Good Morning Love Birds,
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We can almost hear the wedding bells chime! As wedding season swiftly approaches and couples start to head into the home-stretch preparing for their celebrations, what is on everyone’s mind is how to help their guests have a great time at their party! What better way to ensure that your guests have a blast than to make your wedding interactive! Everyone wants to hear those magical words, “yours was the best wedding ever”. The greatest way to accomplish this goal is to have your friends and family get up, move around, and socialize. We are talking beyond the usual sit down dinner, small talk, and (embarrassing) dance floor moves. Today we will explore ideas for how you can get your guests up and about and maybe even hear those 6 special words. Here are the four main ways to get your party people up and out of their seats and we’re going to dive into each and every one of them. So without further ado…
Providing a few games gives guests something to do during cocktail hour. If you have an open lawn at your reception, use it! Having some entertaining pastimes on the lawn allows guests to be playful without breaking the bank. Here are some of our ideas:
This one is a classic! Some light-hearted competition is always fun.
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Who said Jenga was just for kids? Bring this game back to get guests of all ages involved.
Bocce Ball / Croquet
These old school games that bring a sense of nostalgia to your party!
We particularly love a bit of table tennis during cocktail hour!
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Family games never get old, this is a fun way to get everyone at the table talking.
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Another way to get your guests involved is to provide a unique guest book activity. This gives your friends and family an opportunity to flex an intellectual muscle rather than pulling any.
Notes of Advice
You can never use too much advice! Let your guests speak their wisdom.
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Date Night Suggestions
Let your guests have some fun in planning your next date night!
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If you and your fiance love wine, a fun and creative idea is to have your guests sign wine corks that you can use later for a frame or work or art!
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Paint a Canvas
For our art-loving couples, consider having your guests paint a scene on a canvas for you to take home at the end of the night and hang in your future home.
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Give a Nod to Your Past
Using the state outlines for the guests to sign is unique and makes it exciting to see where other people are visiting from!
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A picture is worth a thousand words, let your guests speak volumes with a polaroid guest book. The best part of this guestbook is that you can get extra film and this can double as a DIY selfie station!
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Interactive Food Ideas
As much as we love the formality of a sit-down meal, food stations are fun and keep guests entertained as they receive their food.
Have the food cooked right in front of the guests, whether that be burgers or a fire pit to roast their own marshmallows.
Pasta or Mashed Potato Bar
Have a chef prepare fresh sides with a choice of customized toppings!
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Not to go back in time, but a fab cheese or dessert fondue bar is always super fun for your guests a huge hit at weddings!
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Interactive Reception Entertainment
Finally, to make your wedding unique, we have compiled some creative options for additional interactive stations for your 21 and over guests.
Cigar Rolling Station
Teach your guests a new trick and have them learn to roll their own cigar!
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Hookah Station / Cannabis Tent
Now that cannabis is legal in California, why not incorporate it into your wedding for older guests! If not, you can bring a hookah lounge to your wedding for a smoky good time.
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Fine Liquor Tastings
Have a professional guide your guests through a high-end tasting of bourbon, scotch or tequila!
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Remember, make sure that all of your interactive options are properly handled by professionals. If you want to splurge on these activities, check out our DIY blog post to check out some tips on when you can DIY to save some money!