Written by Alive Network Last updated: July 5, 2013
A British wedding is always something special, so why not celebrate in style with wedding entertainment to keep your guests entertained all afternoon and right through the night too! Even if the sun doesn’t always shine, you can easily make your special day sizzle with delightful outdoor entertainment for all your guests, before moving indoors for more fun! Here are 25 fantastic wedding entertainment ideas from the experts at Alive Network.
1. All the fun of the fair.
Give your wedding a retro setting with a village fête or country fair theme. Hire a traditional style marquee complete with peak top, be generous with the bunting and complete the look with fresh flowers. Remember the PA system for those important announcements about the forthcoming entertainment!
2. Game on!
Test your skill and judgment with traditional outdoor games such as outdoor skittles, giant snakes and ladders, jenga, and chess. Perfect for indoor fun too!
3. Super side stalls.
Set up traditional side stalls with all those fun games you loved as a child, from coconut shies to ‘ring the bell’ strength tests, ball in the bucket, cork gun ranges, knock the cans, hoopla and a ‘bran tub’ lucky dip for the kids.
4. Quick on the draw.
Who doesn’t love having their portrait done in under five minutes, especially by a skilled caricaturist who brings out the best in everyone! Fabulous to watch and every picture is a unique gift for your guests.
Add a little magic to everyone’s afternoon with a table top magician, amazing your guests with clever card tricks, cunning coin illusions and maybe an odd dove or three!
6. Isn’t that..?
Yes, you can have David Beckham, Madonna or even the Queen at your wedding! Stop your guests in their tracks with celebrity look-a-likes, who will mix and mingle.
7. Something for the kids.
Let’s be honest, weddings can be boring for kids, with those big gaps between food and the dancing! Keep the little ones laughing and enjoying themselves with professional children’s entertainers such as balloon modellers, clowns, face painters, stilt walkers and even a mob of meerkats in a mobile petting zoo. Wicked!
8. A taste of summer.
Spoil your guests with tasty treats: ice creams, candy floss, retro sweets – the choice is yours!
9. Go festival.
Stage your very own summer wedding festival, just for your guests, and bring Glastonbury or Bestival glamour to your special day! Hire a stage with a weatherproof canopy, (just in case), and make your wedding invites look like music festival passes, complete with custom-printed lanyards for a special souvenir!
10. Top performance.
Festivals aren’t just about the music, it’s the whole experience of unusual performances and street entertainers, from stilt walkers and living statues to comedy jugglers and impressive fire and glow performers, ideal as daytime slowly fades into night.
11. Outside, inside.
Just in case the British weather should prove a trifle inclement during the proceedings, choose artists and entertainment that works well inside and out, such as close-up magicians, caricaturists, celebrity look-a-likes, small format jazz bands, soloists and most children’s entertainers.
12. Sound stages for all ages.
Why have one band when you can have three! The secret here is to see what formats your evening party wedding musicians offer. A function band might offer an acoustic set, a jazz band a reduced line-up, a funk band a duo of singer and sax. And don’t forget those church singers from the wedding ceremony, who probably can belt out a fab show tune or two on request. Voilà – perfect entertainment for your sound stages!
13. Make an entrance.
It’s time for the meal and your grand entrance as newlyweds or civil partners. So, why not walk in to a regal fanfare from a troupe of trumpeters, just like Royalty. Smile and wave!
14. Service with a song.
Imagine the look of surprise on your guests’ faces as the waiter who’s been serving them all night suddenly decides he wants to sing, and then other waiters join in too! Singing waiters really can bring the house down with terrific singing and lots of laughter.
15. Sundown celebrations.
The sun is setting, your evening guests are arriving, and everyone is looking forward to a wonderful summer’s night of music, laughter and entertainment. So, let’s get the party started with guests walking into your venue past living statues, who can hand out welcome drinks. Or serve your welcome canapés from “living tables” decorated to match your theme, complete with a character performer standing in the middle to delight and amuse!
16. Make some magic.
Your wedding breakfast is the perfect opportunity for those entertainers to come inside to delight your guests. Your magician can tour the tables before the food arrives, to fill that inevitable gap between taking your seats and tucking in, as can your caricaturist.
17. Play it (again) Sam.
Create a lovely atmosphere with your cocktail pianist playing gently in the background during the meal – make sure to ask if he takes requests, the guests will really enjoy having their favourite songs played!
18. Star gazing.
When your guests have drunk, dined, danced and discussed to their fill, why not give them one last show – the night sky. Lay out some cushions and bean bags on the lawn, scatter a few laminated star maps, and let nature do the rest. And if it’s cloudy, get the DJ packing the dance floor, the cocktails flowing and your guests will be having a party of a lifetime. What more could you ask!
19. Delightful sounds.
Give your drinks reception a touch of class with the gentle sounds of a string quartet, solo guitarist, harpist, or cocktail pianist. The low music levels will also ensure people can actually talk to each other too!
20. Ready for your closeup!
Everyone loves a photo booth, so relive those teenage years - get in there, make faces and laugh at the results. The photos make great souvenirs of your wedding too.
21. Hold the front page!
Turn your guests into instant celebrities with comedy paparazzi. Skilled photographers and entertainers in disguise, these relentless news hounds create comedy chaos as they beg for ‘just one more picture’ of your guests. Long after your wedding day is over, everyone will be still chuckling as they view their celeb-style shots on an exclusive website. Smile, baby!
22. Meet Lady Luck.
Place your bets at your very own Las Vegas-style casino with slots and optional showgirls. The money may not be real, but the fun is absolutely priceless.
23. Shakin’ up a storm.
These aren’t just drinks, these are the world’s favourite cocktails created by skilled mixers with flair, style and a lot of bottle juggling. Entertaining and intoxicating at the same time!
24. Let the chocolate flow.
Who doesn’t love a chocolate fountain… gorgeous free-flowing streams of deliciousness with fresh fruit slices, nibble biscuits, marshmallows to dip, dunk and swirl. Just provide plenty of serviettes to keep those posh frocks dribble-free!
25. You want ice with that?
Ice sculptures are endlessly fascinating, a magnificent centrepiece of any evening buffet, or just as work of art of its own. The coolest art at your wedding, by far – looks amazing in pictures too!
All of the entertainment above can be booked through Alive Network Entertainment Agency. Since 1999, they have been supplying amazing fun wedding entertainment across the length and breadth of the UK with over 65,000 happy customers to date!
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