Some say 13 is an unlucky number, but 2013 is looking like a great year for weddings and wedding entertainment. Here are the top 13 wedding entertainment trends we predict for this year.
1. The longer reception: The After Party was hot in 2012, but it can be expensive and exhausting for a couple that's been up since 6:00 am getting ready for the wedding. This year more couples will look to bring some of the energy and fun of the "after party" to a longer reception.
3. Interactivity: Also with a longer party you need to keep guests more involved. Look for more interactive entertainment such as strolling magicians and dance instructors.
4. Social Media: Those photo booths we mentioned, a lot of them will have instant social networking capabilities, letting your guests post their photos to Twitter and FB. More couples will be creating hashtags and utilizing other apps to make their wedding "go viral." Social media will also help you bring those who can't make it to your wedding there. They won't just have to watch a video later, they can use technology to join you. But, couples will need to think carefully about what they do and don't want to share, and how to communicate that to their guests.
5. Unique 1st Dance Choices: Our recent survey revealed that first dance song choices are diversifying. "At Last" is still incredibly popular, but more and more couples are looking for special songs just for them.
6. All about the Guest: The days of the Bridezilla and Groomzilla are waning. Today's couples understand that the wedding isn't just about them but about being good hosts to their guests. They're planning entertainment and decor to honor those guests.
7. By Request Only: As couples are putting the focus of weddings back on guests, the Do Not Play list is getting a second thought. More couples are allowing for the possibility that there are songs they don't really want to hear, but that their guests may request and letting DJs and bands use their best judgement, creating a list that's "Only play if people really want it" instead of "do not play."
8. Simplicity: While some weddings are getting longer with more entertainment, others are going back to basics with simpler styling and more pared down entertainment and food.
9. The Reception Lounge: Small, quiet spaces away from the dance floor are providing a welcome chance for guests to talk to each other. With comfy furniture and additional food the reception lounge area is a perfect place for a caricature artist to work, or it can also be home to the photo booth.
10. Jazz: It's a big year for jazz-themed weddings and that means lots of jazz music.
11. Pre-Wedding Parties: Pre-wedding parties aren't anything new, but more couples are seeing them as full-fledged events in their own right and adding entertainment to them.
12. Eclectic Play Lists: All music from hip-hop to punk to country is now considered wedding music and couples aren't limiting themselves to just one genre or type of music. If you have 1,000 songs on your ipod, chances are you want to hear more than just The Electric Slide at your wedding.
13. Meaningful Traditions: Although they aren't dead, traditions like the bouquet toss and garter toss are definitely on their way out. Couples are replacing them with traditions that have meaning for them, like a brother-sister dance.
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