Wedding Entertainment Ideas for your Drinks Reception

Planning a wedding can be quite a stressful experience with all of the little details to take care of.   From the wedding dress to the cake, choosing a venue and menu tasting it can be easy to overlook additional elements such as wedding entertainment.  You may have already organised your evening reception but have you thought about having entertainment for your drinks reception? Adding an element of fun or background music can really help your wedding guests settle into mingling with each other – as many of your guests might be meeting for the first time.  We’ve created this little guide to the types of entertainment that may be suitable during a wedding drinks reception:


One of the most popular choices for background music at a drinks reception is a harpist.  Not only is harp music extremely opulent but adds background music without it being too overpowering, allowing your guests to continue talking at the same time.  Harp music is very romantic and there are many classically trained harpists available to hire for your big day.  One of the benefits of having a harpist play at your wedding is that the costs can be substantially cheaper than hiring a whole band or string quartet.

Harpists for Wedding Drinks Receptions

Classical Guitarists

Live music is a relaxing addition to any wedding and can really add ambience to a drinks reception.  A classical guitarist is another perfect form of entertainment that will give gentle background music while guests chat among themselves.   Classical guitar music is very relaxing and one of the benefits of hiring a classical guitarist is that they could provide music for parts of your wedding ceremony too, fulfilling more than one requirement and saving you money!


For an unusual type of entertainment, and one that will provide life long memories of your big day, why not hire a caricaturist?  Booking a caricaturist for your wedding drinks reception will give plenty of entertainment for your guests while they are mingling and they will be able to take home their likeness as a memento.  Usually, a wedding photographer will whisk the bride and groom away for some all important intimate photographs during the drinks reception, so providing this sort of interactive entertainment can help to break the ice between guests.




Close Up Magicians

Everyone loves a magician and this is one of the reasons why they make perfect wedding entertainers.  While your guests are enjoying their pre reception drinks and chatting among themselves, it is a nice idea to put on entertainment that will get them talking.  Close up magicians provide perfect entertainment for drinks receptions as they allow other guests to continue their conversations as they work their magic! Either moving around the room, or sitting at a central location, a close-up magician will get everyone involved with amazing illusions directly under your guest’s noses commonly using cards, coins, ropes, fire (if allowed at your venue), bank notes and even sponge rabbits!   Hiring a close up magician is sure to make your wedding stand out from the crowd!

Close up Magicians for wedding drinks receptions

Close-up Magician Martin John


You probably haven’t thought about hiring a lookalike for your wedding drinks reception but they can be a fun and unique form of entertainment for your guests.  If you are a big fan of a musician, actor or sports personality, hiring a lookalike is sure to get your guests laughing and make the perfect ice breaker. Although this type of entertainment is less well known and there are fewer options available, hiring a lookalike is definitely worth considering and is guaranteed to add the fun factor to your event.


A saxophone can provide alternative background music that is a little different from the usual classical guitarist or harpist.  Hiring a saxophonist for your wedding drinks reception is more popular than you might think and many provide a list of the songs that they can play, allowing you to choose your favourites.  Saxophone music can add a relaxing, warm feel while guests mingle, or for something a little more up tempo, why not add in a bit of mellow jazz?




Entertainment for Children

If you are having children at your wedding it might be a nice idea to put on entertainment to keep them occupied.  Many couples opt to provide little activity packs for them to complete, with older children getting their own disposable camera to take some behind the scenes photos.  Children’s entertainers can add a bit of fun to any wedding and you can choose from a number of options: balloon modellersface painters, children’s / kid’s magicians, clowns and puppeteers will all amuse children during the boring parts of a wedding reception.

Face Painters for Wedding Drinks Receptions

Remember, these wedding entertainment ideas are only a guide and we have many other forms of entertainment available for you to search and contact on our website at We hope that whatever act you decide to hire for your reception will bring you plenty of fun and add a real wow factor to your big day!



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