Wedding Entertainment Idea

Having your wedding photos taken are a major part of the day.  You need time to take the perfect pictures to treasure for a lifetime, which may make a ‘wedding lull’ for your guests.  Why not make the time fly by for your guests by putting on some wedding entertainment. A completely different idea is to invite David a caricaturist to charm your wedding guests with live on the spot drawings. It breaks the ice and raises hoots of laughter. It can also be a good idea while your guests are enjoying your evening celebrations too.

Heres some examples of his work…..Grove Cartoons

Grove Cartoons

Grove Cartoons

Grove Cartoons

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Grove Cartoons


Here are two of his packages


Session 1

Straight after the ceremony and into the pre drinks, it’s a good time for me to mingle and draw whilst photo’s are being taken, then proceeding into and over the meal time. I ought to add, that no guests have to hold a define pose and can blissfully continue eating and chatting. This period is an excellent time for me to capture the bride and groom, and other important wedding party members, i.e, the bridesmaids, ushers and parents as they maybe on the top table together.

Session 2

The evening session is more straightforward, as guests start to let the hair down and waistcoats become unbuttoned. I’ll be ready to start after the speeches whilst the venue is being prepared for the evening celebrations and then I can continue – however late you want me.Within 3 hours I’d be able to do 40 caricatures!, so there will be ample opportunity for those who want a caricature to have one. Its great wedding Entertainment.

For the afternoon session I adopt my approach according the space and seating of the venue, either I fit into gaps with a stall and draw guests on the tables or I’ll stand up and do it. Also for the evening I either hop around the tables or I’ll pull up some chairs and let down the anchor, and sometimes a bit of both.

Prices vary depending on the date and location for travel etc. Fee’s between £220-£270 for 3 hours. If interested please do get in contact and look forward to hearing from you.

The Redfords

Finding it difficult to choose a first dance? have a look through these five popular, 5 unusual and 5 Quirky first dances chosen and played live at recent weddings by The Redfords

The Redfords


Wonderful tonight (Eric Clapton)

Thinking out Loud (Ed Sherran)

Can’t Take my Eyes off of you (Frankli Vallie/ Andy Williams)

At last (Etta James)

Make you Feel my Love (Adele)


The Voyage (Christy Moore)

Video Games (Lana Del Ray)

Rainbow Connections (Muppets)

If I Should Fall Behind (Bruce Springsteen)

I will Follow you into the Dark (Death Cab for Cutie)


Hey Ya Outcast (from TV show Srubbs)

I’m a Believer (Monkees from Shrek)

You’ve got the Love (Florence and the Machine)

The Baywatch theme 

Still can’t think? Try these 

When award winning wedding magician Danny Jurmann of Red Hat Magic entertained the guests at the Michelin starred restaurant the Harrow at Little Bedwyn they knew he would keep the atmosphere fizzing, the conversation flowing and increase the party vibe.

Red Hat Magic - Wedding Entertainment - Wedding Magician

A wedding is no different.  Weddings have an eclectic guest mix of family, friends, the very young, the very old and anything in-between.  You can look on as groups huddle together in their own circle of friends and families, sticking to who they know. One of the Weddings In team was at a wedding recently where one female guest knew absolutely nobody but the bride.  She bravely drew a deep breath and went around introducing herself.  ‘That lady has got guts I thought’.

Filling the time with wedding entertainment like a Wedding Magician before the bride arrives, during the photographs, wedding reception drinks, or the party afterwards can be key to creating a magical atmosphere and getting your guests to mingle and get to know each other.  Often solving that problem where some guests do not know anybody.

Hiring Red Hat Magic is a perfect way to bring people together and turn polite but awkward conversation into lively laughter.  Watching Danny Jurmann perform some amazing miracles will leave your guests with memories of an amazing day.

Red Hat Magic - Wedding Magician Wedding Entertainment

What they say:

“I’ve seen a couple of magicians at wedding fairs and not one has wowed me like your tricks did”

“Thank you very much for an amazing show and lots of small touches.  That was so kind of you, Davina and Oz kept going on (and keep going on) about how great it was and were truly delighted.  Thank you thank you for making their day special!!!

“A very special “Thank You” for entertaining everyone so well at our wedding.  Everyone enjoyed it and spoke of you afterwards.  It all added so much to the general atmosphere.

Some words from bride Jess

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Looking for wedding entertainment ideas?  Wedding entertainment is a big wedding planning decision… Do you wow your guests with a Magician? Try not to offend them with a caricatures? Or have them dance the night away to a live Band?

Lets be honest, your guests probably won’t recall the colour of your stunning centrepieces or the intricate personal detail of your wedding cake, but they will remember your wedding entertainment.

Here’s some of the Wedding in…. Teams top suggestions!

Cocktails by Kampai Cocktails

Kampai Cocktails


Kampai Cocktails is one of the UK’s leading mobile bar hire companies. There stylish mobile bar and impressive and delicious cocktails made by professional mixologists deliver the exciting and unique cocktail bar experience.

Casino by Lost Vegas

Lost Vegas


Lost Vegas your guests will be entertained as they enjoy the thrill of the spinning roulette wheel or the challenge of beating the blackjack dealer. A fun casino at your wedding can create an exciting memorable entertainment for guests of all ages it’s a great icebreaker and the crowd around the tables creates a fantastic atmosphere.

Traditional Music – Elite Syncopations – Ragtime Band

Elite Syncopations - Ragtime Band

Elite Syncopations perform cheerful, upbeat music that is suitable for background ambience – perfect for your drinks reception or to accompany your meal. This band specialises in music from the Ragtime era – a golden age of Rags, Two-Steps, Cake-Walks, Marches, Waltzes and Tangos. The music performed dates from 1896 to 1917 using traditional instruments in authentic Ragtime band arrangements from the turn of the century.

Solo Guitarist – Barry Martin

Barry Martin

Would you like to have live music entertainment at your wedding but having a band is too expensive or there is not enough room in the venue, having a solo guitarist like Barry Martin might be the solution.

Magician – Red Hat Magic

Red Hat Magic


Magic provides an instant wow, shared laughter and good times that leaves everyone feeling great.  In the years to come the memories of the food (unless it is truly amazing or truly awful) will also fade, but Danny has people come up years after the event still blown away by his tricks.

Pianist – David Perkins 

David Perkins


David Perkins – Pianist can help make the day even more special. Specific music can be requested by you e.g. entrance of the bride, signing of the register, entrance of the bridge and groom at the wedding breakfast so can marry in with your theme.

Vintage Singer  – Rose Lancaster

Rose Lancaster


Vintage singer, Rose Lancaster, takes you on a journey of the timeless classics. From the 1920s, through the swing, romance and jazz of the 30s, 40s and 50s. The prefect accompaniment for your vintage wedding!

Entertainment Agency – Warble Entertainment

Warble Entertainment

If you’re finding it difficult to decide, you can always call on the help of an Entertainment Agency like Warble Entertainment. With over 5,000 weddings every year in the UK alone so you can rest assured that they can point you in the right direction.

Live Band – The Redfords

The Redfords

The Redfords are a live bespoke rock/pop party band. Their set is lively, exciting and dynamic and is regularly updated with current songs. In particular, the band have spent a great deal of time and effort tailoring shows to suit weddings.

Whatever you decide we’re sure your guests will have an unforgettable experience….





We are delighted to welcome Simply Swing Band to Weddings In Surrey directory.  A versatile wedding entertainment band with a line-up to suit every wedding, at any age, or any genre.  Here’s an introduction to how they can provide memorable wedding entertainment.

Tell our readers a little bit about yourself, who you are and who works in Simply Swing Band

Simply Swing comprises the UKʼs top session musicians and singers whoʼs live and studio credits include Kylie Minogue, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Shirley Bassey, Gregory Porter, The London Symphony Orchestra. Our drummer, Jeff, has been recording and touring with the legendary Van Morrison for the past 5 years. Simply Swing was exclusively chosen for Olympic Opening Night in Canary Wharf and as the resident band at Londonʼs Park Lane Hotel so your wedding entertainment will be in good hands with this professional band.

Simply Swing Band - Wedding entertainment in Surrey

How did you launch your band and how long have you been going?

Simply Swing was formed 15 years ago by pianist Sandra Lambert. The band began as a jazz trio and has since grown considerably, with the 6-Piece being the most popular line-up for weddings. The band has performed at the UKʼs most prestigious venues including Waldorf Hotel, Savoy Hotel, Coworth Park, Royal Festival Hall, Lainston House, Hever Castle.

Simply Swing Band - Wedding entertainment in Surrey

Who inspires you the most as a band?

Simply Swing is inspired by the classic American songbook repertoire of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin as made popular by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble right through to the more contemporary compositions of Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and Pharrell Williams.


Can you give us an example of your play list for say a 40s or 50s themed wedding?

We normally play 3 sets for weddings. The first being Sinatra inspired, the second with a more contemporary feel and the third is our party set. Simply Swing is a modern swing band and we have found that even for retro/vintage themed weddings a little nod to the 21st century can make all the difference.

Simply Swing Band - Wedding Entertainment in Surrey

Typical songs would include:

  • Cheek To Cheek (Fred Astaire)
  • Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra)
  • Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
  • Foggy Day (Michael Buble)
  • Have You Met Miss Jones (Robbie Williams)
  • Iʼve Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra)
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You (Frank Sinatra)
  • It Had To Be You (Harry Connick Jr)
  • La Mer / Beyond The Sea (Bobby Darin/Robbie Williams)
  • Lady Is A Tramp (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Let There Be Love (Nat ʻKingʼ Cole)
  • Letʼs Face The Music & Dance (Nat ʻKingʼ Cole)
  • Mack The Knife (Bobby Darin / Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Andy Williams)
  • Everything (Michael Buble)
  • Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  • Enjoy Yourself (Jools Holland/Prince Buster)
  • How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)
  • Happy (Pharrell Williams)
  • Forget You (Cee Lo Green)
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
  • Itʼs Not Unusual (Tom Jones)
  • Lovely Day (Bill Withers)

 What entertainment can you provide for a wedding?

We can provide entertainment for the entire wedding day including a pianist for the Ceremony or trio for reception drinks.   For evening wedding entertainment, our classic swing band is the perfect choice as our repertoire is cross-generational. Your guests will love dancing to rat pack swing, jump-jive, mambo, bossa nova, soul and classic pop, all played at a sensible volume so your guests can still chat if they want to.

What is the one piece of wedding planning advice you would give to couples?

With so much to think about when planning a wedding day, the entertainment is often not high up on a couplesʼ priority list. You only have one wedding day and your entertainment can be the making of your party. Youʼre more likely to have a positive experience booking a professional band than if you find a part time band in your local pub.

Website:  Simply Swing Band