The experts at Entertainment Nation share their top 6 trends for 2016…
The number one hottest trend in wedding entertainment this summer is sure to be the continued success of popular folk music, led by the likes of Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men. A few bars of banjo-infused folk are all it takes to conjure up images of sun-dappled fields and carousing guests supping on ice-cold drinks in the warmth – so it’s no wonder the genre is such a popular choice at weddings. A folk band is a versatile choice to gently soundtrack a summer afternoon slowly fading into golden sunset, before launching into an up-tempo set in the evening, consisting of folk hits and stylish renditions of songs from other genres.
Acapella and Beat Box
A unique trend, growing in popularity, is to hire musicians who perform without any instruments at all… apart from their own mouths! Your guests will be dumbfounded at the skills of expert beatbox and vocal groups who can produce a huge sound that rivals a full band or DJ set. Beatboxers tend to specialise in chart music, dance, hip-hip and drum & bass, making them ideal for those who want a dynamic evening of cutting-edge entertainment.
Vintage Style Bands
At the opposite end of the scale from beatboxers, though no less on trend, are vintage style bands. Decked out in beautifully tailored period costume and playing on authentic instruments, a vintage style band is a quirky and charismatic choice for your wedding entertainment. As well as summoning a wartime ambience through a repertoire of jazz and swing classics, vintage style bands play some of today’s greatest hits in their own signature style to get guests of all ages jiving! Hiring a vintage band is the perfect way to bring a touch of class to your big day.
To bring a personal touch to your wedding, why not consider a roaming band? These bands perform with acoustic instruments which allows them to stroll amongst your guests, interacting with them as they play. A roaming band brings intimacy to your wedding: they can even perform “mini sets” for different guests, with individually selected songs specially chosen to appeal to each guest’s tastes. What could be more memorable on your big day than a personalised song performed by wonderful musicians?
Create Your Own Entertainment
Inspired by some classic viral videos that have spread across social media in recent years, many couples are opting to put on a show themselves. Whether it’s a carefully choreographed first dance routine or a triumphant entrance to the ceremony to a non-traditional song, you can surprise and impress your guests with a performance of your own that represents you and your new spouse as a couple. Other ideas include putting on a quiz about your lives (with prizes for the winners) or encouraging some creativity among the guests by having them design and make wedding cards from an assortment of materials in place of a traditional guestbook.
In a similar vein to the DIY entertainment above, a big trend is to hire a professional entertainer to occupy your guests throughout the day. While the wedding day goes by in a whirl for the happy couple, there are periods of downtime for the guests. These periods can be ably filled by the likes of caricaturists, close-up magicians and jugglers. There are many varied acts out there to bring something different to any wedding. Caricaturists are always a big draw (sorry…), amusing guests with hilarious portraits they can treasure forever. Close-up magicians will mystify and delight guests with their cunning tricks and sleight of hand, and can help keep the kids mesmerised, which is always a bonus!
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