On mentioning the words ‘wedding entertainment’, the unfortunate reality which pops into most people’s heads, is that of an image of a cheesy DJ, acting as though he’s just stepped out of a scene from Love Actually. Along with pictures of the even more terrible dancing his music receives in response, it’s not what everyone has in mind for their special day.
However, having some sort of entertainment at your wedding doesn’t have to be like another clichéd scene in a film; there are a lot of very unusual ways to keep you and your guests thoroughly entertained all day. And they’re guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Why not hire a magician for some table entertainment as your guests are having dinner? This certainly doesn’t mean that your wedding guests will feel as though they’ve been invited to a kid’s birthday party; in fact there are some incredibly impressive and sophisticated magicians available for events and they will be well adapted to charming even the most sceptical family member. From card tricks to optical illusions, there are magicians that delve into all aspects of trickery, so you can make sure that you will be getting very varied entertainment.
For weddings at which guests will also be able to enjoy spending time outdoors, hiring some giant games is a definite way of keeping people of all ages occupied. This could be the perfect answer for those couples including children at their wedding. The range of outdoor activities available is huge and depending on the style of your wedding, you might want to opt for the more traditional lawn games, such as croquet and bowls, or go for those all time favourites with a giant jenga or snakes and ladders set.
Similarly if you want to inject some fun into your big day, then inflatable games or bouncy castles will be a hit, and not just with the younger guests at the wedding. Everybody loves these activities and you’ll be surprised how many people will want to get involved, happily ditching their finest outfits to don that giant sumo suit!
Unusual wedding entertainment can be the ideal option for a lot of couples, particularly those looking to have a themed wedding. Entertainment can be tailored to suit any wedding style, but something particularly apt if your theme is fun is sourcing some fairground stalls or games for the occasion. Guests will feel as though they’ve just stepped into a theme park and there are a number of companies available that offer unique, quirky stands. Alternatively, hiring a fun casino is also a great option for those who perhaps aren’t too keen on the after-dinner dancing. Even if guests have never played any casino games before, the experienced croupiers that oversee the games will usually be happy to explain, so your whole wedding party could try their hand at gambling!
In a similar way, if you know that getting your guests up on the dance floor could take some persuasion, then couples might like to consider hiring an instructor to give a mini dance lesson to their friends. This will keep guests entertained while the bride and groom are having their photo taken, or it could be used as an ice breaker to get people into the party mood. Whether it’s family line dancing, a bit of tango or some sexy salsa skills you’d like to have a taste of, there is scope to get creative.
For wedding entertainment designed to impress, and something different from the traditional firework display, why not consider using circus acts or fire shows? These are designed to be wonderful spectacles and the amazing pyrotechnics involved are one way to ensure that your guests will be impressed.
Of course, even with all these weird and wonderful alternatives, no one can deny that having music at your wedding creates the perfect atmosphere. Instead of the obvious choice of a DJ, it is definitely worth thinking about integrating some live music into the celebrations, as this can set exactly the tone you require on your special day. To add a touch of sophistication and class, couples might enjoy having a jazz band or classical quartet or a musician to play during the meal or reception. It is worth investing some time into finding the right musical act because the variety is immense.
So, whatever you’re thinking about wowing your guests with on the big day, ensure that everyone is thoroughly entertained by trying something fun, quirky and different, could be the just the twist you need.
Sandra Thompson works for Save The Date, which produces a wedding magazine as well as hosting bi-annual wedding fairs in Derby and Nottingham. The company also maintains an East Midlands wedding directory, which includes listings for wedding entertainment in Nottingham and Derby.
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