Are you planning your wedding and ready to choose your wedding entertainment for each part of your big day? It’s not just the entertainment for the evening reception you need to book! What will keep your guests engaged during the drinks reception when you’ve been whisked away by the photographer?

There are plenty of ideas to choose from for your drinks reception, and Entertainers Worldwide have put together this little guide for inspiration on choosing the right entertainment for your special occasion…   2013-06-02 00588

Classical guitarists

Live music always brightens up any wedding and choosing a classical guitarist can really add ambience to your drinks reception. Played in the background, the classical guitar is not too overpowering, meaning that your guests can happily chat among themselves, and of course to the new bride and groom.

Most classical guitarists will have a plethora of song choices, ranging from classical masterpieces to more modern songs played in a gentle manner. A classical guitarist is also a good choice for some music during your wedding ceremony which will mean booking one musician, and saving yourself some money at the same time!

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Harpists are a very popular choice for couples planning their upcoming wedding and it’s easy to see why when the music they produce is so atmospheric. Again, musical choices can range from classical compositions to modern pieces, and will allow guests to carry on mingling without being too loud in the background. Harp music is very romantic and makes a perfect choice for a wedding drinks reception, and again can be used throughout the wedding ceremony too. Libby & Andrew 095


For a more lively choice of music, hiring a saxophonist can provide mellow background music which sounds smooth and offers a bit more warmth and depth. Many saxophonists can play a wide variety of songs, including some classics from every era. Jazz is another alternative if you like the idea of something a little funkier and upbeat.

Musical entertainers aren’t the only ones that are perfect for weddings. Take a look at our suggestions for something that little bit different for your upcoming wedding, although these won’t be appropriate for during your ceremony too. LAP-Copyright-364-vintage

Close-up magicians

You might not have thought about hiring a magician for your drinks reception but this trend is growing increasingly popular. Close-up magicians will entertain guests and get them all involved while you are having your photographs taken, and will work around the room entertaining groups of people at once. This type of magician performs tricks and illusions using cards, coins, ropes and bank notes (which they will return after borrowing!) LD-362


Hiring a caricaturist can be a unique and amusing idea that is guaranteed to entertain your guests during your drinks reception. A good caricaturist will sketch guests in around 5 to 10 minutes, and provide them with a comedic likeness of themselves that they can keep as a memento and take home with them. The bride and groom are also sketched which makes a fun keepsake of your big day. Other guests will get curious and watch as the caricaturist works his magic! Jamie&Emma-252


This form of entertainment might not work for everyone, but hiring a lookalike can certainly provide an unusual way to entertain your guests! There are many lookalikes available to hire of famous celebrities such as Simon Cowell, James Bond and even Mr Bean! A good lookalike will act like the real celebrity and chat among your guests – the perfect ice breaker!  IMG_2158AA

Children’s entertainment

A wedding day can be quite a long event for a child to sit through so if you are having little people through your ceremony and reception, why not put on some entertainment that will keep them amused and occupied while the adults are busy talking. There are so many ideas that will entertain children ranging from face painters and balloon modellers, to clowns and children’s magicians. Putting on entertainment for your little guests will give them a day to remember and keep them from getting mischievous too! and Chris (529 of 881)

What’s important is that you choose the right entertainment to suit your wedding, and these ideas are not exhaustive. You can find many more suggestions for your drinks reception entertainment over at Entertainers Worldwide, a huge directory of entertainers that you can contact directly, with no booking fee. Happy planning!