Weddings are all about bringing friends and family together to celebrate your special day. For guests, the best moments are witnessing the ceremony, enjoying the meal and then hitting the dance floor. Doing so should keep them pretty busy, but there’s always more that you can offer them. Keep the party going with these entertaining ideas.
*Take Them for a Ride
Transport guests from your ceremony to your reception tourist-style. Hire a local tour company to pick everyone up and take them on a brief tour of the area as they make their way to your reception space. If you’d rather skip a formal tour, give them an impromptu one as you joyride between events. Look for a trolley or ferry that will hold all your guests and treat everyone to a free ride.
*Hire a Live Artist
Here’s how it works: An artist will arrive at the wedding, set up a canvas and quietly paint a picture of the event as it’s taking place. While he or she works, your guests can watch and throughout the evening check back in to see how the painting is going. Plus, it’s the ultimate keepsake—what better way to preserve the magic of your special day?
*Make the Meal the Center of Attention
You’ve seen an ice cream truck pull up to a wedding reception before, but what about a gelato hut or a taco stand on wheels? If you have a favorite local vendor (particularly one who’s mobile), hire them to serve dessert or a late-night snack at your reception. This idea is great for park weddings or outdoor receptions and perfect for the summer or fall season.
*Create a Game Night Theme
What is a better way to get to know the newlyweds then playing the game itself! The bridesmaids set out two chairs back-to-back and seated the bride and groom facing away from each other. In each hand, the bride and groom holds something that represents themselves and loved one. For each question, such as “Who is the better cook?” or “Who spends more money?” the bride and groom raise there arm (representing themselves or their better half) that best answered the question. The game elicited lots of chuckles and I thought it was a great way to lighten the mood.
*Try Wine-Tasting Stations
Skip the signature cocktail and host a beer or wine tasting instead. Display top picks from the bride and groom to make it personal and, for added authenticity, hire a sommelier to introduce the wine and teach each guest how to properly cleanse their palate. Give out monogrammed wine bottle holders as favors for guests to take home.