A major factor that determines the success of your wedding is the entertainment. Get this right and you can send your guests home glowing, with unforgettable memories of the fun and excitement.
While the conventional disco and wedding bands are classics, don’t feel they are a necessity. Rules are made to be broken and throwing some creativity into the mix can make your special day, so much more special. After all, the wildest ideas are often the most fun!
Here some entertaining wedding ideas from blogger Joe Thomas, that your guests will love:
Wake your guests up with fun coffees
After the meal, your guests may be feeling a little stuffed and lethargic. To reset a lively mood, it’s your responsibility to wake everyone one up and get the party started. Create a coffee menu with fun names and ideas that people just can’t resist. Some of our favourite examples are: The Thai Iced Capuccino, flavoured with almond and cardamon, ‘The Gingerbread Latte, and The Hot Buttered Toffee Coffee.
Enlist your grandmas to be your flower girls
To add some fun and humour into your wedding, why not ask your grandmas to be the flower girls? Ideas like this will create a fun and relaxed atmosphere for your guests to feel more at ease and make your grandma feel special too.
Petals for confetti
For a more tasteful send off, why not give flower petals to the guests as confetti. It’s more environmentally friendly, less messy, and the sweet fragrance of flowers will fill the air, adding to the atmosphere. Just check with the venue first, to make sure confetti is allowed.
Cocktails are a trendy must-have at your wedding. Instead of just offering a few cosmopolitans, hire a couple of cocktail experts to make some fun and delicious drinks for your guests. An added section of whisky and cigars for the men certainly wouldn’t go unrecognised. Why not set up a casino table as well?
There are literally thousands of ideas for canapés to treat your guests with. Also, be sure you don’t forget the drinks; send out some waiters with pitchers of freshly made lemonade, Pimms with fruit, and the canapés of your choice.
To create long lasting memories of the evening for you and your friends, it’s a fun idea to set up a photo booth with a box of dressing up clothes. Your guests can even take the pictures home, and enjoy the memories. An alternative to this, is to hire a quick-drawing sketch artist, that can sketch pictures of your guests throughout the evening.
Old-fashion sweetie buffet table
A sweets table is always fun. Adults and kids alike love to have a table with lots of old fashioned jars of sweets to help themselves to. It’s a cheap and fun way to add to the atmosphere of the wedding. To add to the fun, why not set up, at a safe distance, a giant Jenga game?
Create a cosy corner
For those guests that want some space or to relax in the evening, or for couples that want sneak off for a few moments of privacy, set up a little cosy corner. If it’s a warm night, set it up outside below the stars. A couple of hammocks, cushions, bean bags, candles in jars, and gentle music on a speaker to set the mood. Add some fairy lights to really set the scene for when it gets dark.
Crayons for the kids
Make sure the little ones are happy! Provide lots of crayon and paper for them. If it’s outside where there is a lot of stone flooring, chalks are also fun and wash away in the rain. Don’t be surprised if you see mum and dad getting in on the colouring action.
Ball pit/ bouncy castle
Hire a ball pit or bouncy castle. This is very exciting for kids of all ages, where I’m sure later on in the evening after a few drinks some of the adults with also be bringing out their inner child.
Bobbing apples with prizes
Evoke the child in everyone with fun games such as bobbing apples. Alternatively, set up a beer pong table or flip cup (they don’t have to involve alcohol). After everyone is settled, and a few cheeky drinks, it might be an idea to set up small teams for those wanting to take part. Prizes for the winners!
Lots of people find dancing embarrassing and awkward because they just don’t know what to do on the dancefloor. To get people moving, hire a dance instructor to get people up and dancing, teaching some easy and fun dance moves to ensure all your guests have fun.
After everyone is feeling relaxed why not have a few rounds of karaoke to spark up some fun! This doesn’t have to be done one at a time, choose a few classics to sing from, and get the whole crowd singing along. Get any of the little ones involved that would like to sing to lighten the mood and get everyone interacting.
Finishing with a sparkle
Finish the wedding reception by handing out a few sparklers – great fun to do in the winter. This is a nice visually appealing, fun and romantic way to finish the wedding. Even a small one can make a big impression, and is a nice conclusion to a wonderful day.