When people plan a wedding, beautiful arrangements are all they usually think of. When the big day rolls around, they often find that their guests aren’t really interested in the beauty. Rather, they are bored for want of entertainment.
Many can’t wait to run back home. If this isn’t the kind of wedding you want, you need to seriously think of ways to liven up your wedding. Here are some tips to go with.
Table of contents:
- Start with the rehearsal – get people together
- Do a good job with the seating arrangements
- Spend on the alcohol
- Arrange for a great supply hors d’oeuvres
- Arrange for transportation
- An interesting venue can go a long way
- Bring in some entertainment
- Consider setting up a temporary videogame arcade
- Get a projector and put on a game
- Don’t forget the children
1. Start with the rehearsal – get people together
Weddings are about bringing two new families and entirely different sets of friends together. Many people fear such a situation; they dislike being forced to make small talk.
There’s an easy way to make this situation interesting, though. The bride, the groom and their parents need to sit together and work out what guests have the most in common. At the rehearsal, they should make sure to get all the right people together.
2. Do a good job with the seating arrangements
When it comes to the seating arrangements, couples don’t usually pay enough attention to it. It isn’t enough to introduce your guests to one another, though. You also need to make sure that you don’t seat them apart. Well thought out seating arrangements are a great way to ensure that your guests stay involved and engaged.
3. Spend on the alcohol
Alcohol is a great social lubricant; it loosens people up and helps them drop their inhibitions. You need to make sure that there’s a great supply of free drinks going, and plenty of places for people to sit down and talk.
4. Arrange for a great supply hors d’oeuvres
While a grand wedding dinner can be wonderful, it isn’t a good idea to starve your guests until dinnertime. You need to have plenty of cheese balls, vegetable skewers, mini empanadas and other simple food for everyone to nibble on, the entire time that they are there. Not only will your guests feel better about talking to one another when there is food, they’ll have a fun time exploring all that’s available to eat.
5. Arrange for transportation
Wedding guests don’t usually arrive with a designated driver. Knowing that they need to drive themselves back home can make it difficult for them to drink a little and to enjoy themselves. It’s a great idea, then, to either arrange for enough rooms at the venue for everyone to spend the night or to arrange for a fleet of shuttles to take everyone home when they are ready.
6. An interesting venue can go a long way
Hotel ballrooms tend to bore guests. You could consider overlooking regular venues, and going with more interesting choices. Many modern zoos come with outdoor banquet facilities, for instance.
With many animal enclosures in view, all guests should be very interested. A natural history museum or a science museum can be good ideas, too.
7. Bring in some entertainment
As entertaining as a competent wedding band can be, you need to take into account the fact that your guests are likely to have different tastes. It can make sense to bring in different kinds of entertainment so that you have something for everyone. A karaoke area and a dance floor with a DJ are good ideas to go with.
8. Consider setting up a temporary videogame arcade
You can easily rent arcade style consoles in many towns. Setting up several machines around the wedding venue can help people have some fun. A photo booth is another entertaining possibility.
9. Get a projector and put on a game
There’s always a great game on somewhere on television. Getting a top quality projector and great speakers to set up in a part of the venue is all you need to make sure that the sports fans among your guests are happy to have come.
10. Don’t forget the children
Children easily get bored at adult events. When they get bored, they let their parents know it. It ends up with everyone feeling miserable and looking forward to getting back home.
It’s important at any wedding to keep the children entertained. You need a play area, a sleeping area, a snack area and even a children’s television area. The more the children at your wedding have to keep themselves busy, the freer the adults will be to have fun themselves.
It’s important to take the entertainment needs of you guests seriously. Once you do, your guests will be happy they came. While you might think that a wedding itself is a fun event, your guests might think otherwise.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to spend a fortune on these activities. Consider budget-friendly options and be sure to do it well in advance. If you have any other ideas, share them with us, please.