Wedding Album - The Professionals

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The professionals

Wise words on entertaining guests, greening your wedding and planning your honeymoon

WEDDING CONCEPTS CO-ORDINATOR AND LOCAL MUSICIAN HANNES LOUBSER ROUNDS UP THE BEST ENTERTAINment IDEAS Music basics Ensure your music caters for a range of tastes by briefing your DJ or musicians on the guest profile. You could even ask each guest to make a request when they RSVP. Include something for each generation and bring in variety by offering different styles at different stages of the event. Other than that, your sound and lighting equipment should be efficient, so check sound levels beforehand, position the dance floor or lounge area centrally as social hubs to which your guests will gravitate, and ensure sufficient ventilation.

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Jazz things up The winning formula of string quartet to live band to DJ still works, but alternatives for pre-dinner drinks include an African Marimba band and exotic instruments such as the bagpipes (evaluate whether it will make sense in the context of your celebration though). You could also hire an a cappella group to perform spontaneous wedding classics. French gypsy jazz or Balkanology – a fusion of live and recorded melodies with Eastern European influences (for the adventurous) – make good ambient music. Electric-cellist Carol Thorns of Coda is a sure crowd pleaser who creates loungey tunes with the help of backtracks and a DJ. When it comes to dancing, few things beat the prowess of a good DJ.

exuberant performers as highlight features during pre-drinks, as your guests are seated for dinner and in-between themed courses. Belly dancing could accompany the tossing of the bouquet, while fire dancers can be a late-night surprise before midnight snacks. Guest involvement The secret lies in creating an atmosphere of inclusivity, accessibility and surprise. People prefer not to be challenged too much at weddings, but something like a drumming circle or communal dance lesson will create a sense of solidarity. At smaller gatherings, invite everyone to say a word during toasts or have some photographs taken in the presence of your guests. For your first dance, let the MC request that your guests welcome you around the dance floor. Leaving coffee-table books with photos and stories of how you met will be a talking point, and a photo booth corner and

canvas for written messages will make your guests feel a part of your day. Announce these special extras, or place them in visible areas. Consider this Entertainment needn’t be limited to the day. Make use of your wedding website or social networking platforms to share stories, video clips, photos and music. Plan pre- and postwedding activities, such as a wine tour on horseback, cooking classes, a paintball day or a picnic. Lastly, have a sharp MC and well-prepped speeches. +27 (0)21 426 5783, www.weddingconcepts.co.za

More entertainment Bring elements of entertainment into the food and decor. Offer guests a mini cooking demonstration at live food stations where they choose their own ingredients and dishes. For dessert, think candy floss and ice cream trucks. Design cheekily worded menus and print scatter cushions with maps of all the places you’ve travelled together. If your guests need to be transported between points, use a vehicle that reflects the character of the setting, such as a tractor on a wine estate. Have more

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