Luxury Wedding Bands and Entertainment Ideas

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

luxury wedding entertainmentIf you are looking to add a truly luxurious touch to your wedding consider the type of entertainment you have at your reception. In recent years, going above and beyond the traditional wedding band has become a popular custom. Couples are now offering their guests unique entertainment by including dancers, magicians and eight-piece bands as part of the post-wedding fun. Below are a few popular luxury wedding bands and entertainment that have wowed wedding guests and will make your wedding a truly magical event.

Photographers and Artists

Make your wedding memorable for your guests by giving them party favors they will want to hang onto for years to come. Hire a professional photographer to set up a fun and wacky photo booth for the guests. Have plenty of costumes and fun accessories on hand, such as feather boas, cowboy hats and bow ties. Invite guests to get creative and a little goofy while they pose for pictures from your photographer. Guests can then pick up a set of the photos to take home with them at the end of the night, and you can hold onto to some of the snapshots yourself. Create a scrapbook, or collage with guests’ pictures as a fun keepsake to display around your home. For a truly special touch, take guests’ photos and attach them to your luxury thank you cards you send out after the event. If your guests are a little camera shy consider hiring a sketch artist to create fun party favors. Have a sketch artist draw cartoon caricatures of your guests and their friends.

Dancing Troupes

Whether you are hoping to simply inspire guests to hit the dance floor, or are looking to surprise guests with an exciting performance, dance troupes are becoming a popular staple at many luxury weddings. The type of dancers you can find for your wedding ranges from professional ballroom dancers to exotic belly dancers. Oftentimes, guests may be hesitant to take that first step out onto the dance floor. If you want to make sure your guests are burning up the dance floor by the end of the night, consider hiring professional ballroom dancers. The dancers will take the lead and invite guests out on the dance floor to learn popular dances, such as the waltz, tango and foxtrot. These dancers’ goal is to get guests feeling comfortable out on the dance floor and to encourage guests to have a good time. If you are looking to feature a performance that guests can enjoy from the sidelines consider hiring a more unique dancing troupe. Many couples have chosen to hire everyone from ballerinas to bottle dancers to provide guests with unique entertainment they won’t see anywhere else.

Food and Drink Experts

How often have you gone to a luxury wedding and felt overwhelmed by the wine selection or number of fancy hors d’oeuvres on display? Provide your guests with a unique learning experience by inviting food and drink experts to your reception. You can find experts in wine, cheese, liquor or any number of delicacies, who can teach your guests about proper food and drink pairings, or how to spot a good Cabernet Sauvignon. These experts will educate guests on the food and drink they are sampling, as well as answer guests’ questions. These experts are a fun way to encourage guests to mingle with one another and try appetizers or drinks they normally may not have tasted.

Magicians or Fortunetellers

Create an air or mystery and magic at your wedding reception by inviting a magician or fortuneteller to entertain guests. Magicians are popping up at more and more weddings, and are a fun way to keep guests entertained during a cocktail hour or while you and your partner slip away to take photos with the rest of the wedding party. Magicians can put on a brief performance for guests, or they can walk around the reception hall providing one-on-one entertainment. If you are looking for an even more unique way to mystify guests then hire a fortuneteller to read guests’ fortunes. Many fortunetellers will don costumes and appear in character to further delight curious wedding attendees.

Non-traditional Bands

Embrace your family’s culture or simply spice up your wedding’s soundtrack by hiring a non-traditional wedding band. Forget the standard DJ, or cover band, think about hiring a sting quartet or a Hindi band. After attending so many weddings with the traditional wedding bands, who play 80’s covers or pop music, it is easy to forget that there are a number of different musical groups you can have perform at your ceremony. If your family is Irish, it may be fun to celebrate their heritage by hiring an Irish folk band, or you can have the bagpipes at your wedding to celebrate Scottish roots. When planning your wedding leave yourself plenty of time to audition a variety of different musicians and bands to see who fits your taste better. Couples have even began choreographing a special number of their first dance. If you and your partner want to make a grand entrance after saying ‘I do’, find a band who will work with you to create a special introduction and first dance performance.

These days, weddings are more often becoming entertainment events than your simple wedding. Keep guests entertained and on-the-edge-of-their-seats all night by thinking beyond the standard wedding band and incorporating a number of different wedding bands and entertainment acts. With so many entertainers on the market, it is easy to find affordable performers who can create the special atmosphere you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to surprise guests and set your ceremony apart from other weddings.

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