35 WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT IDEAS

Your wedding day is probably the biggest party you’ve ever hosted, even if your wedding is small, you are the ones hosting it and you want your guests to have the best experience.

Wedding entertainment can be so much fun and it’s also an opportunity to show off your personalities.  What ever your interests, there’ll be something out there that you could share as entertainment on your wedding day.

Here are thirty five wedding entertainment ideas that I’ve seen at weddings…

1. FORTUNE TELLER

I must admit, this wedding has been the only wedding I’ve seen a fortune teller… but my goodness, it was soooooo fun and seeing all the guests reactions was priceless! Read more about this wedding here; A RELAXED OXFORD CITY WEDDING

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2. PHOTOBOOTH

I’d say 90% of weddings I shoot have a photo booth set up after dinner.  They are so much fun, and guests love having their photo taken with their mates – old mates and new ones they’e made at the wedding…

wedding entertainment - Photo Booth

3. CROQUET

Another very popular garden game that is always a winner in England

4. ICE-CREAM VAN

Who doesn’t love this idea!! An ice-cream van can also be used for dessert after dinner.

5. MAGICIAN

Magicians are becoming quite popular to have at weddings, they are usually hired for a couple of hours to mingle with guests after the ceremony and before dinner.

6. FANCY DRESS ON THE DANCE FLOOR

I would highly recommend this!  I’ve seen it now at so many weddings, people love a prop to act even more silly!!

7. SPARKLERS

There is something so magical about sparklers, I mean who doesn’t love playing with them anytime of the year!! For some top tips read this post; ARE YOU HAVING SPARKLERS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

8. GUESS THE BOOK (AND TAKE IT HOME)

I love this idea. The couple getting married were book worms and so this was ‘so them’ as the guests kept saying.  On each wrapped up book is a quote and the guests had guess which book was inside, then they got to take the book home.

9. EL MARIACHI BAND

Oh yes, sooo much fun! This was at a Mexican themed wedding

10. TABLE GAMES

At this wedding the couple left instructions on the tables for guests to draw a dinosaur.. almost every guest got involved as it’s easy to doodle while chatting

11. PINBALL

A retro classic.

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12. SILLY PROPS

There is something about silly props and weddings that seem to go so well together!  They encourage people to get involved, take photos of each other, and just be silly!

13. LIVE MUSIC DURING DINNER

As the guests were walking into the reception to find their seats, this is the scene they were met with… epic doesn’t even come close

14. HOOPLA

Great for adults and kids!

15. JENGA

Another popular garden game that can be played outdoors or indoors.

16. PERSONALISED GUESS WHO

I loved this idea.. the wedding couple put photos of all their guests on the game of guess who

17. NIGHT TIME MUSIC

Band or DJ, nothing like getting everyone on the dance floor.  For tips on choosing a band, read this post; Tips on choosing your wedding band from Ear Candy Oxford and for tips on filling your dance floor read this blog post; HAVING A WEDDING DISCO? MY TOP TIPS ON CREATING A BUZZING DANCE FLOOR.

Also, if you haven’t the budget for a band or dj and creating your own playlist, I can’t recommending reading this blog post first; THAT EVENT DJ – CREATE A WEDDING PLAYLIST LIKE A PRO

18. HANGOVER KITS

This went down soooo well!!!

19. EXTREME GARDEN GAMES!

Yes, this is a wedding!!! The guests had to run with wotsits and throw them at the other guests who were wearing a shower hat filled with cream!! The team with the most wotsits on their head won!

20. SACK RACE

Another way to get all your guests involved is to have a sack race

21. THROW THE BOUQUET

This tradition isn’t always done, but it is actually a really fun part of the day

22. SUPRISE CRAZY FIRST DANCE

No one would expect this kind of dancing on your wedding!!!

23. DATE NIGHT IDEAS

Always up for hearing ideas for date night.

25. BUBBLES

Giant ones are the best, and it won’t be just the kids using them!

26. TOASTING MARSHMALLOWS

This is a real cosy thing to do at a wedding, everyone snuggled around a fire chatting til early hours of the morning, toasting marshmallows

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27. TABLE OF SWEETS

This idea is always a winner

28. PUNTING

Best entertainment idea! Especially if you are getting married in Oxford! The rest of this wedding can be seen here; RELAXED WEDDING AT THE PERCH OXFORD

punting in Oxford - wedding entertainment ideas

29. TABLE FOODBALL

A table football is such an easy entertainer at a wedding, can be played in teams, or just as and when your guests fancy

30. SUPRISE DESERT

The guests loved this surprise desert and massive sparkler!

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31. GLOW STICK BAR

This is great to be used for the dance floor

31. THE SHOT BAR

Lethal entertainment!

31. SILENT DISCO

If you’ve ever experienced a silent disco you’ll know how utterly cool they are!!  This is great to bring out after hours….!

the silent disco - wedding ideas by Philippa James

32. CULTURE VULTURE

This wedding had some really great mini-entertainment ideas, this being one of them…. Culture Vulture list for guests to fill out at their tables… great conversation starters

33. SINGING

I know I bang on about this one a lot, but honestly, it’s so high on my list of: SIX WEDDING CEREMONY IDEAS YOU WOULDN’T HAVE THOUGH OF

34. ARCHARY

Another garden game that works really well at weddings

Garden games at The Maybush Tipi Wedding Venue

35. SMOKE BOMBS

Obviously great for pics, but also great to play with

wedding entertainment ideas - 35 ideas by The Oxford Wedding Blog

If I’ve missed any epic ones that you’ve seen at weddings please do get in touch and I’ll share.on this blog post.

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