Wedding entertainment trend: Variety acts

Aug 27th 2009 | 12:40pm
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Whether it's Elvis impersonators, belly-dancers or magicians, more couples are booking offbeat variety acts for the receptions, according to a new survey from

In 2009, the number of these performers hired during the wedding planning process has risen by 17 percent, the website says.

Meanwhile, brides and grooms are also going wild for tribute acts, with booking for performers who pay homage to classic bands such as The Beatles up 45 percent this year.

According to, booking tribute bands is typically cheaper than hiring a traditional wedding band - suggesting that this trend could be part of a larger movement toward budget weddings.

"These tough economic times require couples to seek more variety, performers to be more versatile, and weddings to be more unique," commented GigMasters co-founder Kevin Kinyon.

The average amount spent by couples on wedding entertainment has fallen from $816 in 2008 to $749 this year, the website's research reveals.

And the cost of getting your Uncle Al to dress up like Elvis and entertain guests? Considerably cheaper, but it comes at a different kind of price.

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