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Creative ways to entertain your guests

From virtual performances to pre-recorded chants and designated entertainment zones, here are a few enjoyable and safe ways to keep your guests entertained

Traditional Indian weddings are known for their rituals, customs, extravagance and splendour. Where packed dance floors were once the norm, guests are now observing social distancing and safety guidelines leaving couples and planners to come up with wedding entertainment ideas to liven up events in a safe manner. Here’s how you can entertain your guests this wedding season:

Virtual entertainment

Today, wedding entertainment is being facilitated and boosted by technology and digital platforms. Bhavnesh Sawhney, co-founder, FB Celebrations Pvt Ltd, says, “The biggest change is the preference for pre-recorded tracks and videos instead of live performances. The performing artist or disc jockey connects via Zoom as per the flow of events. This has turned out to be a viable option as it cuts down on the logistics significantly. Wedding chants, too, are being personalised and pre-recorded in a studio and played by the DJ during the pheras.”

Musicians and DJs

Hiring a DJ or a band can prove to be useful in more than one way. They can serve as an emcee, even as they play music for dancing and other important moments. Like singers and live bands, instrumentalists, too, are a great choice for outdoor or indoor events. According to Sawhney, there is a high demand for instrumentalists and musical wedding chants.

Performing artistes

Couples can also choose from folk artistes and interactive entertainers such as comedians, mentalists, tarot card readers, dancing troupes and so on. However, Namha Malhotra, founder, Castles & Coasters, points out, “Take note of the number of people accompanying the lead artist and choose a smaller crew or solo artist, preferably.”

Entertainment zones

If you’re getting married at a larger venue, consider setting up theme- or genre-based music areas that your DJ controls, or feature different live musicians. These zones can be set up as lounges where guests can enjoy live performances. Malhotra says, “By having pockets of artists and moving the focus from one particular part of the venue to multiple parts, you can ensure that social distancing is maintained.”

Games

The purpose of entertainment is simply to keep guests engaged at all times and there are more ways than one to do so. Sawhney adds, “Couples can plan tele games and sporting events. Spontaneous games are a fun way to keep guests engaged. Besides this, activities such as karaoke and dance-offs are entertaining and keep family and friends engaged too!” Another interesting way to get everyone involved is by hosting a ‘toast and roast’ session, suggests Malhotra.

No matter the kind of wedding celebration you choose to have in this pandemic, there are plenty of entertainment options to choose from—and, if your budget permits, you can incorporate multiple forms of entertainment to surprise and delight your guests.

Lead Photo: Ash Studio; Photo Credits: iStock

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