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who tells ev­ery­one what the key moves are, so even lovers of dodgy dad dancing can join in. And who doesn’t love a do-si-do?

Guest DJS An­other way to get your guests to pro­vide the en­ter­tain­ment is by en­cour­ag­ing mu­si­cally minded at­ten­dees to get be­hind the decks with a ser­vice such as Stick It On (sticki­ton.org.uk). Each wannabe David Guetta is guided by an ex­pert on how to play their three favourite tracks and have their 15 min­utes of DJ fame.

Beat box­ers Add an ur­ban edge to the pro­ceed­ings by hir­ing a beat­box band, who cre­ate in­cred­i­ble mu­sic sim­ply us­ing their mouths and a mi­cro­phone. Fas­ci­nat­ing to watch, but with cov­ers in­clud­ing Daft Punk’s Getlucky, your near­est and dear­est won’t be able to stop them­selves from hit­ting the dance ÁRRU!"ZDUEOH#HQWHUWDLQPHQW$FRP$" Karaoke A bit like Mar­mite, some peo­ple love karaoke and oth­ers hate LW!"EXW"ZH"GHI\"DQ\RQH"WR"QRW"ÀQG"5RFNDRNH"HQWHUWDLQLQJ$" You hire the band and then any guests who’ve ever dreamed of fronting a group are in­vited up to the mic for the ul­ti­mate karaoke ex­pe­ri­ence backed by pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians. Just make sure the grooms­men are on hand for any par­tic­i­pants who at­tempt to crowd surf, rockaoke.com.

Ice sculp­ture This retro party piece is mak­ing a wed­ding come­back and these days the bound­aries of what can be cre­ated out of ice are seem­ingly HQGOHVV$":H"ORYH"WKH"LGHD"RI"D"ZHGGLQJ#FDNH" ice luge, a table-plan ice sculp­ture or even a full-size ice bar. Choose your favourite spir­its and watch the party go wild, funky­ice.co.uk.

Silent disco These are per­fect for venues with noise cur­fews or just as a way to add in­ter­est to the dancing sec­tion of the night. Guests are given wire­less head­phones that can con­nect to and switch be­tween a num­ber of dif­fer­ent mu­sic chan­nels. It’s hi­lar­i­ous to watch as peo­ple dance side by side to Si­na­tra and Pit­bull.

Tat­too bar OK, we’re not sug­gest­ing peo­ple come away from your wed­ding with a per­ma­nent me­mento etched onto their skin, but con­sider hir­ing a henna or re­mov­able tat­too bar in­stead. Book an artist to cre­ate in­cred­i­ble henna pat­terns or glit­ter tat­toos in an in­stant. Re­mov­able tat­toos can be any­thing from your mono­gram or sil­hou­ettes to a cheeky phrase, cute de­sign, or clas­sic child­hood mo­tives and car­toon char­ac­ters (try dorisloves.co.uk) – and they’ll go down well with kids and adults alike.

Mari­achi band An­other fab­u­lous Mex­i­can im­port, Mari­achi bands can re­ally in­ject en­ergy and fun into a room, mak­ing them per­fect for par­ties. They usu­ally con­sist of a group of men in som­breros with a gui­tar, trum­pet and vi­olin who burst into the room then min­gle with guests while play­ing clas­sic dance songs with a Mex­i­can twist, alivenet­work.com.

Bal­loon mod­eller 1RW"MXVW"RQH"IRU"WKH"NLGV!"\RX"FDQ"ÀQG"VSHFLDOLVW"SHUIRUPHUV" whose bal­loon-wran­gling ex­per­tise will daz­zle even the most cyn­i­cal of adult guests. The realms of bal­loon-art pos­si­bil­ity have come a long way since the sin­gle-bal­loon poo­dle of \RXU"FKLOGKRRG%"ZH·UH"WDONLQJ"LQÁDWDEOH"FDULFDWXUHV"RI"\RXU" JXHVWV!"EHVSRNH"RXWÀWV"DQG"RWKHU"ZHDUDEOHV!"DQG"HYHQ" bal­loon-art en­sem­bles that will en­gage and en­ter­tain your guests, stern­bergclarke.co.uk.

Bouncy cas­tle All adults still se­cretly love bouncy cas­tles, so they’re a guar­an­teed crowd-pleaser at a sum­mer wed­ding. To avoid caus­ing se­ri­ous colour clashes, you can get cas­tles in wed­ding-friendly shades, too, such as white, pas­tel blue and pink. Try the­white­boun­cy­cas­tle.co.uk.

Cof­fee artist :KLOH!VRPH!JXHVWV!ZLOO!EH!KLWWLQJ!WKH!EDU!KDUG#!RWKHUV! might need a lit­tle caf­feine to get the en­ergy up to do The Bea­tles’ Twist and Shout !MXVWLFH!RQ!WKH!GDQFH!ÁRRU"! Make sure their drink of choice is en­ter­tain­ing by hir­ing an af­ter-din­ner cof­fee artist, who can cre­ate in­cred­i­bly in­tri­cate art, from por­traits to mo­tifs, on the top of a cap­puc­cino or latte us­ing co­coa pow­der (scar­let­ten­ter­tain­ment.com).

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