40 Wedding Entertainment Ideas from Ceremony to Evening Reception


Congratulations if you have just got engaged!  No matter whether you are just beginning your wedding planning, or are well into the swing of things, choosing and booking your wedding entertainment should be quite high on the priority list as many acts get booked up way in advance (sometimes even years!).  Using our website, you can find plenty of inspiration and ideas for your whole wedding day, from your Ceremony through to your evening reception. Browse the huge range of musicians for hire to play during the day and live bands that you can book for the evening celebrations. And of course we have a terrific selection of singers who are delighted to take bookings for weddings.

Keep reading for 40 ideas to make your wedding day even more magical!

  1. Choose a String Quartet to play whimsical and beautiful music for during parts of your wedding ceremony, such as during the seating of the guests, walking down the aisle, signing your wedding register and finally for your recessional.
  2. If a String Quartet is a little over budget, get a very similar atmosphere and sound by booking a String Duo or String Trio instead! Or keep it simple and sophisticated and hire a solo violinist.
  3. Does your wedding venue have a piano on site? Choose a Pianist who can play during your wedding ceremony and during parts of your wedding reception too if desired.
  4. A Cellist offers a warm and rich tone to your wedding ceremony which is perfect for Autumn and Winter weddings.
  5. We love the sound of a Classical or Spanish Guitarist, so why not hire one for your wedding ceremony and keep them playing through your drinks reception too?
  6. During your drinks reception, it is always a good idea to keep guests entertained while you are whisked away for your wedding photos. Book a Close-Up Magician to break the ice and get guess mingling!
  7. If you want to provide ambient music during your wedding drinks reception, a Harpist offers a very unique and delicate sound.
  8. After your guests are seated for your wedding breakfast, why not hire a wedding caricaturist to sketch your guests and create some memories?
  9. Keep younger guests occupied at your wedding breakfast by hiring a children’s entertainer who can help keep boredom at bay! Clowns along with magicians, balloon modellers,
  10. Want the last laugh and something a bit different? Choose Comedy Waiters to infiltrate your actual waiters and cause plenty of suspicion and giggles!
  11. Balloon modellers offer an alternative type of entertainment for children that is not only quiet, but not messy too.
  12. Book a Silhouette Artist for an alternative type of artistic entertainment for your wedding breakfast or evening reception.
  13. If you love magic, why not make things even more elaborate and book a Stage Illusionist for your wedding evening reception?
  14. Want to keep your wedding guests guessing? Hire a Lookalike such as Daniel Craig to mingle with them, look like and even act like the real celebrity!
  15. If you want to keep things quite traditional, yet have more of a musical variety to dance to, hire a Wedding DJ to play songs, banter with guests and make those all-important announcements such as your first dance.
  16. Hosting an evening reception when it is dark? Why not look hire Fire Performers to add a dramatic and visual display including fire breathing, juggling and eating – take a look at all the speciality and variety acts available here?
  17. Popular with Indian weddings, and also gaining popularity in the West, Bollywood Dancers can give a beautiful dance display with colourful Indian costumes too!
  18. Prefer live music for your wedding evening reception? Book a Wedding Band who have plenty of experience in performing at weddings.
  19. You can get plenty of options if you choose a Female Singer since each one has their own sound and repertoire of music.
  20. Love everything vintage? Instead of a wedding band, why not choose something a little more niched and book a Doo Wop / Oldies Band?
  21. If your wedding is around Christmas time, create some magic and get Carol Singers to perform during any part of your wedding reception.
  22. Give your wedding a circus theme when it comes to entertainment and choose Jugglers who will perform with colourful batons and other objects.
  23. Add some dramatic musical entertainment by hiring a Big Band or Orchestra to play to all of your guests.
  24. If you love a particular band or group, why not look at finding a Tribute Band to play all of their popular hits as an alternative to wedding reception music?
  25. Prefer comedy to music? If you are having younger guests attend your wedding reception, we highly recommend choosing a Clean Stand-Up Comedian.
  26. Give your guests something a little bit different and hire a Belly Dancer to dance around tables and get guests involved too!
  27. Another popular musical choice is to book a Tribute Act if you both love a particular male or female singer/songwriter.
  28. Get everyone up dancing with the help of a fun Barn Dance or Ceilidh Band!
  29. Another perfect entertainment idea for a Christmas themed wedding is to book a Santa Claus / Father Christmas to amaze all of the younger guests at your wedding.
  30. Children’s / Kids Magicians are a great way to entertain children during your wedding reception and offers them some fun and light-hearted entertainment.
  31. Add a touch of the Caribbean for a Summer wedding with the help of a Steel Drum Band.
  32. If you want to add some visual impact during the rest of your wedding reception, look out for Acrobalance and Adagio acts who will combine acrobatics with gymnastics!
  33. Combine music and comedy with a Comedy Singer who will make everyone giggle with their fun and sometimes controversial songs.
  34. Hire a Ventriloquist to perform with puppets and put on a fun and exciting show for all of your wedding guests.
  35. Planning a traditional Greek wedding with plate smashing and other traditions? Enjoy the music of a Greek Band to really get the party started!
  36. If you are a fan of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, book a Rat Pack Show to offer sophisticated entertainment during your wedding reception.
  37. Gaining popularity, another fantastic choice of alternative wedding entertainment is to book a Dance Act and we have plenty of different types of dance act available on our website!
  38. Puppeteers are another great way to keep children from getting bored during your wedding reception and could be setup in an alternative room specifically for children too!
  39. While your wedding reception is underway, why not hire a Contortionist who will mould their bodies into shapes that seem impossible?
  40. Another alternative and sometimes controversial type of entertainment is the Mentalist or Mind Reader who will use a variety of skills such as telepathy and divination. Or why not hire a Hypnotist?

If you think that these 40 entertainment options are a lot of choice, take a look at our website where you’ll find even more ideas to give you inspiration and make your wedding day stand out from the rest.  Whether you decide to keep it traditional and book a wedding band for your evening reception, find a magician or take things down the unusual route and opt for one of our Speciality and Variety Acts, make sure you choose entertainment that suits you both as a couple!

After you have decided on the right entertainment categories for your big day, you can also check out our performers listed on our entertainment directory and read all about them.  Many of our acts upload audio, video and photo samples along with customer testimonials and reviews too!  Contacting our acts is quick, easy and absolutely FREE!  Simply click on the “Request a Quote via E-mail” button to get in direct contact with them!

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