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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.

20+ Entertainment Ideas for Your Wedding

wedding entertainersIf you’re a couple looking to plan a wedding like no other, it’s all about creating a spectacular atmosphere.  From the food to the entertainment, your wedding needs to scream Mardi Gras, tropical getaway, a day back in the 20’s (or your favorite era), an elaborate performance—whatever your theme, make it a magical evening.

Entertainers can be the key to a magical evening—especially unique acts that no one expects.  We’ve started a list to get you started, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing the right entertainers to fit your special night and unique wedding theme. 

  1. Magician
  2. Wedding painter
  3. Mariachi band
  4. String quartet
  5. Dueling pianos
  6. Steel drum band
  7. Vintage servers
  8. Jazz trio
  9. Soul band
  10. Country band
  11. Dance instructor
  12. Acoustic group
  13. Orchestra
  14. Vintage band (that can play popular tunes from the era of your themed wedding)
  15. Swinging orchestra
  16. Celebrity impersonators (from the era of your wedding)
  17. Tribute Acts
  18. Reggae band
  19. Carnival (perfect for carnival-themed wedding)
  20. Showgirls
  21. Jugglers (for fair-themed wedding)

If you want more ideas for wedding entertainers, contact us.  We have the experience to find the right entertainers—and coordinate all the details to make it a memorable evening your guests’ll talk about for years.

16 Wedding Picnic Reception Ideas (Especially Entertainment)

happy just married young couple at wedding picnicBeautiful Midwestern weather + beautiful setting = a fantastic wedding picnic ceremony followed by a wonderful wedding picnic reception.  We’ve assisted with planning wedding entertainment for more years than we care to admit, and now we’re focusing on passing on our knowledge and expertise so you can plan the perfect wedding reception for your guests.

One of the first steps in planning the perfect wedding picnic reception is to choose a theme that connects every detail of your wedding picnic reception.  Choose a wedding theme that’s uniquely you, or pick a wedding theme that you can plan into an event that embodies who you are as a couple.  Once you’ve chosen a wedding picnic theme, it’s time to lock in all the details—including wedding picnic reception entertainment which can create the atmosphere that’ll make your wedding day a unique and memorable experience for your guests.

Country Fair

  1. Country band,
  2. Themed Servers (passing out popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and other treats),
  3. Jugglers,
  4. Musicians,
  5. Tarot & Psychic Reader,
  6. Caricature/Event Painter,
  7. Yard games,
  8. Dunk tank,

Vintage Picnic

  1. Jazz band,
  2. Themed Servers,
  3. 20’s Entertainers,
  4. Yard Games

Carnivale

  1. Carnivale characters,
  2. Jugglers
  3. Tarot & Psychic Reader,
  4. Mimes

If you want top quality entertainers for your wedding picnic, contact us to book the “best of the best” and get recommendations for entertainers that fit your unique day and wedding picnic theme.

Wedding Picnic Entertainment Tips from the Pros

wedded couple on scooter having fun at wedding picnicSummer is a fantastic time to plan a wedding picnic with all the bells and whistles: food, picnic décor, yard games, fun…and all the unique challenges that come with an outdoor wedding.  If you’re planning a wedding picnic and hope to take it to the next level, use these wedding entertainment tips from the professional entertainment agents to put your special day over the top.

Take the #1 rule of event planning to heart.

Location, location, location.  We’ve all seen the beautiful pictures of an outdoor wedding with guests swaying to band out in the middle of nowhere.  Seems idyllic, right? In reality, that scenario is challenging with the equipment required by many bands.  When booking an outdoor picnic wedding venue, ask specifically about accommodations for the band and any other entertainers—and bring your entertainment agent into the mix to make sure the requirements of the band are met in your outdoor venue.

Connect all the dots.

The right wedding entertainment is an opportunity to connect all the dots of your wedding theme.  Don’t miss out on the chance to play up your tropical theme with a steel drum band, or a group of entertainers to make your picnic feel like a country fair.

Think about ALL your guests.

Give the parents attending your wedding a gift, and your youngest guests to have an awesome time at your wedding.  Hire children’s entertainers like face painters, jugglers, and magicians to ensure all your guests have a good time.

Have a plan B.

No matter how sure you are that your wedding date is going to be weather-free, have a plan for just in case it isn’t—and bring everyone into the loop on that plan. Find an indoor location for “just in case” weather, and make sure your wedding planner, entertainment agent, entertainers, caterer, and any other vendor are in the loop about your plan B.  Planning ahead for contingencies is far easier than scrambling on your wedding day.

Don’t feel confined to one entertainer.

If you really want to take your wedding to the next level, think beyond the stereotypical one-band wedding entertainment.  Think children’s entertainers, wedding painters, ceremony soloists, steel drum bands, atmospheric entertainment…to get the right combination of entertainers, trust the professionals to select the right entertainers for your wedding picnic.  Entertainment agents can select characters and entertainers that take it over the top based on your wedding details and guest demographic. They’ve also seen what works and doesn’t work, and good entertainment agents only hire the best entertainers for your wedding.

Ask the pros.

Weather, equipment requirements, selecting the right entertainers for your wedding picnic theme—all of the details of an outdoor wedding can be overwhelming.  Don’t be afraid to bring in the professionals to help nail down the details, and to take your wedding to the next level.