Your wedding day is such a special and important day for you but of course, you want your guests to walk away from it with brilliant memories as well! When it comes down to it, it’s things like food and entertainment, a great band and fun dance offs that will leave lasting impressions so we’ve rounded up some great little ways to make sure lots of fun is had! From selfie mirrors to awesome food stations, these 10 little ideas are sure to go down a treat with wedding guests…
15 Fun Entertainment Ideas for Your Big Day
1. Post Ceremony Treats
Photo from Lisa & John’s real wedding by Kathy Silke Photography
Couples are paying as much attention to post-ceremony and late night nibbles as they are the main meal, surprising guests with some fun foodie offerings as they hang about outside the ceremony. You can arrange to have your very own ice cream van pull up to serve 99s to chuffed guests (The Crepe Box – a seriously cute crepe van, would be an equally awesome alternative, particularly in chillier weather). Ice Cream suppliers offering this service include Smith’s Ice Cream Vans and Adare Farm. Or if you’re a coffee connoisseur and want to ensure guests are set up for the drive to the hotel, some cosy drinks would go down a treat. Mobile espresso bar Bean & Gone Mobile Coffee Bar can stop by to warm up (and delight!) guests with a luxurious latte or cappuccino.
2. Lawn Games
Photo from Julie & Sean’s real wedding by Michelle Prunty
Another little trend that has really taken off is lawn games! Weddings are great craic but they can have the odd lull or two with photographs to be taken and band set up. One way to break things up is with some games, whether you leave some board games on tables (perfect during winter) or set up some super-sized childhood favourites like Connect 4 and Jenga outdoors if you’re having a summery celebration. Irish company Giant Party Solutions hire out party games like Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Buzzwire Challenge sure to impress guests – find out more here. Or if you love a bit of a challenge, a spot of crazy golf might be right up your street. Irish company Crazy Golf Hire rent out a totally mobile, 9 hole crazy golf course that will work both indoors and outdoors.
3. The Selfie Mirror
Photos via Wedding Letters Ireland
You can’t beat the photo booth – guests love a chance to don some props and get a few snaps they can pop on the fridge at home! And if you’re looking for a fun new take on it, take a peek at the equally epic selfie mirror. Anyone heading to a wedding in 2017/2018 and beyond can look forward to seeing these guys popping up at friends and families bashes. You get fun selfie style photos minus the awkward stick! Irish suppliers that stock selfie mirrors include:
Magic Mirror Photobooth by Karl Keaney | Shoot Booth | Instaglam Photo Booths & Selfie Mirror | Carolyn’s Sweets | Candylady | Wedding Letters Ireland | Fotoflips Photobooth & Videobooth | Selfie Mirror Booth | Gueststars Ireland | The Rhythm & Booth Co | Selfie Box
4. Video Antics
Photo via Pinterest
While the photo booth is still going strong, anyone that spends a fair bit of time on Ebaum’s World and YouTube will appreciate all the video booth has going for it. If you’re looking to get guests involved and get some hilarious footage from your Big Day you can look back and laugh at for years to come, the video booth is a brilliant investment. Get your guests to sing a song, share a story or some well wishes and just sit back and watch the antics unfold! The good news is there’s several Irish companies that now rent out video booths – check them out here.
5. Handy Bathroom Baskets
Photo by This Modern Romance via Style Me Pretty
If you’re going down the bathroom basket route, there’ll be a lot of very happy guests! These little baskets full of essentials like deodorant, checking gum and sewing kits are raided every time guests hit the bathroom and can come in very handy indeed. You can go all out and include everything from mouth wash to tights and nail files or keep it simple with just a few choice buys like plasters and safety pins. Check out what you can include in our wedding bathroom basket checklist.
6. Awesome Entertainment
Photo of Mark Heng Caricature Artist from Rachel & Robert’s real wedding by David Maury Photography
We revealed some of the biggest wedding trends for 2017 weddings earlier in the year and wedding entertainment was up right there! Couples are going all out and taking guests by complete surprise and wowing them with some epic entertainment from singing waiters serving up your dinner to a troupe of Irish dancers warming up the dance floor. Lots of couples are opting to forgo favours and opt for some seriously fun entertainment instead whether it’s a caricature artist to whip up hilarious sketches of the guests, magicians to amaze you during dessert or a comedian to get the party started before the band get going. Guests love the experience and it’s a great way to get them mingling and laughing as well. Check out suppliers offering these services by clicking on the below links:
Magicians | Comedians | Singing Waiters | Irish Dancers | Caricature Artists
7. Cute Dance Floor Extras
Photo by Dan and Melissa Photography via Belle the Magazine | Photo from Alex & Neil’s real wedding
The dance floor is going to be where all the action is once the band get going so if you’re looking to make it even more craic for guests, there’s a few things you can do! Little extras like party props (throw in a few wigs while you’re at it), glow sticks, some request cards and ‘dancing shoes’ can really add to the party atmosphere and ensure people have an absolute ball! Check out more fun little touches to ensure your dance floor is jammers on the Big night here.
8. Fun Food Stations
Photo by LMarie Photo via Style Me Pretty
Food is a massive part of weddings and creative couples are coming up with lots of exciting ways to ensure guests are well fed! Food trucks will be popping up at lots of 2017/2018 weddings doling out much needed late night soakage to hungry guests – the perfect little pick me up after some dancing! There’s lots of cool options from The Chip Van which dishes out chop shop faves like juicy burgers, all manner of chips, and old reliables like onion rings and hot dogs to a cool vintage American Airstream trailer which serves up tasty gourmet slider burgers and fries and the uber unique, Lala Poutine – an adorable yellow vintage Renault Estafette renowned for its delicious Canadian cult classic mash up of chips, gravy and cheese.
Another popular idea is to treat your guests to mouth-watering pizza slices (Wedding Wood-Fired Pizza is the gourmet wood-fired mobile pizza company that can make this wedding dream happen). Or if you’re looking for some sweet options, Party Food 4 U specialise in both candy and fruit buffets, sure to be a big hit with anyone with a sweet tooth.
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9. Nostalgic Treats as Favours
Photo via The Irish Times
Nostalgic treats like crisp sambo kits and 10p bag style candy buffets will be a total hit with guests, taking them right back to when they were a kid! If you go for crisp sandwiches as favours or a fun late night snack, you’ve a couple of options – keep things simple and leave out some fresh slice pans, a basket full of King or Tayto crisps, and some butter sachets and knifes so guests can help themselves. Or if you’re looking to up your game, you can put together individual favours, just pop the essentials in a paper bag or Ziploc so guests can enjoy on the go or the morning after!
10. The Ultimate Sugar Fix
Photo by Emily Delamater Photography via Style Me Pretty
Or if you’re looking to treat them to a sugar fix at some stage during the evening, a candy buffet will get plenty of attention. People will love stopping by for some old school faves in between stints on the dance floor or stocking up for the taxi ride home! Irish Candy Buffet suppliers include:
Carolyn’s Sweets | Candy Couture Sweet Boutique | Party Food 4U | Candylady | I Do Wedding Decor | Annie Ruffles Vintage Creations
Main photo from Allida & Evan’s real wedding by DKPHOTO
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