Post # 1
Our venue caps at 180, and we are only having 100 people on a Sunday night. I’m hoping it won’t look empty! Any suggestions on how to make it more fun and engaging?
There WILL be: cocktail hour, DJ.
There WON”T be: garter toss, bouquet toss, wedding party speeches, photobooth or any other entertainment.
We’re thinking of a Selfie Station (ipad on a tripod) for photos or polaroids fo them to snap.
I’m nervous because the recent wedding we went to had the works (tahitian dancer, hula dance, several speeches, dancing, garter, bouquet toss) and it still seemed long and slow at times.
Anyoen with experience in the same size wedding, let me know your thoughts! Any other suggestions for fun and interactive activities, let me know too 🙂
Post # 2
We had glow sticks (necklaces)… They were a hit with everyone, young and old. Ordered them from Party City.
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2016 - Old Lake County Courthouse
I had a Sunday wedding with 125 people. We did the introductions, cut the cake, had our first dance, did the father of the bride speech, Maid/Matron of Honor speech, Bestman speech, my sorority serenaded me, did bouquet toss, and garter toss. Time flew by and everyone commented on how they were entertained without the extra fluff.
Post # 4
If you’re worried about floating in such a big room, look into banquet-style tables. We wanted this for ours but couldn’t make it work with our space.
I personally wouldn’t worry about adding plenty of activities… guests like to eat, drink, dance and socialize. Wedding receptions are over so quickly after all the serving of meals, speeches etc is done.
Post # 5
Seat 6-8 on traditional rounds, set up a photo booth, and if all else fails, make the dancefloor bigger!!
Post # 6
The shoe game is always cute and entertaining and an anniversary dance is sweet.
Post # 7
We had a limbo contest in the middle of the dance floor ($2 for a plastic faux-bamboo pole at Dollarama)
We also had a backdrop set up for people to take their own pics
TBH I wish I’d thought up a few ice breakers to get people mingling more
Post # 8
Selfie station is a good idea! You could have props and stuff. We had glow necklaces passed out late in the night, everyone had one! Also we passed out cookies while everyone was dancing, you could have a “midnight snack”. We had the dancing area, then also a patio outside with tables and chairs so people could relax and talk and mingle. Honestly, if you have a good DJ, you don’t need a bunch of other activities… people just want to dance and socialize!
Post # 9
Isabelle663 : Thank you! Yes need to figure out selfie station , tripods and how to work the selfie button lol.
Post # 10
Update to my spaced out bride thinking …. Since this is a Sunday wedding, I feel people won’t stay as late (some have to drive an hour away). It’ll be wine & Beer all night but not open bar…many have kids now…so what are some ideas to make this “nice big dinner party” style wedding more social than a party? Either way still trying to make sure nobody is bored!
Post # 11
kompassionatedrd2b : that’s great to hear. We won’t be having speeches, bouqet or garter though..so thats about half hour to fill in lol.
Post # 12
Our venue could seat up to 200, and we only had 80.. it looked fine! We just had a sit down dinner, then music playlist in the evening, no other entertainment/tossing anything, sounds like everyone had a good time.
Post # 13
Personally I think you’re overthinking it – it’s a wedding – your key ingredients are the couple, some kind of ceremony, food, drink and music. The entertainment takes care of itself.
I’ve been to a couple of weddings where the evening was puncuated by game and things and while they were fun, they did interrupt the evening a bit.
Post # 14
There were 130 people in my friend’s wedding. In that, we had cut the cake, dance and we have also organized a fashion show of the people who were there at the wedding. That was the highlight of the wedding. But I think in selecting the wedding hall, we should check the safe services so that we can protect our valuable things, therefore a safe should be there. At her wedding, she had the good quality safe, you can [url=http://www.a-1locksafe.com/]check out here[/url].
Post # 14
We didn’t do garter or bouquet toss either – good food, good music, good people … the fun will take care of itself!