Weddings. Fun. The two should go together, but let’s face it: sometimes they don’t. As many weddings have been held, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and plan a wedding that’s, well, a bit cliché. Ceremony, announcement of the newly wed couple, speeches, food, cake, dancing.
• Games—Have you ever been to a reception where there were games? Be adventurous and plan some sort of crowd-pleaser like bocce ball, a scavenger hunt, a piñata, or even a crossword puzzle or word search. You be the judge!
• Live music—It doesn’t have to be the hippest, most expensive band, either. Just something alive instead of a DJ. Find a swing or jazz band if it suits you, and maybe even consider putting on a surprise performance if you’re musically talented.
• Wedding weekend—Especially for couples with out-of-town attendees, consider making a weekend of it. Get guests familiar with the setting by treating them to a ski-lift ride or day hike, or have a day-after brunch. Go to the beach the day before or go on a boat tour. Let guests see you for more than a few hours!
• Surprise performances—Consider bringing in entertainment other than music, like a spoken word poet, dancers, or artists to capture the moments and guests. Attendees will be sure to appreciate the novelty, and you’ll get some great memories out of it.
• Treat the kids—Adults might be pleased with the usual happenings, but what about the kids? Providing activities for your youngest guests will help everyone have a better time. Plan some kid games and activities like coloring books and crafts to keep the little ones occupied.
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