70 Cool Ideas for Wedding Entertainment
I’m a wedding photographer so I get to see LOADS of Wedding Entertainment Ideas.
Based in the West Midlands but shooting weddings all over the place, (especially Shropshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire) I’ve seen it all.
I’ve seen welly wanging and space hopper races, piñata and conkers, quizzes and tug o war. You name it, the chances are I’ve seen it when it comes to unusual ‚alternative ideas for wedding entertainment.
Some of them are great for a wedding drinks reception, some for the evening, others all day long.
There are ideas which will definitely cost you money to hire, some that are pretty cheap and lots of DIY ideas.
So I thought I’d share the weird and wonderful wedding entertainment ideas I’ve seen!
If you just want to get straight to the list of ideas, here you go.
- Singing Waiters
- Brass Band
- Steel Drums
- Jukebox Guitar
- Casino Games
- Duck Herding
- Kids Party Bus
- Miniature Train
- Space Hopper Races
- Tug of War
- Sack Race
- Bouncy Castle
- Crazy Golf
- Pitch & Putt
- Hula Hoops
- Welly Wanging
- Giant Connect 4
- Giant Jenga
- Giant Kerplunk
- Giant Draughts
- Card Games
- Board Games
- Coconut Shy
- Tin Can Alley
- Hook a Duck
- Test Your Strength
- Wire Buzzer Game
- Ball in the Bucket
- Pick up Sticks
- Gone Fishing
- Noughts & Crosses
- Target Board
- Ladder Golf
- Hammer & Nail
- Biscuit Bar
- Ice Cream Cart
- Hot Chocolate Stand
- Donut Wall
- Pimp your Prosecco
- Champagne Tower
- After Eight Game
- Treasure Hunt
- Speech Bingo
- Speech Sweepstake
- I Spy
- Mr & Mrs
- Play Your Cards Right
- Blackboard Wall
- Gingerbread Man Icing
Or, if you want to browse and find out a bit more about them then they’re spilt them up into different categories:-
Music, Entertainers and Entertainment
This first section is all about wedding entertainment ideas that involve singing, dancing, music generally entertaining your guests.
I guess the most popular way to entertain your wedding guests is with a band!!
From my experience of weddings, a band is a great way to get the party started. Because you’ve got someone performing you often seem to get more people dancing more quickly.
There are absolutely loads and loads of wedding bands out there and most will have videos online for you to get an idea about how they sound.
Alive Network is a good place to start with lots of bands and singers listed. Their website lets you filter by area, type of music etc.
A few bands that I’ve seen, who all put on a brilliant show are.…
You will also find bands that will arrive earlier in the day and do an acoustic set during the drinks reception. Usually as either a solo singer with guitar or a duo.
It’s a great way of adding some more live music to the day
I’ve done a few of weddings where they’ve had singing waiters and they’re brilliant!
The one’s I’ve seen pretend to be waiters during your meal and then afterwards, they reveal their true identity and start to sing and entertain your guests.
You’ll get a set that’s about 30 minutes long and as you can see from these photos, your guests will be up and dancing!
Highly recommend Undercover Artists for this.
You’re not allowed to use religious music at a civil ceremony, which is perhaps why they tend not to include singing.
But there is no reason why you can’t get your guests to join in with a sing-a-long of your favourite song!
I’ve seen this a few times now and it’s a wonderfully joyful way of making music.
Believe it of not, the Groom at this wedding managed to have an entire brass band set up without his bride having a clue!
It was marquee wedding, with the dancefloor curtained off. So as the guests ate, the band crept in through the back of the marquee and set up (very quietly) behind the curtain.
After the meal, the band started playing and the bride didn’t know where the music was coming from, until the curtain was pulled back to reveal the band!
As wedding entertainment ideas go, a ceilidh is a fantastic way to get even the most reluctant dancer on their feet and joining in.
The music is usually traditional Scottish or Irish music played by a band, with a toe-tapping beat. There will be a caller, who will guide you through the dances and make sure everyone has fun.
In the photo above, the Bride & Groom were sat in the middle of the room with all their guests circling them and dancing in some sort of fertility ritual!
What, I hear you ask, is Marryoke??!
Let me explain.
Marryoke is lip-syncing karaoke from you and your guests, recorded on video then edited into one song afterwards.
So, you choose your favourite song, then your videographer will record your guests miming along to a line or two of the song. Afterwards, they get edited together and hey presto, you’ve got your very own wedding lip-dub video.
Music Wedding Videos are Birmingham based and are your go-to guys for marryoke!
Drinks reception music with a difference here with traditional steel drums.
They sounded amazing at this wedding at Davenport House and the Bride had a go too!
When I saw this recently at a wedding I thought what a brilliant idea.
Matt, the singer/guitarist has quite a few different packages for you to choose from if you hire him, and this one was for his ‘Jukebox Guitar’.
Basically, your guests choose his set list as he plays so it’s crowd-sourced event!
That’s all the musical ideas, now moving on to non-musical and first up is having a magician
Now we’re not talking a David Copperfield, Vegas style magic show where you need a stage and very deep pockets.
All the magicians I’ve seen do close-up magic, wandering around going from group to group of your guests and bamboozling them!
It fits in well to either the drinks reception, or in that gap between speeches and the party.
There are some wedding entertainment ideas which are great for during the drinks reception and others that are very much for the evening.
Having some casino games is one of the later.
Roulette seems to be the go to casino game for weddings although I have seen blackjack too.
Your guests are playing with ‘fun money’, often personalised for the happy couple, so no gaming licence is required!
This could be one of those wedding entertainment ideas that makes you say “Ooo, we didn’t even know that was a thing!”
These photos are of George, The Wedding Artist, who is a brilliant artist and will draw a souvenir for any of your guests who are brave enough to have their caricature done!
Yup, you read that right.
Actual ducks.… to be herded!
Definitely another wedding entertainment idea that will surprise your guests!
This was a wedding at the fab South Farm in Cambridgeshire which has lots of space for an activity like this.
The Bride & Groom had the first go followed by as many as the guests who wanted to, chasing the ducks around the field!!
Kids Party Bus
If you’ve got a wedding with quite a few children it’s always worth thinking about ways to keep them entertained.
Lots of the garden games in the next section tick this box and it’s quite common to see goody bags for the kids when they get to the table for the wedding breakfast.
But how about this as a way to really wow them, a soft play area inside a double-decker bus!!
Last one in this section and to be fair, you’ve probably got to be very specific with your venue choice if you want to have train rides!
These are from some weddings at the wonderfully eclectic Avoncroft Museum, near Bromsgrove.
As luck would have it, right next to the museum is the Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers with their miniature train layout. You can arrange with them to have a private hire of the train for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
Garden Games, Lawn Games, Funfair Games, all kinds of games!
Now we’re going to take a look at the many and varied different wedding entertainment ideas that involve games and getting active.
Things to bring out the competitive streak in them!
Space Hopper Races
I’m going to start with the more energetic games and straight out of the gates lets start with space hopper racing!
Lots of fun… if with an inherent risk of wardrobe malfunctions!
Very very simple to organise, you just need two or three space hoppers and some willing guests.
Tug of War
This is definitely one for when you’ve got competitive friends but is also very simple.
Get yourself a long rope and you’re in business!
Another one which is super simple to plan but much fun whether you’re a big kid or a little one.
Get some sacks and then READY, STEADY, GO!!!
One that you need to hire and perhaps not a competitive activity but definitely lots of fun.
As you can see there are bouncy castles purpose made for weddings and having a suit or wedding dress on is no reason not to give it a go!
Until I saw this for the first time I had absolutely no idea you could hire crazy golf for your wedding but what a brilliant idea!
This was a tipi wedding, with a blessing by the riverbank and the crazy golf seemed the perfect match for the relaxed vibe.
Pitch and Putt
If you like golf but aren’t keen on crazy golf/don’t have the space then why not set up your own hole and have a putting competition?!
When I’ve seen trampolines at weddings, they were already at the venue. But they’d be very simple to set up if you have one you can borrow and as you can see, definitely not just for kids!
Now this is something that I’ve only seen once, and the skittle lane was already there.
It’s at the wonderfully historic Fleece Inn, near Evesham. Owned by the National Trust it’s origins go back to the 15th century and has a mediaeval thatched barn for your wedding, plus an outdoor skittle alley!
Has your wedding venue got a lawn? Then what about a game of rounders to get everyone up and active after the meal?!
Another option if you’ve got some grass is to crack open a case of boules and have a game. Have to say, the folks at this wedding were definitely experienced boules players, they’d got the throwing technique off to a tee!
Croquet is something that people often already have, hidden away in an attic or garage. Or I find that quite a few venues have their own set, ready to be used.
The question is though, does anyone actually know the rules of croquet?!?
Perhaps this is one that you combine with something else, a few different things laid out on the lawn ready for use.
Some impressive hula skills here!
Wedding Welly Wanging, now that’s an alliterative tongue twister!
Did you know that Welly Wanging has ‘official’ rules?! Who knew.
Although I’ve actually seen two versions of this, as you can see. One couple used hula hoops as targets to aim for with points scored for hitting the target.
Another couple had it set up like a javelin contest with distances marked and little flags for people to use to record their throw.
Either way, very simple and lots of fun.
A couple of perennial wedding favourites here, starting with Connect 4.
There are plastic versions that garden centres seem to sell or some people make their own.
I’ve probably seen Jenga at more weddings than any other sort of entertainment but it’s popular for a reason!
A game that most people will know, not much space required and great to play as you enjoy a drink in the sunshine.
Sticking with supersized versions of family games I give you.… Kerplunk!!
This was hired from Pollyanna’s Party Hire and looked amazing. Sticking faithfully to the original concept of the game, but a giant version!
With quite a few small children in attendance at this wedding, I’m not sure if there were actually any games of draughts that made it through to the end!
These were what you might call ‘alternative’ card games, like exploding kittens.
One on every table there was lots of choice.
For a winter during the colder months this is a simple idea to entertain people indoors.
At this wedding there was a chill out area with a variety of board games dotted about.
One’s that they’d brought from home, rather than buying them specially for the wedding.
Another idea that works well when you’re guests are likely to be indoors all day.
This was another game hired from Pollyanna’s Party Hire and as you can see, there was one very happy Groomsman when he managed to hit the target!
Tin Can Alley
A game that can easily be played indoor or outdoors, it’s pretty easy to make your own version — get saving those baked bean cans!
Hook a Duck
Not just the preserve of fairgrounds for this, hook a duck is another great idea for a lawn game at your wedding.
I’ve seen this on the dancefloor a few times, usually improvised with a tie as the limbo bar and often ending up with people flat on their back!
Here we see it during the afternoon and some impressive flexing!
Test your Strength
This little section features some wedding entertainment ideas with games hired from a company called The Traditional Fairground Co. They were at a marquee wedding reception at a rugby club in Clee and had some brilliant games, like this test your strength machine.
The Bride was one of the few to make the bell ring and was rightly very pleased with herself!
Wire Buzzer Game
Next traditional fairground game idea is that fiendishly difficult game where you have to manoeuvre a hook along a wire without touching the wire, and making the bell ring.
Harder than it looks!
Ball in the Bucket
Final one from The Traditional Fairground Co is a game where you have to throw a ball in the bucket.
It sounds easy but trust me, it’s not!
Pick up Sticks
The story behind Fetestall is really nice. Aria, the woman behind the company was getting married and her Dad made some games for their wedding.
Their wedding venue liked them so much they offered to buy them afterwards which planted the seed with Aria that there was a business in the making.
Then hey presto, Fetestall was born with lots of great wedding entertainment ideas !
This is a bit like hook a duck but competitive! 4 players, each with their own rod, trying to fish the wooden pegs before their opponents do.
If you have a few games like this then you can set them up across the lawn and let your guests do a circuit.
Noughts & Crosses (Hearts & Kisses)
I liked the romantic variant on noughts & crosses by turning them into hearts and kisses, very apt!
This last one from Fetestall is another one of those games that looks simple, but isn’t.
All too easy to over cook it and have your bean bag go careering off the other side on to the grass!
I have to admit that until I photographed this particular wedding in Devon, I’d never heard of Cornhole! They had a couple of games that seemed to have been played in the family for years but both were new to me.
Cornhole involves throwing a beanbag towards a raised board with a hole in it. your opponent is throwing the opposite way and you get more points for getting it in the hole.
This is the other game that was new to me, ladder golf.
You throw your bola (two golf balls joined together with string) towards the ‘ladder’, which is a wooden frame with three rungs.
Different rungs score different amounts and there are tactics involved where you can cancel out your opponents bola!
Weddings have proven to be a voyage of discovery for when it comes to learning new games and this was another new one, called Kubb.
Which it turns out you can buy from Ikea!
The wedding was at the amazing Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Wessex.
The game involves throwing small wooden blocks at a larger wooden block called The King…I think… best go to Ikea if you want to be sure!!
Now this is something that we’ve done for our kids for birthday parties and I’m surprised I’ve not seen it a few more times at weddings. This was a wedding at The Matara Centre in the Cotswolds
Very simple to set up. So much choice of different sorts of piñata. Fill it with the sweets of your choice. Let your guests at it!
Every time I see a new idea for ways to entertain wedding guests I wonder why no one has done it before!
This was an autumn wedding, so the perfect time of year to collect the conkers and there were definitely lots of guests up for the battle!
Hammer & Nail
Take one tree stump, one hammer and lots of nails.
Then stand back and watch the sparks fly — possibly literelly!
The idea is that on your turn you get one swing of the hammer, you’re not allowed to line it up first, you just have to go for it. The aim of the game is to be the first person to hammer their nail into the tree stump.
It’s harder than you think!
Food & Drink Ideas
There are lots of interactive ways to bring food & drink into your wedding to provide both refreshments and entertainment.
Here are a few that I’ve seen
Candy/Sweet carts are really popular but how about this for a twist on the idea?
Pick your favourite biccies and away you go.
Custard Creams for me please!
Ice Cream Cart
Loads of different options for this out there.
Whether its a converted camper vans like this, traditional bike and barrow, take your pick of where your ice cream is served from, then enjoy!
Hot Chocolate Stand
I guess that an ice cream cart is more for the warmer months so how about a hot chocolate stand for when it’s cold?!
Lots of things you can give your guests to let them personalise their hot chocolate, yum yum!!
Daytime or nighttime, marshmallows are popular.
Whether it’s eaten off the end of a stick, as the two children are doing, or done the smores way and squashed between two biscuits, it’s a very sweet, sticky, sugary treat!
More sweet treats here and oh my goodness, did these donuts look tasty!
As you can see in the last photo, some of the wedding guests had to be physically restrained!!
Pimp your Prosecco
A couple of alcoholic ideas here, starting with a great way to add a little pizazz to an already popular drink.
Hand out the fizz and let your guests add their own garnish and flavour.
This was a 1920s themed wedding and these traditional champagne glasses, arranged into a tower really fitted the bill.
I can’t remember exactly how many bottles of champagne it took to fill all the glasses but trust me, it was a lot!
To finish are a few wedding entertaiment ideas that don’t really fit into any of the other categories!
A few of them are good for indoors so ideal for a winter wedding but of course would work all year around.
The After Eight Game
So you’ve played the After Eight game…right?!
You put an After Eight on your forehead and then have to get it into your mouth.…. without touching it.
It’s a recipe for much facial contortion and some very strange expressions!
If you’ve got a venue with lots of grounds to explore then why not create a treasure hunt as a way to get your guests wandering?
Throw in bags of your favourite sweets as the prize for completing it and job done!
Wedding Speech Bingo
It’s perhaps more accurate to describe this as a wedding related drinking game!
Having heard MANY wedding speeches then I could imagine any and all of these coming up.
Wedding Speech Sweepstake
This is a game that I have played many times myself as a wedding guest.
People pay to enter and have to guess how long the speeches will be. Closest answer wins the money
Here’s one that’s aimed at the little ones.
Although I’m sure you could easily turn it into a drinking game for the grown ups!
At this wedding the quiz was handed out for the guests to fill in between courses and bring back.
But I’ve also seen it done in the style of a pub quiz in the early evening after the speeches.
Mr & Mrs
I guess this is also a kind of quiz but done in a way that involved lots of audience participation.
Questions like “Who is most often late, the Bride or the Groom”.
The answers are then represented by the guests either putting their hands on their heads (if they think it’s the Groom) or their hands on their chest (if they think it’s the Bride).
Get it wrong and you’re out.
Lots of fun, very entertaining!
Play Your Cards Right
This was a variation on Mr & Mrs with questions asked about the Bride & Groom that would make you go higher or lower.
There are some very ingenious people out there!
Hiring a photobooth is very popular but you could always think about going down the DIY route.
If you do that and there are lots of kids at the wedding then maybe move the camera to a high shelf otherwise you’ll have no film left!!
Get your guests to do a bit of wedding related graffiti or leave you a creative message with this idea.
Gingerbread Man Icing
I have to say there is something rather surreal about seeing a table covered in variously decorated gingerbread men and women!
A chance to discover which of your friends have hidden talents with this wedding entertainment idea.
Having a sparkler parade is great alternative to confetti (or maybe have both)
If you’ve got sparklers left afterwards then it also gives your guests the chance to do some sparkly sky writing!
Phew, there you have it.
70 wedding entertainment ideas (I think?!) to wow your guests.
Hope it inspires you for your wedding planning!
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