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Many couples are opting to entertain their guests during their wedding meal. While this is not an essential item as most guests are chatting amongst themselves, eating and waiting for speeches, entertainment can definitely inject a great atmosphere and break the ice between guests. There’s a few things to bear in mind when sourcing ‘in-meal’ entertainment. Firstly, it’s important to let your venue know as there could be disruption to service. Once they are in the loop, they will be able to coordinate with chef and all other important parties. Another consideration is that guests will be seated so when choosing, you may want to visualise if you want them to remain seated and the entertainment is more about ambiance or do you want them up on their feet and have entertainment at the end of the meal to allow transition to the party.
Having been to at least one million weddings and through your recommendations, I have compiled a list of ideas for you to consider for your entertainment during your wedding meal.
You can also read my article on wedding entertainment for arrival or after meal or later in the evening.
Main picture credit: Singers For Hire
Below, you will find the most popular categories with a list of suggested suppliers.
Magicians / Hypnotists / Illusionists
The Wedding Hypnotist – Jason O’ Callaghan
Gerard Kearney ‘The Cork Magician’
Singing Waiters / Chefs
Jazz Duo / Trio / Quartet
String Quartets – DStrings, Aria, Avoca String Quartet, Leinster String Quartet, Dublin String Quartet…..
You can also create your own personalised playlist and pipe through the venue PA system.
Table Games / Ice Breakers
Etsy have a whole section dedicated to wedding table games #af
You can pick up some nice pieces where guests can pop down their advice for you as a couples, put disposable cameras in the centre of the table and give guests some pictures tasks. The possibilities are endless!
As more suggestions come in, I will be sure to add! Happy wedding planning.