Wedding entertainment ideas
Weddings can be long. As couples strive to make the most of their wedding day, they choose an early ceremony time and run the party late into the night. An early afternoon wedding means there is still around ten hours to fill until the carriages arrive to take guests home. Wedding ceremony’s take about half an hour – so how should you be filling those nine and a half hours? The question – is getting married enough to keep your guests entertained?
Long days require perks to ensure the enthusiasm of your guests doesn’t begin to dissolve. The obvious wedding entertainment choices are good food and good music. You can’t get away without feeding guests or having a dance floor at a wedding, but these are expected – so what else can do you to entertain guests at your wedding without breaking the bank?
Such a winner at weddings – not only do your guests get a keepsake, you also have the opportunity to create a wedding photo booth scrapbook if your booth prints more than one copy. There is also the option of a DIY photo booth – simply create a backdrop and place a frame in front, and leave the rest to your guests! The pictures are bound to appear on social media for you to enjoy after the wedding. Ensure you have plenty of props and dress-up items for the funniest combinations.
Reception drink ideas
Get creative with your drinks offering and allow guests to personalise their beverage. Pimp your Prosecco stations can include garnishes, fruit liquors and a variety of cordials and purees. If gin is your thing, why not do something similar and include an array of tonics? If you really want to push the boat out – add some edible flowers into the mix.
Reception game ideas
If the flowing drinks don’t keep your guests occupied enough, then the addition of some group games are sure to fill the time until everyone is called for the wedding breakfast. For summer weddings, when there is outside space to make use of, you can place giant Jenga, bowls, connect four, ring toss, limbo or even swingball in the garden.
For winter weddings, put simple yet classic games in the reception room, or turn a separate area into a games room if you have the space. Dominos, draughts and chess are sure to be winners.
Get your guests mingling at the tables with some simple print-outs. Printable wedding games are a true money-saving idea. Why not list moments for them to capture on their phones and turn it into a game? For the party-types, they are sure to enjoy a Wedding Speech drinking game. An easy-to-create question and answer type game will get them chatting.
Get your guests to share their words of wisdom by asking them for their advice. It could be tips on how to have a happy marriage, where to go travelling next, date ideas or even what you should call your first-born child.
From bubbles to colouring books, there are plenty of ways to keep kids entertained at weddings. Make them feel special by creating an entertainment pack with their name on it. Include colouring pencils, stickers, bubbles, a few pages to colour in and perhaps a wordsearch or crossword.
Go out with a bang and end your night with a fireworks display. Some venues have noise restrictions – so check the rules before you book if its on the must-have list. If you want a more cost-effective option, stick to the humble sparkler and get everyone involved.