After the ceremony, everyone of your wedding guests is in a great mood and want to start letting their hair down and enjoying the rest of the day. First thing after the wedding ceremony usually comes the wedding photographer’s main time to snap the happy couple. This means plenty of standing around for all the wedding guests, just waiting for their call to jump into one or two of the official photographs.
Why not hire a magician to wander round entertaining the wedding guests whilst they are standing around waiting for the photos to finish? This is a great time for a close up magician to really show off his (or her) skills – gathering small groups of guests together and making the guests that don’t know each other have something to discuss already. Assuming the wedding photographer spends an hour or so on the official photographs, the magician could also spend a further hour entertaining the wedding guests once they have taken their seats for the wedding breakfast.
If a magician is not your cup of tea, why not consider hiring a live musician to entertain the wedding guests during the meal. A solo guitarist or harpist can really set a beautiful scene and make perfect background ambience for your special day. Pianists are also a very popular idea for music to entertain your guests also. And once the drinks are flowing, the wedding guests will find themselves requesting their favourite songs from the pianist.
Without being obtrusive or in the face of any wedding guests, a live musician playing soft music during your meal will make a perfect accompaniment and allow the conversations to keep flowing during your wedding day.
After the meal, come the inevitable speeches from the bride’s father, the best man and the groom himself. Even the groom’s father gets involved quite often these days. If you really want to make the speeches have that extra special touch, then consider hiring a professional toastmaster to introduce the speeches. A toastmaster’s role at a wedding not only covers the speech introductions, but they will ask the wedding guests to be seated and guide them through the meal. Not only that, a toastmaster on your wedding day makes a fantastic photo opportunity as well as adding a touch of class to your big day.
During the speeches, you may want to think about your younger wedding guests – kids really don’t have the patience to listen to schoolboy stories about the groom from his best man, or how the bride’s father spent years worrying about his daughter. Hiring children’s entertainment such as bouncy castles or children’s mobile crèche can keep all the kids entertained leaving the adults to enjoy themselves and not worry that the young children are bored and moaning at the wedding.
After the speeches, the evening guests will arrive and the wedding party really begins to start. The bride and groom need to decide whether they want a wedding DJ to keep the guests dancing the night away or maybe a live wedding band or duo to play great cover versions of popular music. Make no mistake, the Wedding DJ or Wedding band can really make or break your wedding reception. Which ever one you choose, they will be
entertaining your wedding guests for around 5 hours of the day – this is the longest part of your wedding day, so ensure you choose your wedding DJ or wedding band wisely. Don’t just ask “how much do you charge” really try to get some background on these entertainers. Have your friends used the DJ for their wedding disco? Try and see the wedding band play live music at a wedding or other function before you book them.