Your wedding day is about celebrating your love for each, but there’s another task to consider and that’s throwing one very epic party, your guests will talk about for years to come. But how do you make that happen? Here are some easy ways you can get the party started .
For starters think about the total wedding experience for your guests as a whole. Sure, they maybe ecstatic to watch you wed your long-time love, but being inactive for a long ceremony is not really their idea of a celebration, so you have to ensure the occasion is quite interactive. This way they’ll feel like an important part of the evenings event.
Here are a few ideas to help you plan and execute the best wedding ever, and leave your guests impressed, and your wedding day into an event to remember.
Your Ceremony Should Be Brief
No one really wants to watch a drawn-out ceremony so it is important to keep the actual proceedings (not including entrances and exits) around 15 – 20 minutes so you won’t lose anyone’s attention.
Spend Some Time Greeting Each Guest
It may sound a bit obvious, but personally greeting each and every guest at your wedding is significant. Once the event is in progress do all you can to spend time with each one — whether chit-chatting over a cocktail, visiting their table at dinner, or just letting loose on the dance floor.
Creating a Well-Planned Seating Chart
A smart seating chart is vital to guaranteeing your guests have a good time. Try grouping guests together with similar backgrounds and interests, so they’ll have something to talk about even if they’ve never met before.
Have a Signature Cocktail For Your Guests
Serve up one or two delicious customized drinks. It will certainly offer you a huge savings if you skip a full bar, and it makes your reception feel so much more special. You should each pick a combination, but try to select drinks that are enticing for a wide array of people.
Designing a Lounge Area
Not every guest will want to dance all night. In fact, some may not want to hit the dance floor at all. Although reception tables are a fine place for friends and family to chat, offering a designated seating area is a nice touch. Lower the music, provide comfy chairs, and this will be a detail many guests will love.
Keep Speeches Short
Speeches are a necessary component of any wedding, but it’s important to ensure they don’t drag on for too long. Keep the toast brief — no matter than a few minutes per person — and have your DJ or bandleader prepared to make tasteful cut-offs.
Ask Guests for Song Requests
Want to know the best way to get your guests out on the dance floor? Play the songs they actually want to hear! Have your DJ make an announcement that they’ll be taking requests and watch the dance floor fill up when a crowd-favorite comes on.
Have a Phone Charging Stations
Offering charging stations is a very kind way to show guests you care about their personal needs. Plus, if you want to see tons of Instagram photos of your amazing reception, your friends and family will need battery life! (Don’t forget to include a sign with your hashtag, too!)
Give Favors People Will Use
People don’t want a framed photo of you, If you’re going to spend on favors, select something that your guests won’t want to leave, like mini bottles of bubbly, or a treat they can enjoy once back at home like jam or syrup are all crowd-pleasers.
Have a Photo Booth
Photo booths are a fun activity for your wedding reception, it’s a great alternative for your guestbook or favor. The options are endless, but we love a great selection of props for your guests to play with.
Make a Memorable Exit
No one really wants your wedding night to end, but since it has to, go out on a high note. Do a fun and festive farewell, like a firework show, sparkler exit, or confetti send-off! Your guests will love it, and it will make for some amazing photos.