18 Fun Wedding Entertainment Ideas That Go Beyond Dancing

From tarot card readers to drag performers.
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Mar 11, 2021

There are plenty of ways to make your wedding an unforgettable experience, from trendy decorations to interactive food service or a personalized theme. One of the best ways to leave an impact, though, is with unique wedding entertainment. As you begin to plan, dedicate time to brainstorming wedding entertainment ideas. You might want to hire another form of entertainment in addition to a live band or DJ—while music is an important component of the big day, it's not the only way to keep guests occupied. In fact, your wedding playlist is just part of the equation for a fun wedding. Live wedding entertainment can turn your ceremony or reception into a memorable experience for guests of all ages.

Remember that wedding entertainment can be a pricey addition to your budget. Talk to your S.O. about what elements are most important to you. If hosting an engaging celebration is at the top of the list, entertainment is a worthy investment. If you're searching for unique wedding entertainment ideas that'll really impress your guests, we've got you covered. From live painters to ballet dancers, these creative suggestions go far beyond dancing—and they'll make your wedding day simply unforgettable.

Tarot Card Reader

You don't have to be an astrology expert to enjoy an aura reading. When guests need a break from dancing, invite them to visit an astrologist or tarot card reader for something fun to do during your wedding reception. But beware—this fun wedding entertainment idea may result in lines longer than those at the bar.

Vegas-Inspired Performers

Bring the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip to your wedding reception with singers, dancers, acrobats or contortionists. An extravagant production is perfect for couples who want their wedding to leave a lasting impression.

Poetry Writer

Wedding entertainment doesn't have to be flashy to make an impact. Hire a poetry writer to capture your special day through poems written on the spot. Plus, custom poetry is a sentimental keepsake that'll preserve the best memories from your wedding.

Drag Performance

Liven up your wedding reception with a drag performance. You can even have your favorite queen officiate your ceremony for an unlikely surprise. We have a feeling guests will be obsessed with this unique wedding entertainment idea.

Live Painter

You'll get plenty of bang for your buck by hiring a live painter for your wedding day. It's a fun way to keep guests occupied during the reception—they'll want to watch the scene come to life on canvas while on their way to the bar or in between speeches. Plus, you'll get a custom portrait of your wedding at the end of the night.

Cultural Dancers

Incorporating your culture into your wedding day is one of the best ways to make it feel thoughtfully personalized. If you're searching for special wedding entertainment ideas, consider hiring cultural dancers. Guests will be captivated by a performance inspired by your heritage.

Interactive Champagne Servers

Champagne is one of the first things people will look for when they arrive at your wedding reception, so consider turning beverage service into an entertainment opportunity. Hire servers to creatively pass out Prosecco—it'll wow your guests from the start.

Musical Parade

You don't have to get married in New Orleans to incorporate Mardi Gras-inspired entertainment. In between the ceremony and reception, invite guests on a musical parade around your wedding venue. Your nuptials will literally be the talk of the town.

Ballet Dancers

Those with a passion for dance might enjoy a ballet performance on their wedding day. Hire a local troupe to choreograph a dance routine just for you. You can't go wrong with a classic performance either—guests will be delighted to watch a variation from Swan Lake or The Nutcracker (a perfect choice for a winter wedding).

Sparkler Exit

End your reception on a fiery note with a sparkler exit. Give every guest a sparkler to wave as you and your S.O. head off into newlywed life.

Outdoor Lawn Games

Bring the fun to your outdoor summer wedding with a variety of lawn games. Guests will appreciate having something to do during cocktail hour. Fill an open patch of grass with yard games like corn hole, Bocce ball, giant Jenga, or even a scavenger hunt for younger kids. If you're looking for an easy DIY project, create custom boards or balls with your wedding date for a personal touch.

Tea Bar

You've heard about candy bars, S'mores bars, ice cream bars and even mashed potato bars—but what about a tea bar? Give guests something warm to sip at the end of the night with a custom display of flavored tea bags.

Aerialist

Looking for a wedding entertainment idea that'll really wow your crowd? Invite an aerialist to perform during cocktail hour. Guests will hardly be able to look away as they enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Mariachi Band

No one will want to leave the dance floor with a live mariachi band. Hire a local performance group to support up-and-coming artists. It's a thoughtful way to involve the local community in your wedding day.

Caricaturist

Guests will be particularly impressed if your wedding has a caricaturist. A custom portrait is a rare wedding favor that will set your nuptials apart. Plus, it's a fun activity to enjoy in between wedding party toasts and reception games.

Doughnut Wall

Food is the best way to your guests' hearts. Keep them entertained (and well-fed) with an interactive doughnut wall at your reception. (We promise they'll keep going back for more.)

Photo Booth

Photo booths provide guests with wedding favors they'll actually cherish long after the big day. With a variety of cute props and fun backgrounds, they'll spend plenty of time in a designed photo area. Plus, if you're having a themed wedding, use your photo booth to carry out your style. We love how this retro Volkswagen fits a vintage wedding theme.

Fireworks Display

Of all the best wedding entertainment ideas, fireworks are always a crowd-pleaser. It's hard to think of something more romantic than watching a sparkling lights display with your spouse and loved ones. The more extravagant, the better—a fireworks display will captivate guests from the moment it begins.

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