The Guest Experience
Looking for ways to inject personality into your celebration? Check out these fun ways to up the wow factor in 2018 and send guests home with a smile.
Dinner and a Show: Cabaret singers, aerial acts, strolling magicians and caricature artists are just a few ways to give your guests something new. Consider short performances throughout cocktails or dinner. The entertainment shouldn’t be a budget breaker — look to local talent, such as a high school jazz band or ballroom dancers from a nearby studio.
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Play a New Tune: While live music will always appeal, digital entertainment options continue to evolve. A pair of dueling DJs are one way to get the crowd out of their seats. The two can have a friendly competition passing the beats between each other to see who can get the most guests dancing. Another idea is to invite live musicians to plug in and play along with your DJ. Guest-curated playlists on Spotify and the like are a great way to get friends and family involved early on.
Next-Generation Photo Booths: “Photo booths aren’t disappearing anytime soon, because they give guests a tangible takeaway from the event, and provide a sense of community,” says Browne. For 2018 we’re liking GIF-maker booths that let guests apply fancy filters over their animated portraits; booths that generate instant scrapbooks and flip books.
Culture Lessons: Couples are thinking globally. Maybe it’s having a Chinese tea ceremony before the cocktail hour, or incorporating the Yoruba tradition of tasting four flavors (sour, bitter, hot and sweet, to show you can get through hard times together) before saying “I do.” Weddings aren’t just a celebration of love, they’re a celebration of personal history and family heritage.