There’s the open bar, the food, and the decor, but what everyone remembers the most is the entertainment. How FUN was your wedding? One vital aspect of any wedding is the entertainment that is provided. There are many different types of entertainment that your guests can enjoy, and it is important to choose the right type for your special day. We’ve got classic ideas like live music to more unique things like magicians for you below. Let’s dive in.
Adam Sandler in the Wedding Singer, anyone? Live music is a classic choice for wedding entertainment. Even if they have bad days, it’s still a fun experience (ha-ha). Whether you prefer a band or a DJ, live music can set the mood for the entire event and keep guests entertained throughout the night.
When choosing a band or DJ, consider their experience, reputation, and the type of music they specialize in. Many bands and DJs have websites with samples of their music and reviews from past clients. This can help you get a sense of their style and whether they would be a good fit for your wedding.
If you’re looking for a band, consider the size and instrumentation of the band. A smaller band may be more intimate and suited for a smaller wedding, while a larger band can provide a more energetic and upbeat atmosphere for a larger wedding.
For a DJ, ask if they take requests and what their music library is like. Also, ask about the equipment they will be using and if they have backup equipment on hand in case of any issues. DJs can also be incorporated in other ways into the wedding, like introducing the bridal party and announcing certain parts of the wedding.
When planning your wedding, be sure to discuss the type of music you would like to hear at your wedding. You can provide a list of your favorite songs and genres or let the band or DJ know if there are any songs or genres that you don’t want to play. You can also choose to have a mix of live music and DJ music, so guests can dance to their favorite songs.
Don’t forget about the milestone moments (first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance). Your live music entertainer may have some ideas for these things (they’ve seen a few in their day). You can also start thinking about what you would want for these kinds of things.
Who doesn’t like a funny (and likely tipsy) memorialization of their awesome night? A photo booth is an exciting and interactive way to add entertainment to your wedding. It allows guests to take pictures and make awesome memories. Photo booths can be customized to match the theme of your wedding, making it an excellent way to incorporate your wedding’s decor into the guest experience.
When choosing a photo booth, consider the type of booth, the backdrop and props provided, and the quality of the photos. Some photo booths are traditional enclosed booths, while others are open-air setups. Enclosed booths provide more privacy, while open-air setups allow for more people to be in the photo. Some photo booths come with pre-designed backdrops, while others can be customized to match the theme of your wedding. Additionally, consider the quality of the photos and if they will be provided in digital format or printed on the spot.
Many photo booths also include props such as hats, glasses, and signs, which can add a touch of fun and creativity to the photos. Some photo booth providers also offer online galleries where guests can view and download their photos after the wedding, making it easy for you and your guests to look back on the memories from your special day.
Additionally, consider the photo booth’s setup and if it will be manned by an attendant or if it can be used by guests with the help of a touchscreen or a clear instruction sign.
Interactive Games and/or Activities
Okay, hear us out. Games and activities at a wedding aren’t the most traditional, but they are fun! Interactive games and activities can add an extra element of excitement to your wedding. Games and activities can also keep guests entertained and break the ice between guests who may not know each other well.
When planning interactive games and activities for your wedding, consider the theme of your wedding and the age range of your guests. For example, if you’re having a more laid-back, rustic wedding, lawn games like bags (or “cornhole” as some people like to call it) or giant Jenga could be a great option. For a more formal and elegant wedding, consider hiring a caricaturist or a fortune teller.
You can also opt for group activities such as dance lessons or a group art project that guests can work on together. This not only provides entertainment but also allows guests to connect and bond over a shared experience.
Another popular option is hiring a wedding planner to orchestrate interactive games or activities, such as a murder mystery or a scavenger hunt, which can be tailored to your wedding’s theme and can help guests to have a more engaging experience.
If you’re looking to add a bit of nostalgia to your wedding, consider having a Polaroid camera, which can provide guests with instant printouts of their photos. How fun!!
When planning interactive games and activities, keep in mind the logistics of the event, such as the space available, the number of guests, and the time the activities will take place.
Magician or Other Performer
It may seem crazy or “out there,” but having a magician or other performer at your wedding can add a touch of magic and excitement to your wedding day. Whether you’re looking for a close-up magician to entertain guests at cocktail hour or a stage performer to provide a unique show during the reception, hiring a professional magician or performer can help to make your wedding an unforgettable event.
When choosing a magician or performer, consider their experience, reputation, and the type of performance they specialize in. Look for online reviews from past clients, ask for video samples of their performances, or ask for references from other wedding planners or venue coordinators. This will give you a sense of their style and whether they would be a good fit for your wedding.
Another important factor to consider is the timing of the performance; make sure it fits the schedule of your event and that it won’t disrupt any other important moments of your wedding.
Magicians can provide a great form of entertainment during the cocktail hour or during a lull in the reception, while a stage performer can provide a show-stopping moment during the reception. Some performers also offer interactive shows, where guests can participate and become part of the performance.
Consider also the type of audience you’ll have; some performers are more suited for adult audiences, while others are more kid-friendly.
When planning your wedding, be sure to discuss the type of performance you would like to have at your wedding. The performer will be able to give you more details on the type of performance, the equipment required, and the cost.
While having a food truck isn’t the entertainment per se, it’s more in the catering arena; the experience of walking up to a food truck, choosing your food, and chatting with the other guests all along is the entertainment! A food truck at your wedding can add a unique and creative touch to your food choices and as entertainment. Food trucks could also be used as a late-night snack. Maybe you have catering for the main meal, but a taco food truck shows up around 10pm, right around when everyone’s started thinking about Taco Bell.
When choosing a food truck for your wedding, consider the type of cuisine they serve, their reputation, and the quality of their food. The options are endless; nachos and tacos, burgers, pizza, etc. Don’t forget to look for online reviews from past clients, ask for sample menus or ask for references from other wedding planners or venue coordinators.
Another important factor to consider is the timing of the food service; make sure the food truck will be available during the time you want to serve food to your guests. Coordinate with the food truck vendor on the logistics, such as the location of the truck, the time it will arrive, and the type of service they will provide.
Food trucks can be an awesome way to provide a casual and relaxed atmosphere to your wedding, as well as providing your guests with a unique and delicious dining experience. Some food trucks also offer interactive experiences such as cooking classes or food-making stations, where guests can participate and create their own food.
Consider also the type of audience you’ll have, some food trucks are more suited for adult audiences while others are more kid-friendly.
When planning your wedding, be sure to discuss the type of food service you would like to have at your wedding. The food truck vendor will be able to give you more details on the type of food service, the equipment required and the cost.
What better to have at your July wedding than some fireworks? It just makes sense! Having fireworks at your wedding can add a spectacular and dramatic touch to your beautiful day. Fireworks can be used to create a grand finale to your reception or can be used as a backdrop to your first dance as newlyweds.
When planning fireworks for your wedding, it is important to consider the location and timing of the display. Make sure the location is appropriate for fireworks and that the display will not disrupt any other important moments of your wedding. Coordinate with the fireworks company on the logistics, such as the timing of the display, the location and the type of display you want.
It’s also important to note that fireworks displays often require permits and permissions, make sure you check with your local authorities and also check with your wedding venue if they allow fireworks displays on their property.
Fireworks can be a great way to add a wow factor to your wedding and create a memorable experience for your guests. Some fireworks companies also offer choreographed displays, where the fireworks are synchronized with music, creating a truly spectacular show.
When planning your wedding, be sure to discuss the type of fireworks display you would like to have at your wedding. The fireworks company will be able to give you more details on the type of display, the equipment required, and the cost.
When it comes down to it, the type of entertainment you choose for your wedding will depend on your personal preferences and the overall theme of your wedding. Whether you choose live music, photo booths, interactive games, magicians, fireworks, or food trucks, be sure to choose entertainment that will make your special day even more memorable for you and your guests.
Nicole Sheehey is the Head of Legal Content at HelloPrenup, and an Illinois licensed attorney. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to prenuptial agreements. Nicole has Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School. She has a deep understanding of the legal and financial implications of prenuptial agreements, and enjoys writing and collaborating with other attorneys on the nuances of the law. Nicole is passionate about helping couples locate the information they need when it comes to prenuptial agreements. You can reach Nicole here: [email protected]