15 NEW ideas to shake up your wedding entertainment!

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“Nominate two people to leave your table and swap places with other banished guests.”

Um… so this isn’t your average wedding meal. Of all the wedding traditions I’ve heard, banishing guests from their comfortable seats isn’t familiar… but it’s really, really funny.

Likewise asking guests to rearrange themselves in alphabetical order – but silently.

Or nominating one person per table as the ‘queen’ of that table, and assigning relevant duties and crowns / tiaras for the rest of the evening.

These are all alternative wedding entertainment ideas I’ve come across in the last few weeks – and most are via lovely UK wedding photographer Hannah Hall. Hannah’s a member of English Wedding (which makes me very proud and a little bit fan-girly)… and her wedding photography blog is a source of fabulous wedding inspiration!

Hannah’s shared some favourite ideas for alternative wedding entertainment on her blog, and I wanted to share her tips (and pics!) with you lovely lot! So here’s an inspiring wedding photography collection of bouncy castles, roaming brass bands – a hot trend for 2023 weddings! –  basketball, pass the parcel, magicians, wedding illustrators, welly wanging, surprise sax players, beer pong and wedding pinatas for your Friday. Enjoy!Claire's signature

Alternative wedding entertainment inspiration!


1. Wedding pass the parcel! Get creative and set forfeits for your guests… dress them up, send them on secret missions… guaranteed to liven up any ‘wedding lull’ after the meal and before the evening guests arrive!

2. Welly wanging. A bit of a wedding tradition down in Somerset… and I used to know a wedding photographer who was a welly wanging champion, by the way.


3. Surprise sax players! Liven up the room with the best entertainment you can find and afford!

4. Wedding magicians can be amazing – you really do have to do your research and pick a good one, so don’t rush to book, and always try to check them out at a wedding show before you do!

5. Bouncy castles… if your wedding isn’t the perfect opportunity, then what is? (Also – loving how this one is temporarily child-free so the bridesmaids can go crazy!)

6. Roaming bands – a blast, literally! This is a roaming brass band, but there are loads of roaming wedding bands around (especially for festival-style weddings) – they play and walk, so you can have musical accompaniment as you walk from the church to the venue, or between ‘events’ on your wedding day.

7. Wedding garden games – and get creative with basketball, tug of war, and anything you can think of to go alongside the classic wedding jenga!

8. The wedding illustrator. Aaron Jones is fast becoming a legend in wedding circles and will create a work of art for you and your guests on your wedding day.

9. Wedding day pinatas, just because! (This could be an epic finale after a game of Mrs & Mrs / Mr & Mrs / Mr & Mr / Mx & Mx…)

10. If beer pong has been a key theme in your relationship, consider a wedding tournament! It’s a perfect rainy day wedding activity!

… winner.


Also on Hannah’s wedding entertainment blog:

  • an inflatable grand national
  • wedding pumpkin carving
  • inflatable dinosaurs
  • tug of war
  • silent disco

Lake District wedding photographer Hannah Hall is a member of English Wedding, available throughout the UK

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Web: https://hannahhallphotography.co.uk


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 www.byMoonandTide.com. 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.


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