If you are looking for some ideas to keep guests entertained at weddings you can’t go wrong by hiring a Magician!
How to entertain guests between ceremony and reception is always a time where the couple feel like they might be leaving their wedding guests whilst they have photos taken, this is where I come in!
How to keep wedding guests entertained during photos
After the wedding ceremony there is a lot going on and you have a lot of guests who will probably have to travel to where your wedding reception is taking place and then you will follow on afterwards after maybe stopping of for some photos.
Having a Magician there waiting for when your guests arrive who will entertain them whilst you are having your photos taken and before the wedding breakfast is a great idea which is becoming very popular.
You are wondering, “what are my guests doing right now?” By hiring a Wedding Magician you can relax knowing that whilst you are not there they are being entertained and maybe bringing together groups of people or family that may have not even met before.
When you get back to the wedding reception, you will be told of all the great tricks the magician has been doing and you will probably hear the screams coming from the group to where he is performing.
Surprise Wedding Reception Ideas
If you are planning a big wedding and have a lot of guests coming, the photos part of the day usually takes quite a long time, where there will be guests stood waiting to be called.
“friends of the groom” , “friends of the bride” , “brides sisters” etc etc
This can take a bit of time, if you hire a Magician to be at your wedding recption they can move among your guests while they are waiting and keep them amused with some quick magic tricks.
This could also be a surprise for everyone, if you don’t tell them you have hired a magician they might think I am a member of staff at the hotel or a wedding guest they don’t know, that is until they start seeing some amazing wedding magic!
A lot of brides ask when booking Roger for their wedding entertainment “Should I be concerned about how to entertain wedding guests between ceremony and reception?”
The answer we feel is on the whole to not worry about it. But it does depend on the plan for your day, where the wedding venue is compared to the church. Are you getting married in the same place as the wedding reception?
The main question should be how to keep wedding guests entertained during photos!
So let’s explore all the options and how a typical wedding works and go through some fun wedding reception ideas.
2 hour gap between ceremony and reception
Depending on where you get married and where the wedding reception is the time between the ceremony and reception could be an hour or it could be 3 hours.
The time between the wedding ceremony and reception is usually called the drinks reception, but it will normally consist of a few photos directly after the ceremony either outside the church or hotel and then your guests will need to travel to the wedding venue, usually in a convoy of cars, but sometimes in a wedding bus!
This is a fantastic idea as none of your guests need to worry about transport and it certainly provides a great way to entertain your guests between the ceremony and reception. What is more fun than riding a double decker bus with all the wedding guests en route to the wedding reception.
You could even provide some drinks or nibbles on the bus as a start to the celebrations!
1 hour gap between ceremony and reception
If you are getting married in a hotel or a unique wedding venue in the new forest or a football club then typically the wedding reception will be held at the same place. So none of your wedding guests have to make any journey between the ceremony and reception so have might have a bit more time to think about entertainment.
A Professional Magician is always a great idea to entertain wedding guests and Roger Lapin is one of the finest.
Based in Hampshire but regularly performing as a Wedding Magician in Surrey and Wedding Magician in London he can provide some unique entertainment for all your wedding guests including the children and is the perfect ice-breaker or conversation starter for guests that maybe have never met before.
Normally everyone is more than happy to chat and mingle and as long as you have some drinks and nibbles most people will be very content whilst you are having your photos taken.
If your wedding is in the summer a great touch is providing an ice cream bike – who can’t resist free ice cream!
How to entertain wedding guests during photos
So although this post talks about entertaining your guests between the ceremony and reception the most popular time that couples look for wedding entertainment ideas is during the photos. This is the time that you will be off having your photos taken and away from your wedding guests. Hiring some wedding entertainment will let you relax knowing that all your guests are being taken care of whist you are away from them. Roger has performed at many weddings and can tell your guests that they have asked him to keep you entertained until they return.
Yes you should! To hire Roger for some amazing wedding entertainment, check out the Wedding Magician page or Contact Magician Roger Lapin now to see if he is available for your date.
Wedding Entertainment Packages
If you are thinking about hiring a magician for your wedding, I do have some different wedding entertainment packages based around how many guests you are expecting and also how much time you have allocated for wedding entertainment!
There is usually a 1-2 hour gap between your wedding ceremony and reception or the wedding breakfast. In the UK this is normally called the drinks reception. If you are having the wedding at the same venue your guests will normally move outside where the hotel will serve drinks and canapes whilst you are getting your photos taken. If the wedding ceremony is at another venue then your guests will have to travel to the wedding reception venue and it makes sense to make this time a bit longer to ensure everyone has time to arrive and settle in. Sometimes the couple will go somewhere else for some wedding photos leaving their guests at the wedding reception venue. This is a great time for a Wedding Magician to keep them entertained!
It’s your wedding you can do what you want, but it is traditional for the couple to have the first dance of the evening, where they will then be joined by everyone else. If dancing is not your thing you don’t have to. A lot of couples do not have a DJ or Wedding band and just enjoy the company of their guests over good food and wine! You could hire a Magician to entertain at this time and I have performed at a few weddings that did exactly this. They did not want loud music and just wanted to enjoy the company of their friends and family with some extra magical entertainment.
One of the most popular ways to surprise your wedding guests is with some unexpected entertainment. i.e a Wedding Magician or Singing Waiters. If one of your guests just gets up and sings during the wedding breakfast, there are so many ways to surprise your wedding guests. I have performed at over 1000 weddings and have seen a lot of things, so please get in touch if you are looking for something unique and unexpected on our wedding day!