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Go Beyond the Band With These Unique Wedding Entertainment Ideas

Don’t get us wrong; when it comes to weddings, we love good old-fashioned spins on the dance floor. But these 15 unique wedding entertainment ideas prove that there’s more than one way to entertain your guests. From acrobatic bartenders to cigar-rolling stations, these thrilling — and unexpected  — pastimes will have your guests wishing the celebration could last all night long.

Give Guests a Jolt With an On-Hand Barista

Female barista making pour-overs
photographer: Eric James Photography

We love the artistry and skill that goes into a good pour-over coffee. Culinary Eye Catering & Events entertained guests at this California wedding with an on-hand barista. We especially loved the accompanying dessert station.

Defy Gravity with Aerialist Performers

Female aerialist suspended from geometric shape
photographer: Ama by Aisha

J & D Entertainment kept the party at this Houston wedding in full swing with Cirque du Soleil-style aerialists. Acrobats poured champagne —while suspended in mid-air — as dancers taught party-goers moves on the dance floor.

Create a Magical Experience with Mingling Magicians

cropped photo of man shuffling cards
photo courtesy of The Magic Penthouse

Magic shows aren’t just for kids. Entertainers like The Magic Penthouse bring the timeless joy of card tricks and other illusionist acts to wedding guests without the pressure to sit through an hour-long show. 

Let Guests Go Behind the Scenes

See-through food truck
photograph courtesy of Trucked Up Catering

Cooking shows are hotter than ever. Guests will love Trucked Up Catering’s glass-box food trucks that offer a behind-the-scenes look into food preparations and service. With customizable menus, catering just got a whole lot more creative — and entertaining. 

Set the Scene Aglow

Woman playing a neon-lit violin
photographer: Lara Rose Photography

Sometimes, music appeals to more than just our sense of sound. L R Entertainment lit up the dance floor at this outdoor wedding with a glow-in-the-dark violin and saxophone. With such spectacular illumination, guests easily forgot to look up at the stars.

Greet Guests with Stilt Walkers

Bride and groom greeters on stilts
photographer: Justin Jay Photography

We’ve seen extravagant wedding greeters, but nothing that stands out (or up) to this level. Unifier Entertainment featured bride-and-groom stilt walkers, complete with vintage props, to welcome guests at this pavilion wedding.

Watch an Artist Live at Work

cropped photo of man painting live wedding scene
photographer: The Happy Bloom

At this vow-renewal celebration, guests loved watching artist Ben Keys of Wed on Canvas capture the celebration on canvas. Best of all, the couple received a romantic keepsake to decorate their walls for years to come.

Wow Guests With Entertainment That’s “On Fire”

fire dancer performing at wedding
photographer: Melia Lucida Photographer

Light up a wedding celebration with an unforgettable performance. Entertainment company Manutea Nui E stole the show with a dramatic fire dancing performance at this lush, outdoor wedding at Haiku Mill.

Bartend With Flair

Flair bartenders performing at outdoor wedding
photo courtesy of Flair Project

Juggling is a classic form of entertainment. Now imagine your bartender juggling everything from champagne bottles to open cocktail shakers. Flair Project, a bartending agency, brought the art of flair bartending to this Santa Barbara Wedding.

Projection-Mapping as Entertainment

flapper girls performing at wedding
photographer: PS Photography and Films

THE TEMPLE HOUSE in Miami is leading a new era of technological entertainment — namely, projection mapping. This Gatsby-themed wedding wowed guests with an evolving lighting and projection “show” from United Projection, transporting them to a floral forest, a traditional temple, and to the gilded age itself. World-renowned electronic violinist Esther Anaya, along with acrobatic dancers, kept the celebration Jay Gatsby-approved.

Go For Larger-Than-Life Champagne Bubbles

Bubble dancer performing in AcroShere on pool
photographer: Katie Beverley

Cirque-Style performers transform any wedding into a lavish affair. At this black-tie wedding, a floating AcroSphere and bubble dancer from De Leon Productions created a dreamscape for onlookers. These gorgeous floating bubbles can also be customized to display a wedding monogram or logo. 

Indulge in the Art of Cigar-Making

Woman hand-rolling cigars
photographer: KT Merry

Exceed expectations with live cigar rollers. Guests at The Breakers Palm Beach loved watching the magical art of cigar-making — and of course, taking home a unique keepsake.

Hedge Your Bets with Elegant Casino Games

Guests playing casino games
photographer: Roey Yohai Studios

Creative Games Inc sweetened the pot at this 007-themed wedding with several casino table games such as baccarat and roulette. Guests indulged in James Bond-style luxury with martinis and a few rolls of the dice before migrating to the dance floor.

Glimpse the Future with a Tarot Card Reading

cropped photo of tarot reading
photographer: Belathée Photography

At this masquerade-themed wedding planned by Daughter of Design, guests were given a glimpse into the future with tarot card readings. A snake handler and acrobatic dancer added additional enchantment to this fantastical event.