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100+ Wedding Entertainment Ideas to Wow Your Guests!

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Wedding Entertainment Ideas

From Giant Jenga, singing waiters and ice cream cones to an epic midnight firework display to end your night with a bang, there are countless ways to entertain your wedding guests.

When planning a wedding, it's essential to keep your guests entertained at every key moment of the day, from live wedding ceremony music, to garden games during drinks, to a rockin' wedding band that will get your wedding party swinging.

Here, we've put together over one hundred tried and tested wedding entertainment ideas that are sure to make your wedding day unforgettable.

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Wedding Bands

A wide range of wedding bands, perfect for your evening’s entertainment. From Indie, Rock & Pop to Motown, Soul and more.

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Jazz & Swing Bands

From 1920s Speakeasy to 1940s Swing; from Sinatra to contemporary pop with a twist, there's something for everyone.

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Wedding String Quartets

We represent a number of highly talented string quartets & ensembles, perfect for your wedding ceremony and drinks reception.

High end party bands

High-End Wedding Bands

Take your event to the next level with one of our all-singing and all-dancing premier party bands.

Acoustic bands for hire

Acoustic Wedding Music

Whether it's Classical, Folk, Pop or Indie you're looking for, you're certain to find the perfect acoustic band or solo performer at Bands For Hire

Wedding Harpists

Wedding Harpists

Hire one of our talented wedding harpists to add a touch of class to the proceedings; from classical to modern, to Broadway and beyond.

Wedding Pianists for hire

Wedding Pianists

We work alongside a number of experienced wedding pianists, both instrumental and with vocals; take a listen and see who strikes the right chord.

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Wedding Singers

When a live band feels a little too much for the occasion, our wedding singers offer a compact alternative to get the party on its feet.

Wedding DJs for hire

Wedding DJs

A selection of highly professional wedding DJs playing music from every genre imaginable.

Wedding Saxophonists for hire

Wedding Saxophonists

Whether it's a stylish jazz sax player or Cafe Del Mar style performer, we've got you covered.

World Music

World Music

From Cuban and Latino to Bollywood and Mariachi, we've got all bases covered. Visit our world music page to be inspired!

Ceilidh, Folk and Country bands

Ceilidh, Folk and Country

Hire one of our Ceilidh or Country bands for the ultimate barn dance experience - guaranteed to get the audience on their feet!

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Live Entertainment For Weddings

What better way to welcome your wedding guests than with some scene-setting music? Set the tone immediately as they enter with an experienced wedding musician who can vary their repertoire to cater for guests of all ages.

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Wedding Ceremony Entertainment

Popular options include a wedding harpist, string quartet or guitarist. We recommend around 20-30 minutes as guests arrive, followed by your processional and recessional music to make your ceremony even more special. Below are just a few live entertainment ideas to entertain your guests.

Olympia Ensemble
From £610
With a diverse and wide-ranging repertoire, Olympia Ensemble offer the quintessential string experience, perfectly suited for wedding...
Frances - Harpist
From £245
An extraordinary harpist with a delicate touch, Frances is sure to make a long-lasting impression. Frances graduated from the Royal...
Paco - Solo Guitarist
From £425
Paco is a professional solo wedding guitarist performing a varied mixture of popular contemporary music, classical, jazz and flamenco....
Matthew - Singer / Guitarist
From £365
Matthew is a highly talented acoustic guitar player with a soulful and bluesy voice that brings depth and emotion to his performances. A...
Alice - Saxophonist
From £425
Sassy saxophonist covering songs from the jazz age right through to today's chart-topping club hits. A lifetime of performance has led...
Liliana - Solo Violinist
From £295
Exceptionally talented solo violinist who has performed with the likes of Tom Odell, Paloma Faith & Liam Gallagher. Liliana boasts an...

Alternative Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Looking to steer your wedding entertainment away from the beaten track? At Bands For Hire, we offer a whole range of wonderfully unique wedding entertainment options to make your big day perfectly in-keeping with your personality and wedding theme.

Unique Wedding Entertainment
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Unique Wedding Entertainment

Whether it's a 1920s swing band to compliment your Art Deco theme or a steel band to bring out the Caribbean summer vibes, you'll find an array of unusual wedding entertainment ideas to keep everyone entertained.

The Gypsy Carnivals
From £880
The Gypsy Carnivals bring the sound of 1930s Paris back to life with their charming selection of gypsy jazz and modern covers. Their...
JJ & The Beatniks
From £2750 + VAT
Using wireless technology, JJ & The Beatniks are a unique acoustic band offering the ability to roam and interact with guests whilst...
Thomas - Looping Violinist
From £610
Experience the dynamic sound of violin virtuoso Thomas and his epic fusion of contemporary looping and classical composition. As a...
The Pranksters
From £1575
The Pranksters are a jump and jive 1940s swing band with exuberant spirit! A swing band like no other, The Pranksters welcome you to their unique vintage swing band,...
Mariachi Kings
From £490
A vibrant and exciting Mariachi band offering authentic South American music perfect for parties and celebrations! Expect an animated and interactive performance from...
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Fun Ideas to Entertain Your Wedding Guests

Now that your wedding reception music is on track, it's time to start brainstorming through the various other types of entertainment on offer. From face painting and a bouncy castle to keep the kids in check to a photo booth and Prosecco Drinks Van for the grown-ups.

94+ Fun Wedding Ideas

Wedding Reception Entertainment Ideas

Now's the time to let loose with some afternoon treats to entertain your guests. Below you'll find a whole selection of wedding ideas to keep everyone entertained, from Caricaturists and magicians to the timeless sweet cart - always a firm favourite with the adults in the room!

  • photo booth

    Photo Booth

    Photo booths come in many forms and are a wedding trend that's here to stay. Capture the wackiest moments of your day and leave your guests thoroughly entertained.
  • Silent Disco

    Silent Disco

    Keep the party going into the early hours with a disco that won't disturb the neighbours.
  • Singing Waiters

    Singing Waiters

    Blending nicely with the waiting staff, these highly-trained singers will leave your guests in awe as they burst into an epic rendition of Nessun Dorma.
  • Ice Cream Stall

    Ice Cream Stall

    A firm favourite with adults and children alike, ice cream cones make the perfect summer wedding treat.
  • Bouncy Castle

    Bouncy Castle

    Keep your younger guests thoroughly entertained with some active entertainment. And remember, strictly no grown-ups!
  • Firework Display

    Firework Display

    The perfect end to your big day, a firework display will provide the perfect time to stop and take in the events of the day.
  • Acoustic duos

    Acoustic duos

    An acoustic duo featuring a singer and guitarist can provide a versatile soundtrack to your wedding day that your guests will love.
  • Fire Breathers / Fire Performers

    Fire Breathers / Fire Performers

    If you're looking for some unique wedding entertainment that's sure to surprise your guests, this is a sure-fire way to turn some heads.
  • Sweet Cart

    Sweet Cart

    Give your guests a sugary high with the ever-popular vintage sweet cart. From Cola Bottles and Parma Violets to Love Hearts and Sherbet, guests won't be able to keep away.
  • Hire a Wedding Singer

    Hire a Wedding Singer

    A wedding singer can provide a package to cater for every part of your day. From guest arrival and ceremony music to the drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening entertainment.
  • Suprise First Dance

    Suprise First Dance

    Own the dance floor with a choreographed dance routine!
  • Wedding Cake Buffet

    Wedding Cake Buffet

    Allow your guests to gorge through the evening with an array of cakey treats.
  • Chocolate Fountain

    Chocolate Fountain

    The chocolate fountain has become a classic wedding entertainment idea that's firmly here to stay.
  • Gin bar

    Gin bar

    Add a pop-up Gin Bar as an alternative to your afternoon champagne reception.
  • Close-up Magician

    Close-up Magician

    A fantastic way to keep your guests entertained throughout the wedding breakfast, a table magician will interact with guests young and old.
  • Bandaoke


    A fun alternative to karaoke, your guests will have the opportunity to take centre stage as they sing along with a live band.
  • Giant Jenga

    Giant Jenga

    What better way to entertain your wedding guests than a little bit of Giant Jenga!
  • Gypsy Jazz Band

    Gypsy Jazz Band

    Add a Parisian touch to your vintage themed wedding with one of our highly-entertaining gypsy jazz bands.
  • Casino Tables

    Casino Tables

    Taking queue from corporate events, Casino tables are a fun and interactive way to get the conversation flowing.
  • Book a Wedding DJ

    Book a Wedding DJ

    Get your guests on the dance floor with classic party hits from every generation.
  • Opera Singers

    Opera Singers

    Sure to make an impression, an opera singer will guarantee a wedding day to remember.
  • Hire a Wedding Band

    Hire a Wedding Band

    Keep your guests dancing all night long with a high-energy wedding band. Performing the biggest dance floor fillers from every decade, your party will be the talk of the town for years to come.
  • Giant Connect Four

    Giant Connect Four

    A game of strategy to get the atmosphere buzzing. Both adult and kid-friendly, this will appeal to guests of all ages.
  • Sparklers


    If a firework show is a little too much for you, then sparklers could be the perfect evening entertainment idea to heat up the atmosphere.
  • Caricaturist


    A fun conversation starter providing your guests with a wedding favour they'll definitely want to keep.
  • Comedian


    Warm up the crowd with a pre-dinner comedian.
  • Ceilidh


    You don't have to have Gaelic roots to get your Ceilidh on. With an engaging caller to keep things in order, a Ceilidh is a lively start to the evening that your guests will love.
  • Fairground Rides

    Fairground Rides

    Go all out with your entertainment and bring in the fairground for some classic family fun.
  • Afternoon tea

    Afternoon tea

    Perfect for small and intimate weddings, afternoon tea is an ideal alternative to the traditional wedding breakfast.
  • DIY Cocktails

    DIY Cocktails

    Dare to let your friends and family loose at the cocktail bar for some unconventional concoctions - for a limited time only!
  • Steel Band

    Steel Band

    Add a laid back Caribean vibe to your wedding day with an authentic steel band.

Evening Wedding Entertainment

Make your evening wedding reception unforgettable with a versatile wedding DJ or live wedding band.

From indie, rock and Motown to 80s, 90s and modern, we promise to have your guests on the dance floor!

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Featured Wedding Entertainment

Browse through our popular wedding DJs and bands for 2021.

The Tricks
From £1545
Introducing The Tricks - London’s most prestigious function band, available to book for weddings, corporate functions, business awards ceremonies and more....
From £1695
An effortlessly stylish pop, soul and rhythm & blues party band. Futures are a band that focus on providing an immersive, highly energetic and rhythmically...
Soul That Swings
From £1755
Soul That Swings offer a unique combination of pop, soul and swing for an unforgettable night of dancing for all ages. Stylish, soulful...
Violet Soul
From £2070
A spectacularly soulful & vibrant party band with immense vocals, irresistible grooves and infectious rhythms to get the party started! Violet Soul are a dynamic...
Female London DJ / Percussionist
From £1000
London Dj and percussionist offering a set perfect for high-end corporate events, shows and festivals. Her on-stage presence and charisma...
Soho Soul
From £1795
An upbeat soul band from London who bring an abundance of style and charisma to the stage! Having studied in numerous music colleges in the capital, such as BIMM...