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11 Cocktail Hours Entertainers that Set the Stage for an Unforgettable Wedding

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You may only need cocktail hour entertainment for an hour, but this short time is your chance to set the mood for the reception to follow. The best news is that the list of cocktail hour entertainers is endless; this short list can get you started brainstorming the possibilities.

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Caricatures

Caricature artists are a fun addition to any cocktail hour. This interactive wedding entertainer comes with another bonus, giving guests a unique wedding favor and keepsake.

Acoustic Entertainers

Acoustic entertainers are an upscale cocktail hour addition, though the right entertainer is different for every wedding. A jazz act can set the stage for a jazzy Chicago affair, while a more elegant act can prepare guests for the upscale celebration to come. (A wedding pro can assist you in choosing the best acoustic entertainer that fits with your unique wedding atmosphere.)

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Dramatic Servers

If you want to make a strong first impression, themed servers are the cocktail hour entertainers for you. These entertainers go a long way toward establishing an atmosphere, such as a throwback or stylish theme, and entertaining guests with a beverage and dramatic flair.

Games

Table and garden games are a fantastic way to entertain guests and add your personal touch to your big day. Garden games are a perfect addition to a wedding picnic. Guests’ll love to play bocce ball or corn hole during the cocktail hour, a personalized word search at dinner, and the shoe game on the dance floor.

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Aerialists

Interactive tasting stations are a new wedding entertainment trend. Aerialists take this wedding entertainment trend to new heights, making an upscale and magnificent impression. For a custom touch, choose a drink that fits your personal style.

Magician

For couples who want to make the night feel magical, a magician is the perfect addition to your wedding entertainment line-up. The key is to choose a magician that can customize their act and circulate through the crowd, leaving smiles on guests of all ages.

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Flappers

Flappers and gangsters are a fantastic way to make guests feel like they stepped back in time to the roaring 20s. Your guests’ll feel like they stepped back into the old streets of Chicago and arrived at a swinging party. If the 20s isn’t your style, talk to a wedding entertainment pro about securing entertainers fitting of the period of your vintage wedding.

Steel Drums

A steel drum band sets the stage for a tropical wedding, making guests feel like they are attending a destination wedding in Chicago. Best yet, a steel drum band can perform at an ideal volume so guests can mingle and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Stiltwalkers

Stiltwalkers are a one-of-a-kind wedding entertainment perfect for a circus-themed affair or an exceptional out-of-the-box wedding reception. These unexpected entertainers are an attention-grabbing act that take guests’ expectations to new heights.

Fairies

These whimsical wedding entertainers are a fanciful way to entertain guests at a garden wedding. Fairies create an imaginative atmosphere and make guests look forward to a night of unique merriment.

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Showgirls

Showgirls are a versatile wedding entertainer that create quite the first impression. These stylish entertainers can be the start of a fantastic night at the casino or part of a tropical performance act that transports guests a world away while enjoying your Chicagoland wedding.

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