A Fun Wedding in 5 Easy Steps
When designing a wedding, I can promise nobody sits around saying “hmm, let’s see how boring we can make it!” Everyone wants a fun wedding that’s packed with amazing memorable moments for everyone involved.
First of all, I’d be lying if I told you that you can do something to “make” your guests have fun. You simply can’t. If some of your guests have their hearts set on pouting in the corner, there’s nothing you can do to stop them. But YOU can have a fun wedding and if you take these actions, it all but guarantees that your fun loving guests will join you!
#1) Set an Example.
If you want your wedding to be fun, YOU have to have fun. Your guests will be looking to you for guidance because you are the star of the show. If you aren’t having a good time, chances are, they won’t either. On the other hand, if you are having the time of your life (as you should be!), your guests will be compelled to join you. If you want your guests on the dance floor, get on the dance floor! Your guests will be drawn to you like moths to a flame. Making sure that you have fun at your own wedding is the number one way to guarantee a killer party and a fun wedding that will go down in the books as one of the greats!
#2) Create a Comfortable Environment.
This is where booking the right venue and hiring the right vendors becomes critically important. Your venue sets the tone for the wedding; it can be formal and elegant or laid back and relaxed. Both are great! It just depends on the look and feel you want for your big day. The vendor team then interacts with your guests and guides them through the rest of the day. Guests feel most comfortable when they know what’s going on and what’s expected of them. Make sure your team guides the flow of events so that everyone knows where to go and what to do. This may not sound like a tip for ensuring a fun wedding but I promise it is!
#3) Stay in the Room!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the bride and groom disappear from their own
wedding. When they leave the celebration it’s like all the air gets sucked out of the room. People get lost and wander around like lost puppies. If you want your party to be fun, stay in the mix! You’ve planned this day for months and months, enjoy it! Now I know that sometimes it is inevitable, bathroom breaks are a thing! There are also times that your photographer may want to drag you out for sunset pictures or something else really creative and that’s fine, just keep them to a minimum.
#4) Get your Photos Done Early.
Work with your photographer to plan your formal portraits so that you can join your guests for as much of your cocktail hour and reception as possible. Leaving your guests after the ceremony for 1-2 hours to take pictures is pretty crazy and sadly, you will have guests that leave. To avoid this, I recommend knocking out as many formal portraits as you can BEFORE the ceremony starts. That means taking pictures with your parents, grandparents, bridesmaids, etc. If you are not doing a first look, save the pictures with you and your significant other for after the ceremony, but if you are doing a first look by all means knock those out too! Think of it this way… it’s YOUR party! Don’t you want to be present for it?!
#5) Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
You’ve done your very best to plan a foolproof wedding with every piece securely in place. You’ve hired the venue and vendors that you trust to do an exceptional job. Now is the time to step back, let the professionals take care of it all and enjoy your day. Little bumps and blunders may arise but don’t let them bother you. Unless it is a massive catastrophe, your guests will never even know. Remember: happiness is contagious!
A lot of these tips may seem a little silly or obvious, but they really help ensure that your party is a good one, not only for you but for your guests as well. With over a decade of experience in the wedding industry, I have seen these methods working in action time and time again. You will have a blast and your guests will follow suit! Remember, everyone wants a fun wedding, all it takes is a little pre-party prep!