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We’ve talked extensively over the past few months about live wedding bands in their glorious diversity – pop and rock wedding bands, soul and Motown wedding bands, festival wedding bands, even vintage-inspired postmodern wedding bands – but about other forms of wedding entertainment? We’re talking wedding entertainment to make your special day unique, entertainment that’ll drop jaws and get people talking.
Here we present a selection of alternative wedding entertainment that’ll make your wedding stand out and, best of all, keep everyone entertained during those afternoon lulls. While you’ll most likely spend it in a whirlwind of hasty congratulations and meticulously posed photos, the time between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast, and then between the wedding breakfast and the speeches and the evening reception, can stretch out endlessly for guests. But what are you meant to do apart from ply them with copious amounts of wine?
Provide plenty of liquid entertainment by all means, but you could also consider hiring some unique wedding entertainment that’ll make those slower moments whizz by and bring people together in conversation at what they’ve just witnessed. Our selection of wedding entertainment acts with a difference ranges from the musical to the magical to the outright eccentric. As well as afternoon entertainers, we’ve also thrown in a few alternative wedding reception entertainment acts who’ll ensure your wedding reception isn’t just another wedding disco.
Read on to discover more about living statues, rave-inspired orchestras and the game-changing fusion of beatbox and string quartets.
Supreme Singing Waiters
Picture the stunned expressions on your guests’ faces as their waiter faceplants with a clatter of fallen cutlery… and then the shock transforming into smiles and laughter as the waiter springs to their feet and bursts into song. Supreme Singing Waiters are an audaciously entertaining double act who have been pals since their school days. This lifelong friendship shines through in their on-stage chemistry – the obvious joy they take in performing together is infectious, making them a memorable addition to your big day.
A close-up magician like Ace Magic brings more than “just” mind-bending trickery and baffling sleight of hand – the best wedding magicians are masterful entertainers with enough charm and lightning-quick wit to get even the grumpiest of guests grinning. Wedding table plans often result in guests who’ve never met being seated together; hiring a magician is a great way of breaking the ice and getting strangers chatting away like old friends.
Dance Floor Orchestra
What do you get when you combine the exquisite talents of acclaimed UK classical musicians and the maverick ambitions of two of the UK’s foremost composers and producers? Dance Floor Orchestra’s thrilling fusion of old-school rave anthems with resonant classical instruments is what! This unique combination of classical instruments and the biggest floor-fillers of all time will have you and your guests going wild on the dance floor, throwing shapes just like you did in your clubbing glory days.
Pro Freestyle Football
Football might not immediately spring to mind when you think of wedding entertainment, but Pro Freestyle Football’s spectacular display of tricks, flicks and kicks will make you think again. This exceptionally skilled football juggler is Addidas’ official freestyle footballer and even graced the 2018 Champions League final with his world-class show.
A unique and show-stopping alternative to a traditional wedding band, Block Beatbox deliver a high-energy beat-boxing performance that’ll leave your guests astounded. If you’re looking to give you wedding reception an urban edge, then be sure to check out Block Beatbox’s repertoire of massive chart, dance, house, drum & bass and hip hop tunes.
Elite Living Statues
For those in search of unusual wedding entertainment, it doesn’t come much more unusual than this. Elite Living Statues are experienced artists who have taken their fascinating show all over the world, including appearances at the Tate Modern and the International Living Statues Championship. From Hollywood and Winter Wonderland to Scientist and Steam Punk, Elite Living Statues offer a range of costumes to suit your wedding, whatever your theme. Your guests are in for a real surprise when that seemingly innocuous statue springs to life!
Bring your afternoon drinks reception to life with Elite Living Statues!
Drum N Brass
Move over marching bands, there’s a new brass band in town! These Brummie buskers turned brass band phenomenon are building up a big reputation with their huge brass sound built from bassy tubas, dirty sax and brazen trumpets. Reinterpreting reggae, rock, pop and hip hop classics in a bolshy New Orleans brass band style, Drum N Brass never fail to get a dance floor bouncing.
The summery sounds of steel pan drums are the perfect complement to canapes and cocktails during your afternoon reception and there aren’t many more talented players out there than Steel Vibes. Experienced, award-winning and trained to degree level, Steel Vibes’ vibrant performance elevates the atmosphere wherever he performs. His varied repertoire includes reggae, as well as soul, funk, rock and electronic favourites.
Blending the serenity of string musicians with the percussive cool of one of the UK’s best beatboxers, String Box are a contemporary twist on the traditional string quartet. String Box’s bespoke arrangements of the biggest modern chart toppers bring a cool yet classy vibe to your wedding day. Of course, being exceptionally accomplished classical musicians, the String Box players can also play all the traditional wedding favourites like Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.
Speedy Steve – Caricaturist
An ever-popular style of alternative wedding entertainment is the wedding caricaturist, and Speedy Steve is amongst the UK’s best. As well as his lightning-fast sketching skills, Speedy Steve is an engaging and charismatic personality who puts people at ease and captures their best side on the canvas. Hiring a caricaturist like Speedy Steve will keep guests of all ages entertained and leave them with a unique memento of your wedding day.
How To Hire The Best Alternative Wedding Entertainment
We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey into the sheer diversity of wedding enterainment available to you. If you’ve been impressed by any of the acts listed, or you’d like to view more alternative wedding entertainment, then be sure to visit Entertainment Nation. The team over at Entertainment Nation are available from 10am til 10pm, 7 days a week to answer all your questions and help you find the wedding entertainment to add that little extra something to your special day.