Destination Wedding Entertainment Tips from GigMasters

Posted by Azure on September 14th, 2010
Special to OneWed from Drew Stoga of

The most successful destination weddings are usually those that truly embrace the local culture, food and customs of the area. Destination weddings are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for couples to share a favorite, special place with their closest friends and family.

It just so happens that I’m currently planning a destination wedding of my own – in the great city of New Orleans, LA. My fiancée and I fell in love with New Orleans on our various visits over the years. In particular we love the city’s second-to-none music scene. When we decided to get married in New Orleans, it was a no brainer that we would want the big day to have a soundtrack of live, local music. What is a New Orleans wedding without a second line dance backed by a great jazz band?

For us it was all about making sure that how we celebrate matches where we celebrate. Since we will be in New Orleans we will be dining on gumbo, shrimp and grits and other tasty local fare. However if we were getting married on a beach in Fiji, serving gumbo would make about as little sense as serving chicken pot pie.

The same goes for entertainment. If you are planning a Hawaiian wedding, a bagpiper isn’t a natural fit (though it could work if it reflects the cultural background of the couple). You might find that a ukulele player or hula dancers would better complete the tropical ambiance.

Along with Hawaii, Mexico is one of the most popular destination wedding locales. A mariachi band is a romantic and appropriate entertainment choice if you are getting married south of the border. Similarly, a reggae band will keep things lively and local if you are tying the knot in Jamaica and steel drums work for just about every island wedding.

If you are the type of person who dreams of a destination wedding, chances are that you are not looking for run-of-the-mill wedding entertainment. You want something special, something that compliments your theme perfectly. Investigate the local culture and see how you can infuse your wedding day with the unique touches of local food, culture, and music.

Even if your wedding is taking place close to home, I urge you to think local. If you are in Chicago, consider a blues band. Kentucky is known for bluegrass and if you are getting married anywhere near Nashville, TN, strap on your cowboy boots and hire a country band. GigMasters and OneWed happen to be the perfect tools for planning a destination wedding - with entertainers and wedding pros from coast to coast, you can do all the research from the comfort of your home.

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