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Celebrating Your Heritage On Your Wedding Day

Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph


Whether you’re stomping a glass after saying “I do,” partaking in a traditional sake-sharing ceremony or slipping your wedding ring onto a henna stained hand, chances are that your ceremony will reflect aspects of your cultural background.  Want to extend that influence to your reception? Tap into traditions and use your imagination for entertainment that celebrates your heritage.


Professional dancers bring a surprising spectacle to any reception.  If you are hiring dancers then the best time for their performance is before revelers hit the dance floor, so think about scheduling them around meal time.  Dazzle diners with a troupe of Bollywood dancers to bring Indian flair.  Middle Eastern roots?  Hire a belly dancer to thrill with her zils as she shimmies through your reception.  Irish brides and grooms can celebrate their heritage with Irish dancers in authentic costumes.

Live Music

You have options galore with live musicians.  Whether you opt for a soloist during the meal or a band for your dance party, there are endless ways to celebrate your background.  Some ideas for soloists include an Argentine bandoneon player, a Scottish bagpiper, or a strolling violinist whose repertoire reflects your culture.  If you want to hire a band then you’ll find options for every nationality at GigMasters.  Channel an island vibe with a steel drum or reggae band, or bring a little Jewish old world to the dance floor with a traditional Klezmer band.   For a Polish celebration a polka band is guaranteed to bring guests of all ages to their feet.


Your venue or budget may not leave room for a big performance, but your DJ can add ethnic flavor to your big day.  GigMasters has a huge roster of Spanish DJs.  Don’t worry if your DJ isn’t familiar with the music of your culture; any great DJ should be willing to go the extra mile to integrate special music into your wedding play list, even if they aren’t familiar with it.  You can specify recording artists you love or even compile a CD of your favorites.  If you want songs played at a particular time in a given sequence then be sure to write a detailed note.  For example: one Jewish bride and groom put together an epic mix for the traditional hora dance but didn’t want people to feel lost on the dance floor afterwards so they asked the DJ to go straight to Outkast’s “Hey Ya.”  It was a quirky, perfect, unforgettable transition.

Whichever path you choose, entertainment is one among many ways to highlight your heritage on your wedding day.  Along with décor, food, attire and favors, you can use different elements of your event to celebrate your past, present and future.

Mazel Tov!