In a few months, you’ll walk down the aisle and say “I do” in front of all your friends and family. It’s a beautiful day that everyone looks forward to for their entire life. It goes without saying that you want it to be as special as possible.
That means you’ll have to keep the party going from start to finish. It doesn’t hurt to give out interesting wedding favors and get a little creative with your ceremony either. It’s okay to break some traditions.
Check out this guide for a few fun wedding ideas that will have all your guests talking for years to come.
1. Have a Solid Seating Arrangement
If you want to have a fun wedding reception, one thing you have to keep in mind is your seating arrangement. If you know that your aunt Susan doesn’t get along with your cousin Tim, don’t try to force them to patch things up by sitting them together at your wedding.
It might seem like a good idea to make your friends and family meet new people by sitting them at a table with strangers, but it’s not. All it will lead to is awkward conversations, which isn’t fun for anyone.
Sit people together who you know will get along. Young children should sit with the other young children and the teenagers with other teenagers.
Try to sit all your college or high school buddies together because they’ll have tons of fun catching up. You get the picture.
2. Put a Creative Spin on Your Ceremony Exit
You don’t want people throwing rice as you and your spouse exit the venue for one reason (and it’s not the reason you think). While rice killing birds is a myth, it does pose a tripping hazard. It’s also not easy to clean up.
You’ll find that most venues you call to book with ban the use of rice. So, you’ll need to get a little creative with the exit part of the ceremony.
If you’re having a beach wedding, don’t pass up on the opportunity to let your guests throw mini beachballs at you. If you’re not having a beach wedding, bubbles make a fun alternative.
You can also line your aisle with balloons and allow your guests to release them into the air as you walk past. The only problem is the plastic from the balloons is harmful to the environment.
3. Keep Your Guests Comfortable
Nobody is going to be able to have fun at your wedding if they’re sweating. Bugs are also a big problem at outdoor summer weddings. Give everyone access to bug spray or put citronella candles on the tables.
Have a basket of flip flops available so people can trade out their uncomfortable dress shoes. You can also designate an area where guests can take off their shoes.
Give out boozy cocktails and popsicles to help your guests cool off. Don’t leave the kids out of the fun. Provide a few booze-free alternatives for them.
If your wedding takes place in the winter, go all out with the warm treats. Nobody will ever say no to hot chocolate on a cold day. Apple cider is another great choice.
4. Don’t Skimp on the Wedding Favors
Providing wedding favors is your special way of thanking your guests for attending your wedding. It gives them something they can look at and remember the fun they had on your special day.
If your wedding takes place during the winter, consider sending your guests home with delicious tins of hot chocolate, apple cider, or assorted coffees.
Plants make a nice touch to a home, so everyone can benefit from having a succulent. You can also provide monogrammed sunglasses and other goodies that have your guest’s initials and your wedding date on them.
5. Keep Things Moving Along
Your wedding needs to be constantly going from start to finish. Nobody wants to sit around and do nothing for several hours at a time. If things start dragging, your guests will notice.
Your goal is to get your guests from the ceremony to cocktail hour, to the dance floor as quickly as possible. Working with a wedding planner will help keep things going at a rapid rate.
6. Have a Kid’s Only Area
It’s going to be hard for your adult guests to enjoy all the fun wedding activities if they have to babysit their kids the entire time. Consider creating a special place for all the children to hang out.
Provide movies, games, and other entertainment for them to enjoy while their parents are jamming on the dance floor. Make sure to hire someone to watch the kids. You don’t want to leave them to their own devices.
7. Interactive Food Stations
Perhaps the most essential part of any wedding reception is the food. Rather than going with traditional meals, work around your picky eaters, by setting up a few food stations.
People will have fun rolling sushi or putting toppings on their own bowl of creamy mac and cheese. You should also consider giving out a couple of small courses throughout the night. This will keep everyone’s stomachs full and happy.
Fun Wedding Ideas All Your Guests Will Enjoy
You’ve dreamed of your wedding day for your entire life. The last thing you want is to make your guests bored. Detour away from the traditional and try providing interactive food stations and entertainment areas for children.
Keep your wedding activities going constantly to stop things from dragging. Create a sitting arrangement that everyone can agree on and above all else, have a fun wedding day.
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