As a wedding magician I get asked all the time: When is the best time to book a magician for on my wedding day?
In my experience there is not really a wrong or right answer to this question, as your guests will appreciate entertainment at any part of the day.
A fantastic time to book a close-up magician is for the drinks reception after the ceremony and before the meal. This is such a good time to book wedding entertainment because the bride and groom are taken away to have photographs taken and are unable to mingle with their guests.
Most of the time, when I arrive your guests will imagine that I am another guests. After I decide which group would be best to approach first I introduce myself and start performing. When the first group starts reacting you can feel the atmosphere of the room change, all the other guests want to know what’s going on. What caused those people to react like that?! I usually have some time to perform into the wedding breakfast and my priority is to show the top table some special magic routines that revolve around the bride and groom. This is my favourite part of the day and I love leaving the newly weds with a magical souvenir.
An equally great time to book entertainment is for your evening reception. The beauty of this time of the wedding day is that your day and night guest will both be there and the magician will be able to entertain all of them. The night guests will really appreciate that you have taken them into consideration when booking entertainment. I really enjoy mingle with guests at an evening reception as generally they have had one or two beverages and they are up for having a laugh.
One thing to note, I would suggest you don’t book a magician at the same time as a live band, as the magician will not be able to communicate with your guests very easily.
I often get asked if the lull after the meal and before the evening reception is a good time to book wedding entertainment. The answer to this question depends on your venue. If your wedding venue is a hotel where most of your guests have booked a room then I would suggest you don’t book a magician after the meal as many guests will retire to their room to freshen up. However, if your venue does not have accommodation (e.g. a tipi wedding) then this is a great time to book entertainment as the guests will appreciate being astounded by a close-up magician before they dance the night away.
I hope this helps and if you have any questions at all please just contact me via my website contact form or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to helping you organise the perfect entertainment for your big day!
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