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Top 6 Wedding Entertainment ideas for your Evening Reception

Updated on November 16, 2016

If you are planning your wedding evening reception, you might be wondering what type of entertainment to book for your whole evening and there is much more choice available that you might think! These days, putting on a variety of wedding entertainment can make your guests get involved and make your evening much more memorable. With the help of our website, we not only have a massive selection of entertainment choices suitable for your whole wedding day, but also inspiration too! This article highlights our top 6 wedding entertainment ideas for your evening reception to make things even easier when it comes to your wedding planning!

1. Wedding Band

When it comes to musical entertainment for your wedding evening reception, there is no better way to get your guests up onto the dancefloor than with the help of a live wedding band. Although our website has plenty of live bands to choose from in a plethora of categories, our wedding bands have experience at performing at wedding evening receptions. When it comes to musical choice, we highly recommend checking with a wedding band to see what they can play (which is also known as their repertoire), especially if you have a song in mind for your first dance.

Not only do these talented musicians and performers provide memorable music for your wedding evening reception – they can also make announcements for traditions such as the first dance, and cutting the cake (if you are choosing to do this in the evening). Wedding bands can be quite an expensive choice, but you can save money by getting married mid-week or in off-peak seasons!

2. Wedding DJ

If you are on a wedding budget and want to keep things manageable, but still want the right atmosphere for your guests to get up on the dancefloor, why not choose a Wedding DJ instead? Choosing a Wedding DJ also has many other benefits, including the wide selection of music they can provide since they don’t need to learn each song like a wedding band. These characters are usually quite cheeky and will banter with your guests between songs and even take requests.

Some Wedding DJ’s will also offer additional services such as starlit backdrops, colourful dance floors, lighting and much more!

3. Close-Up Magician

Now you have the musical entertainment covered for your wedding evening reception, there are many other ways you can include entertainment to get your guests mingling and help to break the ice. If you are planning a particularly big wedding reception, you will be inviting guests who have never met before and adding interactive entertainment can help ease any nerves. One of the most popular ways to achieve this is to hire a Close-Up Magician!

A Close-Up Magician is a talented magician who can either work around the room, performing to groups of guests or can work from a central location (such as a table). We recommend letting them work their magic around the room so that everyone can get involved. Performing illusions and magic tricks using a variety of small objects and of course a few volunteers, a Close-Up Magician will add a fun and dynamic element to your wedding evening reception.

4. Caricaturist

Another type of interactive wedding entertainment that works perfectly for wedding evening receptions is the Caricaturist. A Caricaturist will sketch your wedding guests (and of course yourselves!) in a comical way and within a matter of minutes. Each guest can take away their drawing as a little memento of your wedding day which is a lovely gesture and a fun way to get guests involved in the entertainment too!

Again, with this type of entertainment you can either have your Caricaturist situated in one part of the wedding venue, or they can move their easel around and mingle among your wedding guests.

5. Clowns

Don’t leave out the younger guests at your wedding evening reception! Although many younger children will be occupied by the musical entertainment you provide, some might still get a little bored and restless. Choose a children’s entertainer, such as a Clown to provide specific child-friendly entertainment and keep those little minds amused!

A clown will act mischievous and provide comedy for children which can take place in the same room as your wedding reception, or perhaps in a side-room to keep things separated.

6. Fire Performers

If you want to finish your wedding day with a dramatic performance, why not book Fire Performers for the evening? Fire Performers are stunt men and women who perform tricks with fire, including fire juggling, fire eating, dancing and much more. These talented individuals are highly trained and experienced in performing, giving you peace of mind when it comes to your wedding entertainment.

This type of entertainment works best in an outdoor environment, so make sure you have plenty of space within your wedding venue before booking.

Our website has even more entertainment ideas available for your wedding evening reception if you are looking for something a little more unusual. So, take a look at our whole entertainment directory right now at to find the perfect wedding evening reception entertainment and take the pressure off your wedding entertainment planning!

Remember that using our website not only offers you entertainment categories to narrow down your search, but also the ability to view and book acts too, with no additional or hidden costs to yourself!


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