Weddings are about bringing friends and family together to celebrate your special day. For guests, the best moments are witnessing the ceremony, enjoying the meal, and then hitting the dance floor. You can keep the party going with these entertaining ideas:
Take Them for a Ride
Transport guests from your ceremony to your reception tourist-style. You can do this by hiring a local tour company to pick everyone up and take them on a brief tour of the area as they make their way to your reception space.
Do It Yourself Photo Booth
Make your own backdrop, props, or gag items to create a theme for the booth. The best part is that the possibilities are endless. For example: Set up a faux wall and cover it with wallpaper and various vintage frames, cutting out the spaces where the pictures would usually be. Guests can pop their heads in and out to pose for photos with one another. You can even arrange for a photographer to snap the pictures, or set up a camera with an automatic setting to let guests control the shoot.
Hire a Live Artist
An artist will set up a canvas and quietly paint a picture of the event as it is taking place. While he or she works, your guests can watch, and throughout the evening check back to see how the painting is going. Plus, it’s the ultimate keepsake.
Make the Meal the Center of Attention
If you have a favorite local vendor hire them to serve dessert or a late-night snack at your reception. This idea is great for park weddings or outdoor receptions, and perfect for the summer or fall season!
Host a beer or wine tasting station. Display top picks from the bride and groom to make it personal, ore hire a sommelier to introduce the wine and teach each guest how to properly cleanse their palate. Also, consider giving out monogrammed wine bottle holders as favors for guests to take home.
Book a Comedian
Hire a professional jokester to work the room. Whether she’s doing a stand-up routine, or just warming up the crowd between meals, the right comedian will know what is and isn’t appropriate material for the occasion.
Create a Game Night Theme
Have a different game on each table and post easy step-by-step instructions to remind guests how to play. Avoid those that have a difficult setup or takedown and complicated game play; opt for simple favorites like Scrabble, Checkers, Connect Four, Uno, or Sorry!
Set Up a Sand Art Station
If you’re getting married on beachside or going for a nautical theme, think about having a sand art station at your reception. Guests can visit the table and watch a live demo on how to transform sand into lovely keepsakes; then they can build their own personalized favors to take home.