Usually it’s the groom wearing the suit, but at Adam and Abigail Keene’s May wedding, it was the dancing penguin.
In a throwback to wedding singers, live bands and ethnic dancers of the past, many modern couples are adding a special performance to their weddings. Whether it’s with a mariachi band, animated puppets or surprise guests, couples are finding a way to incorporate their personalities and make their big day stand out.
When the Keenes wed May 12, a few family members made arrangements for the wobbly friend to visit, unbeknownst to the bride and groom. The groom’s cousin Matthew Keene, of Lansing, dressed up in a penguin costume and surprised everyone when he danced around the reception at Chateau Bu-Sché in Alsip.
“My cousin likes to put on a show,” says the groom, a native of Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood who now lives in Oak Forest. He liked having a new and surprising element in their wedding and says that it’s a good idea to “make people laugh and have something outside of tradition.”
Guests seemed to have a great time interacting with the penguin, who danced to the music and acted silly, the groom says.
Guests at Allison Moore and Sam Henderson’s June 30 wedding weren’t surprised to see the bride pay homage to the Fab Four with her entertainment choice. Moore, who describes herself as a huge Beatles fan, has obsessed over the Beatles since she was a kid.
That’s why she booked the duo Chris & Lou, a musical group specializing in oldies and especially Beatles songs. Chris Sulcer and Lou Samaniego performed for the Crown Point, Indiana, couple and their guests during cocktail hour and dinner at the Croatian Center in Merrillville. “Everyone said they were amazing,” Moore says. “It really added a certain sparkle to my day. That is the music I truly love and enjoy.”
She thinks entertainment at weddings is a way for couples to add “a little something special” to their day. “For the older folk, it was nice to play their tunes earlier in the night, and once the dance floor hit, we didn't play any old music. It was all modern.”