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Top Wedding Entertainment Trends of 2017

It’s 2017. In this neoteric age of Instagram and Pinterest, brides have vision boards, pins, and “MUST-haves” before even stepping foot into their first potential vendor’s door. Every bride-to-be wants their wedding to be perfect, magical, but most importantly… one of a kind. Brides are coming up with more and more ways to make their wedding stand out, reevaluating the expectation to include what is considered the “norm” and giving more creative input than ever before in every area, including the music and entertainment. Here at On The Move, we believe every wedding is bespoke, we strive to make celebration dreams come true, and we are constantly acclimating to the times and trends.


Couples having traditional sit down dinners are deciding to save the dancing until after all the dining is complete (European style!) rather than dancing in between courses.


Couples are switching out the classic strings ensemble at their ceremony for something a bit edgier. One of our biggest requests this year was to implement some sort of beat to the ceremony music so we decided to curate a brand-new group called “Pop Classical” which features three live string pieces and a beatboxer. It has quickly become one of our most popular groups for wedding ceremonies.


More than ever, couples are asking their best man, MOH, parents, and whoever else is making a toast at reception to keep their words to a minimum length as to not use up too much time in the reception or lose the energy of the party. Brides are requesting their loved ones keep it “short and sweet”.


For years, the music at a typical wedding cocktail hour consisted of a small ensemble, usually jazz or classical genre. A lot of times it was just the reception band, broken down into an acoustic duo or jazz trio. We’ve been getting so many requests this year to curate something unique for couple’s cocktail hours so recently we created a small ensemble, “Hip-hop Jazz” consisting of typical jazz instruments covering current hip-hop tunes for a modern, edgy vibe. The perfect change-up before heading into reception.


Many couples are nixing mid-reception traditional formalities such as the bouquet and garter toss, cake cutting, and formal introductions and replacing with some not so traditional formalities, or just more dancing.      *(Can elaborate if you’re into this concept)


Many couples are forgoing the standard enclosed or open air Photo Booth for more exciting versions of the classic concept. Super popular this year have been the animated GIF booth, the flip-book booth, Snapchat booth, 360 degree booth, anything involving Boomerang, and last but not least, the coveted Multi-Cam (I’m sure you saw a version of it if you follow any super famous Coachella-Attendees or influencers).

Couples are even curating their own Instagram worthy setups by placing decor and backdrops in a specific area, knowing most guests have their own professional camera right in their pockets… aka iPhones! Custom geo-filters for Snapchat and custom geo-tags for Instagram are also a must in 2017. How else will all the people who weren’t invited see all of your amazing wedding details!?


In the past, a first dance was usually a beautiful meaningful ballad that the bride and groom would dance to slowly while gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. In 2017, first dances are more innovative than ever. Upbeat choreographed dances by the bride and groom, all-out performances involving the bridal party, and fully immersive guest involved pieces are frequent and often. Don’t believe me? One word: Youtube.


There’s a place for specialty talent at weddings now more than ever before. In the past few years, same-sex weddings have influenced that by being not so stuck on the traditional wedding components and embracing the idea of infusing more fun and entertainment into the day. Cirque performers, champagne serving aerialists, celebrity impersonators, beautifully costumed performers to complete a specific theme are all finding their way out of the corporate industry and into the wedding industry. We recently had a stunning same-sex wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City where the entertainment was truly contoured to the groom & groom’s vision. It started off with an intimate and sultry live ensemble with chanteuse vocalist performing interpretations of the couples’ favorite songs for ceremony, to dancers dressed as peacocks during cocktail hour, and finally a flashmob style performance choreographed for the couple’s first dance. To top it off, a surprise drag queen performance during the late night dance party!

Let us know in the comments section what trends you’re thinking about implementing into your Big Day!

xx Dani <3

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