Hi, I’m Roger Lapin a Close up Magician based in Hampshire and available to hire for wedding entertainment across the south of England.
Here are a few of my tips for choosing the perfect wedding entertainment.
All good celebrations need some form of entertainment, but there’s no one-size-fits-all package to keep your guests happy. Some like their music quiet and angelic, while others prefer lively tunes that make you want to dance. When it comes to weddings, there’s a whole array of talented artists and musicians, performers and entertainers to choose from. So how do you choose the perfect complement for your special day?
To help narrow down your choices, we’ve come up with some top tips for finding the right wedding entertainment for you.
Consider your theme
When you design and plan your wedding, you’re working to create a specific atmosphere by setting a theme. Each theme or aesthetic has its own selection of perfectly matched entertainment options – so this is a great place to start.
For example, if your wedding is classically elegant, dripping with luxury and set in a stately home, an ethereal melody from a harpist or string quartet may be the perfect musical background music. Whereas, for an earthy, relaxed wedding with a focus on sustainability, a folk band playing in the woodland may be a better fit. Have fun and use your theme to help you get really creative with your entertainment options.
Add some versatile acts
No matter which theme you’re going for with your wedding, there are some entertainment options that are versatile enough to be a hit regardless. Wedding Magicians or caricature artists are a playful addition to any wedding, and can help entertain your guests post-ceremony or fill the gaps between courses. You could also make some of your own classic garden games such as Jenga or Hoopla, or arrange a fun quiz or photo competition.
For your evening soiree, a good live band should be able to read the room and play accordingly – but remember they will specialise in a specific genre. For a classic crowd-pleasing party, you can’t go wrong with a DJ. Think about what type of music will get your favourite people out of their seats – not forgetting your personal preferences – and go from there
Check with your venue
Whilst you may be dreaming of fire-dancers and a full acrobatic performance to kick start your wedding reception, your venue may not be suitable for such extravagant acts. If you know you’re going to want entertainment that airs on the exceptional side, be sure to check the limits of your venue early on.
Even for live bands and DJs, some venues may have sound limits and space restrictions which you’ll need to be aware of when booking your entertainment. If you want your wedding to feature any live animals, or bigger items such as bouncy castles, it’s always advisable to check if your venue is suitable before booking them.
Have a brainstorm
Ultimately, your wedding entertainment should suit your theme, work to the tastes of you and your guests, and of course be suitable for your venue and budget. With these things in mind, why not have a brainstorming session and see what incredible entertainment ideas you can come up with?