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Written by Guest Blogger Last updated: December 6, 2014
Add an air of elegance to key moments of your winter wedding with sophisticated entertainment that will delight and impress your family and friends. The experienced team at the UK’s largest online entertainment agency, Alive Network, share their most sophisticated winter wedding entertainment tips.
For many of your guests, arriving at your wedding ceremony venue may be the end of a long, tiring car journey. Help them relax with a musical welcome, such as the gentle vocals of an acapella group, or a troupe of traditional carol singers in full Victorian outfits. The first moment most of your guests will see you is when you walk down the aisle, so complement your elegant gown or suit with an equally elegant soundtrack. An experienced string quartet will be able to offer a wide choice of music, from classical favourites to contemporary hits, specially arranged for your special day. Or opt to arrive like royalty with a fanfare played by a trumpet troupe in full regalia.
Surprise your guests with stunning entertainment as you sign the register. For intimate spaces, choose a harp virtuoso for a combination of visual impact and beautiful music. Fill larger venues with the soaring notes of a professional opera singer with full orchestral accompaniment backing tracks, for music that lifts the heart and soul.
Welcome your guests into your venue and out of the cold with glasses of delicately spiced warm mulled wine or fruit punch. Or serve silky-smooth hot chocolate in porcelain cups, served by costumed characters in footman livery on silver trays, for a taste of historic elegance with a modern twist. Entertain with the subtle sounds of a singer/pianist or acoustic lounge band performing softly in the background, without drowning out conversation.
Your wedding meal is likely to start just as the light is fading outside, so entice your guests into a winter wonderland dining experience with twinkling lights and the cool sounds of a jazz trio or swing trio. Then, thrill guests with an aerial dance show that combines ballet and acrobatics (minimum height requirements will apply), or a bespoke ballet performance that allows guests to fully appreciate the elegance of this classic art form up close and personal.
Choose evening entertainment that best suits your personal style. Match show-stopping virtuosity and celebrity looks with a world-class electric violinist: for stunning visual impact, Alive Network even has a violin duo that play gold violins encrusted with Swarovski crystals. Or opt for the classic cool of a Rat Pack trio recreating the timeless vocals of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davies Jr, complete with authentic big band, for an effortlessly elegant evening of black ties and that ol’ black magic.
It’s often those little extras that make a winter wedding so special. Employ a magician to magic your gifts to your bridesmaids, pageboys and other key contributors from thin air. Provide alternative entertainment away from the noise and chatter for those generations who prefer a little peace and quiet, such as sand or shadow artists. Entice guests to enjoy the wonders of the night sky with beanbags on the terrace, warm snuggle blankets and iPads loaded with star mapping software that works even when it’s cloudy!
Bid your guests farewell with a bespoke fireworks display to light up the night sky, then let costumed flunkies with old fashioned lanterns or torch bearers guide them to their transport. For more winter wedding entertainment ideas, call the team at Alive Network.