As special as your wedding is going to be to you, and as much as you hope that everyone will be having as much of a good time as you are, there’s no denying that when you’re a wedding guest, things can sometimes get a bit tedious and tiresome. We’ve all been there: stuck at a wedding that just seems to go on…and on…, so how do you ensure that your guests are happy and entertained and not heading for the door when the lights go down?
Here are 5 ways to put smiles on people’s faces and make sure they stay there until the very end.
1. Fun at the Table
Once the formalities are over with and the wedding breakfast is underway, give your guests something to do. Traditional guest books are great, but why not have some blank cards available and ask your guests for their pearls of wisdom for a happy marriage. The best ones can be read out later and they’re sure to bring some laughter to the occasion. Another great idea is to give each guest a card that says ” Ask Dave to tell you about the time he went to India” or “Ask Karen what happened when she locked herself out of her house.” Picking the best (or most embarrassing) of your friends’ stories and encouraging them to share them will really get the conversation flowing around the table.
2. Wedding Reception Entertainment
One of the worst times for all-day wedding guests is that time between the end of the wedding breakfast and the start of the disco. If you have an hour or two of down time, why not offer some entertainment? A magician, a comedian or some live music will keep that party spirit going, or you could even host your own quiz. Make all the questions wedding related and ask your best man (or even your DJ) to be your Compere. It’ll be an hour well spent and put a halt to those inevitable yawns.
3. A Photobooth
These are becoming more and more popular lately, and you only need to look at the results to see why. With funny backdrops and a whole host of quirky props, even Grandma will be going back for more. They’re great fun for guests on the day and will add invaluable memories to your wedding album. You can check them out here.
4. A Fantastic Wedding DJ
An experienced wedding DJ is worth his weight in gold. It’s time to forget about having a DJ just for your evening disco because more and more people are realising the benefits of having their DJ play a part in the entire day’s proceedings. Being able to play music from beginning to end is only a small part of what he can offer – a true professional will transform your wedding into a breathtaking red-carpet production with you and your guests as the stars. With guaranteed fun, games and laughter from beginning to end, this really is the way to go if you want your wedding to be personalised and unique.
5. Food and Drink Bars
Sweetie Bars have been popular for a few years now but there are so many alternatives you could opt for to make your wedding a little bit more special for your guests. Instead of a traditional evening buffet, why not have a range of smaller tables instead. A cheese and biscuits bar, a cupcake bar, even a ‘make your own sandwich’ or ‘make your own cocktail’ bar. Various themed tables work really well – Indian, Chinese and Italian, for example. One of the best things I’ve seen is a midnight lounge serving a variety of kebabs and burgers. Alongside it was a hot chocolate bar with an array of creams, sprinkles, marshmallows and other toppings. It was great fun and something everyone was looking forward to when the dancing had finished.
Once you realise the importance of keeping your guests entertained and happy, you’ll be able to make sure that your wedding is the best one that your guests have ever been to!