Today’s top 10 is all about making sure your guests have a good and sometimes unexpected time at your wedding. I know weddings are in their simplest form, busy – you’ve got your ceremony, drinks reception, dinner, dancing and more, however if you’re looking for small ways to surprise your guests and make your night even more memorable for the people who have travelled long and far to celebrate with you, maybe one of these ideas will come in handy.
1. Fancy Features
Featured on OMG earlier this year, Fancy Features is awesome. Not only does this provide a fun and interesting way to keep your guests entertained but you get to keep the final product. Fancy Features offers no spill paint pens as well for your fashion conscious guests.
2. Wedding Guest Mad Libs
There are always a few moments as your guests are waiting for you to arrive at the ceremony that you might want to fill with something fun. Speak to your stationers and see if they can add an interactive element to your order of service like a crossword with clues about you and your husband-to-be or a mad lib where your guests can predict your future kids names etc.
Photos and designs via Camis Paperie on Etsy
3. Wedding Guest Dress Up
You can totally go fancy dress for your wedding if that’s your bag, but there are other ways to involve dress code that are a bit less full on. Host an event the night before where people are encouraged to wear something that fits a theme. For my Christmas Mood Swap with Reverie Magazine I suggested hosting an all white rehearsal dinner and then the bride can show up in bright red. If you’re having a 1920’s themed wedding, make dressing for the occasion part of the fun for your guests offer optional style suggestions.
Now pretty much a wedding day staple, these never get old. Get more creative with your props or ask guests to bring their own.
5. Video Booth
Let guests leave you a video message, do a funny dance or recite a silly poem on camera by hiring Hello Super 8 who film video guest books! Totally Awesome.
6. Interactive Food Stations
Now everyone knows I love a good dessert bar. Cakes, candy, sweets – you name it, I’ll be there. There is also an incredibly beautiful aesthetic that comes alongside having one of these as part of your big day. But why not allow your guests to put together their own dessert and only provide them with the bits and pieces. Have an ice cream sunday bar where guests can choose their flavour of ice cream, toppings, sauces etc. This is also increasingly popular in the states with regards to canapes and cocktail hour. Brides have had macaroni and cheese bars where guests can choose toppings like bacon, chives, sour cream and more.
7. Interactive Wedding Place Settings
This idea goes hand in hand with the order of service concept, but again if you want to get your guests involved, why not have a crossword at their place setting with clues about the bride and groom or about the guests?
Crossword via Martha Stewart Weddings
8. Lawn Games
Another favourite of mine, this example comes from a beautifully designed wedding by Mary Lee Herrington of Forever & Ever Events where she took advantage of the gorgeous outdoor space and set up giant size lawn games like chess for guests to play with during cocktail hour. It not only adds an interactive element to your day but looks fabulous and is great for photos.
Photo by Forever & Ever Events
9. Interactive Guest Book
Give your guests an opportunity to leave you a message with well wishes for the future by having them write you a postcard that your wedding planner or bridesmaids can send you throughout your first year of marriage instead of the traditional guest book. If you’re up for getting your hands dirty, create a finger painting tree by having all your guests dip their thumb in ink and signing where they’ve left their mark.
10. Interactive RSVPs
Get guests excited from the moment they receive your invitations and ask them to do something when they RSVP. Some people ask guests to make song suggestions while we encouraged ours to choose a verb that best described how they were going to act at the wedding. I then collected all the answers and made an infographic poster that was included in the welcome bags placed in each guest’s hotel room.