Weddings are exciting by nature but ensuring that all your guests have fun is another matter. The day should be about the bride and the groom, and all you should worry about is the dress, veil, suit and tie. So, how can you make your wedding fun for everyone in attendance, and keep the stress of entertaining off your shoulders?
At Château Le Jardin, we specialize in weddings. From the cream of the crop venue to a gourmet caterer that always has guests coming back for more, we know how to throw a party. In our time serving brides and grooms, we have seen our share of amazing weddings, and we know what it takes to keep things moving.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of our top ideas to make your wedding fun, get guests moving, and keep the day focused on the love you and your partner share.
These are easy to make and even easier to share. To help your guests striking a pose by setting up a photo booth. Include masks and props to get everyone into the spirit of things.
When investing in a photobooth, think big! This is your special time to shine, and your friends and family want to be part of the magic. Costumes, props, and themed backdrops maximize the potential for laughter and fun.
Some couples choose to go old school with disposable cameras or a polaroid camera on the table. Others suggest guests snapshots with mobile phones, so the hashtag gets out. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll have plenty of photos to remember it by.
Get Funky with a Celebrity Impersonator
Everyone loves a celebrity, and while you may not be able to get Adam Levine to play at your wedding, you could get someone who looks like him. Celebrity impersonators are fun and a massive hit with guests. Everyone will want a picture with your celeb. In fact, once the main performance is over, having your impersonator hang out at the photo booth for a while will help get your wedding hashtag rolling, along with the good times.
Theme Your Groomsmen
Nothing adds whimsy to a wedding like a theme, and when it’s the groomsmen who are pulling out the stops, it’s both unexpected and entertaining. Bringing an idea to life is as easy as buying matching articles of clothing to wear under your tuxes. One of the most popular themes this year is the superhero motif. Every man wants to be a superhero, and this is their chance to shine.
Once the groom has chosen his favourite character from the DC Justice League, Marvel Avengers, or Marvel X-Men, it’s time to find matching shirts, ties, socks, etc. When picture time rolls around, the men pull open their button-ups to reveal superhero shirts, yank up a pant leg to reveal superhero socks or don their superhero tie. Other popular themes include:
- Video game characters like Link and Mario
- Ninja Turtles
- Star Wars or Star Trek
- Game of Thrones
- Hockey teams
- Football teams
- Horror movie villains
Your groomsmen theme doesn’t have to reflect your overall wedding décor or theme. This is a separate fun way to let the groom express himself with his favourite fellas.
Candy Buffet and Snack Bar
Weddings have become so expensive, and it’s not surprising to find brides and grooms seeking inexpensive ways to celebrate their love. An affordable alternative to expensive hors d’oeuvres and appetizers is a candy buffet and snack bar.
Fill up tubs of different flavoured popcorn, cotton candy, and chocolate-dipped pretzels. Serve them alongside containers of candy corn, gumballs, chocolate buttons, sour patch kids, and all your other favourites.
Put out recyclable paper cups or bowls to scoop each delicious combination into. Not only will it keep guests’ stomachs from growling before dinner, but it also adds some childlike magic to the wedding.
Food Truck For Late Night Eats
If you want something that will truly wow your guests and keeps them happy throughout the entire reception — hire a food truck.
There are two ways to go about this. One is to pay an agreed-upon amount for a set menu from the truck. When they arrive, your guests can order one item and a drink. The second way is to make it a “cash truck” experience. This is where every guest pays for themselves. The second is more affordable to the married couple and lets guests have anything from the menu in whatever quantity they choose.
If you choose option two for your food truck, be sure to let guests know ahead of time to bring cash. Or, be sure there’s an ATM on-site at your venue. Alternatively, some food trucks do have debit and credit transaction machines and can take payment at the window.
Go Bigger: Get Bouncy
Give in to your inner child and let your guests do the same by adding some good old-fashioned childhood fun to your reception. Bounce houses, mechanical bulls, and everything that goes along with it will keep your guests entertained and make yours the wedding everyone will talk about for years to come.
A bonus to the bounce house is that it makes truly unique wedding photos. It’s not every day that you see a gorgeous bride trying to bounce 2-feet off the ground in a chiffon and organza ball gown.
For more fun ideas and tips for your wedding, call Chateau Le Jardin at 1-888-517-0682, or contact us here.