When it comes to wedding planning, most couples focus on the venue, the photographer, and the feast they’re going to serve their guests. But what about the entertainment? When you’ve got friends and family travelling from all over the country, you want to them to have a great time, as well as helping you share the day and celebrate your love. If you’re bogged down by spreadsheets and table plans, why not take a break and think about how you can inject some serious fun into your big day?
The ultimate party playlist
At your wedding, you want to get the dance floor rocking, and you can do this by creating a playlist that is designed to get everyone on their feet and jumping around. Avoid songs that nobody knows, throw in a few wedding classics, and remember to cater for every age group. Choose traditional crowd-pleasers, and don’t be afraid to be a bit cheesy. Who doesn’t love spinning their grandma around to Dancing Queen by Abba or attempting to lock down the moves to Gangnam Style or Saturday Night? If you’re keen to maximise guest interaction and involvement, ask the DJ to take requests on the night or add space for suggestions on your RSVP cards.
If you’re keen for an energetic, all night party, set the tone with your wedding dance. You could rehearse a routine with your new husband or get your friends up and recreate a dance from your hen weekend.
Get snap happy
After your wedding day, you’ll have hundreds of photos to look through, but the chances are that they’ll be staged group shots and pictures of you cutting the cake and enjoying your first dance. If you’re keen to get some funny snaps of the day, why not investigate photo booth hire? You can order a booth for a few hours, your guests can grab some props and have a great time, and then you’ll have an album of funny photos to flick through when the post-wedding blues set in. If you order double prints, your friends and family can take a set away with them and leave one in your guest book. You can also view and share your photos online, to carry on the fun after the excitement of the big day is over.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding and you’re going for a relaxed carnival/festival feel, outdoor games are a great way to get the party started and encourage some friendly competition. You could add fairground rides, obstacle courses, and bouncy castles if you’ve got lots of kids attending or stick to country fair favourites like hook-a-duck and a coconut shy.
Most people have a band or a DJ, so why not be a little more original and book some trapeze artists or salsa dancers to give a performance or some mixologists to create some fancy cocktails?
When you’re planning a wedding, you want to focus on the romance of the day, but you probably also want to let your hair down and have a wonderful time with the people closest to you. After the formalities are sorted, turn your attention to having fun, and planning a day your guests will never forget.