What Are The Unusual Wedding Reception Entertainment Options?

However, there are several other options to consider if you're looking for something a little different. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!

  • Challenge Guests to a Game. 
  • Ask an Artist to Paint the Room. 
  • Have Fun in a Photo Booth—or Two.
  • Print Your Face on a Cocktail. 
  • Guide Guests Through a Wine or Spirits Tasting. 
  • Offer a Build-Your-Own Cocktail Bar. 
  • Set Up a Portrait Studio.
  • Unique Ceremony Seating. Give your guests a WOW factor as soon as they enter the venue. 
  • A Unique Bridal Entrance. 
  • Non-Traditional Processional Music. 
  • An Enthusiastic Celebrant.
  • A Unity Ceremony. 
  • Guest Transportation. 
  • Reception Entrance. 
  • Meal Choices.

A dance floor may not be a must-have at your wedding, and that's OK. But you'll want your wedding to be remembered by your friends and family long after it's over – and having a lively dance floor is a fun way to help guests create memories of their own.

  • Choose an interesting and enjoyable venue that doesn't allow alcohol.
  • Schedule your ceremony at a time when people are least inclined to drink.
  • Encourage conversation at tables. 
  • Make it a kid-friendly wedding. 
  • Hire a good MC and DJ who can keep the tone upbeat and interactive.
  • Create a cosy atmosphere for the company. 
  • Make a playlist in advance. 
  • Plan a theme or activity for the evening. 
  • Arrange food and beverages. 
  • Set Out Linens. 
  • Make the powder room a design experience. 
  • Remember, it's about the experience, not following a set of rules.

Photo Booth

There's a reason why hiring a photo booth for your wedding is so popular – they're so much fun! They also provide your guests with lovely souvenirs to take home to ensure they remember your wedding day forever.

The Proper Booth allows guests to create photos and boomerangs that can be instantly printed, air-dropped, or emailed! Think your traditional photo booth, but seriously jazzed up.

Palm Reader

One unique wedding entertainment idea is to hire a palm reader to wander around your wedding. Guests will be queueing up to find out their future or see what answers the tarot cards have for them. It's a great bit of fun that'll get everyone wanting a turn.

Sports Day 

All those classic sports day games are great fun at an outdoor or summer wedding. Bring some playful competition to your reception drinks with a sack race, egg and spoon, and bean bag throw.

Ceilidh

Whether you're Scottish or have a distant link, all your guests will love dancing a reel at a classic Ceilidh. Whatever your guests' ages or dance abilities, it's the most incredibly fun activity for your reception, especially with a live band to guide you.

Petting Zoo

On your wedding day, the sky's the limit. If you're having your wedding at a farm wedding venue, pay homage to your wedding theme by setting up a petting zoo.

Your guests (particularly any children you have at your wedding) will love to make friends with the residents! Or how about an alpaca appearance? Believe it or not, there's a supplier for that.

Fire Performers

Bring the wow factor to your wedding day and hire fire breathers to perform at your reception. Guests of all ages will be thrilled by their amazing, exciting (and sometimes dangerous!) routines and tricks.

Fire performers are perfect for an autumn or winter wedding when the night has drawn in or at a destination beach wedding. Gather guests outside and marvel at the show - it'll have people talking about your wedding for years to come. 

If you're feeling convinced, check out Entertainers Worldwide. They're the world's largest music and entertainment site, and they allow you to book amazing fire performers (as well as many other types of entertainment) with no agency fees!

Circus Entertainer

Beyond fire breathing, an entertainer can bring loads of circus skills to your wedding to wow your guests. Think amazing aerial and hoop performers, acrobats, stilt walkers, jugglers, mime artists, contortionists, tightwire dancers, etc. Hiring circus entertainers to wow your guests if you want to put on a spectacle that'll rival Cirque du Soleil.

Limbo Competition

Such an easy bit of entertainment to set up and full of laughs, a limbo is awesome at an outdoor or festival wedding. But, of course, the merrier your guests get, the bolder they go with the low bar, so make sure to have some stain wipes on hand should anyone fall over onto the grass!

Glitter Bar

Hosting a festival-themed wedding? A glitter bar is a seriously cool idea. We love seeing grooms end the night with beards full of sparkles and guests dance under the disco lights with fabulous, festival-style glitter on their faces.

Make sure you choose a bar using eco glitter that's biodegradable, so you don't have to worry about harming the environment – all you need to focus on is getting as many of your guests as possible to have sparkly makeovers!

Prosecco Pong

Everyone's favourite party game of beer pong has a sophisticated new sister! Prosecco Pong is a fun drinking game that could be set up anywhere in your wedding venue – just make sure your photographer knows to snap some pictures of your guests playing it!

Casino Tables

Bring the glitz and the glamour of Las Vegas to your wedding day by putting casino tables out at your wedding reception. Lots of companies hire out the tables and provide a croupier to run the games so you can sit back and have fun. Guests win chips, and you could have a prize for the person who gets the most!

Mini-Golf

Suppose you're hosting a summer wedding and set up a miniature golf course for guests of all ages to enjoy. Why not get the married couple to go head-to-head or play the winner of your tournament?

Fireworks Display

What better way to end your wedding night than with a show-stopping firework display? They are the perfect end to a full day of celebrations, but they lend themselves to a fantastic photo opportunity! 

It's not a good idea to start lighting fireworks yourself after a day of merriment, so opt for a professional fireworks display and let the experts create those magical moments! Komodo Fireworks, based in Leicestershire, is a great option, providing breathtaking shows for intimate and larger celebrations. They won't disappoint, from emotional pyromusical displays alongside your favourite song to colour-themed finales, and they won't disappoint! 

Bouncy Castle

Bouncy castles are always a good idea, especially if you're throwing a summer wedding. They're great fun for kids and adults and make for some fabulous pictures. Like the sound of it? Hire a wedding (and adult) appropriate bouncy castle here!

Bagpiper

Make an unforgettable entrance to your wedding with a bagpiper playing you. Skirls Aloud is an amazing bagpiper based in Dumbarton who also acts as your Master of Ceremonies - a role too many people forget about!

Face Painting

You might think face painting is only for your child guests, but we bet a fair few adults will want in on the action too! Of course, there'll be the classic butterfly, tiger and Spiderman looks for kids, but your older guests can rock some dainty flowers or a few leopard spots.

Children's Colouring Stations

Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Colouring can keep kids occupied for hours: just cover a table in kraft paper and scatter it with wedding-themed colouring books or let them scribble away on the paper. You won't hear a peep from them!

Suppose you'd rather keep things contained to the wedding breakfast tables, pop one of these cute personalised colouring books on each child's place setting. They're so sweet!

Giant Jenga

Everyone is partial to a game of Jenga, aren't they? So set up a game of giant Jenga in the garden of your wedding venue – it's sure to have your guests on tenterhooks!

Advice Cards

Set up a table with a post box and advice cards for your guests to fill in with funny words of wisdom. It's such a simple activity for guests to do, but it brings a lot of laughs.

Virtual Reality Games

You can hire an Altered Reality Zone as part of your evening entertainment. They set up a VR party arcade where guests can fly through space, shoot lasers, solve puzzles and more!

Treasure Hunt

A treasure hunt is a great way to keep kids entertained. Provide them with a list of things to tick off, like spotting a person in a red outfit or a sign with 'love' on. You could even get some of the wedding party involved in the treasure hunt; for example, one of the clues could be to find the best man/maid of honour, and they'll be able to tell the kids a secret message or give them a clue to where a prize is hidden.

Space Hoppers

Friends racing on orange and green space hoppers.

Space hopper racing is a wedding game both kids and adults can enjoy. Shop these giant space hoppers from Amazon for £19.99 each.

Giant Connect Four

If you're installing garden games, this is a great choice. The kids and adults at your wedding will love playing Connect Four. 

Pooh Sticks

Does your venue have a river with a bridge? Then, you can play the classic game of pooh sticks, where players drop a twig on one side of the bridge and run across to the other to see whose twig appears first.

If there's no bridge, what about a rubber duck race? Release rubber ducks into the water and see which crosses the finish line first. Just make sure to have a net set up to catch them at the end.

Pamper Packs

You might not think of this as an entertainment idea, but if your guests are anything like us, they'll love delving into a box of pampering goodies in the bathroom. So as well as deodorant, hairspray and some spare tampons, put a few extras in there like a perfume to spritz, mints, lollipops, blotting paper - heck, you could even have a curling iron hair straighteners if there's a heat-proof pad and someone to make sure it's safe.

Wedding Table Games

Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Avoid small talk and awkward conversations between guests who don't know each other quite well by putting wedding table games out at your wedding breakfast.

We love this pack of icebreakers which includes a mix of conversation starters, dares and questions.

Table Pass The Parcel

Play pass the parcel around your wedding tables with icebreaker jokes and a little gift hidden between every layer. It sets the tone for a fun wedding reception and gets everyone in the mood for hilarious speeches.

Axe Throwing

TimberJacks are a mobile axe-throwing business that will delight your guests with some unique entertainment. They'll bring their trailer to your event with two lanes, target boards, axes, festoon lighting and trained staff to guide guests through the seriously fun experience. 

Outdoor Swing

If you're as in love with garden swings as we, you'll love hiring a rustic-chic swing from The Wedding Swing Company. It's the perfect backdrop for photos, with drapes, flowers and lights. Every couple will want to turn.

Yoga Class

Suppose you've got a whole wedding weekend planned. In that case, we love the idea of kicking off the wedding morning with some relaxing yoga for guests. Or how about putting on an afternoon session the day after the wedding once hangovers have been mopped up with bacon butties?

Magician

There are few things more entertaining than magic. It's a skill that gets the mind working, and you will determine your guests to figure out the secret behind the trick!

Magic Circle magician Phil Taylor will wander around as your guests enjoy their reception drinks to perform tricks. This guy knows his stuff.

Boat Trip

Bringing your guests to the venue by boat is a fantastic way to kick off your reception at a waterside venue. Even if you don't use a boat for your arrival, if your venue is on a river or lake, you could hire a boat or barge to take groups of guests out on a quick trip. It's an unexpected and fun activity.

Hangover Kits

Set out a table with hangover kits on at the night's end - a thoughtful final touch. You can fill these little bags with a water bottle, a couple of paracetamol, cereal bars, gum, disposable earplugs, Berocca, a coffee sachet, mini dry shampoo, face wipes deodorant wipes and more. It'll be a godsend for guests on the way home and the next morning. 

Owl Ring Bearer

What about having them delivered by a barn owl?! The Barn Owl Ring Bearer team arrive discreetly to keep the owl a surprise for guests until the ceremony, and then the bird will silently swoop in to carry the rings to the gloved hand of one of the wedding party. The owl stays for an hour afterwards to entertain your family and friends.

Fairground Rides

Hosting a vintage-themed wedding? Fairground rides might be a bit extra, but boy, are they a cool thing to have on your big day!

Preston Court offers a fairground wedding theme most incredibly. It has vintage carousels and stalls on-site!

Hook-A-Duck/Coconut Shy

What about fairground games if you don't have the space for fairground rides? We love hook-a-duck or a coconut shy to entertain guests.

Bus Tour

Are your guests from out of town? You could organise a tour of your city on an open-top bus with bubbles and a guide talking through the sights. It's a unique way to get wedding photos and a cool experience.

Golden Tours organises tours through the City of London, taking in the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliament. You could do it between your ceremony and reception or as part of a long wedding weekend.

Confetti Cannons

If you don't fancy finishing your wedding night with fireworks (or if your wedding venue doesn't allow it), why not consider letting off confetti cannons? We love this giant, iridescent one from Etsy.

Wheel Of Fun

Putting a wheel of fun somewhere in your wedding reception will keep your guests entertained. It might be a big DIY project (one for the dads, perhaps?), but it's fun to add custom activities like "start a conga around the room".

Helicopter Arrival

Any cool arrival will be greeted by oohs and aahs, but nothing will impress like a helicopter arrival! So gather your guests on the lawn to watch you and your new spouse touch down in a chopper.

Not get the venue for a helicopter? How about a classic car, a horse and carriage, a tuk-tuk, a VW campervan, a black cab, or even a tandem bike!

Couples Quiz

It has got to be one of our favourite wedding entertainment ideas. First, see how well you and your new spouse know each other by going head to head in front of all your guests. Then, get guests to ask you questions while holding up the paddleboard to indicate who's most likely to do it. We've got a whole load of fun Mr & Mrs questions here!

Custom Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are good fun for kids and adults to cover themselves with. But, you can take it one step further and get custom ones of your and your partner's faces! 

Live Painter

Capture the day's magic with an artist doing a live painting as the magic happens. Your guests will love wandering by and watching the painting come together, and you'll have the most stunning piece of artwork for your home at the end of the day.

Get Guests Painting

Alternatively, artist Emma runs Your Guest Canvas, where she'll start a piece of contemporary art that your guests can join in with on the big day. Don't worry; the colour, style and size are all chosen with Emma's help before the wedding, and then, on the day, she'll guide guests as they add their creative touch and sign the back. It'll make a stunning and sentimental piece of art to show off with pride.

Choreographed First Dance

Give your guests the shock of their lives by learning a full-on dance routine for your first dance and performing it in front of everyone!

Couples well-known for having two pairs of left feet will be able to surprise their friends and family with their newfound talents if they book a dance lesson with First Dance Productions.

Personalised Crackers

December weddings call for crackers! How about making yours even more special with personalised crackers for each guest at their table setting that contain a little note from you? You'll love seeing the smiles on their faces as they pull the cracker and realise what's inside. You don't have to limit it to a note - it could be a special photo you share with the guest or your favourite memory of them.

Video Slideshow

We love having a video slideshow playing on screens in your venue during your wedding breakfast. It's such a lovely touch that tells the story of your relationship, will be full of happy memories, and will make guests laugh and smile. 

Include Your Pet

Whether you bring them in for cuddles in your photos to have your pet as a ringbearer, everyone will be entertained by you, including your furry best friend, during the day.

Date Ideas Box

Banish the wedding blues by asking your wedding guests to provide date night ideas for newlyweds. We love this date ideas jar from Etsy, which provides guests with 100 gold foil cards to write their best ideas on. Married life is sure to be full of fun!

Unusual Guest Book

Guest books have always provided guests with something to do in the quiet moments between your wedding breakfast and party.

Get your guests to be more creative with the messages they leave (and keep them entertained for longer) by using one of our alternative guest book ideas. How about this Jenga guest book?

Bake Off Competition

A great DIY wedding idea to keep costs down is to hold a Bake Off competition. Ask guests to bring along a bake (if they want to) and hand out prizes for the best in different categories. You'll fill up a dessert table with loads of delectable treats, and your guests will feel super proud of themselves when they go home with a medal!

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Wedding Entertainment Ideas

How about creating a photo scavenger hunt for your guests to complete throughout the day? It'll bring out everyone's competitive sides, from a snap of the couple's beautiful outfits to a group selfie. If you've got something unique at your wedding (like a suit of armour at your castle venue), make sure it's on your list!

Bespoke Poem

A wonderfully personal way to share your love story is through a custom-crafted poem, written especially for your wedding. Many poets will write a contemporary, relatable and super-personalised ode for your day - try reading it out during your ceremony or before the first dance.

Hire A Caricaturist

Give guests a wonderful keepsake of your wedding by hiring a caricaturist. Everyone will love this unique finishing touch to your big day, and you'll have all guests – old and young – queuing up for their go!

Signature Cocktail Bar

Ask your venue or bar to whip up pitchers of a special signature cocktail for each of you. Then, add another level of fun with a garnish section where guests can add their extras, like glace cherries, edible flowers and glitter, fruit slices, edible cocktail toppers and popping candy. Finally, guests can upload a photo of their creation with a chosen hashtag, and you can award a prize to the best cocktail.

Conclusion

So there you have it, a few unusual wedding reception entertainment ideas to get the party started. If you're looking for something unique that will keep your guests entertained, any of these options would be a great choice. And remember, if you want more ideas or help planning your wedding reception, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'd love to help make your big day perfect!

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