What's New & Extreme in Weddings

By Madeline Daryadel Founder/Director, Wedding QuickQuote | August 03, 2014

Co-authored by Mark Sonder, Chief Entertainment Officer, Mark Sonder Productions, Inc

Concert Feel

Bring in headline entertainment with concert like sound reinforcement and lights and, yes, the bride will still be the most beautiful one at her wedding and still be the center of attention when a musical headliner bows to the bride. We're speaking about acquiring your own star to perform at your wedding. You will need a band and/or DJ, to keep your family and friends rockin'all night long. Whether you enjoy the classic rock sounds of The Fifth Dimension performing, "Wedding Bell Blues" to Ahmir doing "The Wedding Song," or go with Above and Beyond; cabaret's Andrea Marcovicci who appeared in The Wedding of Iphegenia or Ann Hampton Calloway whom Streisand has recorded several of Ann's songs including "I've Dreamed of You," which she sang to James Brolin at their wedding, to Billy Idol and his "White Wedding." What about heartthrob Michael Bolton? If the Rolling Stones can do a Bar Mitzvah, then... Just call your favorite agent to arrange to have your once-in-a-lifetime reception be a once-in-a-lifetime special event. Rock the night away….Think 3 hour RECEPTION: Stage, big dance floor, cocktail seating with high tops, 2 hr. open bar with signature wedding beverage, strobe lighting, great speakers. Food= heavy hors d'oeuvres, snacks on the tables, cheese, fruit & vegetable platters, pasta, sushi and carving station. Close the bar, cut the cake, roll in the dessert station along with Cordials and flavored coffee. What a blast, say good night.

A Beach Wedding with a Pirate Touch

Ahhh, the sun, the sand, the bare feet, your spouse by your side and a slight breeze fills the air. You can keep it casual, pass some drinks, hors d'oeuvres, cut the cake and call it a day. OR create an action dream. Keeping the sandn'surf theme there's the original beach music by The Drifters. Remember "Under The Boardwalk," and of course, "This Magic Moment."

Another thought, while at the beach who can think of the sea without thinking of Captain Jack Sparrow? (with the song by The Lonely Island). Yes, I am submitting to you Pirate Entertainment! As the New York Times reported on December 27, 2013 writing about The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told, "How do you describe a show whose script changes with every performance?" Have these pirates listen to your story and build a performance around it. Your guests will be captivated. Aaarr!

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