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81 Unique Wedding Entertainment Ideas for 2023

While you'll be the center of attention on your big day, you can make your event more memorable with these unique wedding entertainment ideas for guests.

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Your wedding is an opportunity to go big and create a standout experience for both you and your guests. While you’ll naturally be the center of attention on your big day, you can make it memorable for everyone by keeping their enjoyment in mind.

As much as some guests may love getting down on the dance floor, others might prefer something a little more low-key. Aim to offer a variety of activities for wedding guests of all personality types. If you’re feeling stuck on where to begin, we’ve put together a list of unique wedding entertainment ideas—from music and games to performances—that your guests are sure to love.


1. Photo Booth

It’s no surprise that photo booths have quickly become a popular form of wedding entertainment. Rent or DIY a photo booth so guests can document their time on your wedding day. Don’t forget to add a styled backdrop and props!

2. Themed Piñata

For something easy, hang up a piñata and let your guests have a go at it! If traditional weddings aren’t really your thing, you could even have it replace a wedding cake by stuffing it with candy and other goodies for everyone to enjoy.

3. Dance-Off Competition


If you hired a DJ or band for your wedding, ask if they’ll emcee and organize a dance competition. Have the wedding party kick things off, then encourage your guests to join to see who has the best dance moves.

4. Glow Sticks

Everybody loves glow sticks, so crack a few to light up the evening. These simple guest handouts also make for some great photos if your reception is dimmed.

5. Selfie Sticks

Place selfie sticks on your reception tables and let your guests get creative with them. You can also create a wedding hashtag and ask them to tag you in any photos they post on social media. Your guests will have a good time with it, plus you’ll get to see all of the fun and silly moments you may have missed—it’s a win-win!

6. Bouquet Toss


When it comes to fun wedding reception ideas, we couldn’t resist mentioning a bouquet toss! Throw your bouquet and see who’s the lucky catcher. This traditional activity is one that many guests will already know, so it should be easy to get people to participate.

7. Line Dancing

Rustic weddings are a great excuse to break out the cowboy boots and start a line dance. It’s also an easy way to get your guests involved while adding to the country atmosphere.

8. Escape Room

If you’re up for the challenge, hiring an escape room for your wedding can be a great opportunity to exercise teamwork and bond your two families together.

9. Date Night Jar


Ask your guests to write down a date night idea on a slip of paper and add it to a newlywed date night jar. Alternatively, ask for their best piece of marriage advice—no matter how silly or corny it may be!

10. Face Painting

If you’re a child at heart, you’ll love this unique wedding entertainment idea. Bring out the face paint and set up a station for guests to be painted with designs like flowers, butterflies, or leopard print. If you’re particularly creative, you could make up your own designs that tie into your wedding theme.

11. Glitter Station

A glitter bar is a particularly good idea for festival-themed weddings. Set up a station for guests to add some sparkle to their faces, beards, and even eyebrows.

12. Karaoke


Bring the fun of karaoke to your wedding night for some priceless entertainment your guests are sure to remember. Just a tip—you’ll likely get a more enthusiastic response if you wait until after drinks have been served.

13. Confetti

No matter what style of wedding suits your fancy, you can’t go wrong with confetti! Make use of a confetti cannon or go a more unconventional route. You can even ditch regular confetti in favor of flower petals, leaves, or birdseed to better match your theme.

14. Talent Show

For couples who don’t enjoy the spotlight, dedicating a portion of the reception to showcasing your wedding party’s talents makes a fun alternative.

15. Furry Friends


Who says your dog can’t be a part of your wedding? If your pet is friendly and your venue approves, there’s no harm in bringing them along! Or, if you’re an animal lover but don’t have a pet of your own, you could work with a local shelter or rescue to set up and sponsor animal adoptions.

16. Choreographed Dance Routine

Sometimes guests need a little encouragement to feel confident on the dance floor. Watching someone else get out there first might be just the push they need. Break the ice by choreographing a dance routine with the wedding party to kick off your reception.

17. Couples' Mad Libs

You’ve probably heard of Mad Libs, but have you considered incorporating them into your wedding day? Make your own couples edition of Mad Libs to give guests something to do while they wait for the dancing to begin.

18. Silent Disco


Many venues have noise restrictions, which can feel like a bummer—but a silent disco is an excellent alternative to keep your guests hyped up. This twist on your average reception is sure to be hit among a variety of different personality types.

19. Puzzles

Puzzles are a simple form of entertainment that even the quietest and lowkey guests can appreciate. You can even order custom puzzles with a photo of your choice, so it’s a great excuse to show off your engagement pictures!

20. Lego Challenge

Place a small pile of legos at each reception table and see who can put together the most unique creation. It may seem strange, but a Lego challenge is an activity that children and adults alike can enjoy.

21. Slideshows


If all else fails, this is one of the most simple wedding reception entertainment ideas that’s guaranteed to make everyone smile. Set up a projector and play a slideshow of photos or videos that tell the story of your relationship.

22. Funny Presentations

No, we don’t mean like the boring presentations you used to watch in school! PowerPoint nights are all the rage right now on social media platforms like TikTok. Take advantage of this trend by challenging your wedding party to create funny slideshows to present during the reception.

23. Couples Coloring Books

Coloring doesn’t just have to be for kids! Give out adult coloring books as wedding favors and provide crayons or colored pencils at your reception tables. This isn’t your typical wedding favor, but it’s perfect for artsy guests.

24. Light Show


If you’re planning to have a DJ at your wedding, see if they offer additional services like light shows during the reception. Special lighting effects provide a unique visual experience for guests while illuminating the dance floor.

25. Awards Ceremony

Your wedding day is all about you and your partner, but what if you don’t really like being the center of attention? Hold an awards ceremony to show appreciation for all of the wonderful family and friends that helped make your special day possible.

26. Wedding Raffle

It can be difficult to find affordable wedding favors that everyone will love, especially if you’re on a budget. Instead, consider pooling the money you would have spent on favors and purchasing a bigger-ticket item instead. Then, hold a raffle to see who wins the prize!

27. Guest Props


Props don’t just have to be for photo booths. Providing props throughout the reception gives each of your guests the opportunity to express themselves in a unique way. Bonus points if you also provide selfie sticks!


28. Bonfire

Hosting a bonfire probably isn’t your first thought when it comes to wedding entertainment, but gathering everyone around the fire to chat can be a great way to end your special day. If you’re having an outdoor fall wedding, this is also a great way to keep everyone warm.

29. Fireworks

End your special day with a bang—literally—with a gorgeous firework display. Make sure to check with your venue beforehand and give your wedding photographer a heads up so they can make the most of the magical lighting.

30. Hayrides


If your wedding is taking place during the fall season, offer hayrides to guests between your ceremony and reception locations. A hayride is also the perfect entrance to kick off a fall-themed wedding affair.

31. Sparklers

Sparklers make for a great wedding send-off, but they can also be used for guest entertainment. If your venue is outdoors, pass them out throughout the evening and make sure to ask your photographer to snap some photos.

32. Bounce House

Renting out a bounce house can add a playful touch to your wedding day if your venue has an outdoor space to accommodate it. Plus, it’s a great way to keep young children occupied.

33. Outdoor Swing


A swing is a whimsical addition to incorporate into an outdoor wedding. Decorate to tie it into your theme and it’ll be the perfect place for children to gather and play. As an added bonus, it can double as a beautiful setting for your wedding portraits.

34. Boat Ride

Offering boat rides is a no-brainer for any waterfront wedding. If you want something even more extravagant, take things up a notch by hosting your reception on a yacht.

35. Petting Zoo

Having your wedding at a farm venue? Consider setting up a petting zoo to add to the barnyard theme. Your animal-loving guests, especially children, will have a great time interacting with the farm animals.

36. Horse-Drawn Carriage


Both you and your guests will feel like royalty if you incorporate a horse-drawn carriage into your wedding day. Make a statement with your entrance and then utilize the carriage to transport guests between the ceremony and reception locations.

37. Bus Tour

Planning a destination wedding? Organize a bus tour to give your wedding party and guests a chance to see the local sights.

38. Ax Throwing

While it’s probably not your typical idea of a wedding activity, ax throwing will thrill your guests and give them an adrenaline rush they’ll remember. If you’re having a Halloween-themed wedding, it’ll also tie in perfectly with the spooky vibe.


39. Casino Tables


No matter where you hold your wedding, you can bring Las Vegas to you by incorporating casino tables. Hire a casino service to offer blackjack, craps, and poker. This is an especially good option if you’re having a child-free wedding.

40. Table Trivia

Setting up wedding table trivia games is such a simple yet effective way to keep your guests entertained during dinner and beyond.

41. Guess the Guest

This one requires a bit more preparation, but we can assure you that it’ll be well worth the extra time! Ask your guests to include an interesting fact about themselves along with their RSVP that they’re comfortable sharing. Then, make a game of it on your wedding day to see who can get the most correct guesses.

42. Limbo

See how low you can go with a wedding game you can play indoors or outdoors and will be enjoyed by a variety of guests.

43. Virtual Reality

Is your venue limited on space to set up games? Hiring a virtual reality company is a great alternative that’s still enjoyable while taking up less room.

44. Couples Trivia

See which of your guests truly knows you the best—put a spin on regular trivia by including trivia questions about you and your spouse.

45. Photo Scavenger Hunt


For something that everyone from the most to least competitive can enjoy, create a photo scavenger hunt. Ask your guests to snap photos of everything from a selfie to a cute picture of the newlyweds.

46. Badminton

Another lawn game favorite perfect for an outdoor wedding, badminton is a great way to bring out your guest’s competitive sides.

47. Guess Who?

Sit down with your partner and create a list of silly or unique facts about yourselves, then combine them together in a list. On your wedding day, have your guests try to guess who each fact belongs to.

48. Ring Toss


Upcycle old wine bottles for a game of ring toss that’ll tie in perfectly with your wedding colors.

49. Charades

If charades is a go-to at your family get-togethers, why not incorporate it into your wedding? It’s a game almost everyone knows, so it’s perfect for getting everyone involved!

50. Sack Racing

Sack racing is more fun that it looks, and it ties in surprisingly well with rustic or country-themed weddings.

51. Couples Shoe Game


See how well you really know your spouse! Start by placing two chairs back-to-back. Both you and your partner should take off your shoes and swap one for the other person’s shoe. Someone will ask questions—like who’s a better singer or who made the first move—and you’ll raise the shoe of the person the question best describes. It’s a fun way to test your knowledge, and your guests will get a kick out of it too!

52. Guest Bingo

Purchase or DIY custom wedding bingo boards and play a round or two during the reception dinner. If you have an emcee, ask if they’ll take the lead on this so you and your wedding party can get in on the fun too.

53. Name That Song

Put your favorite playlist on shuffle and see who can guess the name of each song first. This is a great activity to break the ice and get even your most shy guests out on the dance floor.

54. Beer Pong


You’ve probably played beer pong before, but what about at a wedding? You can set this up on a regular table if you don’t have access to a ping pong table at your venue. Just don’t forget the red solo cups!

55. Ping Pong

Hosting a dry wedding or beer pong just not your thing? A traditional game of ping pong is a simple (and child-friendly!) option for entertaining guests.

56. Checkers

Classic checkers can make a great option for wedding entertainment, but if you want something a little more extravagant, set up a giant checkerboard to play giant checkers.

57. Cornhole


Add some southern flair with a game of cornhole! If your venue has a lawn, set up some personalized “Mr.” or “Mrs.” cornhole boards and get tossing.


58. Roast Marshmallows

Gather your guests around a bonfire or fire pit and roast marshmallows. Sitting around the fire is a guaranteed way to keep cozy and get the conversation flowing!

59. Popcorn Stand

Keep your wedding activities simple by setting up a popcorn stand paired with a photo slideshow for viewing at the reception.

60. Hot Chocolate Bar


Keep your guests warm and cozy with a self-serve hot chocolate bar. This entertainment idea may seem unconventional, but it’s the perfect way to level up a winter wedding.

61. S’mores

If your venue has an outdoor fire pit for roasting marshmallows, then making s’mores is a must! Set up a self-serve s’mores station with all of the supplies your guests need to enjoy this delicious treat.

62. Chocolate Fountain

Who doesn’t love chocolate? As simple as it may sound, you’d be surprised how much a chocolate fountain can wow guests. Serve marshmallows and fruit of your choice and use this as an excuse to skip serving dessert if you wish. Be warned, though—this is one of the more messy wedding entertainment ideas!

63. Cocktail Bar


Let guests loosen up during cocktail hour before hitting the dance floor. Frozen cocktails are the ultimate option for keeping guests cool at an outdoor summer wedding. For the kids, don’t forget to mix up some mocktails!

64. Wine Tasting

If you’re already serving wine along with the dinner courses, you have the perfect opportunity to make an event of it. Have the waiters introduce the bottles of wine and allow guests to try a sampling of each.

65. Whiskey Tasting

A whiskey tasting table is a great alternative to wine tasting or a traditional open bar. Offer a few whiskey selections in styled glasses for your guests to sample.

66. Champagne Tower


Kick off your reception with a champagne tower to signal to your guests that the fun is just beginning! Both elegant and extravagant, it’s a quick and easy way to offer drinks to everyone at once.

67. DIY Mimosas

A DIY mimosa bar is the perfect addition to take your wedding entertainment to the next level. Create a fun experience for guests by setting up a styled table with champagne, juices, and garnishes. For an extra touch, include a sugaring station.

68. Ice Cream Cart

Having an outdoor summer wedding? You can’t go wrong with an ice cream cart, which is a delicious cool-down option for a hot summer day.


69. Magician


If you want to add an extra touch of magic to your wedding, what better way to do it than by hiring a magician? A magician’s performance is one that guests both young and old can enjoy.

70. DJ

Hire a wedding DJ to help get people on the dance floor during your reception. Customize a fun wedding playlist everyone can get down to or let your guests request the songs they want to hear.

71. Live Band

If you don’t want to have a DJ at your wedding, consider hiring a local band instead. Nothing beats the experience of listening to live music, and it’s a great way to support your local musicians.

72. String Quartet


Create an enchanting and romantic atmosphere by hiring a string quartet to play during your wedding.

73. Steel Drum Band

Steel drums, or steel pans, are a type of instrument that originates from the Caribbean. This type of entertainment will give your guests a glimpse of the islands, adding the perfect touch to a beach or destination wedding.

74. Comedian

Get your guests laughing and set the tone for the reception by hiring a comedian. This is a great way to get everyone in a cheerful mood. Keep in mind you’ll want to discuss any topics that should be avoided beforehand to ensure the performance runs smoothly.

75. Harpist


Hiring a harpist is another great way to enchant guests and create a romantic atmosphere on your wedding day.

76. Live Painter

Watching an artist pour their heart and soul onto the canvas in real time will be a captivating experience for both you and your guests. Plus, you’ll come away with a piece of artwork you can cherish for a lifetime. To thank your guests in a special way, mail them mini prints of the piece after the wedding.

77. Children’s Entertainer

For child-friendly weddings, having some form of entertainment specifically for them is a thoughtful touch that will definitely be appreciated. Any parents at your wedding will be able to more thoroughly enjoy the day knowing that their children are occupied, safe, and out of trouble.

78. Caricaturist


Hire a caricature artist to sketch fun portraits of you and your guests. These can also serve as personalized wedding favors.

79. Palm Reader

The moment you say “I do” is the moment your future begins. Having a palm or tarot card reader at your wedding can be a fun way to see a glimpse of what it may hold. While this may not be on everyone’s list of things to do at a wedding, it’s an idea to consider if you want to do something different.

80. Sword Performer

Yes, sword swallowing is actually a thing! It’s a skill that originated in India around 4,000 years ago, but there aren’t many people still performing it today. If you do manage to book a sword-swallowing performance, you can be sure that no one will ever forget it.

81. Fire Performer


There’s no doubt your wedding will stand out with a fire performance. Fire artists have all kinds of tricks up their sleeves that are pretty much guaranteed to blow your guests away. Did we mention that some can even breathe fire?

When you’re choosing between wedding entertainment ideas, it’s a good idea to cater to a variety of personality types. Whether it’s a dance-off or a traditional bouquet toss, involving the people you love most is key to creating a memorable experience. At the end of the day, it’s your wedding, so you should feel free to be as simple or extravagant as you want.

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