Post # 1
Aside from good, HOT food, free alcohol of some kind and a couple who love each other, what really makes a wedding stand out to you?
I ask because I’m worried about my wedding being boring. That 1.5 hours of cocktails and appetizers while we do photos – won’t that get boring? How can we jazz it up And keep guests busy?
Post # 3
I’ve seen photo booths, those were fun 🙂
Fun alternative I’ve also seen: a good friend has a nice camera and a black board and chalk, He/she walks around and has people write a something for the couple on the board, and then takes their picture. It was a lot of fun coming up with clever lines and goofy poses (And I assume it’s fun for the couple to look through their unique ‘photo guest book’ afterwards)
Post # 4
A good DJ that can keep the party going. Photo booth is good for the cocktail hour but I found that as the night went on in some weddings, the photobooth took people away from the dance floor.
Post # 5
I feel like the dj and/or band is really important. That keeps people on the dance floor, which is fun for them and entertaining to watch. Also try to keep the speeches short or to a minimum, because if those go long it’s rough. And we need to hear the speeches; make sure the mic is on and loud enough.
As far as cocktail hour, I’ve never been bored during one. Free drinks and appatizers = a happy me. It helps to have some limited seating during that time for older guests or anyone not able to or wanting to stand that long.
Post # 6
Board games. I went to one wedding with board games, and it was sooo awesome. They also had a dance floor with a great DJ, and that was fun too.
Post # 7
the DJ. it really is make it or break it.
Post # 8
@sofialovesmikey: our cocktail hour is 1.5 hours too. don’t sweat it.
things i love at a wedding:
good and abundant food
lively bride/groom/bridal party that gets everyone involved and on the dance floor
only a few speeches
no garter or bouquet toss – hate those traditions, but that’s just personal taste 😉
Post # 9
I think knowing that the wedding shows the personality and characters of the bride and groom. If it is the way they want it….that’s what matters!
Post # 10
I think its a combination of the food, drink, people, and DJ. I dislike all that boring stuff like garter tosses, bouquet tosses, long droned on speeches, terrible banquet-type food, photobooths, games.. etc.
The best weddings I’ve been to are small, intimate and have killer music.
Post # 11
@sofialovesmikey: Depending on your venue and level of formality, what about lawn games? At FSIL’s wedding, they had cornhole and ladder golf, and everyone loved it. We are planning on having cornhole and Polish horseshoes at ours.
Post # 12
@fancymichelle: Yay ! Board games and card games are what we thought about doing instead of DJ, to make people from both families ”mesh” into teams. Plus, we wanted to spend time with each of our guests, which would have been difficult through the music and dance floor.
For me as a guest I would say : nice food and terroir. It’s not an obligation of course, but that would stand out to me.
Playful, informal reception : after the oh-so-serious legal commitment, it’s time to have fun, to laugh and let it go ! I don’t like being in an uptight environment, at an event that is supposed to be a celebration with family and friends.
Couple taking time to chat with the guests. Couple enjoying and taking part in the event with us. It’s such a pity when so many guests attend a wedding and they ”lose” the couple for a few hours (pictures) or even the whole evening because they’re busy with everything instead of enjoying the moment and sharing it with their loved ones.
Post # 13
1- A GREAT DJ
2- You cocktail hour MUST contain paid-for drinks. No cash bar cocktail hours!
3- Less than 20 minutes of toasts
Post # 14
@sofialovesmikey: Good music and minimal speeches.
Post # 15
Thorough planning (i.e. having enough food, seats, parking, etc) and good entertainment (i.e. DJ, band, games, etc).
Post # 16
A good DJ who plays dance songs, & not just song that people want to hear. Some songs can be great, but totally not something you can dance to. So, keep those to a minimum.
Also, if I could do it again, I would have provided some sort of entertainment aside from dancing, because some people just won’t dance. Idk what I would have done exactly, but I would have found some other forms of entertainment.