Special event expert Fabrice Orlando on trends in event entertainment
Decor is beautiful and food is delicious, but what’s a great event without amazing entertainment?
Generally, the entertainment is what guests will remember for years to come, so it’s no surprise that it’s often one of the bigger ticket items in the wedding. However, when it comes to the entertainment, the sky is the limit--there is so much that can be done to ensure that a wedding is unique and unforgettable
BOOK A VARIETY OF STYLES
With traditional weddings, couples tend to end the reception after four to five hours, but in my experience, that’s not the case with destination weddings--the party goes on late into the night!
With this in mind, our couples often bring in a variety of entertainment options to keep things fresh throughout the night. For example, a couple could bring in several different bands and then even a DJ for the last several hours.
Another major trend now is to book a DJ along with a smaller assembly of musicians and singers rather than the typical big band. Not only is this cost-effective, but it provides the same vibe as a band while diversifying the talent.
TRENDY TUNES, DIFFERENT ERAS
Top 40 songs are forever favorites, but a majority of people will also get excited over songs of the '80s and the '90s. In Morocco, we see a lot of Arab-Andalusian music, which is a classical style that is quite pleasing to the ear. It’s a great way for our destination couples to incorporate some of the local flavor!
GO ABOVE AND BEYOND WITH YOUR ACTS
Entertainment isn’t just about music--there are plenty of ways to keep guests engaged and having fun! Fire-eaters are especially popular in Morocco and other top destination locales; in fact, we are one of the last countries that can use open fire at events.
When it comes down to it, there’s really nothing that can replace the magnificence of flames--not even the most beautiful lighting pieces! I like to have fire-eaters on hand to bring them out at just the right time to delight the crowd, but it really depends on the flow of the party.
Live action stations and food animation has also been very popular, especially for the cocktail reception when couples need to keep their guests amused until the start of the reception. People love to be a part of the food process, whether it’s picking and choosing flavors or simply watching the magic made before their eyes.
By now, it’s common knowledge that guest experience is a primary consideration for couples planning their wedding. Rest assured that there is no better way to "wow" your guests than to provide them with a once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experience!
Fabrice Orlando is CEO of Cocoon Events Group, a luxury event planning company based in Marrakech, Morocco, that specializes in high-end weddings and special events worldwide.