Post-ceremony treat Surprise your loved ones with a live music performance straight after the ceremony. This can be anything from a gospel choir to a steel band – just make it the music you love. Caricaturist A fun experience, and your loved ones will get a cute souvenir of the day. Just make sure the two of you don’t miss out on your own caricature!
Fortune teller Whether you choose a palm reader, tea-leaf interpreter or tarot specialist (we’ve even heard of performers who “read” people’s handbags), this should get guests talking.
Silhouette artist A smart, break-from-the-norm option that’s ideal for an elegant affair.
Jukebox For a ’50s-vibe, hire a retro jukebox so guests can choose the tracks they enjoy their cocktails to.
Funfair stalls Want all the fun of the fair, but can’t stretch to a carousel? Hire some side stalls to achieve a similar carnival mood. We’re talking about vintage-style treats such as a coconut shy, hook-a-duck and hoopla – and perhaps a personalised NLVVLQJ!ERRWK"!(QKDQFH!WKH!H[SHULHQFH!ZLWK!D!FDQG\ÁRVV! machine and light-up letters.
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Lookalikes Fancy having Gordon Ramsay, David Beckham or The Queen at your big day? Well, you can’t. You can, however, hire a lookalike, of these and many other stars, to mix and mingle. It’s highly unlikely anyone will be fooled (particularly if you go for, say, Marilyn Monroe), but you’ll add amusement value.
Duck herding Quirky and cute, a professional duck-herding demonstration (using Indian Runner ducks and well-trained border collies) will amuse every generation, quackpack.co.uk. Bubbles Hire a bubbleologist – yes, that’s a real thing – to conjure amazing shapes. We’re not simply talking about big bubbles; VNLOOHG!SUDFWLWLRQHUV·!DFWV!LQFOXGH!EXEEOHV!ÀOOHG!ZLWK!VPRNH#! square bubbles and bubbles you can stand inside.
Marryoke For a memento with a difference, call in a company that’ll get guests lip-synching to your favourite track on the day. They’ll edit this together to make a music/wedding video hybrid that’s as amusing to watch as it was to make, marryokes.com.
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