8 Unique Wedding Reception Entertainment Ideas

Want to really wow your guests? Think outside-the-box when it comes to wedding entertainment! These 8 reception ideas will have your attendees talking about your wedding long after the last glass of champagne.


Cap off the night with a bonfire paired with a s’mores station. New and old friends will love sitting around the fire talking about the day’s events while sipping coffee or cocoa.



Keep guests busy during the cocktail hour with lawn games like croquet, bocce ball, cornhole, and badminton.


Fortune Tellers

Add a mystic touch to your wedding reception with a fortune teller. Partygoers will love listening to predictions read from a crystal ball, tarot cards, or their palms. Be sure to mention to the clairvoyant that you want your guests to receive only positive feedback to prevent party buzz kills.




Hire a Poet

Capture the essence of the day in lyrical form by hiring a poet to perform on site. Silvi Alcivar, who lives in California, taps words on her charming vintage typewriter on-site and, in three minutes or less, guests are given a beautiful one-of-a-kind keepsake on paper.



Tasting stations are becoming hugely popular for weddings, from whiskey to wine, craft beer to tequila. Be sure to hire a sommelier to guide your guests through each drink fleet.



Silhouette Artist

Silhouettes are a popular theme for weddings, adding a touch of whimsy on invitations, programs, and menus. But have you ever thought of hiring an artist to create them for your guests? Master scissor artist Karl Johnson of Cut Arts in Los Angeles can create charming keepsakes for your guests in under three minutes (about the time it takes to hop into a photo booth!).




For a festive touch that’s sure to generate amazing photographs, have a piñata. Fill with adult-only treats such as mini bottles of booze, lottery tickets, confetti, high-quality candy, and noisemakers (for the send-off!). If children are in attendance, give them a kid-friendly one filled with small toys and candy.


Live Event Artist

A live event artist will capture your wedding day on canvas, as it unfolds. When the night is done you will go home with an incredible keepsake of your wedding.



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  1. Posted by Susan Marie Edmonson on October 14th, 2013 at 1:05am

    Susan Marie loves the idea that you had Karl Johnson cutting silhouettes at a wedding. We had Cindi Harwood at our wedding 35 years ago, another cute idea, is to have a sand ceremony. Each couple holds a glass of sand, and they slowly pour it in a bowl, to show how they are united. Have you ever seen a groom's reception first? I did for my second wedding-- we had bagpipes and Scottish dancing! It was at Christmas and everyone wore red and green, and the invitations had real 4 leaf clovers!
  2. Posted by Mary on December 31st, 2013 at 4:11pm

    These are such great ideas for wedding receptions! I always tell my clients to think outside the box and get as creative as possible for their wedding receptions! It's the best way to create the perfect memorable reception!
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