Every couple wants to enjoy their wedding day and, if you’re planning your big day, you’ll want your guests to have a fabulous time too. There are a huge number of ways for you to entertain your guests so whether you’re looking for traditional fun or alternative amusements, here’s an overview of options plus some advice that might be useful as you organise your celebrations.
Food & drink
Now this is a form of entertainment that’s absolutely essential! Providing great food and drink for your guests will always improve the atmosphere because no one is at their best if they’re hungry and thirsty. Get creative with your options and really give your guests something to talk about! Signature cocktails, craft gin bars, champagne towers, barrels of beer, mobile bars and stations that encourage you to ‘pimp your prosecco’ are all popular options and with good reason – everyone loves them! When it comes to food, how about food trucks, wood-fired pizza, BBQs, family style dining options, sharing platters or even a doughnut wall?
If there’s one way to create an atmosphere quickly, it’s with music. Take the time to choose appropriate pieces for your ceremony, drinks reception and evening reception and you’ll be guaranteed to set the perfect tone to entertain your guests. You might also want to think about music to play during your wedding breakfast – sometimes conversation is easier with a little background music. In addition to your entrance/exit music and first dance, don’t forget about the last song. Choose an iconic track and finish the evening on a high!
Your wedding day should be an enjoyable one and if you want to get everyone smiling, some games can be a great idea, especially during a lengthy drinks reception. Giant garden games such as Jenga and chess are always fun, or you could opt for croquet, table tennis or even old-school fairground rides and games. Thankfully lots of venues now have their own games that you can borrow or there are plenty of suppliers who hire all manner of forms of additional entertainment.
Enjoying something a little out-of-the-ordinary will always get your guests talking. There are of course the more traditional magicians, caricaturists and silhouette artists but my current favourite forms of additional entertainment are roving glitter artists and giant dancing disco ball heads (yes, you read that right!). Depending on the length of time you’re trying to fill then activities such as wine tasting, and guided tours can also prove to be popular with your guests.
As amazing as your wedding day will be, younger guests tend to see things a little differently! Make sure that the children at your wedding have a fantastic day too by thinking about entertainment for them as well. Treasure hunts and bouncy castles can work really well for dealing with excess energy or how about setting up a movie night complete with tipis, bean bags and plenty of popcorn! Even an area with board games, colouring books and child-friendly pastimes is a great idea because it gives children somewhere to ‘escape’ when all that adult chat becomes too much!
Of course, you don’t need to hire professionals to entertain your guests. Set up a photo booth with fun props, hire a temporary tattoo or glitter bar or arrange a sparkler send-off for the end of the evening. Bonfires and firepits are ideal for outdoor weddings (especially if there are marshmallows to toast!) and quizzes always bring out everyone’s competitive side.
With all these ideas to choose from, it can be tempting to fill every minute of your day with various entertainment. However, remember that as fun as entertainments are, guests will also enjoy having the time and space to catch up with people they’ve not seen for a while or to make new friends. It’s usually best to make any entertainment optional so that your guests can dip in and out as they please. You should always be the stars of the show!
Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire based wedding planner and event organiser with over 10 years experience. Find out how she could help you plan your wedding day at www.katrinaotterweddings.co.uk