Posts Tagged ‘Entertainment’

The Best of the Web for Grooms – November 7, 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014


If you’ve ever scoffed at those cheesy, staged photos where the wedding party’s jumping in the air or striking super-unnatural poses, you’ll love this photographer’s humorous take on staged pre- and post-reception photos.


Photo – Jesi Haack Design

Stumped on bachelor party ideas? Zero Point Zero, the production company behind “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Brew Masters,” is casting a new major cable network series that will give grooms and their guy friends the ultimate bachelor party. If you’re more into ideas like jumping out of planes or hosting a private poker game with hand-rolled cigars than the usual strip club and casino outings, apply here. Good luck!


Think it’d be cool to get hitched at 35,000 feet? Check out how these frequent fliers tied the knot on a recent Southwest flight.


Looking for an original groomsmen gift? Create one-of-a-kind cigars for your crew with Custom Tobacco, by uploading your own design, choosing from a selection of premade bands, or using a customization tool to design your own band from scratch.

Still trying to nail down your ultimate wedding playlist? Check out Brad Paisley’s stellar suggestions and adjust accordingly.


See any other interesting groom-centric content or links this week? Share them with us in the comment section below.


Expert Forum: Which Band or Singer Would Play Your Wedding Reception?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

When it comes to your wedding reception entertainment, decisions can be tough. You want to find a band or DJ that caters to your taste but can also entertain your diverse guests. Wouldn’t the decision be much easier if you could just pick your favorite band or singer to perform?

We pulled together a group of our favorite wedding experts to talk about this intriguing concept.

frank sinatra wearing hat

‘Ol Blue Eyes was a popular pick amongst our experts

If you could choose one band or singer (past or present) to play your wedding reception, who would it be and why?

Chris Easter (Co-Founder,
Twitter: @chriseaster

1 word: Psy.

Just kidding. As much as I’d love to see grandma trying to do the Gangnam Style dance moves, I think I’d have to go with something a little more sane. Frank Sinatra is an easy choice here, but I want to differentiate myself from the panel. To me, Bruno Mars is one of the top contemporary blends of great singer and performer. Hearing his take on some of our favorite songs would be fascinating and he’d definitely have no issue getting people out on the dance floor. The only rule is that he’d have to bring his killer backup band.

Anne Chertoff (Wedding Editor)
Twitter: @AnneChertoff

I think Frank Sinatra would be great at a wedding. He could totally MC the reception — conversing with the guests between songs. And who wouldn’t love a crooning Sinatra singing their first dance and parent dance songs.  For dancing, he may not have a lot of songs to get the party moving, but that’s what after parties are for!

Kara Horner (Blogger & Media Director,
Twitter: @TMR_Kara

There are so many amazing bands to choose from that it really depends on the couple’s favorite bands and the style of their wedding. For the cocktail hour or a more casual or boho-style wedding, I’d go with The Lumineers. The band offers a fun, folksy and romantic vibe that’s sure to entertain your guests, and songs like “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love” are great for weddings. For a band that’s sure to please crowds of all generations, it’s tough to beat The Rolling Stones. They offer a great mix of both slower and up-tempo music. A classic song such as “Wild Horses” is a great pick for the first dance and hits like “Sympathy for the Devil” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” will keep your guests on the dance floor all night long.

Brian Leahy (Author, The Groom Says)
Twitter: @TheGroomSays

No question — our choice entertainment would be the late and great Mr. James Joseph Brown. (I might have gone with the Parliament, but they’re generally too funkadelic for the old folks.) So what if James is a little out there and does PCP between sets? So what if he steals my mother-in-law’s shawl and wears it like a cape for the remainder of the evening? That’s what makes him James-effing-Brown. (“HA!”)

If the band or performer or DJ you’ve selected doesn’t have the energy to get butts on the dance floor, then that reception is a sinking ship that cannot be saved. But as soon as Mr. Brown jumps into “Get Up Offa That Thing,” even your rhythmless aunt with the bum knee is gonna shake a leg — her good leg, that is. And look, we’ll just all agree to turn away when James closes the evening with “Sex Machine”… and sings it directly to your grandmother.

Emma Arendoski (Founder, Emmaline Bride)
Twitter: @EmmalineBride

If I could choose one band or singer (past or present) to play my wedding reception, it would be Frank Sinatra.  At the risk of sounding cliché, it would be pretty amazing to hear Ol’ Blue Eyes himself crooning The Way You Look Tonight and It Had to Be You.  A style of music that encourages guests of all ages to get up and dance is always a plus… and classic, timeless tunes never go out of style.

Ian (Author, A Groom’s Diary)
Twitter: @agroomsdiary

The challenge of any band at a wedding is that it limits the genre of music that can be played. Even a great rock singers would have trouble doing a Michael Jackson cover. And it is for this reason that many couples end up hiring a DJ, so they can hear all of their favorite artists.  That balance is tough to replicate and tough to overcome…

With one exception.

The easy selection for my one artist for a wedding would be Bob Carlisle.

Many of you are probably saying, “Who is Bob Carlisle?” And the rest of you are probably saying, “Ian–are those your real calves?”  And to answer the second part first, yes, they are.  But while you may not know the name Bob Carlisle, you absolutely know his smash hit, Butterfly Kisses.

Much in the way that you should not be allowed to get married if you don’t break off in the middle of your first dance and start into a hilarious–and totally un-cliched–choreographed pop dance routine, no wedding should be deprived of this magical, and in no way creepy song.

It is the embodiment of a daughter’s love for his daughter, and we shouldn’t be turned off by the fact that it is completely uncomfortable and awful.  He loves his daughter.  I mean–it is really sweet!  “One part woman, the other part girl.” That’s totally what normal dads say!  And they always write songs about “sticking” things “all up in” their daughters!  Much in the way that this loving father, who is not allowed within 500 feet of an elementary school, “deserves” “a hug every morning and Butterfly Kisses at night”, your wedding deserves this amazing song to be played live!

Marta Block (Editorial Director,
Twitter: @Gigmasters

I’ve been vocally and publicly in love with David Bowie since I was thirteen years old, but I don’t think I’d want the Thin White Duke to play at my wedding. For one thing, it would be sort of awkward for my husband when I tried to leave the reception with the entertainment. Instead, I think I’d chose the Stray Cats! What? For starters, I was a teen in the 1980s, so their music is part of the soundtrack of my life. More importantly though, The Stray Cats is what any good wedding band is, they’re versatile. They can play any sort of music and make it their own. For me the most important things in wedding music are versatility, showmanship, and dancing. Stray Cats definitely fit the bill.

Now it’s your turn to answer the question. Take to the comment section and tell us your dream choice for wedding entertainment.

What’s the Best Holiday Wedding Entertainment?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

santa at wedding

I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but if you’re getting married at Christmas there are some people who would like to put a lump of coal in your stocking.

There’s nothing wrong with a holiday wedding, and if it’s what you want to do, you should do it, but not all of your guests will be happy. Holiday season is jam packed with shopping, cooking, baking, and yes, parties. Money is tight and shelling out the money to buy a wedding present and airline tickets while also trying to buy your regular holiday presents can make people a little grumpy. You know what else is tight? Pants. Squeezing in to a cocktail dress after you’ve spent three days on the couch eating Peppermint Bark, drinking Egg Nog and watching It’s a Wonderful Life is not so easy.

So, if you’re planning a holiday wedding you owe it to your guests to throw a little extra fun their way. What better way to do that than with entertainment!

Santa is the obvious choice, but he doesn’t have to be used in obvious ways. We know one Father of the Bride who hired a Santa to come to his daughter’s Christmas time wedding. The father sat on Santa’s lap and read a “wish list” for his daughter’s marriage. Silly set up? Sure, but there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  If you’re having children at the wedding a visit from Santa can be a great diversion, and insurance that the little monsters will behave!

The exuberance of the holidays gives you a chance to go all out with entertainment. Consider hiring a magician, an acrobat, or even a fire eater to entertain during the cocktail hour. If you’re already planning on hiring a caricature artist, make sure to let him or her know to add some holiday details to their work. If you’d like to keep things more low key, but still festive, ask your band or DJ to add in a mini-set of your favorite holiday songs, or consider choosing something like a slowed down version of Winter Wonderland as your first dance.

Many couples have holiday weddings as a matter of necessity (it can be less expensive and all the family is in one place at one time) and not really of choice. If that’s you and you want to keep your wedding from feeling “too Christmasy” talk to your band or DJ about your concerns.

About the author: Marta Segal Block is the Editorial Director for, the largest online entertainment booking agency. Visit GigMasters’ wedding blog ( for great ideas on wedding entertainment.

Having a holiday wedding? Which of the entertainment options mentioned above appeals to you most? Tell us in the comments.

5 Unusual Wedding Entertainment Choices

Monday, February 27th, 2012

We’re always in for a treat when Marta Segal Block from Gigmasters comes-a-callin’ with a guest blog. This time around, she’s focusing on some of the more bizarre options for wedding reception entertainment.

fire eating at wedding

When most people think “wedding entertainment” they think band or DJ. But, at GigMasters we see the possibilities as so much more! Because we connect brides and grooms to their ideal entertainment, we have a great view of what ideas are out there. Here are five unusual ideas we’ve seen.

- Caricaturists are becoming so much more common they’re almost a trend! Like silhouette artists, caricaturists are generally used to create on the spot personalized party favors or guest book entries.

- Most people hiring clowns for wedding receptions are hiring them to entertain children at the event. But, not everyone, we’ve had people hire balloon twisting clowns to make centerpieces at a carnival themed wedding, then come to the reception as well. We’ve also had people hire clowns and mimes to provide humor during band breaks.

- An enterprising Maid of Honor decided to hire Mickey Mouse for her bride’s wedding. Apparently, the bride always wanted to dance in a Disney World show. So, the MOH hired a Mickey Mouse costumed character to turn up during her MOH speech to deliver a special gift.

- Every December we get several Santa requests for weddings. One Father of the Bride wanted to sit on Santa’s lap and read a letter to his daughter. We can only hope that he cleared that idea with his daughter ahead of time and that there aren’t deeper issues that they need to work out.

- I suppose if you needed the services of a hypnotist before the wedding, that would spell trouble but many people find the idea of a hypnotist as after dinner entertainment fun. If you have a “no stripper” rule for your bachelor party, hypnotists and magicians can also make great alternative bachelor party entertainment.

For more great wedding entertainment ideas check out GigMasters wedding blog.

Think Outside the Box: 5 Unique Wedding Bands

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Beatles Wedding Cover Band

Beatles fan? Meet the Magical Mystery Tour cover band.

By Drew Stoga,

Having trouble finding the right type of band for your wedding? Looking for something a little bit different? Something your guests will talk about for years to come?

Have no fear, GigMasters is here with five types of unique wedding band that will have your guests saying “best wedding band ever.”

1. Reggae
Grandma might not be down with the island sounds of reggae, but just about everybody else is. Reggae has the added bonus of being extremely easy to dance to – all you have to do is sway around a little bit, which will be about all some of your guests can handle.

2. Cover Band
Most wedding bands do covers, but do they dress like the bands they cover? Probably not. Indulge your superfandom by hiring a Beatles, Blues Brothers or Grateful Dead cover band to rock out at your wedding.

zydeco wedding band

If you’re into zydeco, check out the Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band (based in California, but willing to travel).

3. Zydeco
It may not be the first think that comes to mind when you think “wedding” but zydeco is upbeat, danceable and fun. It is exotic enough to impress your friends and family but familiar enough that everyone will have a blast.  Bonus points if you plan a Mardi Gras-themed wedding!

4. Bluegrass
One of the best weddings I have ever attended took place in a barn in Northern Maine. What made it so great? The bluegrass band that cooked for hours on end. I think every single guest spent the night on the dance floor plus I had a great excuse to drink moonshine.

5. Dixieland Jazz
If you are one of those ‘tuck your shirt in grooms,’ then why not class things up even further with a Dixieland Jazz band? Not only will the old folks be happy to cut a rug but your best man will have a chance to show off just how far he has come along since his punk rock days.

Happy Planning!


GigMasters is the #1 online entertainment booking service that guides party planners and hosts to the right entertainment for every type of event. GigMasters believes that great entertainment IS the life of the party and they strive every day to perfect the experience of booking entertainment.

Are you hiring a band for your wedding reception entertainment? If so, did you find one that fits your personality and will leave a unique mark on the wedding? Explain in the comments below.

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