When it comes to planning a wedding, everyone's expectations for entertainment are always so high. One way to make sure that all of your guests are super impressed is to use any of these insanely entertaining ideas - it's basically a list of ways to throw the best wedding the world has ever seen...honest!
There are few things that are more entertaining than magic. It’s a skill that really gets the mind working, eager and determined to figure out the secret behind the trick. Hiring a magician for your wedding is the perfect way to keep your guests occupied – especially if the magician is as good as Trixta, this guy really knows his stuff.
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Give guests a wonderful keepsake of your wedding by hiring a caricaturist. Everyone will love this unique finishing touch to your big day and your caricutarist will have guests - old and young - queueing up for their go! Alive Network, who provide everything from DJs to circus performers, have an incredible range of caricaturists on their books so you'll easy find one who captures the spirit of your big day.
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Bouncy castles are ALWAYS a good idea, especially if you are throwing a summer wedding. This is something that can be such a laugh for both the adults and the children at your wedding.
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The team at Fox and Braces in Essex offer a range of wedding entertainment services including 360 photography and DJ sets, but our favourite has to be their amazing retro arcade machine. Available to hire for weddings, their stylish custom made arcade machine is the perfect way to entertain wedding guests of all ages and would really suit a vintage-themed wedding!
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Speaking of children, if you’re one of those families who have tonnes and tonnes of little ones why not hire a wedding nanny service to look after the children when they start to get tired and bored of wedding formalities. This can be such a life saver and gives parents the chance to let their hair down. Artful Splodgers know all about keeping your little guests entertained.
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As well as a wedding nanny, Pitch up and Play offer a children’s entertainment service that will ensure all of the young guests at your wedding have the most incredible day.
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There’s a reason why hiring a photo booth for a wedding is so popular, because they are so much fun. Putting on props and taking hilarious photos is not just something that is fun in the moment, it also creates memories for your guests that will last a lifetime. We love the look of Airstream Studio, it’s such a stylish wedding photo booth.
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Magic Mirror Photo Booths
If you want to be a little different and hire a photo booth with an added feature, the Magic Mirror Hire company are the supplier for you. Your guests will love the stylish polaroid’s they get to take home.
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One trend which seems to really be taking off when it comes to weddings is hiring singing waiters. The Singing Waiter Masters specialise in this type of act where you can hire professional actors and West End singers to surprise your guests with a show stopping performance that will blow your socks off.
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What better way to end your wedding night than with a show-stopping firework demonstration. It’s such a romantic finale to what will have been the perfect day. We love this incredible display put on by Phenomenal Fireworks.
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Ice Cream Stalls
Everybody loves ice cream and Lucky Cow offer a cute and stylish ice cream truck who can serve delicious and fresh ice cream to you and your guests. We love this summer wedding idea and have a funny feeling your guests will too!
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Prosecco Drinks Vans
If you’re looking for ways to include even more Prosecco into your wedding day, let us introduce you to The Lovely Bubbly Prosecco Van – a simply beautiful mobile drinks unit that will add the glam factor to your special day.
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Prosecco not quite to your taste? How about the bold Cocktail Car Company. They will provide you and all of your friends and family with the most insane cocktails – plus, hiring them is an amazing way to include Gin in your wedding.
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One way to make sure all of your wedding guests are entertained is to offer a dessert table. A whole platform of sweet treats is bound to impress your friends and family – you’ll want it to look something like this incredible spread by Emmys Brigadeiro.
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Hiring a DJ is one of the most popular and classic forms of wedding entertainment and we totally understand why. If there is one way to really get the party started at a wedding it’s an entertaining, engaging and lively DJ, just like DJ Knight.
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If DJ’s aren’t quite your style, why not opt for a live wedding band? This kind of entertainment can really transform your wedding reception into something really special. The Velvet Notes are a wedding band who are super passionate about wedding entertainment and making it a really incredible evening for the couple and the guests.
“The key to getting it right is selecting people who cannot just play an instrument, but individuals who are true musicians who live and breathe music. This is something natural, something that is rare and brilliant, and this is what sets The Velvet Notes apart from the rest.”
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Couples who have less of a budget but still want live music at their wedding should consider a solo musician. The ambiance that a solo musician can bring to your wedding ceremony, breakfast or even reception is so beautiful. Singer Joe Bailey has plenty of experience entertaining at weddings.
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Rustic weddings and elegant events are the perfect place for an acoustic musician’s to play. James Mclean has the perfect, gentle voice that would make your first dance incredibly romantic!
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80’s Themed Bands
Are you an 80s' couple at heart? Is Cyndi Lauper your guilty pleasure? If so, hiring an 80s' themed band for your wedding reception is a great idea. The likelihood is, if this is your guilty pleasure, it will also be your guests’ secret taste – and what better way to party than to a band like Born in the 80s who really know how to rock your favourite classics?
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As well as keeping all of your human guests entertained, for dog-loving couples it’s important to look after man’s best friend too. Dog’s usually aren’t on the wedding invitation list, but with companies like Amanda’s Ark, that can all change. This professional dog entertainer will make sure that the friendly canines are fully entertained and taken care of whilst the wedding celebrations and official ceremonies are underway.
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First Dance Performances
Give your guests the shock of their life by learning a full on dance routine for your first dance in front of everyone. Couples who are well known for having two pairs of left feet will be able to surprise everyone when it comes to debuting the final dance, especially if you book in with First Dance Productions.
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Toast masters are a tradition that a lot of couples love to incorporate into their wedding celebrations. They add a really traditional ambiance to weddings and also help to organise everyone throughout the day. We particularly love Stephen Eggleton’s style – he's so smart and professional!
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Nothing is more angelic and beautiful than the sound of a harp playing. Hiring a harpist for your wedding ceremony is something that we think would give your guests a form of entertainment that is elegant and totally calming – watch Emma Yates’ videos to see just how gorgeous it actually sounds.
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If you love the idea of live classical music but want a big performance to impress your guests, consider hiring a string quartet – they really know how to make a lasting impression at a wedding celebration.
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If your circle of friends really know how to have a good time, they will most definitely appreciate a silent disco as entertainment. The atmosphere in a silent disco is one that cannot be matched by any other type of entertainment – real fun lovers will embrace the funny-fitting headphones and limited channels in the best way.
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If your friends will play along with a silent disco, they will definitely like the idea of wedding karaoke. We’ve all endured a bit of drunk karaoke and we’ve all loved every minute of it so what better place to relive those memories than on your wedding day? You can glam it up with sparkly microphones and some diva lighting.
We totally love the idea of including casino tables in your wedding reception. Not only will it totally entertain your guests but it also fits in with two of our favourite wedding themes; black tie weddings and Las Vegas themed weddings!
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Speaking of our favourite themes, one thing that no one can deny is that fairground rides are always a good idea. Preston Court is one wedding venue that offers this theme in the most incredible of ways. Their facilities and quirky style totally sets them apart from other wedding venues!
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Dress Up Boxes
Funfair’s not to your taste? What about a more low key entertainment tactic… Having a dress up box which suits whatever crazy wedding theme you’ve chosen is a great way to keep your guests busy and make the wedding photographs even more hilarious and memorable than you could ever imagine.
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Lookalikes and Celebrities
Do you or your partner have a crazy, obsessive celebrity crush? Why hire a lookalike, impressionist or even the real deal person to make an appearance at your wedding? Your guests will be totally taken aback by the effort you’ve gone to and it could also be an amazing way to surprise your other half on your wedding day.
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Fancy some sporting activities at your wedding? Archery is a great way to get your guests feeling competitive without having to organise a complicated competitive game. Grey Goose Archery are total experts in putting together this kind of activity at weddings.
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Brides and grooms throwing a sensational summer wedding should seriously consider havin some outdoor themed games. Whether its giant noughts and crosses or a good old game of bat and ball, we think it will go down a storm with your guests.
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Unusual Guest Books
Move away from the traditional guest books and choose something totally different. Why not have a wall of polaroids which people write their messages and memories on which you then get to keep as you own unique guest book?
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Now you have the entertianment sorted, it's time to choose the music. We have some really great ideas in our edit of the most modern wedding songs ever!