Cambridgeshire Weddings – How To Entertain Your Wedding Guests
It’s always an honour to be on the guest list for a couple’s big day, everyone turns up excited to join in the celebrations and catch-up with family or friends. But it’s important to remember that while the day might fly by for the happy couple who are caught up in a whirlwind of emotions and adrenaline, the day is a long one for your guests. People arriving at 12:30pm for 1pm ceremony are probably going to be with you for a good 12 hours, and the ceremony and meal will take up less than half of that time. Even a 3pm ceremony is a 9-10 hour day. As much as people will enjoy seeing their loved-ones getting hitched and catching up with other guests they might not have seen for some time, conversation can only keep them going for so long. There’s also the added bonus that keeping your guests busy will mean more interesting pictures as well, rather than lots of pictures of people sat round at tables talking. Weddings with stuff going on always produce the best photography.
But don’t worry, there are loads of easy ways to keep everyone entertained for the day.
HERE’S 12 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR WEDDING GUESTS ENTERTAINED FROM CEREMONY TO PARTY
1 – CONFETTI
This might seem like an odd place to start but people LOVE dumping tiny bits of biodegradable paper over two people who have just got married. Sometimes I see this tradition skipped, but it’s always a fun moment for both the happy couple and enthusiastic guests. If you don’t fancy confetti, or if your venue doesn’t allow it, bubbles will also work well.
2 – GARDEN GAMES
This is the most common activity couples lay on for their guests. Loads of venues will have garden games included as part of the service. Everyone loves a giant Jenga or an oversized Connect 4. French Bowls, croquet, conkers, giant noughts and crosses, the list of options goes on and on.
3 – A MAGICIAN
I love watching a magician work their magic at a wedding reception. They are always a hit with guests. It makes for some great reaction shots.
4 – A BOUNCY CASTLE
Not just for kids! Weddings are a great chance to let your hair down and a bouncy castle always brings out the child in your guests who can’t wait to kick their shoes off and climb on.
5 – AFTERNOON MUSIC
This is a great way to bring a bit of atmosphere to your afternoon drinks. Lots of bands offer an all day service where they play both your afternoon drinks and your evening party.
6 – MINI GOLF
Everyone loves the challenge of a mini golf course!
7 – KIDS CRECHE
Perfect if you’ve got a lot of children coming to the day. Weddings can be dull for children, giving them an area to play will keep them happy and also let the parents really relax and enjoy the day knowing the kids are being looked after.
8 – TABLE GAMES & PROPS
Avoid small talk and awkward conversations between your guests who don’t know each other so well by putting table games and props out at your wedding breakfast. Ice breaker games like Who Am I? and comedy moustaches are always a hit.
9 – PHOTOBOOTH
Fancy dress, silly wigs and big hats; a photobooth or magic mirror is always a popular part of any evening party.
10 – AN INTERACTIVE BAND
A band or DJ who gets involved in the evening can really add something to your party. Boys v Girls dance-offs & sing-offs or just the band getting on the dance floor and boogieing away with you, an evening party with a band who is involved beyond the stage always makes it a memorable night – and great pictures!
11 – CASINO
Possibly not the first thing you think of when you imagine a typical wedding day experience, but they are always popular with guests. It’s always fake money, so guests who might not want to gamble away real money and kids can all join in and enjoy the fun. Everyone is given a set amount to ‘gamble’ with and whoever has the most fake cash at the end of the night wins a prize, usually a bottle of champagne.
12 – FIREWORKS & SPARKLERS
Ideal for winter weddings, this is a great way to entertain your wedding guests in the evening, as long as they get hold of the sparklers before they’ve had too much to drink!