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11 Cocktail Hours Entertainers that Set the Stage for an Unforgettable Wedding

You may only need cocktail hour entertainment for an hour, but this short time is your chance to set the mood for the reception to follow. The best news is that the list of cocktail hour entertainers is endless; this short list can get you started brainstorming the possibilities.

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Caricatures

Caricature artists are a fun addition to any cocktail hour. This interactive wedding entertainer comes with another bonus, giving guests a unique wedding favor and keepsake.

Acoustic Entertainers

Acoustic entertainers are an upscale cocktail hour addition, though the right entertainer is different for every wedding. A jazz act can set the stage for a jazzy Chicago affair, while a more elegant act can prepare guests for the upscale celebration to come. (A wedding pro can assist you in choosing the best acoustic entertainer that fits with your unique wedding atmosphere.)

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Dramatic Servers

If you want to make a strong first impression, themed servers are the cocktail hour entertainers for you. These entertainers go a long way toward establishing an atmosphere, such as a throwback or stylish theme, and entertaining guests with a beverage and dramatic flair.

Games

Table and garden games are a fantastic way to entertain guests and add your personal touch to your big day. Garden games are a perfect addition to a wedding picnic. Guests’ll love to play bocce ball or corn hole during the cocktail hour, a personalized word search at dinner, and the shoe game on the dance floor.

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Aerialists

Interactive tasting stations are a new wedding entertainment trend. Aerialists take this wedding entertainment trend to new heights, making an upscale and magnificent impression. For a custom touch, choose a drink that fits your personal style.

Magician

For couples who want to make the night feel magical, a magician is the perfect addition to your wedding entertainment line-up. The key is to choose a magician that can customize their act and circulate through the crowd, leaving smiles on guests of all ages.

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Flappers

Flappers and gangsters are a fantastic way to make guests feel like they stepped back in time to the roaring 20s. Your guests’ll feel like they stepped back into the old streets of Chicago and arrived at a swinging party. If the 20s isn’t your style, talk to a wedding entertainment pro about securing entertainers fitting of the period of your vintage wedding.

Steel Drums

A steel drum band sets the stage for a tropical wedding, making guests feel like they are attending a destination wedding in Chicago. Best yet, a steel drum band can perform at an ideal volume so guests can mingle and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Stiltwalkers

Stiltwalkers are a one-of-a-kind wedding entertainment perfect for a circus-themed affair or an exceptional out-of-the-box wedding reception. These unexpected entertainers are an attention-grabbing act that take guests’ expectations to new heights.

Fairies

These whimsical wedding entertainers are a fanciful way to entertain guests at a garden wedding. Fairies create an imaginative atmosphere and make guests look forward to a night of unique merriment.

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Showgirls

Showgirls are a versatile wedding entertainer that create quite the first impression. These stylish entertainers can be the start of a fantastic night at the casino or part of a tropical performance act that transports guests a world away while enjoying your Chicagoland wedding.

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.