Wedding reception entertainment – 10 fantastic, fun-filled ideas

Every one loves a great party, but for some reason the reception entertainment is often the least thought-out aspect of the wedding, but your guests are more likely to remember your wedding for the fun time they had, than the colour co-ordinated tablecloths that you paid extra for!

We’ve got some great ideas for a fun-filled reception, high on entertainment and easy on the budget.


If you’re going to have a relatively quiet period after the wedding breakfast has been eaten and before the DJ starts to play, a magician could be the perfect way to fill that spot.

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Wonder and amazement, courtesy of Maximilian Magic of Brighton

Kids Activity Packs

Keep the kids entertained with activity packs. They’re a fantastic way to occupy them during the speeches or other relaxed points in the day. Colouring books or sheets, sweets and small jigsaws work well. If you don’t fancy making them up yourself, you could try Not on the High Street or Etsy.

Mr & Mrs Quiz

If you didn’t do any quizzes at your bridal shower or hen party, they will work really well at the reception. You could ask a set of true or false questions about the bride and the groom, or even a table quiz as an icebreaker for your guests.

Casino, Casino

Mobile casinos, complete with fun money, are fantastic at weddings. Even guests who don’t want to play will watch with fascination! It’s best to get a couple of tables if you have a large party of guests, or you can play roulette on one and blackjack on the other.

Ice cream bikes, fish & chips vans, mobile prosecco and gin bars

A fantastic touch for Summer wedding evenings and outdoor weddings, perhaps you could go with the bars for an adults-only wedding, or have ice cream or fish & chips for a touch of nostalgia.

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An ice cream bike from Matt Benicci Ice Cream Co

Singing Waiters

Watch the surprise on your guests’ faces when the waiters burst into song! These are quite a common form of wedding entertainment, but are still very popular.

Sweetie buffets and candy carts

Tastes great, and if you still really want to be colour co-ordinated, instead of those tablecloths, choose sweeties that match your decor.

Afternoon tea

If you’re having a midday wedding and an early finish time with no evening reception, how about serving afternoon tea instead of a 3-course sit-down meal? Sandwiches and savouries, buns, scones, tarts and pastries, and pots of tea , served up on beautiful china. Sounds perfect!

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Afternoon tea print by

Caricaturists and silhouette artists

These artists are relatively rare, but provide absolutely stunning keepsakes. If you fancy something different from the run-of-the-mill, and with a bit of wow factor, this is for you.


If you’ve chosen to have an Autumn or Winter wedding when it will be dark early, a firework display is just the thing to brighten up your celebration. At a Summer wedding, you could have a display as the finale to end the night, ensuring your guests all leave with a smile on their face.

And there you have it, our 10 fantastic, fun-filled wedding reception entertainment ideas. Now you just have to decide which of them to go for.

Happy planning!


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