For TLC, using great entertainment is the heart and soul of a wedding, or indeed any party. The entertainment is remembered long after the lights go down, so choosing someone to set the party alight is essential. Liz Taylor shares her thoughts on some of the most popular and innovative entertainers that might provide the WOW in your big day:
Entertainment at the wedding ceremony is popular and varied, but the trend at the moment is to keep a romantic feel. Harpist, soloists and cellists are all good, but for something amazing, hire a large contemporary or gospel choir. Many couples make their wedding day transport part of the fun too, with couples arriving in high performance sports cars, on penny-farthings, by steam train and even by helicopter. Coronation Street’s Alan Halsall arrived at his wedding to Lucy-Jo Hudson in a bat mobile! Hire a vintage coach or fleet of VW camper vans to take guests from the wedding ceremony to the reception and make the journey part of the excitement of the day.
PROVIDING A WELCOME
Entertainment as soon as your guests arrive adds an instant edge of glamour and fun to the wedding reception. There are fun acrobats, fire eaters and stilt walkers who can perform outside the reception venue, paparazzi style photographers to offer a celebrity style welcome, comedic actors to escort guests to the reception or man the cloakroom!, or opt for the sophistication of a contemporary, classical ensemble playing al fresco.
KEEPING THE KIDS ENTERTAINED
Children play a vital role in any wedding day, but during the speeches entertainment just for them is a good investment. Vintage Punch and Judy shows, racing car tracks for the boys, mini-make overs for the girls with manicurists and fabulous dress-up boxes, magicians and large screen Wi games. For that extra bit of magic, look at entertainers such as a special kid’s meal set in Willi Wonka’s chocolate factory or an Alice in Wonderland inspired children’s play space. For real fun, and popular with mums and dads too, consider Britain’s Got Talent stars Stavros Flatley.
GET THE PARTY STARTED
Make the drinks reception as much a part of the wedding party as the evening disco. Offer a photo booth that will let you create an OK Magazine cover of your wedding day, invite some special guests with tribute artists of royalty and your favourite pop stars, showcase a contemporary barber shop trio or 1940s big band singers, and hire a toastmaster to announce all your guests as they arrive – it makes everyone feel special.
TALK OF THE TABLE
Entertainment at the wedding breakfast tables keeps the atmosphere up-beat. Think table magicians such as the internationally acclaimed Dynamo, table-side mixologists blending your favourite cocktail, contemporary poets or caricaturists visiting each person, or leave fun games one table for guests to participate in such as a quiz about the bride and groom. If the budget allows, you can run the quiz on I-pads and then offer the winning table a prize at the end of the speeches! It really helps to get people on the table chatting to each other.
THE MAIN ACT
I always recommend investing in a good live party band that can play during the wedding breakfast and reception and we use some incredible international bands that are exclusive to TLC, but the UK has a wealth of musical talent on offer. Consider a tribute artist/band of your favourite act from Elvis to Take That, much cheaper and often just as good! For a slightly bigger budget, former X Factor of BGT artists are very popular or opt for an amazing London or New York DJ to really get the party started!
Including a surprise element makes any event a success. Surprise singing waiters are a popular choice, a celebrity artist as your cabaret works well, or think big and hire fairground rides for outside complete with candy floss stall, popcorn machines and hot-dog vendors, or stage a spectacular fireworks display to round off the night.
Contact Liz Taylor at the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) on 0161 876 6266 or visit www.tlc-ltd.co.uk