At last! The summer seems to have landed, and glorious sunshine is guaranteed to make wedding guests smile. Careful and innovative planning can ensure that your big day is successful whatever the weather.
You can’t factor everything into your wedding checklist, and sometimes budget will dictate how you cover those unexpected items that can crop up. But wherever you choose to celebrate with friends and family there are always ways to keep the party going.
Here are several wedding suggestions with a range of entertainment ideas to create memories that will last forever.
Go green with a Garden Party
There’s something unmistakably English about a garden party, from sprawling manicured lawns and flowers in bloom, to flowing dresses and elegant three-piece suits and top hats.
Just imagine tea, cake and champagne enjoyed in the fresh air or within the centrepiece marquee, served by singing waiters dressed for the occasion.
Often at a country house, set in the grounds of a stately home, or on your own land if you have the space, the sky is the limit when it comes to entertainment.
Garden classics like croquet, gymnasts tumbling and circus acts are perfect for summer afternoons, and smaller scale versions are easily brought under cover. Add classical singers, and a roaming caricaturist and there will always be something happening across the day.
For the music, acts will often dress to suit your theme. They should bring musical excellence to the celebration, but also a sense of drama. Perhaps a multi-talented solo to reach all guests, playing different instruments that suit the mood and setting.
And why have cables and electronics spoiling the vibe when a mobile acoustic duo, trio or larger band rely on personality, ability and chemistry to engage with all ages. The band can match the mood with song choice, off-the-cuff requests, then upping the tempo when it’s time to dance in the evening hours.
Foot-tapping rustic barn dance
See barn dance on the wedding invite and people expect high-energy, lively music, group dancing and a real community feel as organisers, entertainers and guests come together as one.
Rustic barns lend themselves to authentic backdrops, ancient farm machinery, bales of hay, period costumes and quirky food and drink that has been enjoyed across the centuries.
Whether it’s a medieval theme, deep south American, Irish or Ceilidh, it’s sure to be feast for the eyes with colourful costumes, props and unusual instruments creating a visual spectacle.
Traditional songs, cultural classics or forgotten favourites, the tunes at barn dances get people on their feet and dancing. No experience required; let the caller direct you and go with the flow. Fiddles, guitars, violins, tambourines, bodhrans and accordions fuse a wonderful and unforgettable sound.
Under canvass for a Tipi experience
Creating unusual and fascinating spaces is a sure way to give your wedding a truly unique feel. A Tipi wedding allows you to connect with nature and spend at least one day away from the man-made world we rely upon.
The idea of entertainment under canvas will conjure images of carefree childhood camping trips, simple pleasures enjoyed out in the fresh air and under the stars. Tipis can be delivered to you, or why not take advantage of the existing static sites that offer lush countryside alongside lazy rivers on the edge of majestic forests?
Tipis come in many sizes but they lend themselves to more intimate settings. Providers will often supply a series of tents that allow you to offer amazing variety at your reception. A Tipi for drinks and snacks, a magician performing dazzling tricks, one for children with soft play and face painting, and maybe some arts and crafts to give your event a festival feel. And how about one devoted to bespoke photographs to frame the day forever?
There will always be a central Tipi, space for your main reception, music and dancing. Be mindful that size could be a factor, but so many acts are suited to performing at more intimate venues.
With much less noise at rural locations, we think acoustic can set the right tone for a Tipi wedding. That could be solo or duet, but surely an entertainer who is mobile and knows how to engage your guests.
A saxophonist is perfect for the great outdoors. Often solo, but stunning as part of a larger ensemble, a sax player lifts the mood and easily mingles amongst guests. They play tunes on demand or set the tempo for song and dance. Staying unplugged perfectly complements the Tipi vibe – and doesn’t require any power!
Kings of the castle
Grand rooms, sweeping dining tables, sumptuous banquets, jesters entertaining as you eat, and of course lavish costumes and expansive music and dance come hand in hand with the castle experience.
There’s the bonus of courtyards and secret rooms to give kids and adults alike a sense of history and adventure as they roam the castle grounds watching stilt walkers and fire eaters perform. And a masked ball would add intrigue, while waiting staff dressed to suit the period would transport guests to another century.
Entertainment options are unlimited, from classical quartets, soaring violins lifting the castle roof and even a wandering minstrel plucking a lyre with a cheeky grin. You need a big sound to fill the vast formal rooms, so make your pageant epic with a band of Scottish pipers before the toastmaster introduces a big-band swing sound to take guests through to the early hours.
Luckily, the sheer scale of some castles gives you scope to incorporate ideas that would otherwise need to be taken outdoors. How about a firework extravaganza to illuminate your reception? Imagine the drama of a breath taking pyrotechnic spectacular from the castle walls, or on a smaller scale if the weather doesn’t hold. Fabulous indoor displays will also leave guests spellbound, but leave the organisation to the professionals.
There’s no limit to what you can incorporate at your wedding celebration. Let your imagination run wild with entertainment ideas that will work whatever the weather.
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