Note: This is not the ULTIMATE list of wedding entertainment ideas…YET!
My plan was to wait until I had everything possible idea down and then post the article, but I might as well post it and keep building up until it is the ULTIMATE list. Keep checking back to see what I’ve added, though you probably have far better things to do with your time (at least, I hope you have!).
You’re getting married and you’re going to have a fabulous day, but what about your guests? You want them to enjoy themselves and remember your wedding for years to come, right? The easiest way you can do that is by keeping them entertained. You need some wedding entertainment ideas!
Whether they love music and dancing, or sugary carbs and sitting down, there’s something here to keep every guest smiling on your big day, so grab yourself a cuppa (and a biscuit) as I give the the ultimate list of wedding entertainment ideas!
1. Doughnut Wall
Sorry, but I mentioned sugary carbs, so I’m going to have to start with this one. A doughnut wall -desperately clearly created by someone who was looking for an excuse to eat more doughnuts at a wedding, but couldn’t find one.
Doughnuts always go down well with wedding guests (you may also want to invest in a diabetes testing station for the more frequent visitors!).
Although, you should know that if you invite me to your wedding, and you have doughnuts, I’ll mostly be doing this:
2. Casino Tables
Having a casino table, offering blackjack or roulette for your guests is a very popular wedding entertainment idea. it makes your guests feel like James Bond, as they yell “TWIST!” and “STICK!” at the dealer in a suave and sophisticated manner (well, as suave and sophisticated as you can be with gravy stains on your shirt!).
3. A Comedian
A rarely seen wedding entertainment idea is to book a comedian for the wedding breakfast. It can be a great way to get everyone laughing and create a happy mood for the rest of the day.
WARNING: If you’ve got children present, or easily offended guests – you might want to opt for a “CLEAN” comedian. Or not. After all, it’s YOUR day!
No longer just a treat for
5. Wedding Piñata
OK, so I’m not entirely sure that a wedding piñata is actually a thing, but everyone loves beating the heck out of an inanimate object until it’s completely broken, right? Or is it just me?
There are a few options here. You could have one for the kids, and one for the adults, or a bashing of different piñatas (I’m not sure what the collective noun for piñata is, so I made one up!), all over the place, like a piñata treasure hunt!
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6. Face Painting
You can keep the kids happy by having them wait in line to get their faces painted by a professional (or enthusiastic amateur wedding guest) face painter.
If you’re wearing an expensive dress, you might want to make sure freshly painted little darlings keep away from you, as the paint has a nasty habit of transferring very easily to fabric!
Sparklers are not just for kids. At an evening reception, when it’s starting to go a bit dark, imagine how awesome your wedding would look, being lit by your guests holding sparklers!
Admittedly, there could be a potential safety issue (especially if your guests have been taking advantage of the free bar all day), but sparklers could provide an amazing atmosphere, as well as a bunch of fantastic photo opportunities.
Besides, who’s face doesn’t light up when they’re holding a sparkler?
8. Photo Booth
Much to the chagrin of magicians (well, OK…one magician – me!), Photo Booths are fast becoming a must-have attraction at any wedding.
What’s not to like? Your guests get to have fun and you get a collection of crazy, happy photos.
If you’ve always wanted to know what your nearest and dearest would look like in smart attire, wearing an inflatable flamingo and neon glasses, this is the best wedding entertainment idea for you!
There are some many different styles to choose from
Caricaturists are, like wedding magicians, an excellent way to keep your guests entertained during the
Though, having said that, I think that there is definitely room in the market for an offensive caricaturist.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to practice my drawing skills…
10. Bouncy Castle
Let’s face it, which adult hasn’t looked at a child bouncing on a bouncy castle and immediately thought, “I WANNA HAVE A GO!”?
Exactly, everyone loves a bouncy castle and they are so easy to hire nowadays, so there’s no excuse. You can even get adult
Let’s face it though, a decent lunch, lots of alcohol and LOTS of multidirectional bouncing isn’t a good mix…
11. Space Hoppers
While we’re on the subject of bouncing, a great wedding entertainment idea is to hire lots of space hoppers for your guests to play around on.
You could even make a sports day of this and have races where they compete for a trophy or a free drink from the bar (hopefully a child won’t win).
12. Flash Mob
A relatively new idea, Flash mobs are getting increasingly popular at corporate events, as a surprise form of entertainment.
There’s no reason to think that they wouldn’t go down a storm on your wedding day though.
You could have a sing-a-long or a well-rehearsed dance routine that involves all of your wedding party.
13. Gin Bar
The popularity of Gin has skyrocketed over the past few years, so why not take advantage of this by having a bar, full of 6,982 different types of Gin (I’m guessing with those numbers).
You may want to offer a non-gin alternative for the kids.
14. Live Band
Now, I could pad out this list of ultimate wedding entertainment ideas by listing every single possible genre of music and having each as a separate entry, but I won’t (unless I get really desperate towards the end, in which case, I’ll probably make up some music styles, such as “Mexican Jazz Death Metal Acoustica).
A live band is a great way to get people moving and having a great time. if you’ve ever been to a popular music concert (yes, that phrasing was totally intentional), you’ll know how “
Live music kicks ass!
15. Confetti Balloons
A great way to make your guests come alive at your wedding, especially as the night draws to a close, is by using confetti balloons.
These are balloons that are filled with conf…(yeah, we get the idea.).
Whenever you want your wedding guests to get active or to boost the atmosphere have a countdown and pop a few of them. Lots of “
16. Nominate Table Chefs
What better way to
You don’t have to be friends with Gordon Ramsey or Ainsley Harriot to make this work. Just give the role to someone you trust with a carving knife and get them to carve the meat at your table.
In case you don’t know how to carve meat, here’s a video to help you:
Harp music can make for a beautiful atmosphere at any point during a wedding. If you’d like the mellifluous sounds of a harp accompanying your guests while they scoff down your food, you’ll need a harpist.
18. Candy Cart
When it comes to wedding entertainment ideas, you can do worse than shove a load of sweets down your guests faces.
Liquorice, space invaders, jelly tots; you name it and you can shove it in a jar for your guests to devour.
Diabetes testing kits are also available for over eaters. 🙂
19. Fire Breather
Yes, I know that your
Obviously, you’ll need to get someone who knows what they are doing for this (you don’t want your Uncle Alan volunteering to “have a go” after 15 pints!). You’ll also need a staged area for this, as it’s not really something you can perform surrounded while walking between tables during the wedding breakfast!
Actually, while we’re on the subject of acts that can be great wedding entertainment ideas, why not look more into circus performers? There are loads of different acts you could choose from.
You could have gymnasts, acrobatics, sideshow performers banging nails into their nose (not for the squeamish!) or clowns.
The circus has something for everyone, so if you’re after something a bit different, this could be a good option for you!
21. Ceilidh (Pronounced: badly)
You need a Ceilidh. Irish/Scottish folk dancing and music is always good fun and because NO-ONE knows what they’re doing, there’s no ego’s to be damaged when you get up and make a fool out of yourself.
Just good, clean harmless fun!
22. Balloon Modelling/Artists
Balloon modelling is a great wedding entertainment idea, mostly because it’s one of those things that is very versatile.
You could have a sculpture made out of lots of balloons, you could have centrepieces of your table made from them, or you could have a balloon modeller walking round, making specific models for each guest.
23. Shoot It Yourself Video
Obviously, if you want to get your wedding professionally filmed, you should definitely do that, but how about a behind the scenes, directors cut, made by all your wedding guests?
You could give them simple cameras, or ask them to use their phones, to shoot videos of the day on. There’s no pressure to capture fabulous footage (you’ve got a professional to do that), but you’ll get to keep loads of the memories you’d never have seen otherwise – and your guests will be having lots of fun too!
24. Chocolate Fountain
I can’t believe that I got this far in the list without mentioning a chocolate fountain.
I’m genuinely impressed with that.
And now I’m hungry…
I think everyone has seen a chocolate fountain and experienced the fun it can bring to a wedding (as well as the calories – how do the people that run them stay in shape?).
If you’re looking for something simple, that doesn’t take up too much space, a chocolate fountain is a great wedding entertainment idea.
25. Silent Disco
Yes, you heard me right – a silent disco.
This is a bit of a new one on me, but it seems to be gaining popularity, so I’d be neglectful if I didn’t mention it.
A silent disco isn’t a case of imagining music in your head and dancing along, but rather, you get a pair of headphone and choose your own music.
Why would you do that? well, music is such a personal thing, it can be hard to get it right for everyone. with a silent disco, you can let the guests choose their own music, so they have no excuse for not getting up on the dancefloor (unless they’ve accidentally tuned their headphones to Radio 4 and are presently listening to the Shipping Forecast!).
Yes, I know that you hate the show, but why not take advantage of it’s popularity by hosting an X-Factor style audition show in the evening of your wedding?
Everyone has a hidden talent (some are VERY hidden…and should probably remain so), so if you suspect that you may have a talented warbler or ball juggler among your guests, a talent show could be the way to go to keep your guests entertained!
If, after reading ALL those wedding entertainment ideas, you find yourself coming to the rather sensible conclusion of wanting a wedding magician for your wedding, I can help (you may have guessed that bit already!).
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