Post # 1
Hi all, this is my first post. I’m getting married in October and am busy planning away. However, I am getting worried that the wedding will be boring for guests. We’re having quite a small ceremony and reception (max 50) which is mainly family.
I haven’t been to that many weddings myself, but what did you do/ have you seen that made a wedding memorable?
Thanks! (I am in the UK by the way)
Post # 3
Get a good DJ and have an open bar. You can’t go wrong!!!!
Post # 4
Good suggestion, but we can’t afford an open bar. We do get a DJ included in the package though 🙂
Post # 5
We had a really small wedding too with no dancing. Nobody seemed bored. Everyone had a good time just eating and mingling. It was just nice to get to spend time with people that we barely get to see.
Post # 6
@mrsgrassby2b: I think everyone has fun at a wedding, especially when its as intimate as yours will be…what kind of fun depends on you guys! I agree though, a great DJ will get the party started and unfortunatley i find booze is always a good inhibitor for starting some fun…will you have wine etc?
I always like watching the bride and groom play the shoe game and a fun slideshow is always great. I think little games would be great as it gets everyone interacting!
Post # 7
I could have written this post! Number one fear is that my wedding sucks! BUT you have to remember this is normal. I’ve spent a year thinking of this day, my guests will have spent, maybe an hour thinking about it? If YOU have fun, I think they will to!
Post # 8
Are you having any type of bar? Good food and drink makes for a great party. Just look at any dinner party. Maybe a DIY photoboth? Slideshow?
Post # 9
All of our guests told us our wedding was really fun and I credit our enthusiastic DJ and fun, lively music. The dance floor was packed all night! Create an awesome playlist, dedicate some shout-outs, etc. It’s okay that you can’t afford an open bar. We didn’t have open bar at our wedding, just beer, wine, champagne, and a signature margarita…and everyone was loose and happy!
Post # 10
i’m worried about this too! but we have a great band, enough booze, and good food. i’m more worried because it’s daytime and i want people to dance. really though, as long as fi and i have fun i’ll be happy!
Post # 11
There will be a welcome drink, wine on the tables and champagne for the toast. There’s a bar at the hotel, next to the room where our reception is, but people will have to pay!!
I thought of a photobooth, but there’s not really anywhere to put it. Was thinking of having some props around thought, just for the normal photos?
Post # 12
Can you see if you can get at least a cash bar set up in the room? Or nix the photobooth and do open beer and wine bar instead? Photobooths unless you do them DIY are pretty pricey. I dont’ think I’ve seen less than $800 in my area.
Post # 13
Ha, I’m worried about the same thing! For now, I’m just focusing on avoiding anything that might make the wedding feel stuffy or awkward. I think everyone will be happy as long as they’re comfortable.
Post # 14
@irin997: The bar is right next to where we are having our reception meal – there isnt a door between, just a short corridor. It’s pretty common here to just provide drinks during dinner and a toast drink – i don’t know whether this is the case in the US? I would DIY the photobooth too, as we definitely couldn’t afford a proper one!!
Thanks everyone, I feel a bit more at ease that it hopefully wont be boring!! 🙂
Post # 15
It sounds like it will be fun! Good music is key! We had a 11am wedding-but our family are a bunch of wild dancers! If you’d like to add a “faux-to booth”,-if you think it would go over well with your crowd, I have seen photos of people just hold up a large (empty-of course) picture frame as others get their photo taken. Or set up a DIY one if you want.
Post # 16
I posted this in another similar thread. I once attended a wedding of about 35 people that didn’t have any dancing, or even any music that I can recall. It was just an intimate dinner reception in a private room at a restaurant. And it was one of the best weddings I’ve been to because I was seated with awesome people and the conversation flowed all night. So, that’s my suggestion. Put people together that you know will get along and have plenty to talk about it.
A good DJ doesn’t hurt, either. And an open bar isn’t necessary. Fiance and I always bring cash to weddings and if we feel like a drink or two, we buy them.