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Wedding Entertainment: Find What Works Best For You & Your Venue!

While there are so many details to planning a wedding, probably the most fun part for couples is deciding on the entertainment options! Depending on the style of wedding, (ballroom, rustic, destination), you can have an array of activities that you and your guests can enjoy! Here’s some of our favorites!

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Wedding band – there’s tons of variety here! Big band, ukelele, folk bands or other hired performers! Note: the larger the band, the pricier it may be. Also, make sure to check with the venue first to make sure what you want will fit.

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DJ – a fun way to have a wide variety of your favorite tracks, both new and old! Make sure to discuss song options prior to the event to ensure you have options for partying, slow dances and unexpected congas!

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Food Trucks – this is a great way to serve food to your guests and/or end the evening with some tasty pretzels, cotton candy, doughnuts or chocolate treats! If it’s an outdoor food truck, make sure you coordinate with your venue and you have all the necessary permits! Check out our previous post about wedding food trucks for more details!

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Photo booth – one of our personal favorites! A great way for you and your guests to have fun memories from the night. One wedding we attended had each guest put one copy of the their photos in the guestbook and write a message. We love that idea!

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Sparklers / Confetti bar – for some amazing pictures, keep a table at the ceremony available for people to pick up sparklers and confetti. When the couple is walking down the aisle, this is a great time to use these as the couple makes themselves official!

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Kids activities (caricatures, game room) – For a wedding with lots of young kids,  it’s helpful to have a game or two that can keep them occupied in a safe manner. Arranging for guests to get caricatures done or having a small room full of games supervised by a babysitter that can help couples relieve their parental role for a brief time!

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After party – Depending on how late your wedding goes and how big your budget is, you may want to splurge on some after party celebrations! Work with your venue to see if it’s possible to keep one of the areas for a few extra hours to serve drinks and late night snacks. Otherwise, you can coordinate a local bar/restaurant nearby to host some post-event partying!

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Wedding Locales: SANTA BARBARA

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One of our team members had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Barbara for a wedding this summer. The result? A gorgeous, DIY vineyard wedding experience to remember! The warm weather, delicious wine and stunning views are just a few of the reasons why Santa Barbara is an excellent location for a wedding! There’s such a nice balance of city and greenery/landscapes, which gives couples a lot of diversity when deciding what kind of wedding they’d like to have and the fabulous pictures that will capture this beauty! We’re listing out some of the great reasons for wedding in downtown Santa Barbara AND going further north towards the wine region (e.g. Los Olivos, Solvang, Santa Ynez, etc.)

Downtown Santa Barbara

  • Right next to the beach and steps from the Pacific Ocean
  • Tons of fun bars/restaurants to have great meals and enjoy some of the wine and beer of the region
  • Stunning views of the mountains
  • Great paths for walking and exploring the city

Santa Barbara wine regions

  • Gorgeous vineyards and landscapes
  • Delicious wine
  • Vast space to host a wedding
  • Great built-in decorations, (wine barrels, wine bottles, barn-style reception)
  • Fun day-time activities for guests (wine tastings, cute European-inspired towns with good food, shopping)
  • Great trails for walking/jogging around the mountains

We highly recommend Santa Barbara; Whether it be for a long weekend getaway with your significant other, a bachelorette party with your girlfriends or to plan your wedding.. It’s a beautiful town with lots of scenic variety, a multitude of activities and at a bare minimum, a good place to wind down and get a glass of great wine at some of the wine shops downtown or take a bottle you bought at a vineyard and bring some glasses to the beach on E. Cabrillo Blvd.!

Here’s just a taste of the fabulous wedding we attended! We loved the barn style reception, small DIY personal touches (old family photos), and vintage lace, books and other decor for the guests’ tables! Contact us for more details about planning a destination wedding and/or California weddings in particular as well as other wineries, bars & restaurant recommendations. Make sure you also check out here and here to the unforgettable Aptos, CA wedding that we planned. This really was a wedding dream come true!

 

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