According to a survey from GigMasters.com, todays couples want variety in their wedding entertainment.
Case in point: 17 percent more brides and grooms have booked variety acts like Elvis impersonators, magicians, and belly dancers to perform at their receptions.
Tribute acts in the style of Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, and The Beatles are also up in popularity by 45 percent.
They usually cost about $500 less than traditional wedding bands, a draw for budget-conscious couples.
Due to the tough economy, the amount of cash couples drop on wedding entertainment has dropped to $749 in 2009 compared to $816 in 2008.
DJ bookings are up 8 percent this year, since they only cost about $549 on average.
As the size of the wedding guest list continues to shrink, more couples are opting for smaller acts. Soloists like guitarists and harpists are up 44 percent in bookings.
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