From DJs to Fireworks: The Best Wedding Entertainment Ideas to Consider

May 8, 2023 | justine

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Your wedding day is a time to celebrate love and an opportunity to throw a party that your guests will never forget. The reception is the perfect time to let your hair down and have some fun with your loved ones. And coming up with wedding entertainment ideas that keep the atmosphere lively and gets everyone on the dance floor is crucial.

That’s why we have compiled a list of the best wedding entertainment ideas to make your special day even more fun and unforgettable. From photo booths to live bands and DJs, choose the one (or more!) that best suits your style and personality and take your celebration to the next level!

Best Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Follow The Second Line And Join The Fun

Add a touch of New Orleans culture to your wedding by incorporating a second-line parade. Led by a lively brass band, your guests will have a blast dancing and celebrating in the streets with you!

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Thrill Your Guests With A Tarot Card or Birth Chart Reading Session

For a mysterious and captivating experience, consider offering your guests tarot card or birth chart readings. It’s a fun and unique way to entertain your guests and add an element of mystique to your wedding. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter and will keep your guests engaged and entertained throughout the night.

Hire A Caricature Artist

A caricature artist can turn your guests into hilarious cartoon versions of themselves. As they draw, guests can watch in amusement and excitement, wondering what kind of exaggerated features will end up on paper. And the best part? They get to take home personalized, hilarious, and one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

Elevate Your Big Day With A Cigar Lounge

Consider setting up a cigar lounge for cigar aficionados at your wedding. It offers your guests a sophisticated and luxurious experience while providing a relaxing and elegant atmosphere for unwinding and socializing. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to showcase top-quality cigars and impress your guests with refined taste.

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Provide An Interactive Experience With A DIY Bouquet Bar

A DIY bouquet bar lets your guests create their unique bouquets with various flowers and greens they can take home as a keepsake. It also doubles as a practical and budget-friendly alternative to traditional floral arrangements.

Leave A Lasting Impression With A Tattoo Station

Want something more unconventional? Setting up a tattoo station at your wedding is a unique way to add personality and edginess to your special day. Your guests will love the opportunity to get a custom temporary tattoo (or a permanent one) and show off their creativity.

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Keep The Nostalgia Alive With A Classic Photo Booth

A classic photo booth is a timeless addition to any wedding. It’s an excellent way for guests to take fun and silly photos and creates lasting memories that they can take home with them. The photos can be personalized with your wedding hashtag or other fun props.

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Jump Into The Fun With A Bouncy Castle

Perfect for both kids and adults, a bouncy castle adds a playful touch to your big day and also provides some hilariously entertaining photo opportunities. Whether your guests want to jump around and let loose or just sit back and watch the fun, a bouncy castle is sure to be a hit at your wedding. What guest could ever forget a wedding that had a bouncy house?

Add Some Playful Competition With Lawn Games

Take your wedding to the next level with some friendly competition! There’s a game for everyone to enjoy, from horseshoes to ring toss. Lawn games are not only perfect for breaking the ice and getting your guests to mingle, they also create a laid-back atmosphere and bring a touch of the outdoors to your celebration.

Do A Dance Off With Your Wedding Party

A dance-off with your wedding party is a great way to add excitement to your reception and get your guests moving on the dance floor. You can choose to have a formal or informal dance-off, depending on the tone of your wedding, and you can even include props and costumes to make it more entertaining.

Keep The Energy High With A Drag Queen Performance

If you want to add sparkle and sass to your wedding, a drag queen performance is perfect. Your guests will love the high energy and fabulous entertainment. The talented performers bring their larger-than-life personas to the stage, creating a lively and entertaining atmosphere. It’s a great way to inject fun and humor into your special day.

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Party It Up With A DJ

A professional DJ can help set the mood and keep the energy high throughout the night. They can play a variety of music to keep all your guests happy and also take requests to personalize the experience. Plus, they can help make important announcements and keep the timeline on track so that you can focus on enjoying your special day.

Dance All Night To A Live Band

A band is a great choice for your wedding reception if you prefer live music. They bring energy and excitement to the celebration and can interact with the crowd and create a personalized experience for you and your guests. You can choose a band that suits your style and musical tastes, and consider asking for a setlist beforehand to ensure they play all your favorite songs.

Enjoy A Unique Party Experience With A Silent Disco

Silent discos are a great way to create a unique and unforgettable party experience. Instead of blasting music over loudspeakers, each guest wears headphones and dances to their own beat. It’s an interactive way to get everyone involved, allowing guests to choose their music without worrying about volume levels.

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Showcase Synchronized Swimmers

Hiring a group of synchronized swimmers is a unique and unexpected way to entertain your guests. The synchronized movements and graceful routines will leave your guests in awe, and it’s a great way to add some elegance to your wedding reception. Plus, it’s perfect for a summertime wedding, especially if you have an outdoor reception near a pool or beach.

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Make An Unforgettable Finale With A Spectacular Fireworks Display

End your wedding night with a bang by lighting up the sky with a stunning fireworks display. Imagine you and your partner taking center stage, surrounded by your loved ones, as the colorful explosions light up the night sky. It also makes for some incredible photo opportunities. Just be sure to check with your venue to ensure that fireworks are allowed. And to hire a professional pyrotechnician to ensure a safe and spectacular display.

If you want to throw a wedding that your guests will never forget, think beyond the usual dinner and dancing. Consider some of these wedding entertainment ideas to add a unique and fun element to your special day. And if you can’t decide on just one option, why not combine a few for an unforgettable experience? But don’t let the party stop there! Check out our list of after-party ideas to keep the celebration going all night long.

Image by Rachel Wakefield.

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Edgy Yet Whimsical Lowndes Grove Wedding

May 7, 2023 | justine

Kate and Jeremy’s Lowndes Grove wedding was an absolute dream come true. Their ultimate goal was to create a warm, home-like atmosphere that embodied their personalities. And to achieve this, they took inspiration from their own home, used a dusty rose and black color combo, exquisite florals that added a dreamy touch, and modern elements for a surprising twist. With the help of their trusted vendor team, they pulled out all the stops to bring their vision into an extraordinary reality.

Lowndes Grove was undoubtedly the perfect venue, with its oak-lined banks and sweeping riverside views. For their waterfront ceremony, they kept the decor minimal, with only two floral pillars framing the couple as they exchanged their vows. But the real magic happened at the tented reception. They kept the same sleek vibe, with an all-white tablescape, low floral clusters, and candles. To top it all off, the overhead installation of fresh blooms, dried foliage, and black pendant lighting added an unexpected touch of edge to the romantic ambiance.

Every detail was thoughtfully chosen, and it all came together seamlessly to create an unforgettable event. So if you’ve ever dreamed of a classic yet unique wedding style perfectly combined with personal, meaningful touches, take notes from this couple and swoon over every photo captured by Franzi Annika.

The Couple:

Kate and Jeremy

The Wedding:

Lowndes Grove,St Margaret St, Charleston, South Carolina, United States


The Bride Always Knew That The Lowndes Grove Was The One

Jeremy and I interned in Hilton Head one summer in college. I interned with a luxury planner in HHI, and her first wedding of the season was at Lowndes Grove. It was the first wedding I was ever a part of, and I knew I wanted to get married there from the moment I stepped foot on the property. It truly was magical to have such a full-circle moment.

They Wanted Their Lowndes Grove Wedding To Feel Like Home

As a wedding planner, I always tell my clients that if they want their wedding to feel like them, their home is an excellent place to start for inspiration. Our biggest goal was for our guests to feel like they were stepping into our home away from home. So we took my advice and looked to our home to assist with the design process. We love to play with balancing masculine elements like black metal furniture pieces. And balance them out with more feminine elements like dried florals.

The Groom Wore A Pink Suit In A Styled Shoot Which Inspired Their Color Palette

My husband wore the same dusty rose suit jacket in a styled shoot we modeled together and loved it so much that he said he wanted to get married in it (we were not engaged at the time). That was the starting point for our color palette, and we built everything else around that punchy rose tone. It’s funny how the smallest things can be the biggest sources of design inspo.

Having A Trusted Vendor Team Made The Planning Process A Great Experience

Take time to enjoy every moment. It’ll be over in the blink of an eye. Try your hardest to stay as zen as possible. I promise you’ll look back at everything you were upset about and wonder why you wasted so much energy on the minutiae of it all. Little things tend to seem like big things when you’re stressed. And we were lucky because we genuinely had the dream vendor team. They all are such talented, hard-working people. Working with a wedding planner on her wedding was sometimes intimidating, but they all treated my wedding as their own—a dream come true!

Their First Look Broke The Tension And Set The Tone For The Rest Of Their Lowndes Grove Wedding Day

Kate: The most memorable part of our wedding was the first look. Having him by my side was so exciting (and honestly a relief). I loved seeing each other before the ceremony and spending a few extra hours with him that I wouldn’t have gotten if we hadn’t opted for a first look.
Jeremy: The feeling of walking up the stairs to the balcony of the first look location was the most memorable moment of the day. All of the emotions were building up, which was such an exciting portion of the day. Kate broke the tension when she was about to tell me to turn around. She decided she needed to hit pause and get her bouquet. We laughed, and it so perfectly encompassed our relationship. Getting to see her was such a good emotional relief. Seeing her in her wedding dress was everything I could have imagined and then some.

Planning To Be Under Budget Helps Prepare For Those Last Minute Expenses 

Being in the wedding industry, I had a good idea what it would cost to have our dream day. Our vision evolved throughout the planning process and ended up over budget. It’s essential to ensure you are planning to be under budget because so many last-minute things pop up. 

Taking The Leap With DIY Signage

It’s incredibly ironic that I did so much DIY because I never encourage my brides to DIY anything—it can be super stressful. But for my wedding, I wanted to have personal touches everywhere. I created/designed both bar menus, menus at the place settings, escort display, and the timeline sign.


Serving Their Signature Drinks And Setting Up Food Stations To Give Their Guests A Chance To Mingle

For dinner, we opted for stations because we love getting a bunch of different appetizers at our favorite restaurants to have a little of everything. We also wanted our guests to be able to try more than one thing and to mingle. Espresso martinis are one of our go-to cocktails so we served espresso martinis with the letter H dusted in cinnamon. Our specialty cocktails were what you would find us drinking on date night. I chose a French 75, and Jeremy chose an old fashioned. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Franzi Annika Photography
Event Planning + Invitation Design – The Coordination Company
Venue + Catering + Cake – Lowndes Grove
Floral Design – Rosebay Floral Co
Officiant – Chris Hunt
DJ – ML Event Entertainment
Videography – Clicked by Carly
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Bridal Beauty Authority
Wedding Dress – Gown Boutique of Charleston
Bridal Accessories – Modern Trousseau
Groom + Groomsmen Apparel – The Black Tux
Groom’s Accessories – Burberry
Rentals – Curated Events
Transportation – Lowcountry Vallet + Adorn Charleston + Eventworks
Linen – Nuage Designs + Stradley Davidson
Tenting – Snyder Events
Lighting – Lit Charleston


Congratulations to Kate and Jeremy on their Lowndes Grove wedding. And a big thank you to Franzi Annika for capturing all the beautiful details, joy, and love that filled their big day. 

Make your wedding day one-of-a-kind and truly reflective of your love story by blending timeless traditions with your personal style. By selecting meaningful elements and partnering with a trustworthy vendor team, your special day will become an unforgettable celebration of your love. Start creating your dream team today by exploring our directory of the world’s top-notch vendors.

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The Best Bridesmaid Proposal Gifts for Popping the Question

May 6, 2023 | riley

Image by Julieta Rabadan. See more of this real wedding here

It’s not every day you get to ask your best friends to stand by your side at your wedding, so why not make the occasion as special as can be? Before picking out bridesmaid dresses for the special people in your life and hosting the bachelorette party of a lifetime, check out these bridesmaid proposal gifts that will have them saying “I do” before you can even pop the question!

  1. Bridesmaid Proposal Gifts


Who doesn’t love to celebrate with a little jewelry? From knot-inspired earrings to dainty initial bracelets, here are our favorite jewelry picks.

Tie the Knot Hoop Earrings

Birth Flower Necklace

Initial Letter Ring

Personalized Initial Bracelet


Small accessories are by far one of the best gifts you can give a best friend because you know they’ll use them over and over again. And we want you to spend your money on things you know they’re going to love. From hair clips to socks, these are sure to become some of their new favorite accessories.

Bridesmaid Hair Claw Clip

Bridesmaid Proposal Socks

Initial Keychain

Bridesmaid Hair Clips


Are the people closest to you really into coffee or do they prefer mimosas? No matter the drink of choice, there’s a personalized cup or mug for your bridesmaids to have and to hold.

Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

Custom Shatterproof Flower Shot Glass

Personalized 6oz Bridesmaid Champagne Flute Tumbler

Custom Frosted Glass Tumbler


There is no such thing as having too many candles, so why not add to their candle collection with one more that offers adorable sentimental value?

Bridesmaid Proposal Candle

Smells Like You’re in the Bridal Party Candle

Bridesmaid Proposal Candle

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Candle


Last, but not least, don’t forget to say a few words. While you’re thinking of what to write on the inside, fall in love with the outside of these bridesmaid proposal cards.

Bridesmaid Proposal Card Set

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Card

I Got The Ring But I Need One More Thing Card

ADELLA Modern Bridesmaid Proposal Card

Now that you’ve picked out the perfect bridesmaid proposal gifts, it’s time to start thinking about what your wedding party is going to wear on the big day. There are so many options out there–it can feel overwhelming. To get started, check out our guide to the best places to buy bridesmaid dresses online. Leaning toward a mismatched look? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too. We’re giving you 13 mismatched bridesmaid color palettes that look absolutely stunning together!

Image by India Earl

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