Post # 17
@rachel3212: instead of a guest book, we had an antique typewriter. there were also pens and a sign encouraging people to use as much paper as they wanted (so each person used their own piece). the sign also encouraged them to use pens if they refused to use the typewriter. the results were so creative and amazing! one guy wrote parts of a story throughout the evening.
@luvdmb36: re: photo booth– our photographer set it up. she used the following:
- lights (on tripods)
- a sign that said “photo booth” that she taped to the wall (purchased on etsy). it’s important to advertise, or people won’t know it’s there.
- props (purchased on etsy)– a bunch of fake glasses and moustaches on sticks. totally not an original idea, but people loved it anyway!
- digital camera on a tripod.
- her assistant was hovering nearby to lend a hand if people had questions. (and to make sure things didn’t get taken)
- a wireless remote control to operate the camera shutter
- a nice background. we just chose a spot in the venue that we thought was pretty
anyway, I think if you got a friend to volunteer to help you out, it is possible to DIY and to pull this off w/o a photographer. you might get mixed results but I think it would still work out ok if you used a point-and-shoot camera and had a person to help snap the photos. most important: use a tripod!
Post # 18
At the end of the night they had an ice cream sundae bar, it was amazing
Post # 19
I like this thread a lot! I read through the pet peeves thread but didn’t comment – it was just too much negativity for me!
We went to a friend’s wedding recently that had nice fresh coffee at around 10:00 – it was a great touch, and I got the bartender to put some Bailey’s in it for me 😀 I want to do that for ours as well.
Post # 20
I am loving this thread! I have only been to a couple weddings. One thing the last one i went to did was the DJ gave out a number for guests to text and leave messages and they had them posted on a big screen in the reception room.
Post # 21
When my uncle and his partner got married they shot off a cannon. No lie. They wanted to go out with a bang.
Post # 22
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
@MrsMcGyro: Thank goodness Mr. LK does not read the bee. He would want to borrow this idea!
Post # 23
@MrsMcGyro: Lol I want to party with your Uncle!
Post # 24
lol Yea, he’s pretty awesome.
Post # 26
Love the cheeseburger, hotdog, cone fries late night snack! Awesome!
Post # 27
We did the specialty coffee bar too. Lots of our guests seemed to love it!
Post # 28
My Maid/Matron of Honor got married last summer, and her family is Lebanese (though they’ve been in the US for at least three generations, they still keep their traditions). Though the first three or four hours of the reception had normal music and such, eventually the band left, and then they brought in a Lebanese DJ. Her entire massive family all got on the dance floor and started doing all these traditional folk dances. It involved her brother and male cousins doing a lot of crazy stomping and generally just rocking out on the dance floor. They grabbed all the other guests who wanted in and dragged us along, too. It was so much fun!
Post # 29
I went to a wedding where the ceremony was at 2PM with a light reception to follow (no meal). At 5PM, near the end of the reception, they opened up a coffee bar with all the fixings to make specialty lattes and whatever else people order at coffee houses, and they sent them with us in those nice to-go cups. It was a nice touch.
Post # 30
One of my cousins instead of doing any alcohol because they are not big drinkers did a coffee bar instead and had a local coffee shope bring in espresson machines and everything to make people their favorite drinks
Last year at my MOHs wedding they too had a karaoke machine they started out the party with a DJ and then about half way through the dj brought out the karaoke stuff. The couple loves to karaoke so it was so them. They had a beautiful wedding and reception. Very elegant, but that made it really fun even though you dont see that alot.
Then the last wedding I went to did a reverse anniversary dance. So all the married couples went on the dance floor together including the bride and groom and the people that were married the longest got off the floor first and so on until only the bride and groom were left and that led ito their first dance. It was odd… But it seemed to flow nicly.
Post # 31
I went to a wedding where they did a “steal the bride” thing. At the reception, a family member came and stole the briide out of the room. Then another family member told the groom if he wanted his bride back he had to prove his love by singing a song! He is a major parrotthead ( ie, a huge Jimmy buffett fan) so he began to ramble the lyrics to “changes in lattitudes’ !! not the most romantic song but a very popular one. It was so funny!! My Fiance said there is no way he is going to do that! i said yes you are!! lol