You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a fun wedding. Here are some easy things you can do so everybody will look back on your day with a smile.
1. Start The Ceremony On Time.
Your guests want to celebrate your day with you, not spend the first half hour cooling their heals, getting hungrier and hungrier. Unforeseen things may be the cause, but more likely it's poor planning. Leave gaps of time in your schedule earlier in the day, so if anything goes wrong, you will still be able to start on time. What's an acceptable delay? 5 - 10 minutes. Things take much longer in reality then they do in your head. Take advantage of the experience we have of going to 20+ weddings a year and let us help you set your timeline.
2. Make up a Seating Arrangement.
It is really a service to your guests to set the seating so people who know each other and/or have a lot in common can sit together. Sitting in awkward silence with strangers- not fun. Getting stuck next to your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, worse wedding ever.
Here's a cute idea for Table Assignment Cards. Put the names and table number in little frames. When you send out the thank you notes include a wallet size photo from the wedding for your guest to fill the frame you gave them.
2. Props for the Dance Floor.
Photobooth's are fun, but even without one you can put out props. Here are some Anthony & Jennifer gave out. The umbrellas were for when they played the Mummer's Strut song. The crowd really seemed to have fun with them. Inflatable guitars were fun and especially cool because the groom is a musician. (Spoken Life Fan Page)
3. Hire a Great DJ. Want to Supersize the Fun? Get a live singers, like "The Best of Both Worlds Entertainment Group."
Your wedding will be remembered as great for years to come. Dazzling great singers with the fun of live interaction, but you save money by not having to pay a whole live band!
4. Make Sure There is Enough Seating For Everybody.
Yes, I actually went to a wedding reception as a guest where people had to sit on the floor, or stand and juggle their plate of food, fork and beverage. Some had to do that while managing their children. Not fun. The result? Many people got tired of standing and left early.
5. Greet Your Guests Personally.
Take time at the reception to go to every table to say "Hi" and thank each person for coming. Making your guests feel valued is important. Don't get stuck talking to long to one person. Just a quick "Thanks for coming" is all that needed. It may not be the funnest part of the day for you, but it will be for some of your guests.
6. Have the Right Number of Guests for the Size of Your Venue.
When people are crammed together it very uncomfortable for them, but conversely, if the room is too large nobody will want to dance. When your venue tells you the correct number of people for the room, believe them.
7. Have a Plan for The Kids.
It's perfectly acceptable to have an adults only wedding, but if children are invited to the reception have activities at their table for them to do. Coloring, crafts, whatever you think they'd like. Some brides even hire a baby sitter to sit at the table and keep an eye on them. Some venues have a little room nearby where they can go and have games and movies for them. The parents and their children will all have a great time!