Weddings are events full of love, happiness, and fun. So what better place to bring loved ones together and have the single ones mingle than at your wedding? Set up some amazing ways to get your guests smiling throughout the ceremony and the reception.
1. Who doesn’t love disposable cameras? It’s probably been a while since you’ve used one, but you should bring them back for this special occasion. You can start the photo-snapping fun at the ceremony. Stash a few disposable cameras in each row of seats. You can stick one at each end of the rows, so there’s a camera at the seat closest to the aisle and one at the seat closest to the other end of that row. You can even stick one in the middle of the row so there’s a total of three cameras in each row.
This will ensure that you don’t miss a thing! Your guests can snap photos as soon as they arrive and take their seats while you’re still getting ready to strut your stuff. You can also have disposable cameras as part of the centerpiece at each of the tables during your reception.
You’ll most likely end up with photos of the food, snapshots of your smiling guests, funny moments you missed from your seat, or just fun group shots and selfies.
2. While we’re on the photo note, who can resist a photo booth? There will definitely be a line of people waiting to get photos taken. You can rent a photo booth, or create a DIY one. A DIY photo booth may require a photographer to help. He or she can use a Polaroid camera so guests can see their photos instantly!
A DIY photo booth isn’t too difficult, all you really need is a sheet as a background if there isn’t already a desirable one, and props. You can use props like a top hat, feather boas, 3D movie glasses with the lenses popped out, a mustache on a stick, and the list continues. Use your imagination and have fun with it. You know your guests will enjoy it!
3. It’s one thing to have hard copies of photos, but it’s another to have digital copies. So how can you ever keep track of your guests’ wedding photos posted online? You know you want to see the photos everyone took. You can create a personalized hashtag for your guests to use when posting to social media sites.
You know half of your relatives will be checking into Facebook, that one guy will be live tweeting from the beginning of the ceremony to the end of the reception, and everyone else will be posting food photos and selfies on Instagram. So why not keep all of these pictures in a virtual album of some sort? Have little signs out prompting your guests to use a particular hashtag. This will allow you and yours to search for the hashtag after the wedding is over and see the wedding through your guests’ eyes.
Your guests can also take advantage of the hashtag by checking out what other guests post. So what kind of hashtag should you create? Make sure it’s something unique so that only photos from the wedding are seen when the hashtag is searched.
For example, if you use “#wedding,” you’ll see SO many photos! It’ll be almost impossible to find ones from your own wedding. Make the hashtag something personal like “SmithWedding2014,” “BradAndJen2014,” “SeanAndKateUnion,” “AnneAndJoeGetMarried,” or “MrAndMrsCoxWedding.” Whatever you choose, make sure you do your research! It’d be a shame if someone else used your hashtag already and it was too late to change it. The hashtag is the perfect way to keep track of all photos, statuses, and tweets about your wedding.
4. Get your guests to be interactive! Serve your drinks on these coasters where guests can put in their two cents. No, not literally. Your guests can give you and yours a bit of advice. Wonder what mom and dad will say! Also, kids say the darnedest things!
5. Under each wedding guest’s plate, insert one of these notes. It’ll give your guests something to do while they wait for the food. Keep a basket at the center of each table where they can leave the notes (and the coasters, too!) before they take off for the night. It’s a personalized way to connect with your guests, even if you didn’t get to say hello to each one of them during the reception.
6. Will there be children at your wedding? Keep them entertained with a small craft table. Kids can color, keep themselves busy with small crafts, and play with toys. We can’t have those little ones be bored, can we?
It’ll also give parents a chance to hit the dance floor while their little ones can color a pretty picture for the newlywed couple. If your wedding is outdoors, you can add bubbles and chalk to the table. Although the addition may attract wedding guests who aren’t children!
7. A lounge area for your reception would be great for guests to take a load off their feet. This works both indoors and outdoors. A small area with comfy chairs and cushions would be perfect.
You can decorate the space with flowers, candles, potpourri, and anything else that’ll create an inviting atmosphere. It’ll give your guests a chance to take a seat away from the dinner table and have a conversation with someone new.
8. You can have a piñata at your wedding! No, not one you break open. This piñata is for the bride and the groom. The guests can fill it up with loving notes!
You can share a memory, wish them well, or anything else! Fill up the piñata with loving words that will make the couple smile and laugh. They won’t break it open until their first wedding anniversary.
With so many great features to incorporate into your wedding, your guests will surely have a blast! Have another tip? Share with us in the comments.
By: Stephanie Wong