Mar 2016 08

Getting married soon? Have decided everything, or is there still room for some creativity and spontaneity? In case there is, you really need to know what’s next in wedding entertainment for 2016 and adopt what best fits your mood. Entertainment includes music, highlights and props, decoration that creates a certain mood, location and type of venue. We’ll all analyze it in a bit, but make sure that every single detail you are adding reflects your identity as a couple!


It’s true that some people are seriously taking the idea of a mischievous leap year that may not be the most desirable time for a wedding. Whether you are that superstitious or just humoristic about it, you can use the leap-year idea as a point of reference, decorating your place and guest gifts with lucky charms, emulating the good luck spirit through music choices in your playlist, incorporating such messages in your invites, and even hiring for the guests a fortune teller for 5-minute sessions during the party. You can even say something cute in your speeches! Anyway, since you are getting married, this is definitely a lucky year for you!


Believe it or not, there are global warming implications affecting your wedding too, especially the selection of the venue and the services or facilities available on site. If it’s an open space in the morning or at noon, you need to have big umbrellas or tents for your guests, as well as offer them wide-brim hats and fans to make the whole experience pleasant. You can do the wedding close to a pool or by the seaside with the potential of a dive available to all guests. Some weddings right now, because of high temperatures, are happening mostly in the evening, and the trend is pushing the reception time as late as possible, closer to midnight when temperature drops. Bikini-clad wedding attendants sound more reasonable than ever before!


With Zoolander screening this season and fashion dominating pop culture, weddings are becoming fashionable or fashion-related. You should definitely set the tone for a rather imaginative dress code and party theme that will further expand on music choices such as Vogue by Madonna and Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. Reimagine the dance stage as a runway, with big lights, upbeat music, a fashionably dressed DJ, and dancers that really rock the latest fashion trends. You can definitely see this season your wedding as something equaling the Met Gala in edginess and glam!


Films are very much of the moment as a sort of inspiration for wedding party themes. You can take a period of time from cinematography, a single movie, an actor, or a famous director and draw inspiration for your playlist, highlights and props, choreography as a couple, printed material, and decoration. You can even get inspired by a big screen bride emulating the design of Anne Hathaway’s wedding gown at ‘Princess Diaries II’ or that of Elizabeth Taylor in ‘The Father of the Bride’, and many other cinematic styles! Since TV series are getting rather popular again, you can also draw themes from Mad Men, Sex and the City, Downton Abbey and any other favorite. Screening a film or episode on the side will be a nice highlight too!


Social media brings forth in our life the element of interactivity and global communication, while it is also an extension of the idea of Reality TV. If you really want to share all that thrill and happiness of the moment with the rest of the world, then enhance the experience through a social media wall, reproducing all the postings with certain hash tags you are indicating at your invite and menus. You can provide your guests with selfie sticks for extra fun, and create an Instagram wedding account. Twitter will do great, as well as Facebook that almost everybody – even seniors – is using lately. Imagine the dance floor scenes, the drunk and the romantic moments coming out, all that fun becoming memorable!


Since most of the world, including fashion and entertainment, experience a strong Asian influence – Chinese, Japanese, and Korean – and in case your wedding is an international event and your guest list is a ‘map’ of different origins, an Asian-themed party or one with Asian touches on the menu, playlist and decoration is also a trend to consider. You could dress your female waitresses as geishas, add sushi or dumplings into your menu, hang lanterns above the stage, or put cherry blossom centerpieces on the tables. And when the weather is warm, the fans to be gifted to your guests can also be Japanese-style. Asia will most probably be part of that memorable night. And have you thought of a Karaoke session somewhere in-between? Sounds like lots of fun!