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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.
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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.
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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.
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