2014 Wedding Reception Entertainment Trends

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2014 brings a New Year (obviously) and of course some new Wedding trends that are on the rise. Let’s take a look at what’s new and what’s BEEN around and is here to stay!

Custom Wedding DetailCustomized Wedding Details 

Whether it’s creative photo displays, videos, slideshows, or your initials in lights splashed on a wall, there’s always something that you can add that can make your Wedding totally unique and match both of your personalities. If you simply search Pinterest with search terms like “custom wedding details”, you’ll find literally hundreds of examples that you can make your own.

Unique EntertainmentUnique Entertainment Options

Aside from creating and then playing customized musical playlists and songs tailored to each couples unique tastes, more and more folks are getting creative with their Cocktail & even Dinner entertainment. “I Spy” or “Mad Libs” are fun table games to get people moving around and mingling with other guests. Having an outdoor Wedding under a tent? Lawn games like Corn Hole or Bocce Ball might be your style to mix it up with the guests. If you have a good amount of kids that will be attending, set up a separate table with lots of crayons, markers and coloring books to keep them busy and having fun.

Chill Out AreaChill Out

Lounge furniture-especially if the Cocktail Hour or entire Reception is outdoors-remains very trendy. Gone are the tall Cocktail tables with little to no seating. Now, low couches, vintage arm chairs, and coffee tables are making their way on the scene either close to the dance floor or in a separate area for guests to have a quiet moment. Hay bales with a nice cover over them for guests to hang out on? Definitely!

Vintage pieces for WeddingVintage Themes

Art Deco, Gatsby Weddings & Old Hollywood Glam will be themes that will be prevalent in 2014. There were even some of these happening in the Fall of ’13. Vintage typewriters, suitcases, telephones, vases and mason jars are all popular items that can be used for decor to help match this theme. Music can be matched to fit your theme as well. Don’t forget about movie music you both might enjoy, or even some music that would portray a locale like France, where all the music for the Cocktail Hour is in French. Anything is possible!

Backyard Wedding LightingLight The Mood

As a DJ, lighting is one of the first things I notice in a room. It could be just candles on the table, uplighting on the walls, or hanging glass candle jars from trees outside the tent. These simple and affordable touches can transform a simple dining area into something extravagant.

Instagram Your WeddingHashtag #this or #that

The days of disposable cameras on tables for guests to snap pics are long gone (unless you’re going for an “old school” theme). Instagram, Twitter, and even Facebook #hashtags are becoming more and more popular at Receptions. It’s a great way for you to collect all the photos that are taken at the Reception based on your own unique #hashtag. Sharing these photos can also now be done live in a slide or video show format on a number of apps that you can download to your smartphone. Our favorite is the Eversnap App. We’re partnering with them in 2014 to create live slide shows for guests at Weddings!

High Tech Low TechHigh Tech or Low Tech

The reality of technology at Weddings most times is that people absolutely love it, or absolutely hate it. Here’s one high tech and one low tech trend example. A high tech trend has been having charging stations for smartphones or other devices in a corner. If the facility doesn’t already provide Wifi service, having this available to your guests for free is an option to think about as well. If you’re looking for a low tech trend, a “smartphone check-in and check-out” might be something to think about. Guests would only be allowed to enter the Reception if they give their phone to the “check-in” person similar to a coat check system. This can force guests to be totally focused on the Event and the experience of being there without any distractions.

Let’s see what happens with 2014 and see which trends will stay and go as we look back in 2015!

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