Planning a wedding can be very stressful and time-consuming. It’s hard enough to finalise the guest list and venue, let alone thinking of unique wedding entertainment ideas that will keep your guests happy and in good spirits for the duration of the day and night!
So, we’ve decided to step up and help you plan the best wedding you could ever imagine. We discuss as many different and fun wedding ideas as possible to make planning your big day that little bit easier and one that everybody will remember.
The article includes some wedding party ideas that you will be familiar with along with some unusual wedding ideas that you might not have come across before, including:
Of course, our first wedding entertainment idea might not come as a surprise… and no it’s not a wedding DJ…
Silent Disco Wedding Party
The idea for a silent disco wedding party is on any wedding entertainment ideas list, we’ve just brought it up to the number one spot because… well, it’s the best! Hiring a silent disco party at your wedding is a guaranteed way to get everybody singing, dancing and laughing all night long. You can play three playlists at the same time to cater to everybody’s music taste. Chuck in some Motown for grandparents, some pop music for the younger ones and a whole playlist of you and your partner’s favourite tunes. Call us biased but we think it’s one of the best wedding music ideas because you can play to everybody’s taste, there’s no need to shout to talk to each other when the music’s playing, and it can be much cheaper than hiring a band or a DJ for the night.
Wedding Band Hire
Hiring a band for your wedding is a tried and tested method that will always please your guests. While it might be overwhelming trying to decide on the type of band you want at your wedding, there are thousands of wedding bands across the UK. You’ll be able to find cover artists, solo artists, tribute bands and much more.
Something that works really well is getting the band to play acoustic and acapella music throughout the day before setting up for a full-on gig for the evening. You could even hire a wedding band for the early part of the evening followed by a silent disco later on to finish off your wedding celebrations in style!
Hire a Wedding DJ
If live music is not your thing or if you just prefer to hear the original versions of your favourite songs, then hiring a wedding DJ for your party entertainment could be the right move for you. DJ’s work best at a wedding venue with a big dance floor and where loud music isn’t much of a concern. As long as you do your research and pick a quality DJ, hiring a wedding DJ is probably the easiest way to get everybody up on the dance floor! If you type in ‘wedding DJ near me’ into Google, you’ll be able to find plenty of options!
There are lots of ways to entertain a crowd but a simple and effective is to set up a photo booth and let people entertain themselves by taking lots of silly pictures. Line up a bunch of props such as wigs, costumes, and inflatables to add something to the pictures. You could even create cut out masks of the happy couple and their parents for your guests to take pictures with.
Outdoor Dance Floor
For summer weddings you could forget all the complicated wedding entertainment hire ideas and create a massive outdoor dance floor for your guests to boogie on. It’s a simple idea but one that works great during the warmer months. It can act as the stage for a band during the day and then be cleared out ready for your first dance and a party during the evening.
DIY Cocktail Bar
This is probably one of the coolest wedding ideas on our list. Pitching up a DIY cocktail bar somewhere around the venue is a failsafe crowd pleaser and one that will have them feeling very merry after one or two trips. All you need to do is decide on three or four of your favourite cocktails and ask the company you rent it from to stock the bar with all the necessary ingredients. It’s possible to set something like this up yourself as well to save a bit of cash!
Set up a Street Food Market
You could say that this was an unusual party entertainment idea but it’s likely to be extremely popular with your guests. It can work as your main meal or for an evening supper for your day and evening guests. You’ll just need to rent one or two food trucks with delicious menus and set up a corner of your venue to host them. Your guests will then be free to go and grab a snack and hang out at the street food market whenever they’re feeling a little peckish.
Karaoke is not everybody’s cup of tea but it’s a great wedding reception idea because it always produces lots of laughs, giggles and stories to tell the morning after. You could create a list of songs that you would like to hear your guests sing or let them choose whatever they want (as long as you’re happy with surprises).
Wedding Party Games
It’s a good idea to have a few ideas for wedding games for your guests up your sleeve to give everybody something to do in between the different stages of your wedding reception. For example, when you and your partner are away taking photographs, having a few things laying around to occupy your guests will boost energy levels and keep everyone chatting while you’re not there. Here’s a list of our top 10 wedding party games:
- Prosecco pong
- Photo scavenger hunt
- Arcade games
- Mr & Mrs
- Table ice breaker cards
- Speech Bingo
- Date ideas guest book
- Wedding table truth or dares
- Flip cup
- Wedding I spy
Wedding Garden Games
If you’re planning a summer wedding, then you might want to think about outdoor wedding lawn games to entertain your guests while they enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. It’s a great way to get people that don’t know each other talking and having fun together and will get everyone in good spirits. Here’s another list of 10 amazing outdoor wedding games that you could use for your wedding day:
- Mini golf
- Giant chess
- Coconut shy
- Bean bag toss
- French boules
Wedding Activities for Kids
It’s important to think of some wedding games for children because if the kids are occupied, the adults can relax, let their hair down and really enjoy your wedding. Kids are happy with anything that’s active, fun or involves chocolate! Do you know those giant garden games for weddings like huge Connect Fours and Jenga’s? They work really well too. Here’s a list of our 10 favourite kids wedding entertainment ideas:
- Colouring in books & crayons
- Hot chocolate bar
- Giant connect four
- Giant Jenga
- Space hopper races
- Bouncy castle
- Giant bubble party kit
Plan a Parade
If you’re looking for wedding surprise ideas for the bride, then how about planning a surprise parade? We can guarantee she wouldn’t have thought of that one! Even if you don’t make it a surprise, planning a parade through the venue or town with all of your guest, led by a band, is definitely something different. This unique wedding entertainment will get all of your guest moving after standing around at the ceremony and get them working up an appetite ready for the meal.
When thinking of wedding game ideas what could be better than bringing the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to your wedding by having some casino tables at the venue to entertain your guests. Roulette or Craps are probably the most sociable games to have but Blackjack also works as well.
Talking of unusual party entertainment, how about including an animal petting zoo at your wedding? It will make for some great pictures and give the kids something to look forward to as well. It’s one of those wedding activities that will make your wedding stand out amongst the crowd and have people talking about it for a long time afterwards!
Hire a Caricaturist
Hiring a caricaturist for the day of your wedding is a brilliant way to produce some hilarious mementoes to keep for a lifetime. Get the artist to capture you at the front of the church and lots of your guests as they go about their day at your wedding reception. It will be a fun present for your guests to keep and remember your wedding by.
We hope this list has given you some cool wedding day ideas that you can use to spice up your wedding reception with unique, unusual and fun activities for your guests. Whether you choose a wedding music band, a wedding entertainer or any other of our party entertainment ideas, we hope you have a fab wedding day and kickstart the rest of you and your partner’s lives together with a bang. Just remember, as stressful as it is planning a wedding, the most important thing is that you have the best day possible!
If you agree with us that a silent disco wedding is the best form of wedding entertainment, don’t hesitate to reach out via email or give us a call to talk about it some more. You can find more details about silent disco wedding hire packages on our equipment hire page.
Read more of our articles:
- Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Silent Disco Wedding
- How To Host a Successful Silent Disco: The Ultimate Guide
- The Best 150 Wedding Songs of All Time
- How to DJ a Party Using a Music Streaming App
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