Reveal's wedding blog: Entertaining guests on a budget

Published Tuesday, Aug 4 2015, 00:01 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
It's not long to go until the big day now, and everything's slowly but surely starting to come together... I think! Next to tackle is the rather large minefield of entertainment.

Now this can cover everything from simply booking a DJ to play the YMCA for Aunty Brenda (probably) to a full on eight-piece brass band - and then there's the fireworks/ photobooth/ chocolate fountain to consider.

It's also an excuse to add quirky touches to your day to ensure guests don't get bored and resort to chain drinking and being officially out of it by 8pm.

But these things don't come cheap!

Here's some ideas to keep your guests entertained throughout the day on a budget…

Megabooth white wedding taxi cab photobooth


1, 2, 3... say cheese!

Strike a pose...

Photo booths are a great way to captivate guests. Plus, the pictures can double as wedding favours – the perfect memento for every fridge. And gone are the days of the humble standing up booth – there's a whole host of fun, themed booths out there.

Our fave is the London black taxi photobooth by where guests can sit in the 'taxi' and pose for the camera, props and all. Perfect for adding a city touch to a country wedding.


© Ed Peers

Strike a pose

Mix it up...

Mixologists are a great way to jazz up your bar. Consider booking someone to mix cocktails professionally for your guests or head to Lakeland for vintage style glass cocktail dispensers and fill with a his 'n' hers cocktail and serve in jam jars.

Possibly the coolest bar we've ever seen comes courtesy of The Camper Vin Co . Serving drinks out of a converted 1973 VW camper van, it's perfect for a festival themed outdoor wedding and it can pull up just about anywhere!

Camper Vin mobile bar at a wedding

© Ed Peers

CamperVin's bar gives weddings a unique touch

if you've got your tipples sorted but like the hippy vibe, Monkshood Coffee serve artisan lattes and espressos from a VW too. Plus it's perfect for clambering into for some memorable wedding snaps after.

Play that funky music...

Bands don't come cheap – but consider hunting around for a local up and coming band or school choir/saxophonists (like we've done) to accompany your walk down the aisle or your welcome drinks or your reception.

Quirky music will get the guests mingling when it's still early and the champagne is yet to kick in. How about a traditional Mexican style Mariachi band playing Beyonce hits as an alternative to the sedate string quartet? The fabulous Mariachi Loco came into Reveal Towers to give us a taster, and can play a variety of modern songs to get guests up and dancing - it went down a storm!

mariachi band at a wedding

© Mariachi Loco

Add a Mexican touch to your big day

Consider ditching the dodgy wedding DJ and asking guests to compile a playlist ahead of the day. Create an iTunes playlist and plug in your iPod, or better still, sign up to a music streaming service like Spotify for £9.99 a month and use their carefully curated playlists to get the party started. The only downside? There's no Taylor Swift. SAD FACE.

Finishing touches...

Sparklers at a wedding reception

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Add a little sparkle to your wedding day

Consider playing wedding bingo or having a quiz. Each table can get involved and you can make up questions based on you as a couple and test your nearest and dearest on how well they know you. No pressure!

Forget paying out for a wedding cake and ask your guests to take part in a bake off. And judge a winner at the end. Delicious and fun! After all, no one really likes fruit cake, do they?

wedding cake idea for a great bake off

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Ready, steady... bake!

Lawn games like croquet, egg and spoon races and a coconut shy are an easy addition to a country wedding. A treasure hunt is a great way to keep children occupied also, as are pinatas which you can easily make yourself and stuff with sweeties.

lawn games at a wedding party

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Lawn games are great for an outdoor wedding

When the sun sets, sparklers and lanterns are a cheap alternative to fireworks. Consider using them en masse to do a send off for the bride and groom in style. Plus, sparklers make for a great Instagram shot.

sparklers at a wedding

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