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  1. 1. FeaTure ThaT’s Entertainment Your entertainment should be your pièce de résistance, the final hurrah of your wedding. From the reception staples to the wedding wow factor, Laura Bury helps you find the perfect entertainment for your big day. 182 The WhiTe pages
  2. 2. FeaTure let’s dAnCe dancing is synonymous with weddings. unfortunately (well, fortunately if it’s not you and it’s been captured on video) a lot of the time people who truly believe they’re dancing like michael Jackson are actually dancing like michael moore. so tell them to kick off their dancing shoes and leave it up to the professionals. you can relive your childhood by hiring an irish dance troop – it’ll let you reminisce over all those medals won at the feis ceoil. There are plenty of fantastic groups available for weddings, like celtic rhythm (www. The sets vary from group to group but most last approximately 30 minutes and include crowd participation. This will cost approximately €550 depending on the location, but you’ll be guaranteed T that guests will be dancing The Walls of he food has been polished There are a huge range of wedding band limerick long after the troop has left. off and the speeches have genres, from jazz and swing to indie and if you want something a little more been given. your dad even madness tribute bands. although it inventive, sign up dancers that will make has finished regaling the is your wedding and you should choose your parents wish they grew up with the reception with embarrassing something that you are happy with, do mTv generation. stiletto creative (www. tales of your youth, while the best man remember your guests – if 20 per cent organise all kinds of has managed to embarrass the entire of your guests are at retirement age, you show-stopping dancers for weddings, room by telling the guests, and you, don’t want them to have to sit through including belly dancers, salsa dancers, what your groom was really like before The killers all night; after all, aunt mary cheerleaders and breakdancers. he met you. so what’s next on your and co are usually the first ones on the wedding agenda? dancefloor. This is not a cheap option sAy hello to the CirCus and will set you back about €1,500, with britney is still as influential as ever, and thAnk you for the musiC a dJ weighing in at approximately €500. although we wouldn’t advise you to go music is always a crowd pleaser and can if you want to avoid that cost then near ‘that’ haircut for your big day, you really set the mood for the evening. if there is an alternative. you can purchase can always emulate her latest show with your wedding is a laid back affair you a good quality mp3 player with a large a little circus of your own. could have some light music, like reggae memory and make a playlist for your or soul, pumped through the speakers wedding. This gives you the added of the venue, while if you’re looking bonus of picking every single song you for the big white wedding, a harpist or want played... of course the downside is a pianist may suit. niamh Francis, an you’ll have to pick and download ever accomplished pianist who caters for single song you want played! once you’ve weddings ( says chosen your songs, check that your venue the average rate for a pianist to play at a has a pa system, and if not you can rent reception would be €200 for two hours. one quite cheaply. a word of warning “This of course can vary from musician though: bring a charger and make sure to musician, as a highly experienced you keep the mp3 player out of reach of professional may charge more and a children and inebriated guests…! young student musician may charge less; but it would be no less than €150 and tip: Most prices are up rarely more than €200.” for negotiation, so don’t The most popular choice for a wedding reception is a band followed be afraid to haggle if you by a dJ. a wedding band may conjure really want something up images of The Wedding Singer, but that seems a bit out of rest assured this is no longer the case. your price range The WhiTe pages 183
  3. 3. FeaTure tip: No matter what you don’t have to be in las vegas to lAsting impressions entertainment you source, feel like you’re a part of cirque du soleil. if a picture says a thousand words, then stiletto creative, arcana and galaxy why not put together your very own ensure you have a contract entertainments ( wedding day ulysses? make your guests drawn up in case you need all provide a wide range of performance your personal photographers. buy a to refer back to it artists. remember, you don’t have to disposable camera for each table and have the entire circus at your wedding; watch the memories flow in. and of ireland has it’s very own simply source one or two options to suit course if you develop the pictures and professional artistic performance your budget. there are ones that should never see the scene and you can be the ringleader light of day, you can simply destroy the of it all with the varied selection of the best mediCine evidence! disposable cameras can be entertainment available – from fire- you know people are happy and relaxed purchased from as little as €3 and are breathers and jugglers to stilt-walkers, when they’re laughing. a great way to available in a wide range of stores across contortionists and acrobalance break the ice between all your relatives ireland, including boots and penneys. performers. “our most popular and friends is to hire a comedian. it another novel way to capture the package for weddings is a drumming will ensure that your guests are wholly moment is to hire a caricaturist. The performance on stage with three to entertained so you and your husband portraits drawn could even be given as five drummers that lasts for about can just sit back, relax and enjoy the a departing gift for guests or as a perfect six minutes and is very high energy,” show. dependent on your budget, you wedding favour – leaving you safe in explains Johnny donnelly of arcana. can even hire top comedians like Joe the knowledge that they’ll always They provide a one-stop shop for rooney. it will certainly give all your remember your wedding. check creative services and can provide guests a talking point. audio networks out for more a samba drum and fire-breathing have a great range of comedians available information on their caricature service. performance for around €970 plus vaT. for hire ( photobooth hire is a relatively new concept to ireland but is going down a storm at weddings. you can get booths in various styles so you can choose one that will work in your venue. your guests enter the booth and the shots are printed as they’re taken, so your guests can walk away with their photos straight away. With this service you also get a personalised online gallery of all images so you can see exactly what went on! you can even opt for a hardback album of your favourite pictures of the night. This service will set you back just over €900 and travel kiddies’ Corner video games – The Wii was a charges are added if your wedding is s o now you’ve got the adults wonderful invention and it’s kept outside the greater dublin area. visit looked after, how do you many an adult happy for many for more information. cater for the kids? an hour. This is no less true for children have bundles of energy children. if your venue has a big CAsino royAle and seem to have even more on a screen, rent or borrow a Wii and Think 007 and opt for a casino theme. big day out. here are some ways to some high energy games, such as This can provide a highly energised keep them entertained. singstar, rock revolution or Wii and entertaining evening. you can hire source a wedding crèche – ireland Fit. it’s an inexpensive way to keep blackjack tables, roulette wheels and, of has caught up with the times and them entertained for hours. course, croupiers to man them. Just be there are now wedding crèches hire a children’s entertainer – an sure to let your guests know that it’s not that will come to your venue and easily sourced and very effective real money, before they think they’ve entertain the children, leaving you option, an entertainer will certainly become a millionaire and call their boss and your parent guests to enjoy a keep the kiddies happy. They range to let him know where to put his job! day off. companies like The from magicians to punch and Judy Whatever entertainment you decide on, Wedding crèche and little Wedding shows, face painters and balloon remember that it’s your day so make sure crèchers have plenty of activities modellers. really grand events you’re completely happy with your choices to keep the little ones entertained, ( and everything is planned well in advance whether it’s during the dinner or provide a magician and balloon – so all that’s left to do on the big day is the dancing. modelling service that starts at €200. rest easy and enjoy every minute! 184 The WhiTe pages