In all the excitement of planning a wedding, some brides focus on gowns, flowers, wedding cake, and reception foods, and don’t give much thought to entertaining their guests at the reception. Yes, guests will chat and mingle while they drink champagne and nibble on hors d’oeuvres, but a truly enjoyable wedding reception needs a bit more forethought.
Interview a band or DJ just as you would a photographer. Ask about their wedding experience and for recommendations from previous brides. An emcee with wedding know-how is much better than settling for Uncle Ed with his CD player. Choose one who can direct the pace of the wedding reception, leading the way through introductions, dances, toasts, the cake-cutting, and the tossing of the bouquet.
A good bandleader or DJ will be willing to sit down and discuss the music you want. Be sure to include music for the tastes of all your guests. Remember great-grandma as well as your own friends. Choose songs for any special dances such as the bride and groom’s first dance, a dad-and-daughter dance, or a mother-and-son dance. Most DJ’s have an extensive selection of music of all genre’s and will help you choose a suitable play list.
If you are planning a family wedding with many children in attendance, think about hiring special entertainment for them. Keep in mind that a magician in a tux may be better suited to the atmosphere of a wedding than a clown in over-sized shoes. A side benefit is that the adults will enjoy a magician just as much as the children will.
Singing waiters are another idea for wedding entertainment. These professionals are fun, and have a routine for every occasion.
Instead of spending money on wedding favors that many people discard, hire a cartoonist to do caricatures of your guests. This is fun and entertaining and gives your guests a unique wedding favor they will want to keep forever.
Your wedding is your special day, so choose entertainment that you’ll love. Make it a memorable wedding that friends and family will enjoy and rave about for a long time!