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WEDDING DAY LIVE ENTERTAINMENT | Why you should consider it

Let's explore the numerous benefits of incorporating live entertainment into your wedding day and provide some tips on how to seamlessly integrate it into your celebration.

As a wedding planner, I've witnessed firsthand the magical transformation that live entertainment can bring to a wedding day. From adding an extra layer of elegance to keeping guests entertained throughout the event, live entertainment can elevate the entire experience for everyone involved.

wedding reception performance with bride and groom on dance floor

  1. Creates Unforgettable Moments: Live entertainment has the power to create unforgettable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. Whether it's a string quartet playing as the bride walks down the aisle or a live cultural band energizing the dance floor, these moments become ingrained in the memories of both the couple and their guests.

  2. Sets the Mood: It sets the mood for different parts of the wedding day. A soft acoustic performance during the ceremony can create a romantic atmosphere, while a lively band or DJ can get guests grooving during the reception. The right music can enhance emotions, amplify joy, and ensure that each moment is perfectly complemented.

  3. Keeps Guests Engaged: One of the biggest challenges at weddings is keeping guests engaged and entertained throughout the day. Live entertainment provides a focal point and keeps the energy level high. Whether it's a captivating performance during cocktail hour or an interactive live band encouraging guests to hit the dance floor, live entertainment ensures that there's never a dull moment.

  4. Personalization: Live entertainment allows couples to personalize their wedding day and showcase their unique style and taste. Whether they opt for a jazz band, a classical ensemble, or a DJ spinning their favorite tracks, the choice of entertainment reflects the couple's personality and adds a personal touch to the celebration. It can also allow you bring in cultural elements the wedding as a way to honor your heritage and family traditions.

  5. Versatility: Live entertainment comes in various forms, making it incredibly versatile and suitable for any wedding style or theme. Whether you're hosting a traditional black-tie affair or a bohemian outdoor wedding, there's live entertainment to suit every setting and vibe.

Now that we've covered the benefits, let's discuss the best ways to include live entertainment into your wedding day:

  1. Plan Ahead: Start researching and booking your live entertainment early in the wedding planning process. Popular bands and performers often get booked up quickly, so securing your entertainment well in advance is essential. Work with your planner to secure them during the correct timeframes to ensure a smooth integration into the day.

  2. Consider Your Venue: When choosing live entertainment or performances, consider the size and layout of your venue. Make sure the space can accommodate the performers and that there's appropriate sound equipment available. Some additional coordination with your DJ or reception band might be needed.

  3. Communicate with Your Vendors: Coordinate with your wedding planner, venue coordinator, and entertainment vendors to ensure everything runs smoothly on the big day. Provide detailed timelines and schedules to ensure that the entertainment aligns seamlessly with other aspects of the wedding. Let your photo and video team know of your plans so they can prepare accordingly (they might need extra cameras, lighting, stands, etc.).

  4. Be Open to Suggestions: Don't be afraid to seek input from your wedding planner or entertainment vendor. They have the expertise and experience to recommend the best entertainment options based on your preferences, budget, culture and overall vision for the day.

  5. Embrace the Moment: Finally, on the day of your wedding, take the time to fully embrace the live entertainment. Whether you're listening to a beautiful rendition of your favorite song or tearing up the dance floor with your loved ones, cherish these moments and let the magic of live entertainment enhance your special day.



Here are 10 entertaining suggestions to enhance your wedding celebration. Keep in mind that the possibilities are limitless, and infusing your personality into the entertainment choice can make it even more memorable!

  1. Acoustic Musician: Hire a talented acoustic guitarist, pianist, or violinist to perform during the ceremony or cocktail hour, creating a romantic ambiance.

  2. Magician: A close-up magician can mingle with guests during the reception, entertaining them with mind-blowing tricks and illusions, adding an element of surprise and wonder to the celebration.

  3. Caricature Artist: Set up a station where guests can have their caricatures drawn. It's a fun and unique way to capture memories of the wedding day.

  4. Live Band: Choose a versatile live band that can play a variety of genres to cater to different tastes and keep the dance floor lively throughout the night.

  5. Fire Dancers: For an unforgettable outdoor wedding reception, consider hiring fire dancers to perform mesmerizing routines, adding a touch of excitement and spectacle to the evening.

  6. Aerialist: Hire an aerialist to perform breathtaking acrobatic routines suspended from the ceiling or a freestanding rig, providing guests with a visually stunning and elegant entertainment experience.

  7. Comedy Improv Group: Bring laughter to the reception by hiring a comedy improv group to perform interactive skits and games tailored to the bride, groom, and guests.

  8. Live Painting: Hire an artist to create a live painting of the wedding scene during the reception. It's a unique way to capture the atmosphere and emotions of the day, and the finished artwork can be a cherished keepsake for the couple.

  9. Interactive Acts: Think of a welcome drink displayed on a dancer's skit or a stilt walker handing out champagne upon guests arrival. From circus acts to full walking food stations (oyster-shucking servers, a guaranteed hit!!), the possibilities are endless.

  10. Dance Troupe: Surprise guests with a dynamic dance performance by hiring a professional dance troupe to showcase choreographed routines that range from classical to contemporary styles and even cultural, adding energy and flair to the celebration.


As you can see, live entertainment / performances are a wonderful addition to any wedding day, offering numerous benefits and opportunities for personalization. By carefully selecting the right entertainment and integrating it seamlessly into your celebration, you can create a truly unforgettable experience for you and your guests. So, let the music play and let the good times roll as you celebrate love, joy, and new beginnings with the magic of live entertainment!

Happy planning!




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