Post # 1
Help! I am trying to think of an amazing way to surprise my groom at our wedding, and I cant think of anything more surprising and hilarious than to have his college mascot (the Leprechaun) come out for a minute at the reception.
However, Apparently this is rather uncommon because I cannot find anywhere that has a service similar to this! I mean I cant even google it to find anything similar.
I was wondering if anyone has done anything like this and if so, how on earth did you go about it?
PS – We live in the Bay Area, CA and he went to school in Indiana, which may make this even more of a challenge 🙁
Post # 3
We live near Michigan State University (Go Spartans!) and many couples have Sparty come to their reception. It is a minimum of 400.00 though.
I don’t think you will have much luck trying to get a mascot from another state at your wedding. It’s pretty tough to get Sparty in the greater Lansing area sometimes!
Post # 4
@Kitt0nMitt0ns: Notre Dame, right? The leprechaun mascot would be pretty funny.
I doubt you’ll be able to fly the real guy out to CA, but if you really want him, you could probably try contacting the Athletic Office. They can point you in the right direction if it’s possible.
Other than that, I think your best bet is to find a friend or maybe a young college actor who can pull off acting like the leprechaun. Get him suited up with a costume close to the real thing, and play the school fight song.
Post # 5
Thank you all for the help. I will continue to search and see what I can find! I probably can’t fly the real guy out but any kind of professional entertainer or actor would be fine, as long as I could familiarize him with how the litte guy is supposed to act!
Post # 6
@Kitt0nMitt0ns: This company hires out actors for mascots.
They don’t have a leprachaun costume but that would be easy to get. I realize it is a distance from San Francisco, but they might be able to recommend someone closer to your venue. Otherwise check at costume shops.
Post # 7
Our university has a spirit squad that you can hire to have the mascot to come to your event. They have a fee by the hour. I think it is $250 for an hour (less per hour for more hours) for the mascot for a private event.
One of the venue coordinators we interviewed when we were looking at venues also said if you made a donation to the university in some particular manner, they’d do it also.
Post # 8
@Kitt0nMitt0ns: We had our local major league baseball mascot out for our wedding. We made a $1000 donation to the team’s charity in exchange for three hours of whatever we wanted him to do – this involved taking pictures with our guests (instead of a photobooth) and escorting our bridesmaids into the reception during the grand entrance.
If this doesn’t work out, you could always get an amazing groom’s cake custom made.
Post # 9
Sound like you’ve got the right idea as far as hiring an actor. I would look into finding a place where you can rent that specific mascot outfit & have it shipped to you. There are a lot of local actors with mascot experience who would probably do it for a pretty decent rate per hour. I’m an actor in the bay & I have a few friends who are great at mascot work (we do a little in our company but we dont hire out, it’s just for our own mascots). My guess is they’d do it for around $100 an hour if the travel isn’t too bad. The only thing is, if you do hire an actor, make sure they have experience as a mascot & have a chance to practice in the costume a bit. I have been to many events where there are some inexperienced people doing it or sometimes teenagers volunteering for the first time & it can look pretty bad. Those team mascot are pro’s. We watch a lot of videos of them to study & learn from them. I don’t neccesarily think the person needs to be just like the real one for a wedding since it’s a very different crowd, but someone new in mascot might do weird things like adjust their head or make it obvious they see through their mouth & not their eyes, or talk, etc. From my own experience, it can be ver scary the first few times because mascots can be uncomfortable & very hard to see out of. But the good news is, there are a lot of locals with experience who will do it. Try craigslist classifieds. Good luck!!