If you are currently planning your wedding – congratulations! Amongst all of the money saving and meticulous planning of seating arrangements and food menus, it’s likely that you’ll be thinking of ways to make your reception or evening party exciting and unique.
The reception is your chance to put your own stamp on your wedding, and it’s an opportunity to create a night that all of your loved ones will never forget. So if you need some inspiration for your own wedding party, here are some to get you started:
Create a carnival atmosphere
Weddings don’t have to follow the old, stodgy norms. Who says it has to be a wedding breakfast followed by speeches and some dancing? If you are getting married in the summer, why not turn your outside space into a carnival fair? You could bring in fairground rides, ice cream vans, sweets and candy floss stalls to keep the younger ones happy. And if your venue allows you could even have an outdoor music stage to keep your guests entertained throughout the day and into the night.
Bring in a magician
Magic has become really popular in recent times, with stars like David Blaine and now Dynamo making magic tricks cool and interesting again. It’s more than possible to hire a magician for your wedding – they can go from table to table in between courses of your wedding breakfast, or be around to entertain your guests at your after party. After a couple of drinks, there’s no way they won’t be amazed at the tricks they will be able to do.
You may not be able to get the actual celebrities you admire to attend your wedding, but you can certainly pretend you can. There are many agencies that can send look-a-likes of your favourite musicians, sports people or other famous faces to attend your wedding reception. Your guests will double-take as they walk past David Beckham or Kate Middleton and Prince William mingling with your Aunts and Uncles, and this is bound to be a talking point for months afterwards.
Fireworks and lanterns
If you want to create that lasting memory you can finish your night with a bang with an awe-inspiring fireworks display. Alternatively, if you want something a bit quieter or are restricted with the noise you can make at your venue, you can gather your guests to release some fire lanterns up into the night sky. You’ll be able to see them drift on up for miles into the air, creating a magical experience for everyone.
Comedy photo booth
With Facebook and Twitter now in all of our lives it’s more than likely that you have seen someone posing with a group of friends in a comedy photo booth. These can be hired in to your wedding, with props and all to help you create some hilarious photos of your guests. The pictures become wilder as the night goes on and the drink flows, and it’s a guaranteed way to get people to remember the occasion.