How to Keep Your Wedding Guests Entertained

Updated: Apr 25

It can be hard to know how to keep your guests entertained during your wedding. You could leave them to just talk but having something extra can make the day much more enjoyable. Let's start with the ceremony; there's no need for entertainment during this time as the focus is on the Bride and Groom but a lovely idea I've seen at a couple of weddings is having live singers or musicians playing music whilst the bride walks down the aisle and when they exit as husband and wife. I think it adds an extra level of intimacy and makes the moment really special.

guitarist sitting on a chair playing guitar during wedding ceremony by the lake at the orangery maidstone kent
wedding singers at ceremony inside heddingham castle

The main time when having entertainment can be a great addition to the day is during the drinks reception which is usually a couple of hours long. Canapés and cocktails are usually served during this time but why not make it more fun with some games? Games for kids are a must but lots of these examples are great for adults too. Some of my favourite garden games are mini golf/ crazy golf, giant jenga, and croquet. The most popular wedding entertainment I've seen is having a magician, they're amazing, they entertain the guests and their reactions make for some incredible photos. My personal favourite is Nick Crown but there's so many great magicians so have a look around your local area. Another great idea is having a caricature artist draw your guests, this gives them a great little gift to take home and they often laugh at the result. Singers and musicians are also great for your drinks reception as they create a nice atmosphere. Bouncy castles are also great, just not after too many drinks aha.

white bouncy castle at a wedding in elmley nature reserve kent
wedding guests playing mini golf at apton hall essex
croquet sticks at pangdean barn wedding brighton
kids playing giant jenga on the grass at apton hall wedding venue
young boy playing with foam airplane at apton hall wedding
giant jenga falling on woman at pangdean barn brighton wedding venue
magician at wedding, wedding entertainment ideas
caricature artist holding up drawing at sussex wedding
guitarist and singers playing at hendall manor barns drinks reception

Next is the wedding breakfast and speeches. Usually no entertainment is needed for this part of the day as everyone is busy eating but it might be a good idea to get activity packs for the smaller children. A wedding I photographed had a quiz during their wedding breakfast which was an afternoon tea which I thought was a great idea. They had a DJ who lead the quiz, guests played on an online site where they could put their answers, they had prizes given out to the top three teams at the end.

baby girl holding colouring in book and pencils at wedding
online quiz at wedding reception in Slindon house Arundel

Finally we're at the best part of the night; the party. Now most people will have a DJ or a band which will get the party started, I think live singers are great because they can interact with the guests and create a lively atmosphere. The best band I've seen do this are called Jam Hot, they got on the dance floor, danced with guests and let the bride sing, I will remember that night for a long time. Other things you can have for the evening include a casino games, sparklers, a photo booth, a magic mirror and a glitter bar.

jam hot band at heddingham castle wedding
jersey boys band at wedding in essex
boy with big prop glasses and blow up guitar in front of magic mirror at elmley nature reserve wedding
guys in Photo Booth with silly blow up props at wedding
outdoor casino games for weddings

I hope this has given you some ideas to get started on your wedding planning!