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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.

20+ Wedding Cocktail Hour Musician Ideas

acoustic artists for wedding cocktail music hourWedding cocktail hour musicians are a beautiful addition to any wedding entertainment line-up. The right wedding cocktail hour musician doesn’t have to fit the traditional vision of soft music, though it certainly can be if you’re planning an elegant or traditional wedding reception.

Fortunately, Chicago is full of wedding cocktail hour musicians that enhance the wedding cocktail hour and take wedding music to a whole new level. As you find and hire wedding cocktail hour musicians, be careful about hiring amateur musicians with little or no experience. In the same way, a wedding cocktail hour musician is no good if they don’t show up. If you’re worried about both of these issues, contact an entertainment agent to select the right musicians for your big day.

The perfect wedding cocktail hour musicians check off boxes in experience, quality, reliability, and the capability to fit with the desired wedding atmosphere. Modern wedding cocktail hour musicians fit with a contemporary wedding theme. Period entertainers reinforce a Great Gatsby or throwback affair. Traditional cocktail hour musicians complete an elegant wedding reception and coordinate with every other detail of your special day.

Wedding Cocktail Hour Musician Ideas

  1. Acoustic Performers
  2. Jazz Quartet or Band
  3. String Quartet
  4. Pianist
  5. Piano & Vocal Duo
  6. Dueling Pianos
  7. Jazz Vocalist
  8. Orchestra
  9. Blues Band
  10. Mariachi Band
  11. Steel Drum Band
  12. Violin Show
  13. Brass Band
  14. Guitarist
  15. Guitarist & Vocal
  16. Country Band
  17. Throwback Celebrity Impersonator (perfect for period weddings)
  18. Rock Star Impersonators
  19. Reggae Band
  20. Cover Band
  21. R&B Band
  22. Swing Band
  23. Cellists
  24. Tropical Band

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.

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.