Planning a wedding is an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming. With so many details to consider, it’s easy to overlook the importance of keeping your guests entertained. After all, you want your friends and family to have a memorable and enjoyable experience.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 35 unique wedding entertainment ideas to help you create a celebration that your guests won’t soon forget. From interactive performers to DIY stations to outdoor activities, there’s something for every couple and every guest.
1. Unusual Guest Book
Guest books have typically been used to give guests something to do in the quiet moments of a wedding. Keep your guests entertained and get them to be creative with their messages with a unique guest book. Think puzzle pieces, a quilt, or even giant jenga! It will certainly be memorable for your guests, and even more memorable for you with a beautiful reminder of all the people who helped celebrate your big day.
2. Photo Booth
There’s a reason photo booths are so popular at weddings – they give your guests something fun to do with a fun memento to take home! Be sure to provide some fun props and even have a contest to see who can take the silliest pic!
3. Date Ideas Book
When the honeymoon’s over the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Ask your guests to write their name and a date idea for the newlywed couple in a book. It’s a fun alternative to a traditional guest book.
4. Mr and Mrs Quiz
See how well you really know your new spouse with an entertaining game of who’s most likely. Get your guests to ask questions while you each hold up a paddle with the name of ‘who’s most likely to’ .
5. Ice Cream Stall
One of the best ways to keep people entertained is with food, especially ice cream! Hire a pop – up ice cream cart for your wedding to let your guests choose their favourite frozen concoction. If ice cream doesn’t intrigue, you can try popcorn, fairy floss, donuts, waffles- whatever your heart desires!
6. DIY Cocktail Bar
Why not let your guests get creative and make their own cocktails? Set up a DIY cocktail bar with a selection of spirits, mixers, and garnishes. Provide recipe cards and let your guests experiment with different combinations. It’s a great way to get everyone mingling and having fun.
7. Lawn Games
For an outdoor wedding, lawn games are a perfect way to keep your guests entertained. From giant Jenga and Connect Four to croquet and bocce ball, there are plenty of options to choose from. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even set up a mini golf course!
8. Silent Disco
If you want to keep the party going late into the night, a silent disco is a unique and fun option. Guests can dance to their own beat with wireless headphones, while the rest of the room stays quiet. It’s a great way to accommodate different musical tastes and keep the party going without disturbing your neighbors.
9. Caricature Artists
Caricature artists can be a great addition to your wedding entertainment. Guests can sit for a quick portrait and take home a personalized souvenir. It’s a fun way to capture the spirit of your wedding and create a lasting memory for your guests.
10. Virtual Reality Experience
For a truly unique and memorable experience, consider incorporating virtual reality into your wedding. Guests can explore different worlds and experiences with VR headsets, from scuba diving to outer space. It’s a great way to create a buzz and get people talking about your wedding for years to come.
6. Food and Drink Pairing Stations
Set up food and drink pairing stations for your guests to try different combinations. For example, have a wine and cheese station, a whiskey and chocolate station, or a craft beer and taco station. It’s a great way to provide unique flavors and engage your guests’ taste buds.
Bring out your guests’ inner pop star with a karaoke machine. It’s a fun way to get everyone involved and singing along to their favorite tunes.
8. Interactive Performers
Hire interactive performers like magicians, comedians, or acrobats to entertain your guests during dinner or cocktail hour. They’ll keep your guests engaged and amazed.
9. Board Games and Card Games
Set up tables with classic board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, or Chess, or card games like Poker or Bridge. It’s a great way to bring out your guests’ competitive sides and keep them entertained.
10. DIY Flower Crown Station
Set up a DIY flower crown station for your guests to create their own floral headpieces. Provide flowers, wire, and instructions, and let your guests get creative. It’s a fun and whimsical activity that will make for great photo opportunities.
11. Dance Lessons
Hire a dance instructor to teach your guests how to salsa, tango, or swing dance. It’s a great way to get everyone up and moving, and it’s a useful skill that they can take home with them.
12. Photo Scavenger Hunt
Create a photo scavenger hunt for your guests to complete during the reception. Provide a list of photo challenges (e.g. “take a picture with the bride and groom”, “find something blue”) and have your guests use their phones to snap the photos. It’s a fun way to get everyone involved and document the night.
13. Paint and Sip
Set up a paint and sip station for your guests to create their own artwork. Provide canvases, paint, brushes, and wine, and let your guests unleash their inner Picasso.
End the night with a bang by having a fireworks display. It’s a spectacular way to celebrate your special day and create a lasting memory for your guests.
15. Silent Auction
Host a silent auction during the reception to raise money for a charity or cause that’s important to you. Encourage guests to bid on items like hotel stays, gift baskets, or experiences. It’s a great way to give back while having fun.
16. Live Painting
Hire a live painter to capture the magic of your wedding day on canvas. Your guests can watch as the painting unfolds throughout the reception, and you’ll have a beautiful piece of artwork to cherish forever.
17. Fortune Tellers
Add an element of mystique to your wedding by hiring fortune tellers to give readings to your guests. It’s a fun and unique way to keep your guests entertained.
18. Wine Tasting
Set up a wine tasting station for your guests to try different varietals and learn about wine pairing. Provide cheese and crackers to cleanse their palates between tastings.
19. Live Musician
Hire a live musician to perform during your ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception. Whether it’s a solo guitarist, a jazz band, or a DJ, live music will add a special touch to your wedding day.
20. Wedding Mad Libs
Create wedding-themed Mad Libs for your guests to fill out during the reception. It’s a fun and silly way to get everyone laughing and interacting with each other.
21. DIY S’mores Station
Set up a DIY s’mores station for your guests to make their own sweet treats. Provide graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows, and skewers, and let your guests toast their own marshmallows over a flame.
22. Wedding Bingo
Create custom wedding bingo cards for your guests to play during the reception. Fill in the squares with fun wedding-related phrases or inside jokes.
23. Lip Sync Battle
Challenge your guests to a lip sync battle! Set up a stage and let your guests choose their favorite songs to perform to.
24. Fire Dancers
Add some excitement to your wedding reception by hiring fire dancers to perform. It’s a visually stunning and thrilling show that your guests won’t soon forget.
25. Champagne Tower
Create a champagne tower for your guests to toast to the happy couple. It’s a luxurious and elegant way to celebrate your special day.
26. DIY Donut Wall
Set up a DIY donut wall for your guests to customize their own sweet treats. Provide plain donuts and a variety of toppings like sprinkles, glazes, and candy.
27. Escape Room
For a unique and challenging experience, set up an escape room for your guests to solve. It’s a fun way to get everyone working together and using their problem-solving skills.
28. Selfie Booth
Create a selfie booth with fun props like hats, boas, and mustaches. Encourage your guests to take silly photos and create their own photo booth memories.
29. Food Trucks
Hire food trucks to serve up delicious street food during your reception. From tacos to pizza to ice cream, there are plenty of options to choose from.
30. Henna Artists
Add a touch of tradition to your wedding by hiring henna artists to create intricate designs on your guests’ hands. It’s a beautiful and meaningful way to celebrate your special day.
31. Video Booth
Create a video booth for your guests to record messages to the happy couple. It’s a heartfelt way to capture the memories and well wishes from your loved ones.
32. Board Games Lounge
Create a cozy lounge area with comfortable seating and a selection of board games. It’s a great way to give your guests a place to relax and unwind between dancing and socializing.
33. Flash Mob
Surprise your guests with a flash mob performance during the reception. Coordinate with a dance troupe to create a fun and energetic routine.
34. DIY Flower Arrangement Station
Set up a DIY flower arrangement station for your guests to create their own floral centerpieces. Provide flowers, vases, and instruction cards.
35. Outdoor Movie Screening
Create an outdoor movie theater experience for your guests to enjoy. Set up a large screen and projector, and provide blankets and popcorn for a cozy movie night under the stars.
Your wedding day is a special and momentous occasion, and you want to ensure that your guests have a great time celebrating with you. By incorporating some of these unique wedding entertainment ideas into your celebration, you’ll keep your guests engaged and entertained throughout the day and into the night. Whether you choose to set up a DIY cocktail bar or hire fire dancers, these ideas are sure to make your wedding a truly unforgettable event.