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Ask the Experts: Multi-Cultural Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block


Question: What do you suggest as entertainment for a multi-cultural wedding? 

A: Even though these cultures all have different traditions and music, the good news is that they are all "island cultures" so any sort of island related band (steel band, calypso, reggae) should have the appropriate instruments to be able to play songs from all of the cultures, as well as more standard wedding fare. Depending on your budget, here are some ideas: 

  • Hire a live band with an island flare for the entire reception (hiring a band that has wedding experience will save you hassle and money)
  • Hire a live "island" band for the cocktail hour and hire a DJ for the rest of the reception
  • Hire a DJ for the entire evening, but provide him/her with traditional music. 
  • Hire a regular wedding band or DJ for the evening, but hire a solo steel drummer, reggae or Latin singer to provide traditional music or presentations during the reception.
  • Incorporate the cultural aspects into the wedding ceremony instead of the reception. This could be done either with songs (live or recorded) or by making sure to include the customs of the various cultures. You may want to talk to older relatives and get a list of either traditional songs or customs.

I'd also suggest looking at our soloists page: http://www.gigmasters.com/soloists or our genres page: http://www.gigmasters.com/genres

EDITOR'S NOTE: I asked the writer for more detail about what she meant by "multi-cultural" and she explained that her family was "American, Cape Verdean, and Puerto Rican" while her fiance's family was Jamaican.