The right entertainment can really bring a celebration together. Your selection of entertainers can help determine many of the other aspects of your festivities—from your theme down to your decor and beyond. Thinking that the more traditional entertainment choices aren’t quite right for your particular celebration? Your unique wedding may be the perfect opportunity to consider some equally unique and unexpected entertainment choices.
Hosting a steampunk-themed wedding utilizing every color of the rainbow? How about a zombie-inspired celebration infused with a little disco flair? Even if you’re not considering an offbeat or zany theme, you may be finding that the traditional wedding DJ isn’t always the perfect entertainment option for every celebration. And with the endless choices available, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re hard-pressed to find ways to set your wedding apart, your entertainment selections can be the perfect place to start.
When examining your options, consider how you’d like them to be presented. You can have some entertainers perform on a specific schedule in front of your entire audience—say, a harpist who will play during the cocktail hour, a pianist who might handle the reception dinner, and a comedian who will get guests giggling in the lull before the first dance—or have entertainers perform for smaller groups. These entertainers will often travel to guests at their tables, or you can set them up at stationary spots around your venue. However you choose to organize your entertainment, find ideas below for unexpected options that can liven up any celebration.
Shock and Awe
Looking for the perfect fit for, say, a circus-themed wedding? Get guests’ blood pumping and their jaws dropping with acrobats, aerialists, contortionists, fire dancers, sword swallowers, fire breathers, magicians, or fortune tellers. Whether you have them perform throughout your reception or you showcase their talents at specific times during the celebration, these entertainers are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Beware, however, that these entertainment options can limit your venue selection. Not many indoor wedding locations will welcome open flame, while most outdoor venues won’t be able to accommodate the setup you’ll need for, say, aerial silk performers. If you’re “tied” to certain artists, you may need to do a little extra work when hunting for the perfect locale.
Cut a Rug
Get guests in the mood to groove by hiring professional dancers. From burlesque to hip hop, swing to ballroom, or hula to tap, your dancers can play to your theme. Dancers can perform in the background, or they can be a wonderful way to lure guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Whether you want to inspire guests with a stellar performance or want your dancers to physically get guests movin’ and shakin,’ make sure your dance floor gets the attention it deserves.
If you’re hosting a choreographed number, make sure to talk with your dancers beforehand. Depending on the type of dance, the number of dancers, and the actual dance, you’ll want to ensure you’ve secured enough space for them to be able to perform properly.
Certain entertainment options can also provide guests with lasting remembrances of your wedding celebration. For example, leave them with some gorgeous—but temporary—body art by hiring a henna artist or face painter, or consider a couple of live artists. Watercolor and caricature artists, and even cartoonists can capture guests in unexpected ways and document the action as it unfolds for a unique, artistic, and unmatched perspective on your celebration.
Fun Party Rentals
Party rentals aren’t always just silverware, linens, and chair covers. Some party rentals are downright fun. The perfect fit for a Western or a Sin City themed wedding, casino rentals like craps tables, roulette wheels, and card tables bring out guests’ gambling spirit. Want to see a little bit of the inner child in each of your guests? Bounce houses, carnival games, and laser tag aren’t just for kids anymore. Challenge guests to show off their best goofball faces in a photo booth or against a fun backdrop. Ask guests to demonstrate their favorite dance move, to offer marriage advice, or to respond a fun prompt as they step into your video booth for a unique and dynamic take on the traditional guestbook.
Once you have a general idea of what you’re looking for, you can start your search for the perfect entertainment vendor for your celebration. There’s truly something for everyone. So whether you’re looking for a tutu-wearing dog to bark the alphabet, a tea leaf reader to offer insight into your marriage’s future, or simply someone to make guests smile, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for alongside some unexpected surprises. Keep an open mind and what once seemed strange may quickly become the perfect fit for your festivities.