So Many Different Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas!

A wedding is a day fall of laughs, joy and celebration. It is also a chance to show off your awesome personalities. Entertainment can contribute to both of these areas. It can boost the energy of your day as well as being a ton of fun. They also act as a great ice breaker for guests who might be meeting for the first time. And with so many awesome alternative entertainment ideas out there to pick from you’re bound to find something for you. What ever your passions or interests there’ll be something out there that could take the form of entertainment on your wedding day. From a silent disco to axe throwing to a bouncy castle, the sky really is the limit. Below is a selection of some of my personal favourite alternative wedding entertainment ideas.

In order to offer you the very best range of ideas I’ve teamed up with some fellow wedding photographer buddies. Each photo has been credited to the awesome photographer who captured it.

1. Circus Entertainer

a circus entertainer juggling knives at a festival wedding

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

Hattie and Simon hired a circus entertainer for their outdoor festival wedding. He put on a thoroughly entertaining performance and got a number of guests involved. They timed his performance perfectly after the lunch to boost energy levels after a tad too much food and wine.

2. Bouncy Castle

bride and bridesmaids bouncing on a white bouncy castle at a wedding

Photo Credit: Lesley Burdett Photography

Bryony and James had a church wedding followed by a ‘Wedstival’ complete with a lakeside view, tipis, wheel barrows full of ice and booze and a Vintage Caravan Photo Booth. This shot beautifully captures Bryony (who recently had a hip replacement) enjoying herself with her crazy bridesmaids.

3. Swing Dancing Class

wedding guests taking part in a swing dancing class

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

To boost energy levels after a kickass wedding breakfast Harriet and Matt had a genius idea. A surprise Swing Dancing Class! Not only did this allow them to share their passion for dance with their guests but it also ensured an epic dance floor by getting everyone involved at the beginning.

4. Silent Disco

wedding guests partying with headphones to a silent disco

Photo Credit: Chloe Lee Photography

When it came to the evening as Leah & Rea’s wedding took place near a working farm they didn’t want to disrupt any neighbouring cattle wanting a snooze so as soon as the clock hit 11 the silent disco was announced and the party went on for hours after! It’s a great entertainment idea to consider if you’re worried about noise and neighbours but know your guests will want to party!

5. Glitter Face Painting Station

groom having his face covered in gold glitter at his wedding

Photo Credit: Chloe Lee Photography

Leah and Rea had an epic wedfest complete with glitter station AND a silent disco! Rea wasn’t so sure how the glitter would go down with guests, particularly the guys, but as you can see everyone dived face first (literally) into the glitter world!

6. Personalised Wedding Games

personalised wedding games

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

Sophie and Jem’s alternative wedding had so many awesome personalised elements that even at the end of the night I was still finding news ones. One of the coolest things they did was create a load of personalised DIY wedding games. These included ‘Spat the Sibling’ (in honour of their brothers and sisters) and a hoop game were the pegs (photo above) were made to represent close family and friends. The level of detail even captured what they were wearing on the day of the wedding.

7. Hypnotist Class

wedding guests attending a hypnotist class

Photo Credit: Chloe Lee Photography

Claire and Vince’s country fete wedding came complete with a comedy hypnotist, which was something new! There were a lot of volunteers ready to join in, including the groom, all ending up doing some crazy things. This is a great alternative entertainment idea for all guests to watch or participate in and is guaranteed a LOT of laughs!

8. Temporary Tattoos

guests applying temporary tattoos at a wedding

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

A great way for your guests to have some extra fun and get creative. Michelle and Dan placed the Temporary tattoos on the tables which their guests made full advantage of while waiting for the food. Temporary tattoos also act as a brilliant icebreaker for guests meeting for the first time.

9. Space Hoppers

bride and groom jumping around on space hoppers at their wedding

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

One of those things designed for children, yet adults seem to have more fun with. Space Hoppers should be a must for any wedding with an outdoor element. Beth and Richard sure made the most of them at their awesome wedding.

10. Wedding Garden Games

bride blind folded for her wedding garden games

Photo Credit: Paola De Paola Photography

For their wedding Ale and Eva’s friends organised some outdoor games. They were blindfolded and asked to do various tasks and of course because she couldn’t see she kept making mistakes. So it was very interesting to watch indeed.

11. Ceilidh Dance

bride and groom dancing the ceilidh at their wedding

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

If you want to guarantee a packed dance floor full of energy then a Ceilidh (a national Scottish dance) is a great choice. If you haven’t seen a Ceilidh at a wedding before, the band teach you the routines before adding the music and letting you loose. Michelle and Dan’s guests sure had a blast with it.

12. Morris Dancing

bride and groom with morris dancers

Photo Credit: Paola De Paola Photography

Lauren and David’s wedding took place in a barn in the Cotswolds. The reason why they had the Morris dancer is because David used to do it as a young boy. To begin as it was a surprise the guests where really puzzled, but then were asked to join in and they really enjoy it.

13. Axe Throwing

groom throwing axes in the garden at his wedding

Photo Credit: Chloe Lee Photography

Natasha and Matt had a super lovely relaxed back garden wedding. Matt and his dad spent a lot of their time growing up throwing axe’s in the garden so it was important to them to get their guests involved and join in with something that means a lot to them. Top tip though, make sure you keep the target away from fairy lights (oops) and make sure no one walks behind before you throw!

14. Skate Park

groom in blue suite jumping on a skate board

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

That’s right, Sophie and Jem enjoyed part of their wedding at a skate park. Skateboarding and it’s community had been a big part of their lives and so it made sense to include it in their day. Photographing Jem showing off his skills in his epic blue suit was a real treat.

15. Balloon Twister

balloon twister teaching girls how to make balloon animals at a wedding

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

Not just for kids parties a balloon twister makes for great entertainment at a wedding. At Hattie and Simon’s festival wedding the balloon twister received several interesting requests from the guests, the most of elaborate being a a monkey picking bananas from a tree in the form of a hat. He nailed it!

16. Karaoke

man and women singing karaoke at a wedding

Photo Credit: Bai & Elle Photography

Seb and Liam had a very non traditional wedding in The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. The dress code was “come as the decade you were born in” resulting in some amazing outfits! The highlight of the night was the karaoke! They both love karaoke, so it was a no-brainer to have it included on their big day! Everyone sang their hearts out and gave an epic performance, including the grooms, so it was more like watching a small gig than a karaoke session!

17. Ice Cream Van

bride being given ice cream from the ice cream van at her summer wedding

Photo Credit: Matt Badenoch Photography

Who doesn’t enjoy a lovely cool ice-cream in the summer? Michelle and Dan provide an ice-cream van for their guests and it went done a treat!

18. Wedding Cake Piñata

bride hitting a wedding cake pinata at her wedding

Photo Credit: Grace & Jaden Photography

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of wacking a Piñata you’ll know exactly how satisfying/fun it can be. It also provides great entertainment for your guests as they enjoy your attempts to connect with the Piñata while blindfolded. An added bonus is that you can have Piñatas custom made into nearly any form that matches your wedding theme.

Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas Wrap Up

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of 18 alternative wedding entertainment ideas for 2017! There are so many different types of entertainment out there from the weird to the wonderful that you’ll hopefully find the perfect fit for you and your wedding. Be it one of the above, or a type of entertainment that no one has ever tried before.

Thanks again to all the awesome wedding photographers who kindly provided their images for this post.

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