A good, long-lasting marriage has a solid start. The wedding day marks the very first day of your marriage, and that one day can be very stressful. It’s important to remember to infuse a little fun and laughter into the big day to ease a little of the stress and ensure you start your marriage out capturing the sentiments that will hold your marriage together forever.
If you have studied the funny bone of your intended, you may already know exactly how to make him smile. Little (or big) surprises that create laughter are the perfect way to show your partner (and all the witnesses present on your big day) that you don’t take yourself too seriously, and that you’re committed to creating special moments for the duration of your lives together.
A wedding party roast with slightly embarrassing stories, choreographed dance numbers, flash-mob speeches, and late-night food truck services are awesome, but nothing says funny like a fake moustache in a photo booth. No, really. You can roll your eyes, but this booth creates a ridiculous amount of silly, contagious laughter from even the most stern of chins. You may even need bouncers to get grandma out of the booth.
Guests love a photo op, and having a photo booth installed is a great way to capture the crazy that you call family and friends. Consider a theme—go old-school Hollywood glamorous or silly cartoon-crazy—the possibilities are endless. Use chalkboard signs to allow guests to create stories. Cardboard cut-outs in the shape of speech bubbles are another way to allow guests to create their own signs with personalized messages. Old picture frames are also a great way to squeeze guests into a smaller space, creating some cozy and entertaining photos. But whatever you do, make sure you go heavy on the props.
If the budget doesn’t allow for this, consider creating a selfie corner and add an abundance of props there. Be sure to invent a memorable #hashtag for the festivities in order to track on Instagram, Twitter—and yes, even Facebook—to keep the love and laughter flowing in the weeks that follow.
No one likes to attend—much less host—a wedding with dull periods, speeches that drag on, a scattered reception, etc. While it’s nearly impossible to ensure that every single guest has an amazing time, you can sure try! Designating a chunk of your wedding budget to entertainment for guests (and yourselves) will go a long way. An entertained guest is a happy one, and that makes for an amazing wedding reception.
Here are some entertainment suggestions to consider for your wedding.
1. A good DJ and welcoming dance floor. A DJ accommodates everyone’s music tastes better than a band does, simply because they are able to play a very wide range of music. They can easily change tempo, take nearly any request, read to crowd, and change tracks quickly. A Good DJ is sure to get the crowd dancing all night!
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2. A photo booth with fun props. A new trend in wedding entertainment is photo booths with fun props. Many modern weddings provide quirky props like top hats, fake mustaches, feather boas, and more to guests who enter a photo booth and make silly photos. The photos can then be printed and provided to guests, or left to the couple as an album.
3. Chinese lanterns. If you’re having a wedding reception outdoors and in an open place, consider lighting paper lanterns. The guests can each have a giant paper lantern to light and send off into the sky. As they float away, guests make wishes. What’s more? Imagine the photo opportunity of the sky full of wedding lanterns.
4. A caricaturist. An off-beat type of entertainment is a single entertainer. Someone like a caricaturist can roam your reception and provide caricatures for guests as they wait to be served, in between speeches, while the dancing is happening, etc. Other entertainers to consider are comedians and magicians.
5. A “Build Your Own” food station. Food can be fun! By adding a “Build Your Own” food station at your reception, the act of preparing and eating can be very entertaining. There are a number of stations you can host. Think “Build Your Own” ice cream sundaes, candy bags, mashed potato martinis, slushies, and more.
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6. An open bar. This one explains itself. An extra tip for a wedding bar is to create one or a couple signature cocktails for the night. An open bar virtually grantees that guests will let some inhibitions loose and have a great time no matter what other forms of entertainment you provide.
Lauren Chan is the Editor of the Bridal Guide.