Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas

UPDATED 10/06/2020 - Looking for a list of fresh, fun, frivolous, freaky and funky ideas on how to entertain and 'wow' your wedding guests? You've certainly come to the right place! Today we present a host of new and unusual, unique and alternative wedding entertainment ideas and options - each one is the perfect complement for a wondrous wedding reception!

Be warned... some of the suggestions are a little bit freaky. But fear not! After we take a look at all all the the weird and wonderful alternative entertainment ideas, we also bring you all  the most popular, tried and tested traditional wedding entertainment options. Each and every one is a firm favourite and can be incorporated into practically any style of wedding reception.

But first up: the weird and and wonderful!

flair mixologists

 Flair mixologists

ALTERNATIVE WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT

  • Pickpockets!
  • Comedy security!
  • Paparazzi photographers!
  • ...or even a Drag Artiste?

Drag Comedian Jet Black, via Steve Allen Ents

 Drag Comedian Jet Black, via Steve Allen Ents

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  • Funny nuns
  • Fighting knights
  • Illusionists
  • Impressionists
  • Comedy waiters

Comedy waiters via Chosen Events Agency

 Comedy waiters via Chosen Events Agency

  • Psychic
  • Fortune teller
  • Palm reader
  • Tarot card reader
  • Hypnotist
  • Face reader
  • Ventriloquist

Ventriloquist Nina Conti via Sternberg Clarke Ents

 Ventriloquist Nina Conti via Sternberg Clarke Ents

  • Contortionist
  • Shadow show
  • Silhouette cutter
  • Puppeteers
  • Clowns
  • Court jester
  • Jugglers
  • Stand-up comic
  • Mime artist

Mime artist via Scarlet Entertainment

 Mime artist via Scarlet Entertainment

  • Zorbing
  • Sack races
  • Morris dancing
  • Fancy dress dancing
  • Arcade games
  • Acrobats
  • Living sculptures
  • Live statues
  • Lookalikes
  • Ethnic or cultural dance display - belly dancers, hip hop, ballet, highland, burlesque etc
  • Ethnic drummers
  • Comic one man band
  • Mexican wrestling
  • Circus acts

  • Arcade video games
  • Chill out space with appropriate music
  • Laser light show
  • Fun fair stalls i.e. hook the duck, shooting gallery, card darts
  • Mobile bowling alley
  • Rodeo bull ride
  • Fairground rides
  • Snake charmer
  • Sword swallower
  • Fire poi display

Fire-Juggling

 Fire Poi - impressive performance art.

  • Mini golf
  • Silent disco
  • Knife/dagger/axe throwing
  • Temp tats
  • Face painters
  • Beer pong
  • Snail, hamster, duck or sheep racing
  • Treasure hunt
  • Pub style quiz
  • Bingo
  • Karaoke
  • Salsa dancing
  • Falconry
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Oversized garden games
  • Ceilidh or barn dance
  • Pipers
  • Medieval musicians
  • Barber shop quartet
  • Cigar girls
  • Sommelier
  • Tequila girls & boys
  • Flaring bartenders & mixologists
  • Oxygen bar
  • Ice bar
  • Ice cream van/cart
  • Drinks fountain
  • Tropism well
  • Pop-corn and candy floss machines
  • Pick ‘n’ mix sweet stations
  • Chocolate fountain
  • Wine tasting
  • Ice sculpture / vodka luge
  • Vodka-Luge

     Vodka Luge by In Ice Designs 

    TRADITIONAL WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT

    DRINKS RECEPTION

    During the drinks reception the bride and groom will be off having photographs and although guests will be given drinks and canapés, they tend to be left to their own devices. It's the perfect time to introduce some entertainment to keep them amused and to get them mixing and mingling together. Music always plays a part during this section of the day, often in the form of some classically trained musicians or a jazz band.

    Jazz

     Some funky jazz during the drinks reception always goes down well.

Croquet

 Croquet is another firm favourite, above at Homme House

Aside from the musical entertainment, traditional wedding entertainment might take the form of a magician or caricaturist. Both are excellent choices and perfect for entertaining wedding guests while they sip on their champagne!

Caricaturist

A caricaturist is a great ice-breaker and guests even get to keep a unique and personal memento of the day.

Wedding-Caricaturist

 George, The Wedding Caricaturist

Magician

Magicians are one of the most popular forms of additional wedding entertainment. Although most perform humourous card or coin tricks and some specialise in mind reading tricks or even theatrical pick pocket stunts. Again, a great means for breaking the ice and getting groups of guests mixing and mingling together.

Wedding Magician-Mike-Stoner

 Mike Stoner, Wedding Magician

DURING DINNER

It is certainly feasible for the entertainment to continue during dinner. Some classical background music works very well, such as a pianist or a duet, trio or quartet. Likewise, it is also possible to incorporate some alternative entertainment such as a magician roaming from table to table.

AFTER DINNER ENTERTAINMENT

Photo or Video Message Booth

A photo booth or video message booth with prop/dressing up box is one of the most popular forms of additional entertainment laid on for guests post dinner.

Photo-Video-Booth-Unlockphotobooths

 Photo/Video Booth by Unlock Photo Booths

Casino

Hiring a casino is another popular way to entertain wedding guest of all ages and will typically be incorporated into the evening entertainment, alongside the music and dancing. Popular games include roulette, black jack, dice and poker.

 Wedding-Casino-Royal-Flush
 Royal Flush Wedding Casino

Fireworks Display

Fireworks are a fantastic way to add wow factor and leave a lasting impression in the minds of your wedding guests. Depending on the budget one can choose between a professionally managed display or a simple do-it-yourself display (if you have a responsible member of the wedding party who is tee-total!). Displays typically last between five to fifteen minutes and naturally the longer they are the more expensive they are. If professionally managed, you do need to check to see they are members of the British Pyrotechnics Association.

Fireworks-Jonathans

 Fireworks by Jonathans

Children’s Entertainment

Children’s entertainment is deemed an essential part of any wedding where children make up a reasonable proportion of wedding guests. A nanny equipped with some colouring books, balloons, modelling clay, board games and even a TV with games console is great for those on a small-to-medium budget.

For those with a little more money to spend, a children’s entertainer such as a clown or face painter can enhance the day’s proceedings for younger guests and keep them amused so that they don't get restless and risk upsetting the meal for their parents and other guests.

Some Typical Wedding Entertainment Fees 2020/21

Fees for a few options at present are as follows:

  • Magicians: fees between £450-650.00 on average, for 1.5-2 hours
  • Roaming caricaturists: around £450.00 for 2 hours
  • Casinos: around £650.00 for 3 or 4 hours.
  • Children’s entertainer: from £250.00 upwards

As you can see, many of the costs are rather similar. Anyone offering their services for considerably less will likely offer a lower quality service.