Good entertainment is an integral part of every wedding. Your guests have taken time out of their day to celebrate you and your loved one, and you want them to enjoy every minute of it. While a delicious dinner and a bouquet toss are staples at every wedding, other entertainment options can feel overused or outdated.
If you’re looking for some fresh ideas for wedding entertainment, we’ve listed 10 unique ways that will help make your special day the most unforgettable event of the year.
Receptions can be long and boring for kids to sit through, so set up a special area where they can play to their heart’s content. Some companies offer on-site wedding nanny services, which include providing games and activities to keep children occupied.
Or, DIY your own play area in conjunction with a wedding nanny. Put up a gorgeous backdrop and add games like giant jenga, cornhole, and horseshoes, or set up an arts & crafts station where the kids can create some sweet cards for the happy couple.
To elevate the look of a play area, string up some neon LED lights to add a splash of visual interest. Add some cute rugs, tents and beanbag chairs to make it extra cozy for the kids to lounge. These pieces will make the area extra immersive and offer a fun photo op as well!
Parents are also sure to appreciate the extra time on their hands to fully enjoy your wedding.
Dancing all night is sure to work up an appetite, so keeps your guests fuelled by providing some late night snacks. Opt for familiar finger foods like french fries, chicken fingers, burger sliders, and mini tacos.
If you’re feeling extra bougie, a food truck gives your guests the option of customizing their orders.
Growing in popularity, live painters are an original way to capture a sentimental moment and mood that photographs cannot.
While live painters usually focus on painting one piece of heirloom art that is given to the couple such as their first dance, illustrators or caricature artists can provide 5-minute drawings for the rest of your attendees. It’s a humorous way for your guests to also get involved in live art.
Thrift some small frames from your local vintage store so that your guests can choose one to put their illustration in. These quick drawings will double as a great wedding favor that they can cherish forever. There’s sure to be a lineup for this cute personalized gift.
It can be hard to decipher writing sometimes, so say goodbye to pen and paper. Instead, let your guests record audio and video messages of love and well wishes. You might capture funny drunk ramblings, silly singing friends, or sweet words of wisdom from your grandma. Regardless, it’ll be a message you’ll remember forever.
Companies like After the Tone provide rentals of vintage phones of all colors to suit your wedding vibe, ship it to you directly, and send you the audio messages via digital download. You can even opt for a retro vinyl record.
If you prefer to create your own setup, you’ll only need 3 things – an iPad, a tripod, a gorgeous backdrop, and voila!
It can be a little awkward and intimidating sitting all night with a table full of strangers. We’ve all played some sort of icebreaker game like Two Truths and a Lie before, but these games often feel very superficial and often don’t naturally lead you to chat more with your fellow attendees.
TableTopics is a fun way to spark new conversations. These conversation starters cards are designed to stimulate engaging discussions and help break the ice by asking open-ended and thoughtful questions. Throw a couple cards at each table and let the conversations flow.
Aside from TableTopics, there are many similar conversation cards such as Chat Pack, The Hygge Game, or unCURATED. If you prefer to make your own cards, create some using Canva and get them printed on cardstock at your local printing shop for an easy DIY version.
While lawn games are super popular, board games are a superb alternative for venues without a yard, or smaller spaces. They’re also a great option when your guests are tired of dancing and need a quick break. Go for nostalgia with simple games like Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em robots, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Uno.
Avoid super long board games like Risk or Monopoly. If you want to put out newer games, pick ones that are easy to learn, and can be played in less than 15 minutes. Guests don’t want to sit around reading instructions, so try games Blokus, Sushi Go, and Exploding Kittens and provide a quick reference of the rules so your guests don’t need to thumb through the rulebook.
There are so many options for performances where you can incorporate your culture, favorite genre of music, or some good old choreography. If you have the time to practice, a k-pop choreography for your bride’s favorite love song might just be the perfect surprise.
Consider hired acts such as lion dancers, a Bollywood group, or a drag queen if you want to really dazzle your audience. It’s not just limited to dance choreography. Let’s say your venue has a swimming pool – synchronized swimmers are a way to surprise your guests. The sky is limitless when it comes to entertainment!
Regardless of the performer, your guests are sure to be captivated by an energetic, heartfelt performance.
Let’s be honest – we all love reading our horoscopes even if we don’t 100% believe in them. Bring some of those witchy, spiritual vibes by providing readings at your wedding, whether it be from tarot cards, palms, or charms. If you want to give your guests a completely unique experiential activity, a reading is sure to bring curiosity, excitement and laughter.