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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.

Close-up ma­gi­cian There’s some­thing, well, mag­i­cal about hav­ing a skilled per­former daz­zle your guests with sleight-of-hand and mind-bend­ing tricks. We’re not talk­ing about a static show – most ma­gi­cians will min­gle with the crowd, per­form­ing VKRUW!VHWV!WR!GLIIHUHQW!JURXSV"!<RX·OO!ÀQG!D!UDQJH!RI!SHUIRUPHUV! on alivenet­work.com.

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.

Photo booth Photo booths have be­come a wed­ding sta­ple, and for good rea­son. Your guests will love the chance to strike some poses with each other while they loosen up over a glass of VRPHWKLQJ!À]]\#!DQG!LW·V!D!JXDUDQWHHG!FURZG$SOHDVHU!ULJKW! into night. With so many fun op­tions, from a vin­tage set-up %WU\!LWVWKHÁDVKSDFN"FRP&!WR!DQ!DFWXDO!PLQL$FRRSHU$WXUQHG$ booth (see co­copho­to­booths.co.uk), it’s some­thing that’ll keep guests snap happy for hours. And it’s not just about silly pic­tures. You can get booths that dou­ble up as karaoke, ZKLFK!JHWV!ÀOPHG!DQG!WXUQHG!LQWR!D!KLODULRXV!YLGHR!NHHSVDNH! (fun­pod.co.uk). See page 10 for more ideas.

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