Wedding Magician, Manchester, Cheshire and beyond!
Feedback – Feb 2018: “Hi there, You have beaten us to it, we are still in a HUGE high and can’t thank you enough for what you did for us, our guests can’t stop talking about you and it’s wonderful that you have sent us pictures as we didn’t expect that. We go on holiday tomorrow but when we get back we will put some feedback on your website… You were superb, thank you so much, we had an amazing day and are both still buzzing from it… My dad was amazed, you made his day, he was showing me yesterday the torn picture/wallpaper trick. Thank you” Debbie (and Richard)
Wedding day magic can be one of the best parts of your big day for your guests – and Matt’s world-class pickpocketing skills will ensure that your entertainment has the “Wow! Factor”. If you are looking for entertainment ideas for a wedding in Cheshire & beyond there is a lot of info below about when magic might be suitable and pros and cons of the different periods during the day. It’s the perfect ice-breaker, filling the gaps, and bringing laughter and amazement to your guests of all ages. Matt typically entertains as a close-up / table magician at the drinks reception, wedding breakfast or evening party. Quite simply adding a touch of magic to one of the best days of your life.
“Hi Matt, I just wanted to say a big thank you for your entertainment… everyone told me how brilliant it was, my Nan even cried with laughter, which is just fantastic.” Kerry & Richard.
Matt will help to create a fun atmosphere, fill any gaps in the day (planned or unplanned!), act as the perfect ice-breaker (especially useful if your guest don’t know each other), and help to create outstanding memories of your Big Day for all your guests, young and old. Having entertained at hundreds of weddings Matt is accommodating and flexible on the day too.
When is the best time to entertain at a wedding?
There are a few periods during which Matt usually entertains. The reception drinks and photos, around the tables at the wedding breakfast, the room turn-around, and the evening party. Matt is very flexible and can entertain during one or more of these. He’d be happy to discuss how he might fit in with your plans. Also, given the number of guests, when speeches are scheduled etc. he may have some suggestions.
1) Reception Drinks & Wedding Photos.
During the reception drinks & photos is a lovely time to entertain. Often the bride and groom are occupied with their photos and guests may be awaiting their turn to be in the photos too. They might be standing around for an hour or so twiddling their thumbs and getting hungrier. Matt circulates amongst them, deliberately keeping it low-key and informal, introducing himself and usually gathering little groups together to keep them entertained. H will get everyone laughing and help to set the tone for the rest of your day. It’s also ideal if the photos over-run and they start getting hangry (i.e. hungry and angry!) too.
Photos by Carly Bevan including Matt’s tie stealing trick. Matt takes someone’s tie without off them without them knowing and puts it on himself. It’s full of humour for the spectators and simply amazing to the volunteer when he realises….
2) Wedding Breakfast.
During the wedding breakfast Matt entertains from table to table working around the courses. He’ll usually save the Head Table until after the main course, so the bride and groom can both get some food in and re-energise. As a performer this is an ideal time to entertain. It’s like performing a mini show to every table. Each is a small captive audience. In practical terms Matt is a great ice-breaker at the tables. This is ideal if guests don’t know each other. In practice if there are children at your wedding quite often the kids follow Matt from table to table too. Most often the speeches are at the end of the meal and these bring Matt’s table magic to an end.
3) Room Turnaround.
How can you keep your guests entertained after the wedding breakfast? Incidentally it’s a great fun time to perform. Everyone has relaxed, they have usually had a few drinks and a good laugh at the speeches. And for the FOTB, Groom and Best Man possibly relieved to have got them done too.
Sometimes there can be a lull after the speeches and until the evening guests arrive and the party gets going. Sometimes there is a room turnaround and guests have to leave the function room. Often they hang out in the bar, before being allowed back in to the newly dance-floor kitted out room. These are both ideal times for Matt to keep the day guests entertained. It helps to keep the energy up and post-speech joviality going until the evening party starts. If the timings allow Matt catches the evening guests too. Often the evening guests are told about Matt and they come to find him. Or the day guests often want him to do certain tricks (e.g. watch-stealing) on their friends as they arrive.
Sometimes the wedding breakfast over-runs, either because the meal takes longer than planned. Or most often as the speeches take longer than expected. This might mean that the evening guests have to sit around a bit. So it’s a nice time for Matt to catch these guests while the day guests are still in the meal, and it shows that you have thought of them for exactly this scenario.
4) The Evening Party.
And finally, there is simply the evening party. Great Fun. After an enjoyable day everyone wants to celebrate. Matt joins in the fun as a part of this with his astonishing walkabout and table magic. Lots of fun. Lots of laughter. And Matt can entertain pretty much everyone, from the sometimes inebriated day guests, to the new arrivals, to the elderly guests often sitting around struggling to hear the conversations. Usually Matt finishes when the first dance starts and the music gets turned up and the evening moves on.
If you are a football fan a couple of weddings to name drop include Premiership footballers Leon Osman’s (Everton FC) at Thornton Manor, and Charlie Adam’s (Liverpool FC – and now Stoke City FC) at Cameron House, Loch Lomond.
Wedding Day Top Tips From Matt
I have organised my own, and been to many hundreds of weddings. Here are a couple of thoughts that I hope will be of use…
1) Delegate as much as you can. In planning your Big Day and especially the day before and on the day. The day always goes by too quickly – so having that extra bit of energy and getting your best man / bridesmaids to help will mean you have more time to enjoy with your guests.
2) Have the day before your wedding off.
3) Speeches. I have seen soooooo many where very few people could hear the speaker. Depending on how many guests you have I’d generally recommend a mic if there are more than 60.
What often happens is the speaker stands up and says loudly “Can you hear me at the back?” The guests that can murmur an approval (though old people can’t hear they politely keep quiet), but within a sentence the speaker has stopped speaking to the back of the room, drops in to his/her natural speaking volume and on top of this hits punch lines as an aside – actually dropping their volume again. It is such a shame – hence I’d often recommend a mic. And if the venue supplies theirs ask them to ensure there are new batteries in it (amazingly another not uncommon problem as the mic cuts out repeatedly).
4) And finally a Top Tip for anyone making a speech. If you are going to talk from notes I’d recommend 2 systems.
1 – you have bullet points on index cards that you can glance at and speak freely from. Number the cards! I have seen them shuffled so the speaker didn’t know the order when it came to speaking.
2 – if you have written a speech and are going to read it out I’d highly recommend you print it in a larger font size than normal e.g. 16. It is much easier to read freely. And make short paragraphs and use a different colour ink for each of them. It means at a glance you can look at your script and see where you were/are.
I hope these thoughts are of help. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions – and improvements to them.
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