Entertainment in Koh Samui – Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Weddings are all about bringing friends and family together to celebrate your special day. For guests, the best moments are witnessing the ceremony, enjoying the meal and then hitting the dance floor. Doing so should keep them pretty busy, but there’s always more that you can offer them. Keep the party going with these eight wedding entertainment ideas.

Take Them for a Ride

Transport guests from your ceremony to your reception tourist-style. Hire a local tour company to pick everyone up and take them on a brief tour of the area as they make their way to your reception space. If you’d rather skip a formal tour, give them an impromptu one as you joyride between events. Look for a trolley or ferry that will hold all your guests and treat everyone to a free ride.

DIY Photo Booth

Put a unique spin on the photo booth (a popular crowd-pleaser!). Make your own backdrop, props or gag items to create a theme for the booth. It’s an easy DIY project for your wedding, and the possibilities are endless. For example: Set up a faux wall and cover it with wallpaper and various vintage frames, cutting out the spaces where the pictures would usually be. Guests can pop their heads in and out to pose for photos with one another. Arrange for a photographer to snap the pics, or set up a camera with an automatic setting to let guests control the shoot.

Hire a Live Artist

Here’s how it works: An artist will arrive at the wedding, set up a canvas and quietly paint a picture of the event as it’s taking place. While he or she works, your guests can watch and throughout the evening check back in to see how the painting is going. Plus, it’s the ultimate keepsake—what better way to preserve the magic of your special day?

Make the Meal the Center of Attention

You’ve seen an ice cream truck pull up to a wedding reception before, but what about a gelato hut or a taco stand on wheels? If you have a favorite local vendor (particularly one who’s mobile), hire them to serve dessert or a late-night snack at your reception. This idea is great for park weddings or outdoor receptions and perfect for the summer or fall season.

Try Wine-Tasting Stations

Skip the signature cocktail and host a beer or wine tasting instead. Display top picks from the bride and groom to make it personal and, for added authenticity, hire a sommelier to introduce the wine and teach each guest how to properly cleanse their palate. Give out monogrammed wine bottle holders as favors for guests to take home.

Book a Comedian

Keep your guests smiling! Hire a professional jokester to work the room. Whether she’s doing a stand-up routine or just warming up the crowd between meals, the right comedian will know what is and isn’t appropriate material for the occasion. He can even serve as your emcee for the evening by introducing the bride and groom and telling the crowd what’s about to happen next.

Create a Game Night Theme

Retro is making a big comeback. If your wedding is more on the casual side or you’re going for a vintage theme, seat guests early and let the cocktail hour double as a game night. Few can resist a round or two of their old favorites. Have a different game on each table and post easy step-by-step instructions to remind guests how to play. Avoid those that have a difficult setup or takedown and complicated game play; opt for simple favorites like Scrabble, Checkers, Connect Four, Uno or Sorry!

Set Up a Sand Art Station

If you’re getting married beachside or going for a nautical theme, consider having a sand art station at your reception. Guests can visit the table and watch a live demo on how to transform sand into lovely keepsakes; then they can get crafty and build their own personalized favors to take home. The kids on your guest list will especially love the idea, though beware: If left unattended, they might make quite a mess.

Entertainments in Koh Samui – How to Choose the Good Entertainment for your Wedding?

Koh Samui is a great destination for holiday and wedding.  Many couples choose to get marriage on this beautiful island that because this is unique destination for your beach wedding and beautiful sunset while bringing family and friends to celebrate and enjoy the holiday in the paradise island.  Most of the bride is expecting to get marriage as once in the life time event and selecting the best experience to be memorized is something that need to be well planned.  One of the most important elements during the wedding reception is entertainment that need to be well suited with the guest style.  There is so many good entertainments in Koh Samui to choose from.
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Below is From Wedding Planning Expert Julie Dawson – aka “The Wedding Genie”

When choosing entertainment for your wedding think about it carefully. What type would suit you best and which parts of the day do you think you should entertain your guests? How much do you have to spend? This will a big deciding factor on the type of entertainment you can provide.

Bored guests are never happy ones so the parts of the day that you should cater for are, the drinks reception whilst you are having your photographs taken, the wedding breakfast if you have a long time before the evening event and of course the main evening party. In my opinion the evening entertainment is where you should concentrate your effort if your budget is limited.

For the purposes of this article I will concentrate on paid entertainment. I know there is a lot of ways to DIY entertain but I am just going to concentrate on hiring entertainers.

Let’s start with how much to spend out of your budget.

The average percentage is between 5 – 8% of your wedding budget. If you are a follower of the Wedding Genie then you know we believe in working out your priorities right at the beginning of your wedding planning. That way you will know right away if entertainment features highly. If so you can always spend more and cut back in other areas, but as a guide this is the average percentage.

How do you decide what kind of Entertainment you want?

I guess to a certain extent it’s down to your personal style, and what kind of atmosphere you want to create at your wedding. Do you want high energy grooving or a sophisticated jazzy feel? Are you a country music fan or a rat pack lover? Perhaps you want dancing but without the disco, such as a Ceilidh band.
Entertainment in Koh Samui
Maybe your wedding has a particular theme that certain music and entertainment lend itself to. Think about what your friends and family like and how you want them to remember the evening. The more of an idea that you have will help you choose what type of entertainment is right for you.
Another factor that will help decide is the size of your venue; fitting an eight-piece band into a small intimate room is not practical, also you have to check if your venue has a license for entertainment. Lastly your budget will dictate but if you choose wisely you can still have really good entertainment, just shop around and think about it carefully.
Obviously the main part of the day to provide entertainment for is the evening reception, but if you have more in your budget then it’s great to have something going on to keep your guests entertained whilst you are having your photographs taken and throughout the drinks reception if you are having one.

Here are some suggestions of various entertainers if you are on a tight budget.

A DJ
There are some brilliant DJ’s out there who can really make your party swing. Look around, don’t just go for the one that your venue suggests, ask your friends, look on the Internet. Check out what they bring with them in terms of lighting and decor. Often the DJ can put on a really good show and create a fabulous party atmosphere. Lots of the DJ websites nowadays show you what their style is and give you a choice of music to play. Don’t forget that if you want to involve your guests and ask them their favourite songs, be careful they are not all love songs. You could suggest they give you their favourite love song and their favourite dance track.

Live Singer/Jazz
The Rat Pack sound is excellent for vintage weddings. In between sets you can always fill up your IPOD so that your guests can dance and still stay in the party swing. That way you may be able to get live music for part of the evening. I have seen many weddings where this has been the case. It’s a great way of getting your party started and this type of music brings a little sophistication to your evening, the older relatives in your party will love it. Imagine your first dance being sung live whilst you glide round the dance floor.

If your budget stretches further think about a live band and entertainment for the drinks reception.

Live Bands
You can’t beat a live band for atmosphere and the wow factor. Often the band will play music to dance to in between their sets so no DJ required. You can work out the times they appear to suit the flow of your reception. Professional bands give out a great vibe and if they are really good the dance floor should be full all night. They will also bring lights and décor to give a great party atmosphere.

Mix and Mingle Artists
Using entertainers that mix and mingle such as caricaturists or a silhouettist is a good idea because your guests each get something to take home with them. Close up magicians and Mentalists can be extremely funny and entertaining too.
String quartets, guitarists, pianists, and harpists are fantastic for a classy drinks reception and also play during your ceremony if you wish. They create a lovely atmosphere and can play outside if the weather is gorgeous and your setting dictates. A stunning country mansion with beautiful gardens and guests spilling outside being wafted by lovely classical music in the sunshine starts your wedding reception in style.

Top Tips for Sourcing Entertainment Companies
There are many agencies on the Internet where you can find excellent entertainment, who specialise in wedding entertainers. Their websites should be informative, have pricing guides, question and answer areas and a good selection of entertainers to choose from, along with clips of sound tracks and choices of music. It’s a good idea to ask for references of past clients.

Talk to your friends, family or your venue coordinator to see if they know of anyone or have recommendations. Word of mouth is always a safe bet. You may have been to a wedding recently where the band or DJ was fabulous. I chose our magician from a friends wedding. I swore I was not going to have one, it’s not one of my things, but hey this guy made me laugh so much I booked him on the spot.

Go and see local bands in your area. If you get chance to see the band that you think you may want to book then you will have first hand evidence they are right for you. The other answer is to use a wedding planner; we work with reputable companies and can vouch for their standard of service. We will also understand exactly what type of entertainment is suitable for you and within your budget.

Make sure you strike up a relationship with your entertainment provider

Its very important, the supplier should be able to understand what you want from your wedding day so that they can recommend the right kind of entertainment for your celebrations. If they don’t take time to talk to you and determine what would be the best recommendation go elsewhere. The entertainment is a big part of your wedding and you want to be sure that the money you are spending is directed at the best type of entertainer for you, whether it’s a DJ, band or magician etc. You should be crystal clear about what is included within the contract, how long the entertainment lasts for, what they need in terms of set up, and riders that are included of what you have to provide in terms of food, drink and rest areas.

The choice for entertainment is quite vast but I would urge you to choose what suits your style and personality. Choose what makes you happy and what you are comfortable with. I hope this goes some way to help you decide the perfect entertainment for you.

Koh Samui is still be the most popular wedding destination for many people from around the world.  Choosing the right wedding planner to assist you locally here is very important to ensure that you have great hands to look after every elements of your wedding before the big day arrived.  Bliss Events (Thailand) team is here to assist you.