The wedding reception is by far the most exciting part of your wedding day celebrations (after the "I Dos" of course) and it's what your guests will be looking forward to more than anything else.
Keeping your guests happy is what it's all about, and there is no better way to do it than with unique wedding entertainment that transforms an average event into an exceptional one.
Here are just some ideas to get your creative juices flowing...
Fun, fresh and unique, photo booths are an awesome way to capture all those goofy moments. Let's face it, who doesn't love squishing into a photo booth with friends and pulling all sorts of outrageous faces? This is a perfect way to entertain your guests and let them have something to remember your big day for years to come.
If you're after something a little more sophisticated, then a wine tasting (adults only) is the way to go. Set up stations around your venue and offer a selection of wines for your guests to try. Look for unusual and unique wines that your guests wouldn't have heard of, and hire an expert to share information whilst they drink.
Nothing beats a good laugh, so hire a comedian and you'll be sure to have your guests in stitches before the day is done. There are comedians out there for all occasions, but whatever you do pick one that can deliver clean comedy that isn't going to offend any of your guests. This can be tricky, but you know your family and friends best.
Cartoon artists are always a big hit for wedding entertainment. Quirky portraits of the guests and wedding party are guaranteed to get people smiling, and everyone loves to take them home and laugh at them later. Yes they're complete and utter silliness, but that's what makes them so much fun.
Belly dancers are enchanting and alluring and they usually cause quite a stir, especially among the male guests! Hiring a skilled professional dancer will provide mesmerizing and exciting entertainment that will elevate the energy of your entire event. If you're feeling particularly daring then opt for a Zeffa and have your belly dancer dramatically lead you and your hubby into the reception hall after dinner. Perfect for themed weddings with an Middle Eastern twist.
Keep your guests guessing with a magician or illusionist and deliver magical wedding entertainment that guests of all ages can enjoy. Shop around for a magician that actually pertains some mystery around his tricks, and if possible have him get the guests involved in the show and even give out a few secret tips that they can try for themselves.
It's definitely not conventional, and not all your guests will want to be pampered mid wedding, but for those that appreciate the luxury of a massage, hiring a masseuse and creating a designated 'spa room' is sure to impress. Team this with relaxation inspired goodie bag favors for your guests to take away with them and they'll know that they are loved.
Games + Activities
Games and activities are a great way to get your guests interacting with each other. Place a few choice games such as Newlywed or Scrabble on the tables for those that want to sit and mingle. If you have an outdoor space available for use why not organize a game of mini golf, bowling, croquet or even a giant jenga challenge.
Acapella is all the rage these days and it's not hard to see why. Look for a group that is flexible with their song selection and you can have them sing all your favorite tunes, as well as those requested by your guests. Acapella groups make for awesome wedding entertainment that is a welcome change from traditional wedding bands, and they certainly beat the iPod!
If you're friendly with your local theater group then why not ask them for a favor and have them perform a mini show for all your wedding guests. It's not everyday that couples put on theatrical performances just for their big day so you'll definitely make a lasting impression.
If you want to get your wedding guests up and moving, plan a dance contest! We're not talking about anything as extravagant as Dancing With The Stars, but you should notify guests a few weeks in advance so those that want to get involved can confirm their participation and prepare their contest piece. The prize doesn't need to be anything fancy, this competition is all about friendly fun with the sole purpose of getting people on the dance floor.
Add an element of mystery and intrigue to your big day by getting a fortune teller to come and entertain your wedding guests. Everyone loves to be told that they are going to be next in line to find the love of their life or that some exciting changes are on the horizon. Not only will this be superb entertainment for your guests, it will also ensure that your wedding reception was a totally unique experience for all attending.
Who doesn't like hanging out at the bar and indulging in their favorite cocktails for free? Find a mixologist who really understands the art and craft of mixing cocktails, can concoct incredible new and exotic drinks, and knows how to push the limits of classic bartending. Your guests will be in such awe that they will be glued to the bar all night.
If you are looking to host a cool, sophisticated, and unique wedding day then what could be better than a Casino Royale themed evening function. Bring all of the glitz and glamour of the casino to your event and make it one to remember. There will be something for all your guests to enjoy, from the serious poker fanatics to the easy going roulette lovers, everyone can have a flutter.
Sing Your Wish
Last but not least our personal favorite, sing your wish. After the speeches and toasts all close friends and family gather round and one by one they take the mic and sing their wishes for the newlyweds. It is advisable to give your guests a bit if a heads up to avoid embarrassment, but totally impromptu is always fun as well.
What unique wedding entertainment are you planning?
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