Types Of Entertainment For Your Reception

If you want to make sure your guests will have a memorable experience, arrange a few entertainment options for them. From food stations and music to games and fireworks, here are seven ways to add a fun element to your wedding!

1. Play games

Lawn games are ideal for outdoor weddings, especially if you are planning a laid-back countryside wedding at a lavish estate which has fantastic grass surfaces. Give your guests a few options such as giant chess, life-size jenga, noughts and crosses or snakes and ladders. If you don’t have too many guests and you want to engage everyone in a fun game, why not set up a wheel of fortune! You can even organise mini contests and include games in your centrepieces to provide fun entertainment for your guests during lunch or dinner. 

2. Hire professional entertainers

If you have a little extra budget for your wedding entertainment, hiring professional entertainers is a great idea because it will make your event so unique. Hire a magician to do some tricks and amuse your guests while you are away doing your post-ceremony photo shoot. Or have a caricaturist draw each of your guests! Or perhaps you think your guests would like some dancing lessons? Bring an instructor to show them a few fun moves and get them in the mood to try out the dance floor!

3. Unique music entertainment

Think outside the box and find a music entertainment option that is unique. How about duelling pianos or a string quartet instead of a classic wedding band? You can also hire a mariachi band and ask them to go from one table to another and serenade your guests. This is also a great entertainment option for the cocktail hour. You can even hire singing waiters because they will surely add a fun element to your wedding reception. Entertain your guests with karaoke which is a great alternative to traditional music entertainment at weddings.

4. Photo booth fun

Nowadays having a photo booth at a wedding is a must, but try to add a personal element to it and give your guests even more options to make great snaps. Some of the latest trends include a DIY photo booth. Make an effort to create incredible, one-of-a-kind DIY backdrops and source lots of quirky props your guests can use. Open air photo booths are popular too, but we love unique ideas such as photo booth teepees might be very appealing to younger guests.

5. Food stations

If you are hosting your wedding in an open air space, have an ice cream or burger van parked in your reception area. It will keep your guests entertained and encourage them to mingle more. You can also set up a few DIY food stations and let your guests choose the ingredients and fill their own ice cream cones, select pancake toppings, mix hot chocolates and make tacos or sandwiches. Or go nostalgic and set up a cotton candy machine!

6. Entertaining children

If you have invited to your wedding make sure they are kept entertained too. Arrange special meals and bomboniere for kids and offer them a few fun activities. Designate a play area for them with lots of toys and crafts they can play with. If you have a spacious outdoor area, consider setting up a bouncy caste. Some adults might join in as well! You can also bring entertainers such as clowns, face painters, magicians or balloon modellers.

7. When the sun goes down

Finally, when the sun goes down and it is nearly time to say goodbye to your guests, arrange a special surprise for everyone! Take blankets outside and invite your guests for an hour of star gazing or arrange spectacular fireworks and champagne served at the terrace.

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