Very often these days, the Wedding photos can take up to two hours and your guests will have to fill that time with a glass of wine and a chat. This is quite difficult sometimes, if people don’t know each other. So, you should think of keeping your guests entertained when you are having your Wedding photographs taken.
An experienced Close-Up Magician can circulate around the guests and entertain them while they are waiting. Not only does this help to break the ice and give people a common talking point, it also creates a happy and exciting atmosphere where people are relaxed, laughing, and enjoying themselves.
A good Caricaturist can mix-and-mingle with your guests, doing quick caricatures. This is extremely popular and causes a great deal of interest and laughter. He can also draw a double caricature of the bride and groom. Each caricature can have the details of your wedding on the bottom.
If you have used a Piper during your ceremony, then you can always ask him to stay and provide some background music outside when you are having your photographs taken. If fact, most wedding caricaturist Pipers offer packages where they stay on until the top-table is seated at the meal. If the Piper is wearing his full, dress uniform, then that will encourage your guests to have their photographs taken with him.
Harpist or String Quartet
Another great idea is to engage a Harpist or String Quartet to play some beautiful, background music. There is no more beautiful sound at a Wedding, than a Harpist or String Quartet. It is soothing, relaxing, refined, and encourages conversation. Also, if they are performing at the ceremony, it might not cost much more to have them for an extra hour or two.
Nothing captures a summer wedding like the happy, upbeat sound of a Dixie Jazz Band. It’s fun, it’s happy, it’s…”Summertime and The Living is Easy.” An acoustic band can also move around to different locations, quite easily.
Jesters and Minstrels
If you are being married in a Castle (or a venue with a medieval theme), then you could always consider enhancing the medieval settings by having a Jester or Minstrel wandering around while playing some traditional and classical music on the Lute. Some Jesters are also Story-Tellers and can keep children amused for up to an hour with traditional tales, music, and song.
Any of these entertainers is guaranteed to break the ice and keep your guests happy for hours – or at least, until you have your photos done…
Michael Breck is a professional Magician and Entertainment Agent in Scotland. He has been entertaining at weddings and booking entertainment for weddings for over twenty years.