16 of the most unusual wedding entertainment ideas

Never let anyone tell you your wedding has to be unique! Your wedding should be personal, reflecting both your personalities and enjoyable for your guests. But for those of you who are looking for that little extra something to surprise everyone, here are 16 creative and unusual wedding entertainment ideas. Fire jugglers not exciting enough for you? Well then…

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There is nothing better at a wedding reception than a great band, great food and great friends. However, entertainment for weddings is now branching out beyond anything ever seen been before. Brides and grooms all over the UK are opting to have their entertainment reflect themselves, their hobbies or bring back memories from their relationship to share with guests. Entertainment ideas range from a fire show at the end of the night to bring back memories of that perfect holiday in Thailand, a football freestyler as a gift for your soccer mad fiancé or a Del Boy look-a-like to astound your ‘Only Fools and Horses’ loving family during your wedding breakfast.

Top picks – 16 of the most unusual wedding entertainment ideas

If you thought that the wedding breakfast was a tradition of wine, eat, wine, speeches, finish, then think again! Surprise entertainment for weddings completely breaks down any preconceptions of how a wedding is supposed to run and throws something unexpected into the mix.

Creative waiters for your wedding reception

For example, imagine your guests being served by a group of rather eccentric Russian waiters asking questions and getting to know you all, topping up your glasses, making sure everyone is happy (as a waiter does) then suddenly one of them appears with a guitar, another with a bunch of roses… and do my eyes deceive me, or is one of them holding a kazoo? They all begin to burst into song gesturing to your guests as they integrate their names, jobs and hobbies into popular songs, handing out roses as they serenade the tables. It can take quite a while for everyone to realise that they are not really waiters, they don’t work for the venue, and there’s a sneaky suspicion that they may not even be Russian.

Singing Waiters have been around for a while now but they have started to evolve and now range from female vintage singers to operatic sopranos, comedic howlers and even firemen shutting your wedding down due to health and safety!

Currently, one of the most popular (following a series of Doritos adverts) is ‘Surprise Mariachi Singers’! After all, Mariachi is the new Rock & Roll. There is something perfectly bizarre and wonderfully quirky about having your wedding breakfast ambushed by sombrero wearing musicians singing current pop and rock tunes in an old Mariachi band Mexican style. You can’t help but laugh and sing along at the same time!

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Magicians and caricaturists with a difference

Traditional ‘Meet and Greet’ entertainment has also moved on these days into the realms of ‘did that really just happen’? Magicians and caricaturists have become so mind-bogglingly brilliant that wands and capes are a sure fire thing of the past. Instead prepare to be wowed as you get to see yourself as a character from The Simpsons or have your private mobile number read aloud by a mind reader.

Ambient entertainers for wow factor

Ambient entertainment is also becoming hugely popular with many couples opting to wow their guests with stilt walkers, fire performers and walkabout jugglers as they arrive at the venue. It sets a fantastic tone and gets everybody in the mood for a celebration from the very first minute.

Living tables?!

Or, what better way to add that finishing touch to your wedding than having the tables dressed in fantastic costumes. Yes, costumes… because they are actually ‘Living’ Tables’ featuring a human centrepiece! Combining outstanding designs and practicality (with booze, which is always a good thing!) the tables have themes for just about any wedding, including Bollywood, 1920s vintage and of course traditional white. As your guests arrive they are greeted by a table festooned with glasses of something bubbly and a host wonderfully integrated into the centre is ready to hand them a flute and greet them inside. Another great ice breaker and a really special welcome.

Giant snow globes with dancers inside!

For those couples looking for a truly unique wedding entertainment idea, picture this scene… your drinks reception and wedding breakfast have finished, the evening guests are arriving into the reception area, and amidst the crowd there is a dome-shaped structure in the room. Whispers begin to circulate as to what this strange black object could be? Have the venue covered it up for the wedding? Why would they leave it in the room?

Questions continue whilst you mingle with your new evening guests and fill them in on your special day. Then, music begins to play and the cloth covering the dome is removed to reveal a giant snow-globe. Confetti glitter circulates within as two costumed performers begin to dance inside the confines of the globe and perform a silent love story for your guests.

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Tips for making your wedding entertainment personal and unique

Unique wedding entertainment like this is not only stunningly beautiful, but also a huge conversation piece and something none of your wedding guests will ever forget. What better way to stamp you and your partner’s personality on to your wedding than with your entertainment?

There really is something out there for everyone to make their wedding entertainment unique, whether it is big or small, cheap and chic, or large and lavish. Look at what’s out there and find what suits you… it is your wedding after all!

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In addition to these fab wedding entertainment ideas, Warble Entertainment Agency, one of the UK’s top providers of wedding band hire and entertainers for weddings, has plenty more unique acts to really get your light bulbs glowing.

Discover more unusual wedding entertainment ideas!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Claire Gould
    7 years ago

    Thanks for adding your comment, Roger. Love your name! Hehe. x

  • Definitely I do agree with you Roger……

  • Chris Peskett
    6 years ago

    Another thumbs up for a magician! I’m also a big fan of comedy waiters, have booked the same guy on three occasions for a couple of private events.

  • Matthew Stephens
    10 months ago

    I saw a welly throwing competition! Haha! It was cheap, fun and everyone having a go! It was surprisingly hard as well. 🙂

  • Mike
    9 months ago

    Great list. Some of the things we’ve seen trending here in the central California area is projection mapping, balloon animal artists for the kids…and some adults (lol), and low lying fog for a “dancing on the cloud” effect.

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