Every wedding involves lots of planning: what to wear, who to invite, what location to pick. Maybe you’re trying to keep a small-budget wedding stress-free, or maybe you’re splurging on a big, expensive event. No matter your plans, you want your friends and family to have a good time. So, what are the best ideas for wedding entertainment?
Well, that depends on who’s attending. A dessert table is great if all your friends have a sweet tooth, but not if they’re trying to lose weight. You know your friends and family best, so try to tailor the event based on what they will enjoy. To help you get started, here are some of the top wedding entertainment questions and answers.
What is good entertainment for a wedding?
Music is an easy way to keep your guests entertained, and there are lots of ways to incorporate music into your wedding. For example, you can put together a music playlist to run throughout the ceremony. For a cute couple’s activity, create a playlist with your fiance that combines both of your favorite songs. To get your guests involved during the special day, ask them to guess which one of you picked which song.
Hiring a live band is more expensive than playing pre-recorded music, but also more engaging. Some bands, like the Birmingham-based group Emerald Empire, specialize in high-quality wedding performances. These bands can easily be booked online, and their performance can be customized to suit your wedding.
Once you’ve given your guests something fun to listen to, add in something fun to watch. Fireworks are always attention-grabbing, and they make a great finale for an outdoor wedding. For a more hands-on option, give your guests sparklers to light instead.
How do you entertain wedding guests?
There are many ways to entertain friends and family at your wedding. For example, if you decide to hire a live band, you can ask the band to take requests from the audience. This keeps the music spontaneous and makes your guests feel involved. You can contact performers, like the band Blackberry Breeze, ahead of time to confirm that they take audience requests.
Photo booths are another great source of wedding entertainment. Your guests will want souvenirs from this special day, so why not give them a way to take their own photos? If you don’t want the hassle of setting up a photo booth, you can hire an extra photographer (separate from the one photographing you!) to take photos of your guests as requested.
How can I make my wedding fun?
Good food and a few drinks go a long way towards keeping people entertained. But no one can spend a whole wedding at the buffet table. Here are some unique wedding entertainment options.
- Wine tasting. Nothing says “classy” like a nice wine tasting.
- Trivia games. Pick popular topics, or find out how well your friends know you by making all the questions about you!
- Guestbook signing. Create a cute memento by setting up a guestbook where people can write notes to you.
- Karaoke. Give your musically talented friends a chance to shine!
- Stage magic. Add some magic to your wedding by hiring a stage magician.
How do you make a dry wedding fun?
Although serving alcohol at weddings is popular, it’s certainly not required. For example, instead of a cocktail bar, you can set up a “mocktail” bar. Hire a bartender for a sophisticated look, or let people experiment with mixing their own drinks.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good conversation to keep people entertained. To get your guests talking, put icebreaker questions at each table. If you want them to mingle, try an activity that gets people up and moving, like a scavenger hunt. Maybe your guests will have to find “something borrowed, something blue,” or maybe they’ll be hunting down clues that lead to a special prize.
For families with kids, plan some events that will keep their children busy. A bouncy castle is easy to set up and guaranteed to keep kids occupied. Hanging up a pinata is another option. If you’d rather do something less expensive, just put coloring books and crayons out at the kids’ tables.