- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - UK
I have a decision to make, ladies…
So far, we have a ceremony, followed by a drinks reception at our venue. We then have the three/four course meal and speeches.
After the speeches, the venue tables are cleared up for dancing, we have time to get the photos in which we missed earlier, and evening guests arrive. DJ is due to start his set at 7pm.
Between the end of the meal and the start of the music there will probably be a gap of 1-1.5 hours, depending on how our timings have run. I’m using this time as a “padder” to pad out the schedule if we run late (which we will). We have lovely gardens for people to explore in that time, a free bar, a guestbook (I’m hoping to provide a photo printer so they can take photos of themselves on their cameras or phones, print them out, and stick them into the book), and lawn games… giant jenga, giant dominoes, and croquet. However, only about 10 people can play at any one time, and we will have around 80 guests.
The evening winds down at 11pm, when we plan to release a set of 100% metal free, biodegradeable, eco-friendly wishing lanterns, with the permission of the local council (yes, we even asked about flight paths etc etc).
So… what extra entertainment do I need? The options are: fire performers. I would love this, but they are quite expensive, and they could only really perform at night for the full effect (as we are marrying in the summer, sunset is quite late). This would mean they are competing with the DJ, who we have already paid. Also, the DJ set is only 4 hours long. Do I really want to double book? I could also have some fireworks and sparklers, but then we have the same problem: that only really works at night. Also, we are not allowed to set off fireworks on the other side of the gardens from our venue due to noise restrictions, and we are not allowed to set them off next to our venue because of fire restrictions. So the only option would be to have indoor fireworks outdoors, near to the venue. Maybe a bit of a damp squib?
I could also get in another set of croquet for people to play. But even then, that only means an extra 4 people can play.
We could also go for something completely different… I could see if I could find a friend to do magic during that gap, for example. Another of my friends also suggested that she might be able to get some friends of hers to do a Chinese dragon dance as a wedding gift. I think that would be awesome, although Fiance would never go for it… he would think it’s just too weird, plus neither of us is Chinese.
I suppose I could also go for something like pinatas pinned to trees? Maybe simple and silly is best?