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Wedding entertainment inspiration – musical and non musical ideas

Let’s be honest, when you’re planning your wedding, you just want everyone to have a great day. If there’s one element that’s crucial in making sure this happens, it’s your entertainment. Today, I’m going to share some of my favourite ideas for wedding entertainment so you’ll be all set for your big day.


Musical wedding entertainment inspiration

When most of us think about wedding entertainment, we think about music. However, there are now SO many more options than church organs and dodgy DJs. In fact, the standard of musical entertainment is now so high, I can promise you that you’ll be blown away.

I have to say that I really love live music at weddings. There’s just something wonderful about it and gorgeous ceremony music always makes your spine tingle. Aside from the traditional string quartets, guitarists, harpists, pianists and even saxophonists are brilliant for ceremonies. I’ve also seen more choirs and soloists at wedding ceremonies of late and the atmosphere that they create is amazing.


Wedding entertainment inspiration - piano player for music - image by Amanda Karen Photography - London wedding photographer


For your drinks reception, you can totally change the feel of the day with your music. If you’re planning a very elegant wedding, string musicians really are perfect. Duos such as harp/cello are also great but I’ve got a soft spot for unplugged ensembles and even New Orleans style Dixieland jazz bands if you’d like something more laid back.

Of course, it’s in the evening when you really want to get the party started and there are now so many exceptional bands out there. Definitely take some time to listen to demos and read reviews to find a band that suits your style AND your venue. Don’t forget that bands do take up space so think about the room you’ve got before you book a sizeable band!

DJs are also absolutely ace and a great DJ will keep the dancefloor buzzing all night long. Many now also come with all the extras that you might need so it’s definitely worth investigating your options. For something a little different, how about a silent disco? Perfect if your venue has restrictions on volume or you just can’t decide what music to go for as most allow your guests to choose between a few channels. You can also be sure your guests won’t forget this in a hurry!


Non-musical wedding entertainment inspiration

Now the world really is your oyster here! Pretty much anything goes for non-musical entertainment now so if there’s something you really want to include, go for it. Giant garden games, fairground rides and even space-hopper races are great for fun whilst caricaturists and silhouette artists provide entertainment and a takeaway gift for guests too. Magicians are great for breaking the ice and getting groups talking and they can work during your drinks reception and dinner too.

And speaking of food, this can be entertaining too. Cocktail bars, mobile popcorn trucks, pizza ovens in converted camper vans and ice cream bikes and trikes all create a buzz at your wedding as well as serving up top treats for your lucky guests.


wedding entertainment inspiration - wedding ice cream cart - Amanda Karen Photography - Essex wedding photographer


Photo booths, selfie stations, personalised Snapchat Geofilters and displays of old family photos are also super popular. Whether you set up a simple backdrop or go the whole hog with props more, letting guests capture the day in their own way is always fun. Don’t forget to create your own wedding hashtag so that you can catch up on all the Insta action afterwards.

And the little ones, don’t forget them! A kid’s room with colouring books, games and activities will always catch their imaginations or you could throw them their own party with a movie night (complete with popcorn of course!). Outside activities are great if you want them all to be able to blow off some steam and treasure hunts with clues and prizes will definitely keep them busy.

As you can see, there really is a huge choice of entertainment for your wedding day but don’t cram something into every minute of the day. One of the things that makes weddings so special is that the days gives family and friends the time and space to catch up, chat, socialise and generally enjoy each other’s company. And that might just be the best entertainment that there is.

Until next time,

Amanda x