10 fun ways to surprise your wedding guests

Looking to wow your guests? These wedding entertainment ideas will guarantee you a wedding moment worthy of Love Actually.  

wedding games

1. Play some fun games

Perhaps you’re going for an all-out Vegas theme. It’s safe then to expect a few casino tables!  Matt Lee from The Edinburgh Fun Casino Company offers roulette, blackjack and poker. “It takes the pressure off the bride and groom because your guests are being entertained,” he says. “It’s very interactive.”

Looking to go even crazier? Setting your guests loose on some giant games will make for some wild wedding photos. Consider horseshoe throwing, giant chess or hopscotch.  The sky’s the limit!

2. Organise a flash mob

Walking down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife should be a real celebratory moment.

Why not involve as many guests as possible for a flash mob “ think Keira Knightley’s surprise ending to her Love Actually wedding ceremony. Now that’s really asking your guests to step up to the plate!

3. Change up your wedding music

unusual wedding music

Don’t be afraid to clash musical styles (our guide to unusual wedding music has some great ideas!).

Pianist Alex Graham remembers one bride he played down the aisle to 90s dance classic No Limits by Too Unlimited. “It was the song they met to,” he explains.

“It set the ceremony off to a really relaxed start and they immediately went into the story of how they met.”

4. Have a feathered ring-bearer

owl wedding

Releasing doves from your hands or a basket makes for a poignant moment during your service.

Alternatively, ensure your wedding ceremony soars above the rest by employing a special ring bearer in the shape of a white barn owl. The feathered friends can be trained to fly down the aisle and alight on the best man’s arm to deliver your wedding bands in style.

5. Get patriotic with pipes

wedding pipers

If you’re opting for a traditional Scottish wedding, nothing will entertain your guests more at the start and end of the ceremony than a piper.

They can also offer a great spectacle, especially if you have friends from overseas. Highland Piper John Mackintosh can propose a toast to the bride and groom in Gaelic after piping them to the top table and let them cut the cake with his ceremonial sword.

6. Hire a magician

Once they’ve tied the knot most newly-weds are whisked away by their photographer, leaving guests to champagne, canapés and chat.

James Kennedy of Entertainment HQ explains this is the ideal time to wow your guests with magic: “That’s when I do close-up magic for the adults. It’s like a minor miracle in front of guests’ eyes!”

The wedding party is guaranteed to be talking about it for the rest of the day.

7. Sweet treats with an ice cream cart

Picture your guests sitting on a traditional bicycle whilst tucking into glorious ice cream.

That’s the beauty of a vintage ice cream bike. A table sits alongside a tricycle with ice cream, mini marshmallows and hundreds and thousands. Guests can sit on the bike and have their photos taken.

8. Draw your guests happy faces! 


Neil Thomson of Neilsart Wedding Caricatures creates quick sketches of guests while they sip their champagne.

He explains: “I start chatting to them and sketching. I can caricature between 25 and 30 guests over a two-hour period to help get the laughs going and provide the perfect icebreaker to help friends and family relax on the big day.”

9. Have a pick ‘n’ mix

A candy buffet looks pretty incredible. Think of your childhood sweet shop spread over a table.

Brilliantly, it’s also completely practical. Sharon Brown of Colourful Candy explains that a candy buffet is a great way to please everyone.

“When you get a favour it could be something you don’t like but with a candy buffet people can help themselves.”

10. Thrill with spectacular fireworks

For a real wow factor, 21cc Fireworks offer indoor pyrotechnics, creating a magical fountain display as the perfect backdrop for the cake-cutting.

Add confetti canons and hidden fountains in the floral displays  of your evening reception venue for a pretty surprise!

Looking for great entertainers to keep your guests amused?

Check out all of the amazing Scottish wedding entertainers and musicians in our online directory!