Outdoor screening at wedding
Great British Deck Chair Co

If you're planning a wedding in the next few weeks you will have no doubt seen that the Covid restrictions on weddings have been extended past 21st June (with a plan to review them ahead of 19th July). This means that while you can now have more than 30 guests at your wedding at a socially-distanced capacity, dance floors must remain closed and dancing is 'advised against'.

The guidelines also state that while a professional can sing at your wedding, groups and congregational singing is strongly advised against and if it does need to take place, it should be done outdoors.

But this doesn't mean that you can't have fun at your wedding! There are lots of alternatives to singing and dancing - here are 13 of our favourite ideas!

13 Alternatives to Dancing & Singing at Your Wedding

1. Outdoor Games

bride and groom at wedding sports day
Larmer Tree Gardens

We all know it’s safer to be outdoors than it is indoors when it comes to transmission, so why not set up some outdoor wedding games for your guests to enjoy? You could even host a sports day where your guests are divided into different ‘houses’ to compete.

You can split everyone up into groups for team sports like rounders or croquet - just make sure there are enough bats or mallets to avoid multiple people handling the same ones, and offer sanitising spray or wipes so they can be cleaned between uses!

READ MORE: Genius Ways to Incorporate Sanitiser at Your Wedding

2. Board Games

Board game themed wedding centrepiece

If your venue doesn’t have the outdoor space, or the weather isn’t great, you can set up board games on your tables for your guests to enjoy. You could build a theme around it - naming your tables after the games that are on them and working them into a creative wedding centrepiece

Again, just be sure to provide sanitiser so any shared pieces can be cleaned!

Browse more wedding reception game ideas here.

3. Murder Mystery

It’s a dinner party classic - so why not bring that vibe to your wedding? There are plenty of murder mystery companies that will take care of everything for you - assigning roles to your guests and setting up props, etc. It’s something that can start as everyone sits down to eat and will keep people gripped until the very end!

4. Treasure Hunt

This is a great way to keep everyone busy and entertained! If you're feeling extra creative you can make your own and plan out the clues, or you could hire a professional company to set it up for you - that way you can participate too!

5. Acoustic Performance

Man playing guitar
Unsplash / Priscilla Du Preez

Performances are not banned and you can have music indoors and outdoors (there are stricter limits on the numbers indoors though) - just check with your venue because their risk assessments may involve certain caveats. Providing your space is well ventilated and there’s plenty of room, you could have an acoustic performance indoors to watch - it’s worth being cautious of volume though as the guidance advises against anything that might cause shouting or raised voices. 

6. Music or DJ Outdoors

If you have the space and the sunshine, you can talk with your band or DJ about setting up outdoors - you could embrace a relaxed festival vibe watching live music outside.

7. Host a Quiz

We all remember Zoom quizzes, some more fondly than others, but why not employ a similar model? Let each table come up with a round of questions and give everyone the chance to get competitive. You could delegate certain topics, or have general knowledge followed by some questions about the couple too. Don’t forget prizes, including one for the best team name!

READ MORE: Wedding Quiz Ice Breaker Questions

8. Play Bingo

Drag queen Bingo

Hear us out - Bingo has got cool again. You can go for the old-school standard Bingo, or you could look into hiring some performers to make it something extra special - we’ve seen drag queen bingo, comedy bingo and more. Your guests will be amazed!

9. Hire a Comedian

You can have indoor performances, so why not go down a more untraditional route and hire a comedian to entertain your guests after dinner? This is a great option for a couple who love panel shows and live comedy - your guests will be talking about it for weeks afterwards.

10. Firework Display 

Crowd watching fireworks
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Why not look into booking a fireworks display to entertain your guests and round off the evening? What could be more spectacular than an incredible light display across the sky for everyone to watch outside? 

11. Circus Performance

You can hire companies to come and do incredible performances for you with fire and lights and all kinds of impressive gymnastic feats. Gather your guests outdoors to watch a stunning display.

12. Axe Throwing & Clay Pigeon Shooting

axe throwing
Grey Goose Axe Throwing

These outdoor entertainment options are not for the faint-hearted, but lots of companies can set up archery, axe throwing or clay pigeon shooting for you at your wedding. How often do you get to throw an axe whilst in your best dress?! 

We would suggest working with them to ensure any shared items are fully sanitised between uses.

13. Host a Screening

Outdoor film screening
The Great British Deck Chair Co

Why not show your favourite movie? Sort everyone out with individually boxed snacks and drinks and screen your favourite film on to a projector so you can all enjoy it together!

There are so many fun ways to celebrate with your guests that don’t involve dancing. Why not browse the entertainment section on Hitched to find the perfect suppliers to help make your wedding extra special?