15 wedding entertainment ideas
23 Apr 2019
Here are ideas guaranteed to keep the dancefloor packed, creating memories for you and your guests that last a lifetime
By Samantha Cunningham
1. Garden games: If you are planning an outdoor wedding, traditional games such as coconut shies, giant Jenga and skittles are great ways to entertain guests, both young and old. And they make amazing props and action shots for photographs.
2. Sound of silence: Some venues have rules about loud music after certain hours, but silent discos mean the party doesn’t have to stop.
3. Put on your dancing shoes: A ceilidh or barn dance is a great way to get the wedding party started. Experienced callers will demonstrate the moves step by step and you’ll soon find friends and family laughing along as they try and keep up.
4. Song and dance: DJs, bands and soloists are still the most popular choices for wedding entertainment, with many couples having a combination of a live act for the first dance and early evening and then a DJ. There has been a rise in choreographed first dances, sometimes including the groomsmen and bridesmaids in a flash mob.
5. Caricaturists: Artists will keep your guests entertained for hours no matter their age and the sketches give your guests a memory they can take away with them.
6. Shout out to your guests: Scout out potential performers from your guest list. Does your bridesmaid sing or one of the groomsmen have a secret passion for magic? Ask them to perform during the day.
7. Out with a bang: Fireworks and sparklers are great for photographs. If you are getting married in the winter, remember it’s not much fun standing outside for long, especially for the elderly, so set up firepits and lanterns for added warmth and romance.
8. Wheel of fortune: Set up a big wheel with messages such as “kiss the person next to you,” “show your best dance move” or “bride and groom kiss.” Spin the wheel to keep guests amused into the evening.
9. Arts and crafts: If you have younger guests, an arts and crafts table is an easy and budget-friendly way to keep them entertained. Stock up on paints, glitter and feathers and get them to let out their wild side while decorating animal masks. Before you know it, the adults will be getting involved too. Organise a mocktail bar with soft drinks, umbrellas and novelty cups so they can mix fun party drinks while they’re crafting away.
10. Photo booths: Photo booths get people together to have fun throughout the day. Many photo booth companies print duplicates of photos for you to keep in your wedding album and for guests to take home.
11. Viva Las Vegas: Keep the entertainment flowing into the evening with fun casino games such as poker and blackjack.
12. Light it up: Ask your venue and entertainment suppliers what lighting equipment they can provide. Depending on the day’s theme, fairylights, disco balls or neon signs will brighten up the dancefloor and add to the atmosphere.
13. Magic for all ages: Don’t forget the mini-guests – they get bored easily, especially during the speeches. There are now wedding petting zoos, bouncy castles, magicians, film showings and video gaming rooms to keep them happy.
14. Circus acts: Hire circus performers such as trapeze and tightwire artists but check with your venue first.
15. Mini-car racing: Put a Scalextric track in the room and watch the excitement mount.
Read more wedding inspiration in our 2019 issues of Bride Magazine.