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Something Old, Something New... Wedding Entertainment Ideas for 2015

Updated on July 20, 2015

Yesterday No More?

Hopefully, when you decide to take the plunge and ask your partner to marry you it means you have reached the conclusion that this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. They are to be your one and only, the better half, the ball and chain, etc, etc, etc...

So, doing this once means getting it right. And, by this I mean not just getting it right as in doing the deed, but, actually making a statement in your own special, and unique, way.

Many couples these days are using a variety of themes to add their own special character to their weddings and making them vintage, boho, romantic, 80s... the list is endless. But, another way to put your own stamp on your wedding is through the entertainment choices you make. This hub aims to showcase some of the older more traditional entertainment ideas and then highlight some newer, more 2015, ones.

Be different...

Whilst many weddings follow a very set and tried and tested formula, there are ways you can make your special day bespoke to you and your own personal tastes. Instead of tried and tested (or tired and rested), why not go for exciting and memorable? And, there is one very easy way that this can be accomplished; by your choice of wedding entertainment.

I'll highlight how a few simple tweaks on the entertainment can really make each section of your wedding more inline with your character.

Unique Entertainment Ideas
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The Ceremony...

A standard style ceremony would be to have the ‘live’ music played on the church organ by the little old lady who has taken Sunday school classes for the last 200 years or via a CD. But, with a little outside the box thinking you could maybe opt for a string quartet or harpist to perform at the ceremony and add a touch of romantic elegance, instead of a bombastic organ!

For totally unique wedding entertainment ideas, why not hire a few singers, dot them amongst your guests and replay the classic ‘Love Actually’ moment. The possibilities are endless.

Many couples are also now opting for classical guitarists, contemporary acoustic duos and even opera singers to add that touch of personality to proceedings.

The Drinks & Photos...

The wedding ceremony is followed by the drinks reception, or, as it is commonly known, the photographs! Great fun for the bride and groom and when it is your turn fantastic! But, what do you do whilst waiting around for 2 hours as all this is executed? And, to add to this, if you don't know many of the guests it can actually get quite laborious. So, again, try to think of how you can add fun to a moment that many couples forget about.

A funky little jazz band or a rat pack singer could really help set the tone. Or, why not opt for magicians or caricaturists? They really create a buzz and will help to break the ice between your guests who do not know each other.

If budget is a little tight, you could even ask the ceremony entertainment to stay on for the drinks and perform for a little longer if you hired a harpist or string quartet for example.

Anything to keep your guests amused at this point will really help to put them in the right mindset for a great party later on.

Caricaturists are Great Fun!

The Meal & Speeches...

After the photos and drinks reception it's time for the meal, or wedding breakfast as it is popularly known. Surely you can’t do anything here but eat and listen to humorous speeches? Wrong! Again, you could ask your ceremony (and possibly drinks entertainment) to stay on through the meal to help set a lovely background ambiance or even entertain table to table if you booked a magician or caricaturist. This is a great way again of helping your guests who may not know each other to interact.

Don’t forget, the more relaxed your guests feel in their surroundings the more likely they are to stay on longer into the night and party the hours away helping to celebrate your special day.

Another tempting idea could be to hire a comedian for the speeches. Try to remember, not everybody is great at speeches and while some folk are born naturals others will be sitting there so nervous that they can barely eat. A comedian will not only lighten things up but will alleviate some of the pressure associated at such times.

A band for a wedding is always hugely popular!
A band for a wedding is always hugely popular!

The Evening Reception...

Finally, after the meal you enter the time where live wedding entertainment is a must!

If you have scrimped your way through the rest of the day then now is the time to dig deep! No matter how great your invitations were, and no matter how tasty the food was, or, how perfect the flowers and place settings were... they will be forgotten in a week by your guests. What they will remember though is if they had a great time at the evening-do. So, please, please, please do not just opt for the hotel in-house DJ. Augment this entertainment by having some kind of live wedding entertainment.

Wedding bands, swing bands, tribute bands or jazz bands will really interact with your guests and encourage them to hit the dance floor. And, isn't that what the evening is all about, your family and friends having the best possible time to help celebrate and mark your special occasion? There is nothing like a good live band to help get your wedding reception party started. And, even if you're having a theme there is bound to be a band to match! Whether it's a Charleston band, an eighties tribute band or a Jive band... the perfect band will be out there.

Additional wedding entertainment ideas for the evening might be to have a fire performer or fire eater. This is a welcome change to the all too normal fireworks option. The main difference is that a fire performer will be able to entertain and have banter with your guests. It's all about fun and creating a memory. Again, we've all seen great firework shows and so unless you literally are going to be blowing the London New Year Party fireworks out of the water, there is probably no point because they will be forgotten all too quickly.

Finally...

Overall though, think about you and what you like. Think about the entertainment that you want to enjoy yourselves and then consider if that is something that can translate through to your guests so that they can enjoy it as well. After all, it's no good booking a death metal rock band just because you like that kind of music... after all, Granny may not :D

But, hopefully, you can see that wedding entertainment is a massively important factor in creating the perfect day and with a little imagination and creativity you really can create the perfect, unique day.

Hub by Warble Entertainment Agency

Interesting Fact....

Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue... from where?

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"... but, what does it mean? Well, apparently, it is a collection of items that is considered lucky for a bride to take to her wedding. The full version of the rhyme is said to be "Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe."

I've not been able to trace the source of this, or to confirm its accuracy. Nor is it clear where it originated. The rhyme was certainly in use by the late Victorian period and was printed in an 1894 edition of the Pennsylvania newspaper The Warren Ledger, where it was listed as a 'Puritan Marriage Custom'. The sixpence was a silver coin which was in use in the UK between the 17th and 20th centuries. Sixpences were also minted and used in Maryland, USA from the same date.

Thanks to Phrases.Org for this little bit of info.

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      Matt Warren 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      @Minstrelgreetin1: Brilliant idea! Thanks for the comment :) very much apprecaited.

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      Minstrelgreetin1 4 years ago

      This is a great lens for different wedding ideas, I just thought that I would add one, if you don't mind.

      Especially for the section for meals at speeches. At the weddings I perform at that is when I usually arrive nd surprise the bride and groom with a special song all about them. My client has usually provided lots of information about the couple and it has all gone into the song. I'm singing a song all about the bride and groom and their love story but it has lots of funny things in the song too.

      I then present them with a full band production audio CD of the very song that I have just sang. The CD is professionally presented with their photos printed on the body of the CD and the cover too.The reactions are always amazing as each piece of information comes out in the song. What do you think of this as an unusual wedding idea. Photos and videos are available on my lens if you want to see them.

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      Matt Warren 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      @anonymous: Thank you :) x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are new and exciting ideas. Great lens.

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      Matt Warren 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      @JugglingInferno1: Haha, cheeky :)

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      JugglingInferno1 5 years ago

      my wife would get jealous if I booked that harpist! ;-)