This one is a must read for all of you out there planning your wedding
We’ve all been to “that wedding”. You know, the one where you literally watched the seconds tick by until it was socially acceptable to leave, secretly playing candy crush under the table. Hosting “that wedding” is every bride’s worst nightmare. Every bride dreams of a beautiful wedding filled with pretty things, yummy food, and friends and family that come from far and wide to celebrate the day! Yes..this day is all about you and your groom….but don’t you want it to be fun for everyone?
Let’s face it: you’ll be much too busy primping, posing for photos, and getting married to worry about whether or not every single guest is enjoying themselves. So why not plan ahead and find great ways to entertain guests and minimize potential wedding stress?
Plan a Surprise
Surprising your guests with a little extra entertainment is sure to be a crowd pleaser. If your friends and family enjoy a good laugh, then a comedian is a great choice for entertainment.You can also opt to have a magician do a few acts on center stage, or have him wander through the reception performing at individual tables.
Have a Caricaturist/Cartoonist
Bring in cartoonist/caricaturist , he or she can draw pictures of the guests so they have something fun and memorable to take home. But this can become a little messy with large gatherings. So plan to have either more than one activity or two- three artists.
Hire a fortune teller
This one is sure to be a crowd puller. Most people enjoy ‘learning their future’, even if they don’t believe in it. You can have a fortune teller employ a crystal ball, tarot cards, parrot or all three.
Photo Booth: Seemingly becoming more popular, renting photo booths for guests to take pictures in is becoming all the rage. Guests can take home for memories and/or leave the photos for the bride and groom to create a photo book with all their friends and family. Spice up your photos with the creative use of props.
Have a chalkboard with some of the ideas for fun pictures written on it
Superman – Put your fists out and pretend you’re flying.
Riskayyyy – Get as creative as you want, but do something riskayyyy. Maybe a spank, maybe mooning? Riskayyy!.
Head Bangin – Pretend you’re at a rock concert, bang your head and throw up the rock sign devil horns.
“Okay” Sign – Put your thumb and pointer finger into a circle and raise the other three in the air, to give the okay sign.
Scuba Signals – If anyone knows scuba signs and signals at the part maybe flash a turtle, shark, octopus or out of oxygen signal at the screen!
This will help the guests to start their creative juice flow in for fun filled photosession.
More on photobooths coming soon…
A video booth where guests can record a message on video for the newly-wed couple. Give them ideas on what to record.It could be anything “how you met the couple”, “some marriage advice” or some heart felt wishes..
Turn your guests into photographers
Not only are your guests dying to celebrate your love, chances are they are also dying to document it. Challenge your guests with a list of photos to capture, or just provide a hashtag for guests to use to ensure you get copies of all the moments you missed while spinning around the dance floor. Not only is this fun for kids and adults alike, but it’s a wonderful way to get extra photos from your wedding. Ask your guests to use their digital cameras or smartphones to capture the moments even the best photographers sometimes miss. You can have some website I place where they should share the pictures. Have some prizes for the best pictures. Have the list made and circulate among guest with the web address where to share.
Arrange live dance troupe
Sometimes the best parts of a reception are the things guests don’t see coming. Plan some unexpected entertainment during the reception, arrange for dance troupe like a belly dancers, local folk dancers, or even salsa dancers. Encourage the guests to join in with them.
Don’t Forget the Kids
Kids at weddings are unavoidable so make sure you have a contingency plan for their entertainment too. Sitting quietly somewhere and not playing with the décor is not something you can expect of them, so providing an activity for the kids might give their parents a bit of a break. A simple and cost effective arrangement is providing coloring books and crayons for them. And if the budget permits, a designated kid area with some games and activity is a great option.
Nothing stops a party in its tracks faster than guests heading for the door early. Take out an insurance policy against a skimpy crowd and plan a treat for the end of the night that people will look forward to: prepare and perform a dance together , or you can plan a reception getaway that’ll gets guests excited, like a fireworks show or lighting up sky lanterns.
Happy Planning !!