It doesn't all have to be table magicians and cariacture artists - this article is full of unique and unusual wedding entertainment ideas to get your brain cells whirring.
For some it may be hard to remember, but with great confidence we can reveal that all of us were children once! So, what better way to celebrate your wedding than acting like a big kid again and investing in one or more of the following unusual wedding entertainment activities. With something for both the young, and the young at heart, there's bound to be something that takes your fancy. So without further ado, put that comic down, turn off the kids TV, take the sweets out of your mouth, and get reading!
Typically seen at garden fetes and children’s birthday parties, inflatables can also make fantastic additions to a wedding, and will help to keep all of your outgoing and active guest’s happy for hours - regardless of their age.
We are all familair with bouncy castles that can be readily hired from outlets across the country, but there are also a huge range of alternative inflatables that are available. Inflatable obstacle courses, bungee runs (an inflataed platform where your guests compete to see how far they can run attached to bungee rope - fun to do, even funnier to watch!), inflatable sumo wrestling outfits and oversized boxing gloves are just some of the options available. Business across the UK hire items such as these out on a daily basis, and most can be acquired for the full day for just a handful of notes. One word of warning - make sure you have advised the venue in advance of your plans and have sufficent room - as you may have guessed, inflatables can take up a lot of room!
If you are planning to get hold of some inflatables for the day, it may well be worth your while to inform your guests of this in advance, and is probably best arranged for the evening when more casual outfits tend to be worn. It's all well and good having a vast array of fun items on hand to amuse your guests, but unless they 'dress for it' then all your efforts could be in vain.
Garden games are a much more sedate option than inflatables, but no less fun. As their name suggests, garden games are ideal for the outdoors and can be played by guests of all ages, without wrinkling their outfits or staining their garments - on top of this they can be used throughtout the day and are an ideal form of entertainment for the guests whilst you and your partner parade around having your photo taken.
Popular garden game options include garden darts, croquet, quoits, garden 4-in-a-row ('Connect 4' for those fans of MB Games!), and giant tumble tower (Jenga!). Giant outdoor chess, snakes and ladders and other similar games are also available if you shop around.
Whilst you will probably be able to find a supplier near you who will hire out the games out for the day, if you are only after one or two, it may be worth your while buying them outright. The games can be bought for a reasonable price from toy stores and online, and you then have the advantage of being able to bring them out at picnics in the summers to come and re-live the fun of your wedding day!
OK, we admit that fairground rides are only for the truly rich amongst you, but if you do have the cash spare and the space available, then they are a cracking extravagance that all your guests will enjoy and remember.
From Waltzers and Dodgems, to Ferris Wheels to carousels, fairground rides rides can be hired on a daily basis from a number of suppliers across the UK. Whilst they can be quite costly (as much as £1000+ a shot, which on reflection makes them really pricey!) they are relatively practical for your guests and can be used right throughout the day and evening. For real theme park action, consider also hiring a Coconut Shy or Hook the Duck! As with inflatables, you will need to check with your supplier and with your venue what space is required and what space is available.
For all you big kids out there, hopefull this article will have given you plenty of ideas to run home and discuss with your mummy and daddy!
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