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77 Unique Ways to Entertain Your Wedding Guests

From singing waiters and live circus performers, to tribute bands and animal farms, these are the most epic wedding entertainment ideas ever

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a bride, groom and their wedding guests dancing on the dancefloor at their wedding reception while listening to their wedding entertainment

Choosing your wedding entertainment can be so tricky because there are so many wedding entertainment suppliers out there to decide between. If you find yourself endlessly searching “wedding entertainment near me”, into your search engine, then you’ve come to the right place.

According to our latest National Wedding Survey results, a staggering 79% of couples said that their guests' happiness was the most important part of wedding planning, and much of that has to do with what wedding entertainment you choose.

Whether you're wondering how to entertain your wedding guests during the wedding photography part of the day, or you're looking for unique wedding entertainment ideas that'll keep a smile on your guests' faces, then we've got you covered. 

If you want your wedding to be fun, wedding ideas and entertainment throughout your day is definitely the best way to make that happen. So, if you're wondering how to entertain guests at a wedding, get ready to be completely spoilt for choice as we have plenty of wedding activities for you to browse through.

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding: 77 of the Best Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Here you will find 77 of the most fun wedding entertainment ideas in the UK with everything from live painters and roaming bands, to alpaca petting zoos and tribute bands. Your guests won't believe their eyes when they see what you have in store for them. And the best bit? Most of these vendors who provide entertainment for weddings are our wonderful Hitched suppliers.

Read on to find the perfect entertainment pick for your day, whether you fancy wedding fireworks, outdoor wedding games, or an alternative food idea to make your day utterly unique (and memorable). 

Creative Wedding Entertainment Ideas

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1. Have a Photo Booth

Hiring a wedding photo booth for your big day is such a fun wedding idea that your guests can enjoy along with the happy couple. They also provide your guests with a lovely memento to take home with them to ensure they remember your wedding day forever.

Sabre Shots allows guests to create photos and boomerangs which can be instantly printed, air-dropped or emailed to them. Think your traditional photo booth, but seriously jazzed up.

  • Pricing: From £400

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2. Hire an Alpaca Petting Farm

If you’re having your wedding at a farm wedding venue, pay homage to your wedding theme by setting up a petting zoo - the perfect furry entertainment for weddings!

Your guests (particularly any children you have at your wedding) will love to make friends with the local residents! Or how about an alpaca appearance? Believe it or not, there's a supplier for that! Charnwood Forest Alpacas are available to transport their gorgeous alpacas to your venue where your guests can pet them and get up close and personal.

  • Pricing: From £360

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3. Get Fire Performers

six female fire breathers and performers all posing in black underwear and leotards as they perform their show

Can you imagine your guests' excitement when they sit down to eat their three course meal and a group of fire performers start to work their magic? Oddle Entertainment Agency is a great choice if you’re after fun wedding ideas that will blow your guests away, from fire performers and acrobats to jugglers and more.

  • Pricing: From £400
  • Deals: Exclusive 10% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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5. Have Circus Entertainers

a woman wearing a yellow top and turquoise coloured leggings whilst hanging from an acrobatic aerial rope at a wedding

Speaking of more, why not go the whole hog and get the entire circus to perform at your wedding? There's plenty more incredible circus skills that an entertainer can bring to your wedding to wow your guests like the services offered by the team at Aerial Circus Entertainment.

Think amazing aerial and hoop performers, acrobats, stilt walkers, jugglers, mime artists, contortionists, tightwire dancers and more. If you want entertainment for your wedding that'll rival Cirque du Soleil, hire circus entertainers to amaze your guests.

  • Pricing: From £350
  • Deals: Exclusive 5% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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6. Use a Glitter Bar

the words 'Luminosity Glitter' glow behind a glitter bar which is packed with loose glitter ready to be used on wedding guests

Hosting a festival-themed wedding? A glitter bar is a seriously cool idea - we love seeing guests end the night with beards full of sparkles, eyebrows in multi-colour splendour, dancing under the disco lights with fabulous, festival-style glitter on their face.

And we're not just talking about a bit of glitter on the cheek, oh no. The team at Luminosity Glitter can do glitter hair, beards and more, meaning literally every guest can get involved in this if you book them as entertainment for your wedding.

  • Pricing: From £300

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7. Have Retro Wedding Games

If you are searching for fun wedding ideas to celebrate your milestones, Gaming4Weddings offers nostalgia in spades. The first of its kind, the company provides a host of retro game machines for wedding activities - the most welcome and social of which being their dance machine.

Playing against formal traditions, owner Chris Hignell offers the First Dance Package as a way of helping couples showcase their passion for each other by doing something they both enjoy as opposed to simply swaying through a song together.

And the best part? As Chris explains, "It is a great crowd pleaser, and usually, the guests don't see it coming until the curtain is removed." It's a seriously fun alternative to the first dance that leaves newlyweds nerve-free and guests enthralled. Where do we sign up!?

  • Pricing: From £400

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8. Hire Casino Games

a shot peeping over the shoulder of a bride and groom who are playing on casino tables as their wedding entertainment

If a Las Vegas hen do was too much for the budget to handle, why not incorporate the buzzy theme into your wedding entertainment? 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 like Wedding Casino Hire, 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.

  • Pricing: From £395

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9. Hire a Mini-Golf Course

Bride and groom in their wedding clothes playing mini golf together

If you’re hosting a summer wedding, set up a miniature golf course for guests of all ages to enjoy - it's a great outdoor wedding game idea. Companies such as Portable Putts can provide a colourful option that will fit seamlessly into any open event space, providing endless entertainment in between wedding stages. 

As the married couple, why not go head-to-head or play the winners of your tournament?

  • Pricing: From £500

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 10. Arrange a Fireworks Display

What better way to end your wedding night than with a show stopping firework display? Not only are they the perfect end to a full day of celebrations but they lend themselves to a fantastic photo opportunity too.

It's not a good idea to start lighting fireworks yourselves after a day of, err, merriment, so opt for a professional firework supplier and let the experts create those magical moments for you!

Sonning Fireworks plan mesmerising firework displays for weddings and milestone events, so be sure to check out their listing and our other wedding fireworks suppliers.

  • Pricing: From £595

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11. Embrace Face Painting

Close up image of a beautiful blue butterfly face paint design around a woman's eye, studded with jewels and glitter

You might think face painting is only for your younger wedding guests but we bet a fair few adults will want in on the action too. From butterflies and rainbow looks for kids, to dainty floral designs for adults, there’s a perfect look for every guest with this unique wedding activity.

Moonchild Face Painting provides unique entertainment for weddings that includes unique face painting and henna, too. 

  • Pricing: From £80
  • Deals: Exclusive 15% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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12. Include Children’s Colouring Stations

Fun wedding ideas are a great way to keep kids occupied, and colouring can keep children busy 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!

If 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. 

  • Price: £4.20 per book

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13. Play Giant Jenga

Giant Pine Wood Jenga with luggage bag, the perfect group activity for weddings

Everyone is partial to a game of Jenga, aren’t they? Set up a game of giant Jenga in the garden of your wedding venue and watch the merriment unfold. A classic, easy source of entertainment that is sure to have your guests on tenterhooks!

  • Pricing: £110

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14. Have Guests Write Advice Cards

50 card wooden box of wedding advice cards, the perfect activity for guests at a wedding

If you trust the words of wisdom you get from your wedding guests, why not 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 brings a lot of laughs.

  • Pricing: £17.95 for 50 cards

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15. Play Virtual Reality Games

a picture of what the inside of a virtual reality game looks like where characters wear grey suits and are pointing at a round red globe

As part of your wedding activities for the evening, you can hire Altered Reality Zone. They set up a VR party arcade where guests can fly through space, shoot lasers, solve puzzles and more.

  • Pricing: £400
  • Deals: Exclusive 30% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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16. Go On a Treasure Hunt

several very colourful clue cards with orange love hearts on them, being held by a woman's hand who has pastel yellow nail varnish on

A treasure hunt is a great way to keep your young guests entertained. Provide them with a list of things to tick off, like spotting a person in a red outfit or a sign that has the word '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.

  • Pricing: £12

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17. Play Garden Games

a young wedding guest playing with a vintage tin outdoor wedding game as entertainment

If you're getting hitched in a garden wedding venue, why not hire Girl Friday Games, a wedding vendor who provides handmade, classic garden games perfect for outdoor events? This is something wedding guests of all ages can enjoy and will keep everyone entertained while you're off having your pictures done. 

  • Pricing: £20
  • Deals: Exclusive 10% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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18. Enjoy Giant Connect Four

Black and Red Giant Connect 4, the perfect activity and game for adults and children at weddings

If you’re installing garden games, this is a great choice as entertainment for weddings. The kids and adults at your wedding will love playing Connect Four. We adore this giant wooden set from Not On The High Street which you can personalise with your choice of colours and wedding date. Not only will it offer bags of nostalgia for your guests, but its gorgeous look lends itself well to a fun family heirloom. 

  • Pricing: £126

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19. Gift Pamper Boxes

a woman's hands holding a wooden rectangular box that has pamper items such as soaps, candles and other luxury items

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.

As well as deodorant, hairspray and some spare toiletries, put a few extras in there like a perfume to spritz, mints, lollipops, blotting paper - heck you could even have a curling iron or hair straighteners if there's a heat-proof pad and someone to make sure it's safe.

  • Pricing: £22

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20. Put Out Wedding Table Games

Avoid small talk and awkward conversations between your guests with a few well-placed wedding table games. They are a welcome surprise at the start of any wedding breakfast and even more so for attendants not keen on busting a move on the dance floor.

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

  • Pricing: £12.50 per set

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21. Table Pass the Parcel

a woman's hand holding a gift wrapped in pastel pink tissue paper surrounded by accessories such as 'Team Bride' labels and 'Winner' glasses

Play pass the parcel around each of your wedding tables with icebreaker jokes and a little gift hidden between every layer. These type of fun wedding ideas get everyone in the mood for the hilarious groom speeches to come.

Kits like this hen party pass the parcel set can make for great entertainment at the wedding too, and we love the idea of a dare between each layer instead of a joke if your guests are into that sort of thing.

  • Pricing: £8.99

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22. Have a Go At Axe Throwing

a man demonstrating how to throw an axe to hit a target as wedding entertainment at someone's outdoor wedding

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

  • Pricing: £465

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23. Put Up an Outdoor Swing

Newlyweds relax on an outdoor swing with the ocean in the background

If, like us, you think that garden swings provide perfect entertainment for weddings, then 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 have a turn.

  • Pricing: £500

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24. Hire a Magician

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

Magic Phil Taylor will wander around as your guests are enjoying their reception drinks to perform tricks. This guy really knows his stuff.

  • Pricing: £450

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25. Give Out Hangover Kits

A canvas bag with the words 'just in case' on the front in black, with sunglasses and body mousse on either side of the bag

At the end of the night, do your wedding guests a solid with a table packed with hangover kits. Etsy has a host of custom hangover bags you can choose from, which you can fill with things like a bottle of water, paracetamol, cereal bars, disposable ear plugs, Berocca, a coffee sachet, mini dry shampoo, face wipes, and more.

It's a sweet final touch and a godsend for guests on the way home facing one hell of a morning after. See more wedding hangover kit ideas here.

  • Pricing: £2.36 per kit

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26. Get an Owl Ring Bearer

Owl flying down the aisle bringing the rings to the waiting groom

For a really romantic ring arrival, what about having them delivered by a barn owl?! The Barn Owl Ring Bearer team arrives discreetly to keep the owl a surprise for guests until the ceremony, 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.

  • Pricing: £425
  • Deals: Save £525 when you book three services combined - check their listing for more information!

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27. Enjoy Fairground Rides

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

Marleybrook House in Kent offers a fairground wedding theme in the most incredible way. It has vintage rides and fairground games on-site - your guests will literally never want to leave! We also have a whole selection of wedding venues with funfairs here. 

  • Pricing: From £6,500
  • Deals: Get 25% off the fairground for events taking place on Monday to Thursday - check the vendor’s listing for more information.

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28. Head Out On a Bus Tour

a blue tour bus driving on the road past the London Eye and surrounding parks which can be seen in the background

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 organise tours through the City of London, offering views of 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 longer wedding weekend and see the sights without having to book a landmark wedding venue.

  • Pricing: From £650

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29. Let Off Confetti Cannons

Biodegradable white confetti canons, perfect as wedding extras and props

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 these white biodegradable ones from Not On The High Street - just make sure your wedding photographer is on hand to capture the moment everyone lets them off, it'll make such a pretty shot!

  • Pricing: £10.99

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30. Play Prosecco or Beer Pong

beer prosecco pong, fun wedding game for guests to play together

Everyone’s favourite fun wedding idea has to be beer and prosecco pong, depending on your tipple of choice. Pong is a fun drinking game which could be set up anywhere in your wedding venue - just make sure your photographer knows to snap some pictures of your guests playing it.

This Pong set will definitely get people's competitive streaks flying and you can assign teams to mix people's groups up. 

  • Pricing: £13.84

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Personalised Wedding Entertainment Ideas

31. Make a Wheel of Fun

When it comes to fun wedding ideas, this activity has “fun” baked into it. Putting a wheel of fun somewhere in your wedding reception will keep your guests entertained for hours. If you are already in DIY wedding mode, this could be a fun little extra to incorporate. However, if the project feels a little too hefty, this chic rustic wedding spin the wheel will blend into any venue.

Better yet, you are free to include custom activities that match your wedding theme. Whether you use it for presenting prices, breaking the ice, or starting a conga line is entirely up to you. 

  • Pricing: £129.56

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32. Get Some Unique Transport

A groom helped a bride out of a pink 1959 Cadillac with flowers on the bonnet

Any cool arrival will be greeted by 'ooohs' and 'aaahs', but nothing will impress like a seriously unique wedding car. Gather your guests on the lawn to watch you and your new spouse touch down in a classic car, a horse and carriage, a tuk tuk, a VW campervan, a black cab, or even a tandem bike.

Imagine the reactions when you turn up in this bright pink Cadillac from Wedding Car Hire Dorset? Your guests can all have their picture taken with the car while you're off having your pro photos taken.

  • Pricing: £250
  • Deal: Exclusive 3% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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33. Play a Couples Quiz

Engraved wooden spoons for Mr and Mrs quiz games, the perfect fun wedding activity to play with guests

This has got to be one of our favourite wedding entertainment ideas. See how well you and your new spouse know each other by going head-to-head in front of all your guests. Get guests to ask you questions while you hold up these personalised Mr and Mrs spoons to indicate who’s most likely to do it. We’ve got a whole load of fun couple questions here.

  • Pricing: £14.95 per set

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34. Get Custom Temporary Tattoos

 

Temporary tattoo pages for events and weddings to give to your guests, artistic and creative wedding ideas

Temporary tattoos are such good fun as entertainment for weddings that kids and adults can all enjoy. You could even take it one step further and get custom ones of you and your partner's faces like these fun designs from Mi Ink Tattoos, a vendor that provides personalised and playful temporary tattoo designs for all their guests. See more unusual wedding favour ideas here.

  • Pricing: From £200
  • Deals: Exclusive 5% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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35. Commission a Live Painter

Group of wedding guests gathered around a canvas painting it

Capture the magic of the day 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.

Award-winning wedding supplier Make Your Mark Event's Guest Canvas offers a live painting service that is incredibly creative and gets all of your guests involved, as well as leaving you with something memorable and bespoke to remember your day with.

  • Pricing: £700
  • Deals: Weddings taking place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will receive a 3% discount.

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36. Do a 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. This is a really fun wedding idea that most guests wouldn’t see coming!

Couples who are well-known for having two pairs of left feet will be able to surprise their friends and family with their new-found talents if they book a dance lesson with The Wedding Dance by Marius.

  • Pricing: Price Upon Request
  • Deals: Exclusive 20% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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37. Buy Personalised Crackers

a black cracker with gold bows tying it together, and the name 'Helen' written on the middle bit in gold cursive writing

Crackers are one of the best Christmas wedding activities that your guests will just adore. 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. They can even double up as Christmas wedding favours.

  • Pricing: £30 for 6

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38. Invite Your Pet

Young paigeboy hugging a large brown labrador at a wedding, the perfect way to invite your pet to your wedding.

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 in the day. Cotswold Animal Services provides a kennel service where your four-legged VIP will the attentive care of a qualified handler to keep them safe, calm, and tended to throughout your big day.

They even extend their kennel for the duration of your honeymoon so you can jet-set in bliss, knowing your fur baby is well taken care of. 

  • Pricing: From £325

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39. Have a Doggy Day Care

a bride and her five bridesmaids all standing and crouching around a caramel-coloured dog

Speaking of dogs, why have just your dog at your wedding when you could have everyone's? Companies like A Pad 4 Paws offer a dog chaperoning service for your pooch and any others who need to attend. This way your perfect pups are tended for by professionals, whilst also acting as great entertainment for weddings!

  • Pricing: From £300

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40. Date Ideas Box

Brown bowl of small paper wedding favors, each with a date idea written on it

Banish the wedding blues by asking your wedding guests to provide date night ideas for newlyweds. We love this date ideas jar from Not On The High Street which provides guests with folded hearts for them to write their best ideas on. Married life is sure to be full of fun.

  • Pricing: £10.15

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41. Have an Unusual Guest Book

Guest books have always provided guests with something to do in the quiet moments between your wedding breakfast and party. So how about inspiring 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 including this wooden wedding jigsaw guest book by Manta Makes. 

  • Pricing: From £3.99

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42. Organise a Photo Scavenger Hunt

A framed wedding photo scavenger hunt card filled with items guests have to find and photograph

How about creating a photo scavenger hunt for your guests to complete throughout the day? From a snap of the couple's beautiful outfits to a group selfie, it’ll bring out everyone’s competitive sides. 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.

You could even encourage guests to upload their pictures to Instagram using your wedding hashtag. It’s the perfect digital wedding activity that everyone with a smartphone can take part in.

  • Pricing: From £3.42

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43. Hire a Caricaturist

Give guests a wonderful keepsake of your wedding by hiring a caricaturist, and it’s one of the ultimate fun wedding ideas to incorporate into your big day. 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.

We love talented artist Lucy Sheridan who runs Rubbish Portraits; she's the perfect alternative to a traditional wedding photo booth, drawing ink portraits of all your guests.

  • Pricing: From £1,750

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44. Have a Signature Cocktail Bar

a white mobile bar with rustic signs around it and greenery decorating it

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

Tchin-Tchin Bar encourage their couples to be as creative as possible with their drinks choices and offer a brilliant discount for anyone hiring them for both the pre-wedding festivities and the celebrations on the day too, so if you're struggling to think of fun examples of entertainment for weddings - these guys could be the solution. Discover more wedding bars here.

  • Pricing: From £350

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45. Have a Wedding-Themed Piñata

Red love-heart pinata, perfect for romantic games to play at weddings

Have a bit of good old-fashioned fun and set up a piñata at your wedding venue. On Etsy and Not on the High Street, the sky's the limit between custom piñatas shaped to look like wedding cakes, unicorns, diamond rings, or even a bright red heart. Alternatively, how about your initials or perhaps something related to a hobby you both love?

  • Pricing: £11.99

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46. Create a Personalised Wedding Magazine

the inside of a church pew with a 'Dapper Bride' magazine issue inside

A personalised wedding magazine or newspaper is a great time-filler for guests to read while sitting waiting for the ceremony to start or dotted around the reception room. Dapper & Bride can make a magazine for the day or one for after your wedding to share the day's highlights. It's a fab memento of the day and looks so cool!

  • Pricing: From £650

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47. Hire an Escape Room Experience

the view of the back of the dark green Game Lab truck which has chemical bottles painted on the sides

Did you know you can hire escape rooms for your wedding? If you're the kind of couple that love puzzles and team tasks, this is one of the most fun wedding ideas for unique entertainment. 

The Gamelab has a mobile escape room in a converted horsebox that they can bring to your wedding and offer a 15-minute escape room experience for up to four adults. Their standard game is called 'Find the Rings' where the wedding bands have been taken, but you can choose your own theme, from horror, superheroes and wizards to a bespoke story.

  • Pricing: From £600
  • Deals: Check the vendor’s listing for exclusive wedding-themed packages and discounts

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Music Wedding Entertainment Ideas

48. Surprise Everyone With Singing Waiters

Hiring singing waiters to perform at your wedding is a huge trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Singing Surprise are a group of West End performers who will dress up as staff at your wedding before bursting into song during your wedding breakfast. They’re guaranteed to have everyone up on their feet.

  • Pricing: From £399
  • Deals: Exclusive 10% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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49. Hire a Killer Wedding DJ

Smiling DJ enjoying performing a set for a wedding, surrounded by disco balls

Perhaps a bit of an obvious one, but you’ve got to get people on the dance floor, and a wedding DJ is the best way to do that. For a night you won’t forget, Just About Weddings provides star-studded DJ service, complete with decks and lighting, that will keep your wedding guests dancing all night long.

  • Pricing: From £500

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50. Have a Live Band

members of a wedding band holding their brass instruments walking out of Electricity Showroom in a line

If you’re hosting a rustic wedding, you might prefer a wedding band to a DJ. Blue Lion Band are a customisable three to 15 piece band who play a whole range of music genres. Between them, they’ve played with some of the best artists in the world including Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo and George Michael.

  • Pricing: From £1,590

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51. Hire a String Quartet

three young girls who are guests at a wedding listening to a trio of string musicians

Add a touch of sophistication to your wedding day by hiring a string quartet like Liquid Strings. It’s the perfect wedding entertainment choice for during your reception drinks or as your guests are waiting for the ceremony to start.

  • Pricing: £275

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52. Have an Acoustic Guitarist & Singer Play

blurred leaves in the foreground with a solo accoustic guitarist playing in the background at someone's wedding whilst wearing a white shirt and sunglasses

If your wedding theme doesn’t really lend itself to a string quartet, you could hire an acoustic singer and guitarist instead. They’re likely to take requests of your favourite songs to personalise your celebrations and would work for the drinks reception as well as being perfect for the actual ceremony itself. 

24 Live Acoustic is a solo and duo acoustic wedding supplier who have more than 600 weddings under their belt. They have a wide range of wedding performance options including slow, romantic performances and lively evening sets. 

  • Pricing: £595
  • Deals: Claim a 10% early bird discount on packages for 2026!

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53. Roaming Musicians

A picture of four members of a roaming band standing in front of a bar holding their instruments

Roving musicians and walkabout bands add a completely different dimension to your wedding music, and are among the best of the musical fun wedding ideas you can incorporate into your day. These live bands will get your feet tapping as they bring the entertainment up close and personal.

From Mariachi bands to barbershop quartets and roaming saxophonists, there's so many types of roaming musicians you can hire.

Music8 Agency provide a number of musical suppliers for weddings, including roaming acoustic and mariachi bands! There are so many different options to choose from here, and hiring them means you can have several wedding music acts all provided by one vendor. 

  • Pricing: From £300

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54. Enjoy a Harpist's Music

harpist Dorothy wearing a satin sage green dress whilst sat on a transparent chair playing a giant harp

If you’re hosting a fairy-tale-themed wedding, consider having a harpist play during your reception drinks. It’d be such an elegant touch and there's no better person for the job than Dorothy Harpist. Dorothy used to be the resident harpist at the Shangri-La Hotel and has years of classical training under her belt. 

She offers classical sets as well as unique jazz, folk, Bollywood, Irish and modern music styles, making her a really unique wedding entertainment supplier. 

  • Pricing: From £380

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55. Party at a Silent Disco

a bride and her bridesmaids who are wearing champagne coloured dresses all listening to a silent disco using headphones

If your circle of friends love to party, they’ll 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, and it’s one of the best wedding activities to utilise if your venue has a noise curfew.

Silent Noize Events have been providing silent disco weddings and parties in the West Midlands and beyond since 2010 and are pros at what they do. Their silent disco headphones come with three channels, so you and your crew can party to several different genres with something to keep everyone at the wedding happy.

  • Pricing: £120

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56. Sing Along to Some Karaoke

a photograph of the portable karaoke pod which is decorated with pink and black zig zags outside a bar in London

From one unique wedding entertainment idea to another, who wouldn't want a pop-up karaoke booth at their wedding? We’ve all endured a bit of drunk karaoke in our time and loved every bit of it, right? So why not bring all the fun of your favourite karaoke bar to your wedding with a pop-up karaoke booth?

Your guests will love it, especially if you hire Lucky Voice Pop-Up Karaoke Booth, a mobile wedding experience with more than 10,000 classic and contemporary tunes for your guests to choose from. Want a wedding that everyone will be talking about for years to come? Then hire a karaoke booth…

  • Pricing: From £1,400
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57. Have a Steel Drum Band

Hosting a tropical themed wedding day? A steel drum band will transport you straight to the Caribbean, even if you decided against a destination wedding. The guys over at Steelasophical Steel Band are experts in their field, and offer more than 14 genres of Caribbean music on their incredible instruments.

Couples can choose from ceremony music, drinks reception performances, wedding breakfast songs, pre-evening, evening entertainment or the whole lot!

  • Pricing: From £327

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58. Hire Someone to Play Bagpipes

a shot from below of a man playing the bagpipes wearing traditional Scottish uniform

Gift your guests the true luxury of having a live bagpipes player at your wedding. Whether you're getting married in a Scottish wedding venue, have Scottish heritage or just love bagpipe music, there's no grander form of music wedding entertainment than that. 

Andrew Brian Highland Bagpiper has been playing the pipes since he was nine years old and offers high standard performances wherever he is. 

  • Pricing: From £280
  • Deals: Exclusive 5% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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59. Dance Along to a Tribute Band

a photograph of Adele impersonator wearing a maroon red dress on stage with smoke and backing singers behind her

If you can't get Ed Sheeran or The Spice Girls to your wedding (we hear they're pretty busy these days...) why not have a tribute band play instead? On Hitched, we have every tribute act you can imagine from ABBA and The Carpenters, to Elvis and Adele. This is a fun wedding idea that can take guests by surprise and delight them with their favourite songs.

Speaking of Adele, the Adele Tribute Act One and Only is the crème-de-la-crème of tribute acts. With clients including ITV, Channel 5, the BBC and Hilton Hotels, and even performing live on the Graham Norton Show, this performer is not to be underestimated. 

  • Pricing: From £750

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60. Embrace Woodwind Instruments

four women all wearing dark suit trousers and white blazers standing in front of a white brick wall holding saxophones

Is there any better sound than saxophones, and woodwind instruments? Giving all the feels from Ibiza beach parties to New York jazz bars, bands like A Good Reed are able to make these brassy instruments sound more versatile than ever. With this band, you can have between four and six musicians, and for a small additional charge you can request any song you like!

  • Pricing: From £600

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61. Perform Your Own Song

 a black and white picture of a bride doing a surprise singing performance at her wedding after being coached by a vocal coach

Why hire someone else to sing at your wedding when you could do it yourself? Eliza Mishcon is a renowned vocal coach with years of experience. She has worked with huge names including Adele and Kylie Minogue and is sure to be able to work her magic on you, too. 

  • Pricing: From £60
  • Deals: Exclusive 15% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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62. Have Scottish Drummers

brother and sister Drum and Drones duo standing at a wedding venue holding bagpipes and Scottish drums in traditional Scottish attire

Scottish bagpipe and drumming duo Ross and Ailise are a siblings and love bringing their unique craft to people's weddings through their act; Dum + Drones. They have a decade of experience playing in Scottish bands and have performed at numerous large-scale events such as the Solheim Cup, Cop-26 and more - so why not make your wedding the next?

Bagpipes are one thing, but when you pair them with the unmissable sound of traditional Scottish drumming, you're guests will be truly lost for words. 

  • Pricing: From £300

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Food and Drink Wedding Entertainment Ideas

63. Plan an Afternoon Tea

two wedding guests queueing up at a scone afternoon tea food truck ready to get their snacks

For the ultimate English garden party atmosphere, an afternoon tea is a must. While a full afternoon tea can replace your wedding breakfast, you can also do a smaller version instead of canapes. Think outside the box with teapots full of gin cocktails and a scone and cupcake display instead of a wedding cake and ask experts like Here Today, Scone Tomorrow for advice on dishes.

  • Pricing: From £300
  • Deals: Exclusive 3% discount for Hitched users, and save 10% on short-notice bookings - check their listing for more information!

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64. Watch Ice Cream Rolling

 a woman holding a white paper pot with curled ice cream inside that's been garnished with Oreos and chocolate sauce

You've seen it all over Instagram and TikTok as a big wedding trend - now it's time to serve it at your wedding. IcyCurls UK bring rolled ice cream to your wedding and their products are vegan so dairy-free and vegan guests can enjoy them too. Your guests can pick from six flavours including cookies and cream, raspberry ripple, mango, and seasonal options like mince pie.

  • Pricing: From £250

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65. Tuck Into Some Street Food

BBQ and pizza van preparing delicious wedding food in a silver van

If you’re struggling to know what food to serve to your guests in the evening, keep them entertained with street food trucks. It’s a great idea for a festival-style wedding. From Thai and Mexican to burgers and pizzas, there are so many cool food trucks you could choose from.

How about The Wedding Pizza and BBQ Company? They offer authentic Neapolitan pizza and British BBQ to wedding guests and it’s utterly delicious!

  • Pricing: From £600

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66. Give Your Guests a Midnight Feast

a bride and groom on their wedding day holding two white pizza boxes open and, inside, there are two heart shaped pizzas

Your favourite childhood sleepover activity can get an adult makeover with pizzas, hot dogs, nachos, doughnuts, popcorn and more. If your venue is allowed to keep the music going till the early hours, you'll want some food at this point to fuel your guests on the dancefloor.

The team at The Pizza Post are the perfect pick for a midnight feast of pizza - no guest will be turning that down before the last song...

  • Pricing: £750
  • Deals: Exclusive 5% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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67. Have a Waffle Stand 

a bride and two wedding guests standing in an outdoor wedding venue with a waffle truck in the background

Doesn't everyone agree that brunch is the best meal? Bring those breakfast-y vibes to any time of your wedding day with a waffle stand like Bettys Waffle Co, serving up hot, crispy waffles with all the toppings. It's a fab option for late-night food as guests can choose between a savoury topping like chicken and gravy or some sweet chocolate and ice cream.

  • Pricing: From £400

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68. Set up a DIY Cocktail Bar

What’s not to love about having a cocktail cart at your wedding reception? You can set up a DIY one if your venue has no corkage charge or hire a mobile bar service for the most out of this world delicious spirits, cocktails and frozen cocktails.

We love this self-service cocktail cart by husband-and-wife business Near And Far Mobile Bar.

  • Pricing: From £150
  • Deals: Exclusive 10% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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69. Have a Hot Chocolate Bar

If you’re hosting a winter wedding, a hot chocolate bar is a great choice. Guests could pimp their drinks with cream, chocolate flakes and marshmallows—or you could add Baileys or Disaronno for an alcoholic version. Why not take it a step further with a full-on mobile coffee bar courtesy of Cute Little Drinks Van and keep guests nicely energised for the evening festivities. 

  • Pricing: £250
  • Deals: Exclusive 5% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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70. Have a Whiskey and Cigar Bar

a whisky and cigar food cart made from wood and filled with whisky, cigars and drink garnishes

Do it like Don Draper and have a Mad Men-style whiskey and cigar bar in the evening at your wedding. You can create a little outdoor lounge with heaters where your guests can sip it on the rocks or in a cocktail and blow on a cigar. It's a really decadent addition to your night.

The Dorset Cart Company have a number of cute treat carts including their Whisky & Cigar Cart which features a number of different drinks, cigars and garnishes for the whisky. 

  • Pricing: From £125

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71. Enjoy a Traditional Ice Cream Stall

a very traditional ice cream cart in a cream colour attached to a vintage-looking white bike

Everybody loves ice cream, so if you’re hosting a retro-inspired wedding day, why not hire an ice cream cart to pop up at your reception? We love the vintage ones on a bicycle, like this one by Delicious Dreams Ice Creams. Some can even serve candy floss, popcorn, hot dogs, doughnuts, waffles and more too. It's a brilliant summer wedding idea.

  • Pricing: From £400

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72. Give Your Guests a Prosecco Drinks Van

If you’re looking for even more ways to include Prosecco in your wedding day, reach out to Thirsty Nomad.

This converted drinks caravan will bring all the glam to your big day and serve Prosecco or Prosecco-based wedding cocktails to your guests. Mocktails are also available, so non-drinkers don’t miss out.

  • Pricing: From £150

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73. Have a 'Pimp Your Drinks' Station

a range of different flavoured Prosecco flavourings in different colours and different shaped cocktail glasses

Prove your love for Prosecco (or any other drink, for that matter) by taking things one step further and installing a ‘Pimp Your Drinks’ bar at your wedding. DIY a cool sign and offer your guests these shimmery Prosecco accessories.

  • Pricing: From £5 per bottle

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74. Grazing Tables

A wedding grazing table filled with grapes, bread, cheese, and meat

Grazing tables are a popular wedding trend and a wonderful alternative food and drink idea for your evening reception.

As the name suggests, guests will love to spend hours grazing on the delicious food you’ve laid out. Prize for the guest who makes the most visits! You can make a DIY grazing table or hire a company like Little Graze Company to make a stunning one for you.

  • Pricing: From £100
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75. Design a Doughnut Wall

Wall of delicious plain and chocolate doughnuts on a wall hanging on hooks, perfect for weddings and events

This is easily one of the tastiest fun wedding activities you can organise for your special day. We love the cute doughnut wall designs, it’s the perfect way to get creative with food! Donut Board Hire Surrey is particularly brilliant and caters to so many different styles and designs.

  • Pricing: From £45
  • Deals: Exclusive 3% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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76. Dessert Table

One of our favourite ways to entertain your guests is to offer a dessert table, like this one from Natalie Cake Studio. A whole table full of sweet treats is sure to impress your guests - and it’ll make for some great photographs, too.

  • Pricing: From £450
  • Deals: Exclusive 3% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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77. Decorate Biscuits

a rectangular wedding biscuit with floral decoratons on it and a couple's wedding date piped at the top. You can also see shell-shaped biscuits in the background

You've never seen personalised, bespoke biscuits like the ones from Honeywell Biscuit Co - they are truly remarkable and perfect to be used as wedding favours or as part of the treat table. But why not take biscuits at your wedding one step further and have a decorating station where guests can add their own toppings - and perhaps attempt to recreate a Honeywell design, though they will struggle!

  • Pricing: From £5
  • Deals: Exclusive 5% discount for Hitched users - check their listing for more information!

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How Much Does Wedding Entertainment Cost?

Wedding entertainment costs vary so much. You can arrange fun wedding activities in the shape of wedding quizzes, performances from guests and DIY ideas, right the way through to all-day live performers and musicians that will set you back thousands. 

Like with most supplier costs, things that will impact the price are how far your wedding entertainers are traveling, how long they are expected to be at the wedding for, and what their running costs are. A photobooth or karaoke pod are going to have higher running costs than an acoustic soloist or a live painter, so these are all things to consider when booking your entertainment.

Hitched Editor Zoe Burke says, "There is no 'have to' when it comes to weddings, and especially wedding entertainment. The most important thing couples can do is choose one or two wedding entertainment must-haves that really suit their theme and budget."

How to Entertain Guests at a Wedding with Music?

Wedding entertainment expert, Nick Harris from Just About Weddings, shares this advice:

“My advice for couples planning their evening entertainment is to really think about how to fill those five hours properly. Bands cost a good deal but might only provide two hours of entertainment, whilst DJs will entertain for the entire duration. Nevertheless, many couples still want live music, so we’d advise booking a mixture of both for the perfect balance! That would be a professional DJ taking care of the dance floor, whilst the live musicians come in and out all evening. Great entertainment, and great value. 

“I’d also suggest not adding too much else to that part of the day, as it may draw guests away from the dancefloor and impact the atmosphere.”

How to Entertain Wedding Guests Between the Ceremony and Reception?

During the time between the ceremony and reception, you and your wedding party will probably be with the photographer. While the photographs are being taken, it's likely that your guests will be socialising and enjoying a cocktail hour. As most of them will want to catch up on the ceremony and mingle, we'd recommend roaming entertainment - someone or something that can work the room. For example, magicians are able to go from group to group keeping people entertained, or live music.

How to Find Wedding Entertainment Near Me?

We have so many more wedding entertainment ideas in our suppliers section, so simply head to our website and choose your location, then browse our fun wedding entertainment suppliers that are just waiting to become part of your special day. 

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