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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.

10 Outdoor Wedding Entertainment Ideas that Shine

tables at summer wedding decorated and ready for guestsAn outdoor wedding is a chance to capitalize on our warm summer temperatures, but also the chance to create a whimsical affair, an English garden, a country fair, a carnival that entertains for hours and hours. The possibilities are endless.

There are dozens of ways to turn an outdoor wedding into the wedding day of your dreams. Every detail plays into the wedding atmosphere: the venue, wedding menu, décor, and the outdoor wedding entertainment that pulls it all together.

Jugglers

Jugglers are an unexpected surprise—and a versatile one. Jugglers can adapt to any outdoor wedding atmosphere, providing a fun addition to a country fair or a whimsical touch to a garden wedding. For a circus-themed wedding, look for a juggler with a main stage comedy act that keeps your guests (of all ages) in stitches before or after the meal.

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Garden Fairies

For a touch of whimsy, add garden fairies to your outdoor wedding entertainment line-up. Professional garden fairies can make your guests feel like they are in the midst of a fairy-tale wedding.

Magician

A magical outdoor wedding wouldn’t be the same without a magician to liven up the wedding reception. The right magician can be an atmospheric detail, mingling in with the guests and doing tricks with a custom flair, or a main stage entertainer that brings magic to every moment (or as a child’s entertainer in a special kid zone). For a personalized addition to the wedding reception, hire a professional who can take details about the newlyweds and turn them into a custom act that guests’ll talk long after the wedding.

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Food Servers

The right food presentation can significantly add to wedding atmosphere, especially when your favorite wedding foods are served by a professional entertainer specifically attired to the theme. Be creative; contact an entertainment agent who can select the right entertainers that fit with the theme.

Face Painters

Guests expect face painters at a country fair, so why not include them in your fair-themed wedding? Face painters are a draw for guests, both young and old. Professional face painters can even customize their designs to the occasion, such as fairy designs for a whimsical garden wedding or animal faces for a circus theme.

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Stilt walkers

These entertainers tower over a crowd, making guests feel like they are part of an event that is larger than life. Stilt walkers are an awesome addition to a circus-themed wedding, a whimsical or unique event, or a country fair.

Wedding Painter

A wedding painter captures the moment like no one else, as well as your guests’ attention. Hire an entertainer that creates a memento that you can cherish for years to come and use to relive the beauty of your outdoor wedding again and again.

Psychic/Tarot Entertainer

To take outdoor wedding entertainment to the next level, hire a psychic and tarot entertainer who can tell guests’ fortunes and predict their futures. This can be a real conversation starter, giving guests the chance to discuss the news delivered in a more fantastic way than any fortune cookie.

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Dancers

Hiring dancers for an outdoor wedding can check off many boxes; dancers can create the flash mob that serves as an unforgettable surprise, can play a key part in including your ethnicity in your big day, or can reinforce an atmosphere centered around Mardi Gras or another fantastic festival. When choosing the right dancers, don’t settle for amateurs; contact an entertainment agent to hire high-quality entertainers that can perform authentic dances in the right attire.

Humane statues

Human statues are a unique way to welcome your guests. These entertainers are a memorable way to give your guests a taste of what’s to come. Human statues let your guests know that this is not just another outdoor wedding; your wedding is a distinct occasion to be reveled and enjoyed.