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11 Entertaining Ideas For Your Guests

Bride and Groom enjoying themselves with their guests

Bring your wedding day to life and treat your guests to the ultimate experience at your chosen venue with these 11 entertaining ideas.

1. Bespoke Bubbles 

First on our list of 11 entertaining ideas, is to create a warm welcome with a personalised, statement-making champagne wall. This is an impressive addition and allows your guests to grab a glass of fizz and start mingling.

Entertaining Idea 1 - Champagne Wall
Champagne wall by Champagne Memories

2. Shaken Not Stirred

If you are planning on serving a signature cocktail or two at your wedding why not make it entertaining with a mixologist onsite adding a bit of theatrical flair to your drinks reception or how about an after dinner Espresso Martini Bar as catered by Foxglove Cocktail Co. for Caoimhe and Andrew’s wedding in Inishbeg, Co. Cork.

Entertaining Idea 2 - Cocktail Making
Image courtesy of Foxglove Cocktail Co.


3. A Touch of Magic

Add some fun and excitement at your reception with acts such as award-winning mentalist and mind-reader Shane Black. This magical additions provide a great ice breaker for guests who don’t know each other. 

Entertaining Idea 3 - Magician
Image courtesy of Shane Black

4. Bring The Drama

If budget allows, why not add some drama and get the party started at your evening reception with a dramatic musical performance by an act such as The Hit Machine Drummers. 

Entertaining Idea 4 - Drummers
The Hit Machine Drummers

5. Artful Addition

Another entertaining ice breaker, hiring a caricaturist, such as Niall O’Loughlin from will also leave your guests with a cherished memento of your special day. 

Entertaining Idea 5 - Artist
Image courtesy of

6. Fun & Games

Wedding games are a great way to encourage interaction, especially if you are having a two day celebration. From traditional lawn games such as crochet or boules or table games like Jenga and Connect Four, guests of all ages will be suitable entertained.

Entertaining Idea 6 - Outdoor Games
Mandalay Weddings & Events have a selection of lawn games for hire

7. For The Kids

Perfect for children attending your wedding, you can download colouring mats for their place-settings or create a kids station with colouring books and pens to keep them entertained throughout the reception. Also don’t underestimate the entertainment provides by some bubbles!

Entertaining Idea 7 - Colouring Mats for Kids
Downloadable Wedding Kids Activity Colouring Mat

8. Sweet Treats

Providing a decorative addition to your reception as well as offering a sweet treats for guests of all ages, a candy cart is definitely worth the indulgence! 

Entertaining Idea 8 - Sweet Trolley

9. A Big Hit

Another way to offer your wedding guests a sugar hit is with a wedding day piñata! If you are hosting an outdoor celebration in a woodland setting, you could hang a few from the trees – just check this is permitted by your wedding venue in advance.

Entertaining Idea 9 - Piñata
Heart Piñata, £20, Etsy

10. Say Cheese!

A photo booth is always a real hit at a wedding reception and can be customised to suit the style of your wedding day. As Amy Titmus from Retrosight Photography comments, ‘What I love about my booth is customising the backdrop to suit each wedding, so that it adds to the aesthetic and décor that couples and venues work hard to create. It’s very satisfying to see it tie in beautifully! Then of course there’s the classic photo strip mementos that guests take home, again designed carefully to tie in with the style of the wedding.’

Entertaining Idea 10 - Photo Booth
The Good Times Photo Booth from Retrosight Photography

11. Light Up

Who doesn’t love a firework display? Treating guests to this experience – if possible at your venue – will provide a show-stopping finale to your celebrations. If fireworks blow the budget, then consider a sparkler send-off! 

Entertaining Idea 11 - Fireworks

Featured Image: Photo by KEREM KSLR

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