Unique Wedding Reception Entertainment

The typical wedding reception entertainment scheme of pretty flowers and background music is fine for some people, but all kinds of options exist to spice it up a bit and provide a celebration that everyone is sure to remember for years to come.

Before planning any of the following wedding reception entertainment ideas, please take this short bit of advice: discuss it first. These inventive ideas will hopefully bring amusement and vibrancy to your wedding reception entertainment, but it could spell tragedy if you surprise everyone (particularly your spouse) with something completely outlandish.

Build your wedding reception entertainment around a theme that suits your personalities and interests. Some specific examples could be:

For the country bumpkin in you, try a theme centered around the old west. The ol’ watering hole should be a big hit. Plant some (fake) muskets and six-shooters around the area and see what kind of drama erupts.

The renaissance era gives many options for a wedding reception entertainment theme. If you have ever been to a renaissance festival, you know what fun it can be. Hazah!

In this 21st century, much of the science fiction of the past has already come to reality. This is very fortunate for the tech-savvy couple looking to design a high-tech reception centered around a sci fi theme. Laser beams and shiny, metallic things always look futuristic.

Arrrh matey! Not all pirates are from the Caribbean, but they can all throw a wild party! A big treasure chest filled with Styrofoam peanuts can hide treasures for the kids to discover.

Ancient Egypt is always an intriguing theme for any party. Design a secret hieroglyphic message for your guests to decode and win a prize. The favorite and most important symbol for your ancient Egyptian wedding reception entertainment: the Ankh.

If you really want to get the guests roaring, try this: Hire absolutely the worst band you can find in the city. Allow them to play a couple of songs before you encourage the guests to boo them from the stage. Your real band can then emerge from the crowd and “save the day” with beautiful, professional tunes. (You will still pay the sucker band for their full set, of course. They did their part.)

Instead of subdued background music between sets, hire a comedian to perform during the band’s intermission. An hilarious and upbeat act will keep your guests attentive and help them catch a second wind for another round of celebration.

There is no rule book that says wedding reception entertainment must be confined to the stage. Magicians, mimes, and jugglers are a few examples of entertainers who could meander through the crowd and keep everyone on their toes. They can scope out the folks who might look bored or ignored, hopefully prying open a few smiles. Remember to ask the juggler to please forgo the flaming torches – just this once!

These are just a few wedding reception entertainment ideas to get you started. What you eventually decide to do should reflect your own tastes. But whatever you do, the key ingredient that must never be forgotten is: fun!

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Wedding Reception Entertainment

Every bride and groom wants to show their wedding guests a great time at their reception. While music and dancing have always been a part of most weddings, these days couples often want to go the extra mile and give guests that “wow” factor. These are some trends and ideas about wedding reception entertainment.

Music is still the most popular form of entertainment at a wedding reception. The right band or d.j. can really help get a great party going, while choosing the wrong music can result in an empty dance floor and bored guests. A popular trend is to have a late night d.j. spinning the latest hits. The reception might start with a wedding band who can play a wide variety of crowd pleasing songs to appeal to a multi-generational crowd. Then later in the evening, the reception slips into after-party mode. The bride puts on a short beaded dress with her crystal wedding jewelry, the d.j. starts playing, and late night treats like donuts or pizza are served.

Another popular form of wedding reception entertainment is dance instructors. This is a fantastic option for a bride and groom who want to get a lot of people on the dance floor without playing club music. Hire a hot swing band and a pair of instructors to teach everyone all the steps (the fun part is that the older guests may already know the dances). Or you could go for a sultry Latin dance like the tango, which would be a great fit for a hot summer wedding. It would be a fabulous addition to a glamorous wedding where the bride is wearing a slinky sheath gown and crystal wedding jewelry. Your guests will have fun learning a new style of dance, and your reception will definitely be memorable.

Some couples feel that they must provide entertainment beyond dancing for their guests. Performers can be hired to do a short show. This tends to work the best when the show is in keeping with the theme of the wedding. Fire dancers would be fun for a luau reception, a Chinese dragon would be dramatic for an Asian wedding, or Celtic step dancers could do a show at an Irish-American wedding. When hiring special performers, keep in mind that a lot of guests will not enjoy experimental or avant garde artists. Performances should always be G-rated to avoid shocking anyone’s sensibilities.

If you are having an evening wedding, consider going out with a bang. Fireworks have become a popular trend for nighttime celebrations. It can be a marvelous way for the bride and groom to make their grand exit or they can be done earlier during an evening reception to make sure that no one leaves early and misses the fireworks show. Of course fireworks are an expensive addition to a wedding budget, and may not be permissible at all venues, so no couple should feel like they are a must-have entertainment for their reception.

A final tip on wedding reception entertainment: don’t overdo it. Many couples fall into the trap of thinking that more is better, but it is not necessary to plan a spectacle for every moment of the reception. For generations, guests did nothing more than eat, dance, and mingle at wedding receptions, and most of them were perfectly fine with that. Even today, guests can get overloaded with non-stop entertainment and it can grow tiring. Frankly, too much or too lavish entertainment can also look like the bride and groom are trying to show off how much money they spent. Choose one or two special features for your reception, if you like, and then let the rest of the evening unfold naturally. It will be the perfect balance and your guests will have a fantastic time at your wedding.