For me, the best part of a wedding is the food. The sustenance, in 95% of the wedding celebrations I’ve been to, has always been more exciting than most entertainment ever presented to the attendees. I’ve been able to ration that most weddings are painfully boring experiences because I’ve been to a completely absurd amount of them, (my estimate is around forty); and given that I’ve almost never known the newlyweds, each and every reception has pretty much been exactly the same. Now, I do not want to be misleading; I have not been a professional wedding crasher since the age of fourteen, even though that would have been an intensely better story.
Instead, I was a waitress for a catering company for five years. I’ve seen countless DJ’s play old polka tunes to an audience of primarily confused 25 year olds, I have stories of severely intoxicated bands that would make you cringe, and I’ve even seen instances where nobody has gotten up to dance except for a gaggle of screaming three year olds. However, through the darkness there are small glimmers of light. I am here to share my wisdom on how to incorporate that light into your wedding based on some of the best entertainment ideas I’ve seen in my day. So, unless you shell out and hire an amazing fool-proof band or DJ, on the behalf of caterers everywhere, please take this article seriously, I beg you.
The year was 2007 when I saw my first incident of inspiring wedding entertainment. In this particular case a DJ was hired but there was also Karaoke. The levels for the main speakers were turned up so that the shrieking/singing from the partakers was barely audible to the general audience. Then, another set of speakers was set up just for the karaoke singers. It was the best of both worlds, and it kept everyone who wanted to be entertained, entertained. It also allowed the audience to pick the music for the most part, which made sure the DJ was on the ball.
Let’s jump ahead a bit to 2009; the year that the second incident occurred. To make a not-very-long story even shorter, there was a dance-off. The dance-off was started by the bride and groom themselves, who soon made the wedding party, the parents, and attendees join in. Everyone stood in a large circle, one person would go in the middle at a time, and the audience would cheer, hoot, and holler for the best dancer. Each time the dances had to get better and more intricate. Now, I’ve seen minor dance-off’s before, but this was the first one involving the tipsy grandmother of the bride. Nuff said.
The third instance, in a year that my memory can’t quite pinpoint, was when the Bride and Groom appointed their wedding party as the DJ’s. This case took some extra work as they had to pick the playlist beforehand, but it the end it was much more inexpensive than a DJ or band as all they had to do was rent the equipment for the night and quickly learn how it was used. The wedding party, one or two at a time, took shifts introducing the songs, calling people to the dance floor, and getting everyone up off of their seats.
There you have it ladies; my wisdom, observations, and shining glimmers of light. For more party entertainment ideas, I would have to suggest you try Google or Pinterest because I’m all tapped out.