Your wedding day will creep up on you quickly and its not until the date is literally just around the corner that you start to wonder if you are doing enough to entertain your wedding guests on the day, last minute panic may set in!
As a wedding photographer in Bicester I have seen couples use some of the following ideas to keep their guests entertained:
- Lawn games are easy to organise, but do normally lean towards summer weddings. A quick trip down to your local Garden Centre for Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and a Chess sets can work out very cheap and effective. Also depending on the size of the grounds Boules, Rounders and Cricket also tick the boxes and if you have a large number of children in attendance, a bouncy castle will give parents a bit of quiet time to enjoy a drink.
- Choose your venue wisely, find somewhere that has some nice grounds where people can go for short walks to stretch their legs, feed the ducks on the pond, watch horses charge about in adjoining fields. Its not uncommon to have a reception in a museum or gallery either. Lots of National Trust venues open their doors to weddings receptions and most have beautiful gardens and buildings for your guests to enjoy. Yes, they are expensive and not for everyone, but not everyone has the same budget…
- If you have concerns about the weather you could bring the games inside. Retro arcade games and old pinball machines, gaming tables such as pool are great, or you could go wild with a casino. Plenty of these can be hired for very little cost. Even my awesome photo booth would go down a treat, no reason for it to be an evening only thing. Talk to your wedding photographer and see if they can provide one, if not there are plenty of suppliers out there to specialise in Photo Booths.
- Live entertainment. Last year I came across a lovely Harpist, a small group of Violinists and even a bagpipe player. You could even hire a magician for a few hours to mingle with your guests and play with their minds. I had one at my wedding and it went down a treat, we had some very confused guests! (Do check with the venue that these are allowed and make sure they have public liability insurance).
- Nibbles and drink generally go without mention, but are sometimes overlooked. If you have a lot of time in between the stages of your day try to make sure your guests are fed and watered. You don’t want people disappearing to get food. Pub snacks are often plenty to keep people going and are a cheaper alternative to canapes. On a hot day, why not consider an ice cream cart? Its not a new idea by any means, but people will flock to them for a cool Ice cream.
I hope these give you a few ideas to help your wedding day go smoothly, but remember, you don’t have to go too mad. The men will always gravitate to the bar and the girls to the dance floor, the whole buzz of your wedding day will be enough to keep people entertained…..
….and as always, If you are looking for a Bicester Wedding Photographer or need me to travel a little further afield, do get in touch.