at your ceremony venue, or discuss any limitations with your officiant. If your service is in a church, synagogue, or temple, ask about hymns or traditional religious music that was played at other weddings.

Consider your ceremony setting.

The amount of, type, and kind of ceremony musicians you hire depends on a lot of different factors. If your wedding ceremony is outside, you may need more musicians to ensure that you have adequate volume. For a small, intimate, interior ceremony setting, a quartet may be overwhelming—and, from a practical standpoint, there may not be adequate room for your musicians. If you are unsure, contact a professional who can select the right professional musician or musicians appropriate for your wedding and coordinate all the details.

Your music is your choice.

Don’t feel limited by traditional songs. For example, just because your mother walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D doesn’t mean you have to do the same. We found this list of songs to work from; don’t be afraid to ask an entertainment agent for quality musician and song suggestions (they can draw on their experience to make modern, contemporary or traditional recommendations for music). Good musicians have the experience and skill to play a variety of songs that you choose.

Don’t hire amateur musicians.

You don’t want just any hack musician setting the mood for your special day. This is the time when you are committing to your wedding partner formally, and you shouldn’t have to settle for amateur musicians who haven’t touched an instrument since grade school. Instead of relying on a ‘friend of a friend’ who may or may not have the skills to play at your ceremony (do you know for sure?), contact an entertainment agent who can choose skilled professionals perfect for your ceremony, venue, and budget.