Between the delicious food, the incredible energy of having all your friends and family gathered for your first wedding event, and all the stories that are shared during a rehearsal dinner, it's easy to see why so many couples say this is one of their favorite parts of the entire weekend. If you're looking to add a splash of local culture, surprise your guests, or simply add to the atmosphere of your rehearsal dinner, bringing in live entertainment is a great way to do so. Here's what you need to know if you're considering hiring musicians for this pre-wedding party.
Hiring live entertainment is a great way to incorporate local culture.
If you're planning a destination wedding or want to incorporate your own culture into the setting of your rehearsal dinner, live entertainment is a great way to support the local community and introduce your guests to a form of music they may not otherwise experience while they're in town. If your wedding is in Mexico, you might consider hiring a mariachi band. In the Bahamas, a group of steel drummers would be a fun option.
You can bring in a surprise element.
If your rehearsal dinner will be hosted at a mid-century modern-style home in Palm Springs complete with a big swimming pool, bringing in synchronized swimmers is a sure way to surprise your guests. If you're utilizing an urban theater space, bring in a cabaret singer for a private performance and set up a dinner theater style experience for your guests. With live entertainment, you can come up with many creative ways to surprise and delight your guests throughout the evening.
Live entertainment creates an atmosphere.
While a playlist works well for background music, live entertainers can help to set a more specific atmosphere. For example, if you're having a big barbecue outdoors for your rehearsal dinner, you might consider bringing in a bluegrass band to really set the theme and make the party feel more festive.
You can still schedule time for toasts.
If you're picturing a rehearsal dinner that includes many toasts, you can still factor that into your agenda. The live entertainment can either take a break during this time, or you can schedule the live performance for the first two hours only, leaving plenty of time for toasts after dinner.
If you're still uncertain whether live entertainment is necessary, revisit your priorities.
If your budget is tight and a live performance feels excessive for your rehearsal dinner, having a playlist as background music is a great plan. While it does change the atmosphere, this is an easy place to cut costs and focus more of the budget on the wedding day.