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The Wedding Entertainment Dilemma

You've got the venue and the food sorted, the outfits are coming on, flowers and cake are ordered, it's time to talk about the added extras, the entertainment. Most people will consider a DJ or maybe a live band for their evening entertainment but there's more to entertain your guests than a disco. With this blog I'll offer some ideas for keeping your guests entertained throughout the day.

Let's begin at the end

Band or DJ, how successfully you end the biggest day of your life depends on the choice you make. A good DJ like JN Sounds will let the music set the scene and keep your guests dancing until the very end. A great band such as The Coolbeans will bring the pizazz and fill the breaks with pre-approved tracks of your favourite tunes. Either way they'll want to know your first dance song, and if you want to do any other specific tracks.

But what about the rest of the day?

From the very beginning of your wedding day it's likely that music will set the tone, from pre-ceremony background music through arrival and the walk down the aisle to last dance, but you're not limited to pre-recorded music only. A singer, guitarist, harpist, pianist or quartet will add an air of elegance to an arrangement of your favourite piece or pieces of music. With Ariella Strings you can chose how many musicians fit your needs and your budget, and their music catalogue is incredibly wide.

So, what about after the ceremony?

There's always a lull in activities while the photographs are being taken. Background music whilst guests sip their post ceremony drinks are all very well but how about injecting a bit of fun into that part of the day and bring in a magician. Steve Dean Magic will wow kids and adults alike, give everyone a bit of a giggle and make them forget that they are waiting for the food.

During the wedding breakfast

While waiting for the speeches, or to cover up the deeply embarrassing stories, how about some singing waiters from Singing Waiter Masters or Zing Entertainment ? A bit of opera or a show tune, either way it'll wow your guests and creates a great party atmosphere. Fancy something a bit more hands-on then think an elegant version of Stomp, and make music using Boomwhackers with Beats on the Day.

Don't leave the kids out

Entertaining the kids during the boring bits could be as simple as a goody bag full of puzzles and mini toys, but kids of all ages love Lego. Fill bowls with random Lego bits and let your guests create their table centres. Or set up an outside area with lawn games and activities from Dolly Dimples Wedding Entertainment. Or maybe a wedding bouncy castle.

Whatever you do to keep your guests entertained it'll make your wedding memorable for all the right reasons and if you need any further ideas you know where to come. X