Keep Your Guests Entertained!

by Jenny Bryde 10. May 2015 14:54

Your guests are there on your big day to celebrate your love, but let's be honest.  There are times of your wedding day where the guests do a lot of waiting around.  How about when couples disappear for what seems like hours after the ceremony to take pictures before the reception?  Or how about the long buffet line where tables have to wait to be called to eat?  Today's post is all about simple games and activities to have around your reception to keep your guests entertained!  

 

A kissing menu: make your guests "work" to get you to do a little kiss.  Conga, anyone?  

Give guests a selfie spot with polaroids and a clothes line.  How cute!

Let your guests put their two cents in for where you guys could go for a date night.  

In this example, disposable cameras and scavenger hunts were given to kids, but any age would have fun doing this activity!

Remember fortune tellers from grade school?  They're back!  Alter the info so that it's all about you two, and your guests will love reliving this old game!

Let guests debate on their answers in this fun "who said it" game.

Mad lib advice cards will have you laughing or crying for years to come!  

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Great Ideas for Kids Activities at Your Wedding!

by Jenny Bryde 27. July 2014 02:40

If you are having kiddos at your wedding, and most likely you are, you'll need to think ahead because their dear little attention spans will not last much longer than to the end of your ceremony before they are looking for something to do.  Being proactive and having activities available for kids to enjoy will make the kids happy, their parents happy, and you happy!  You could have a designated table with activities to grab, activities planted at each table at the reception, or a special bag made up for each kid.  

Here are some easy and inexpensive ideas for kids activities.  (And by the way, the adults will partake too!)

A bean bag toss game will get kids (and adults) playing together.  

 

Disposable cameras with an I Spy list.  Bonus, you could get some really cool shots out of this if you take the time to get them developed.  

 

You cannot go wrong with some crayons and a pad of paper or coloring book.  

 

Hoola hoops!  Get the kids to get their wiggles out!

 

Another great way to get some energy out is for kids to have some jump ropes handy to get the jumps out!

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How to Keep Your Guest Extra Happy with Activities

by Jenny Bryde 25. June 2010 11:24

I guess you could call me a people-pleaser personality.  I always want to receive praise for things I do, and I find contentment in knowing that people are happy.  No, I'm not a saint...I think this derives from my fear of disappointing people...really it's quite narcisistic. 

So what am I dwelling on today? 

Activities for my guests...entertainment...a little something extra.  Okay, so our guests will get to come to a lovely place, eat delicious food, dance to some great music, but beyond that I feel like I need to provide something to entertain people.  I have this blundering running list going on in my head that doesn't relieve my anxiety, and maybe if I get it down in this blog post I will start to calm down.

I'd like to start a running list of cute/sentimental/unique ideas that all of us could put together to entertain our guests.  I'll start off with a good baker's dozen on this list, but PLEASE post your ideas on the message board, and I will add them to this blog post with a credit to your amazing brains!

1)  Trivia Cards - 6-10 different facts about the couple with multiple choice answers that could be spread out on different tables throughout the reception area.  It could be a good ice breaker and discussion source for guests.

2)  Lottery tickets - Check out this awesome link where they show you how to make your own lottery tickets.  You could put things on there like one free pass to cut in line to dance with the bride, get an extra piece of cake, start the mambo, or other ideas like that. 

3)  Lawn games - I think it would be fun to have a set of croquet mallets ready to go....or that washer game that I see everyone playing at picnics....or hula hoops....or bag races!  Even if just the kids play, it will be entertaining for folks to watch and make for some great photo opps.  Can you imagine a bride standing on the washer game box throwing the washers? 

4)  Photo booth - I have waxed poetic on many occasions of how I think that a photo booth is an amazing amount of fun for a wedding reception.  I won't be a broken record.  DO IT!  :)

5)  Song selection - With their RSVPs have your guests write down a song suggestion for you to play at the wedding.  Each guest will recognize as "their" song comes on!

6)  Hire a band - Live music of any sort adds that extra punch of fun to the dance floor, and we have so many local talents that there is sure to be a band of your taste who could play at your wedding!

7)  Characature artists - Hire someone to set up a little table where guests can get a fun wacky pictage of themselves at the wedding!

8)  Wearable place cards - Instead of just a card or a poster telling your guests where to sit, why not give them a flower that they can each pin on as a boutinierre or a corsage?

9)  Crossword puzzle - Come up with a crossword puzzle full of clues about the couple that your guests need to solve in order to finish.

10)  Hire some dancers - Why not get some professional salsa dancers to get the dance floor warmed up!  Very Dirty Dancing! 

11)  Sparklers and/or Fireworks - I don't care if your wedding is in the dead of winter.  Everyone loves fire.  I can't explain why, but they do.  I think it has something to do with the cave man or woman living inside us all...  Give each guest a sparkler or hire a company to put on a private fireworks show for you.  Just be safe about this, folks.  If you do sparklers, be sure to have a bucket of water to douse the sparklers when people are through with them. 

12)  A message tree - Instead of a guest book, have each person write a note with a piece of advice or their favorite quote and tie them to a tree at your guest book table. 

13)  Butterfly releases - You can order live butterfly cocoons that you raise and then like put under a napkin so that a live butterfly emerges when the guests pick up their napkins.......buuuuuuuuuuut there's a little voice inside of my head that feels that it is slightly mean to the butterflies, plus what if the cocoons don't hatch?  ("Um thanks for coming to my wedding...her's a little brown nugget.  What does it fly?  Nope...it just lies there.")  But here is a link to where you can make your own paper butterflies that will actually fly.  How fun! 

Okay, ladies and gents!  I've started the list!  What else do you know of that we could add?  Spill it!  :)

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Entertaining Les Enfants!

by Jenny Bryde 13. December 2009 06:04

They require attention, food, activities, space, and fun.  I am talking about the kiddies today, folks.  Inevitably, most couples will have anywhere from five to fifty children at their weddings, and these miniature guests sometimes need twice the attention so that they have fun and get their dance on rather than get cranky and get their tantrum on.  :)

Don't get me wrong I love kids, but make no mistake - we all must plan ahead for these little guys so that they stay happy and occupied on your big day.  The dance floor is their friend, and they will do the YMCA and the electric slide with the best of them, but you will probably want to think about some other activities for these guys when they get tired of the dance floor or during the dinner hour.  

photo by Liana Lehman

Keep some crafty things on the tables where kids will be sitting.  These items could include...

  • Crayons and paper
  • Pipe cleaners, stickers, or other crafty items to make masks.
  • Small handheld games that you can pick up at the dollar store.
  • Blocks/Legos
If it's in your budget and if there's room in your venue, you could also...
  • Set up a TV/hang out room for kids to calm down or take a nap.
  • Hire a face paint artist, magician, or balloon artist.
  • Set up lawn games or a kick ball field.
  • Hire a babysitter to run games.
What else?  Let's keep adding to this list...  What did you do to entertain the kids at your wedding?  What are you planning to do to entertain the kids?  Leave a comment below, and I'll add your name and idea to the list in the post!  

(Side note...I think these ideas would be fun for me too.  Can the bride sit at the kids table?)

Comment from NewBride85: "You could have a craft corner. Have various little crafts kids like to play with on a table or two at their height and so on and so forth. If you want to go all out decorate the corner specifically for them. I'm not sure how you could incorporate your wedding theme, if you wanted to. I'd do stuff like markers, crayons, all sorts of different paper, play-doh, stamps, stencils. You could designate someone to entertain the little ones as well if you wanted. I've not seen this done at any wedding and wasn't planning on doing anything like this for mine (I'm figuring the parents can take care of their little ones). If you do go forward with this, good luck!" Great ideas! Thanks!!

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