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Advice and inspiration for your wedding entertainment

Welcome to June! This month on the blog, we’re focusing on wedding entertainment. You’ll be very pleased to hear that, thankfully, entertainment for your big day no longer means a cringeworthy DJ talking over all the tunes you hoped you’d never have to hear again! Today, to get things started, we’re starting right at the beginning and looking at when and where entertainment works at weddings.


Wedding entertainment: ceremony

Music really does make your wedding ceremony special in so many ways. Obviously, choosing pieces that you love makes the whole event far more personal and individual. But, beyond that, music definitely creates atmosphere and sets the tone for your day.

You’ve got the option of live or recorded music for your ceremony and live music can take many forms. Choirs and organs are most closely associated with church weddings but at civil or celebrant-led ceremonies, the world is your musical oyster. String quartets, harpists, pianists, guitarists, singers and jazz ensembles are just a few of the popular live options. Recorded music allows you to incorporate your favourite music from films or just the songs you love the most.

For your ceremony, you’ll usually need music for three moments – the processional (or music that plays as the bride walks up the aisle), the recessional (as you leave after the ceremony) and music for whilst you’re signing the register. Of course, you can include other pieces too if you’d like so just speak to whoever’s conducting your ceremony.


Wedding ceremony string orchestra. Wedding entertainment images by Amanda Karen Photography - Iscoyd Park weddingWedding ceremony acoustic guitar. Wedding entertainment images by Amanda Karen Photography - Greenwood Hotel wedding


Wedding entertainment: drinks reception and dinner

Now this is the time for fun and celebration! It’s also really lovely to have some background music playing during the drinks reception and dinner and again, you can go for live or recorded music. Go for something that really suits the style of your wedding day for maximum effect!

Now is also the time when lots of couples include other types of entertainment too. You could go for lawn games or croquet or a wandering magician, caricaturist, silhouette artist, singing waiters or even hire in bouncy castle!


wedding silhouette artist for your wedding entertainment. The Table wedding, images by Amanda Karen PhotographyGarden games for a wedding. France wedding. Images by Amanda Karen Photography


Wedding entertainment: evening reception

So this is where the party really gets going! Most couples hire either a band or DJ for their evening reception because everyone loves to dance at a wedding! You’ll probably want to choose a song for your first dance and lots of couples also choose a song for the last dance of the evening too. You can work with your band or DJ on playlists for the evening but do remember that they’re the experts so if you can, trust them to adjust the set list on the night to suit the mood of the audience.

During the evening, anything goes. From photobooths and selfie stations to casino tables, cocktail bars and firework finales, the sky really is the limit!


Selfie station for your evening wedding entertainment. Greenwoods Hotel wedding, image by Amanda Karen PhotographySelfie station for your evening wedding entertainment. Norfolk Mead Hotel wedding, image by Amanda Karen Photography


Later this month, we’re going to be looking at entertainment for children and even giving you a pre-wedding checklist for your entertainment so we’ll see you again soon.

Until next time,

Amanda x