Your wedding is probably the biggest party you’ll ever throw so naturally you want it to be amazing and for everyone to have a great time. There are lots of great ways to ensure things get off to a flying start and ensure guests are entertained – from games and 99s to video booths and selfie mirrors, these 14 brilliant little ideas are sure to add to the fun, party atmosphere!
15 Fun Entertainment Ideas for Your Big Day
1. Leave Out Survival Kits for Your Girls
Give your girls a laugh on the wedding morning and make sure they’re prepared for all eventualities with this nifty little kit – a genius gift idea!
2. Have an Ice-Cream Van Stop By for 99s
Surprise and delight guests with 99s all round! Arrange for an ice cream van (a crêpe van would be equally awesome, particularly in chillier weather) to pull up after the ceremony so guests can enjoy a treat on the stroll or drive to the reception. Ice Cream suppliers offering this service include Smith’s Ice Cream Vans and Adare Farm.
3. Keep Guests Entertained with Some Games
Post-ceremony games have become super popular from lawn games like Croquet and Giant Jenga to Connect 4 and Crazy Golf (you can hire a mobile 9 hole crazy golf course from Irish company Crazy Golf Hire, which can be used both indoors and outdoors). Games are a great way to keep guests amused during the drinks reception while you’re off getting photographs taken or a few board games will go down well come dance floor time for guests looking to take a bit of a breather. Irish company Giant Party Solutions have some great offerings in the games department with everything from Connect 4 to the Buzzwire challenge – find out more here.
4. Encourage Selfies
Leave some props on tables so guests can have some fun and get some great selfies while they’re at it! If you’re looking for the ultimate selfie – there’s a great new take on the photo booth, the Selfie Mirror which would defo be a popular spot on the night! Find Selfie Mirror suppliers in Ireland here.
5. Make Sure Guests Share Them with You…
If you’re keen to have a peek at everyone’s snaps, a wedding hashtag is definitely the way to go! Guests can upload their pics to the likes of Wed Pics or Instagram with your personalised hashtag so you have access to endless fun photos from your Big Day.
6. Capture all the Action with a Video Booth
Photo by Precious Moments Video Booth
Another trend that is really taking off is the video booth – get guests to leave you a message, well wishes or party piece – or just sit back and watch all the hilarious antics unfold when guests pop by. Check out Irish suppliers offering this fun service here including Precious Moments Video Booth, Shoot Booth, Gueststars Ireland, Booths of Fun, Imagery Booths and Snapbooths.ie.
7. Leave Out Speech Sweepstakes Slips
Get guests mingling and chatting at their tables with some speech sweepstakes betting slips! Leave some slips on the tables so guests can hedge their bets and create a bit of friendly competition as well.
8. Encourage Dance Floor Antics with this Fun Sign Idea
Pop this close to the dance floor and watch the action unfold…
9. Make Sure Flip Flops are Handy
Leave out some flip flops the ladies can flock to if the heels get the better of them – a great way to make sure the dance floor is full.
10. Leave Out Props for Some Dance Floor Fun
Some fun props will go down a treat on the dance floor too… same goes for glow sticks!
11. A 10p Bag Style Candy Buffet will Give Guests a Much Needed Sugar Hit
We love a good candy buffet and you can be guaranteed your guests will too! People can stop by for a sugar hit during dance floor breaks (or before they grab a taxi home) and can fill up their paper bags with lots of old school faves like cola bottles and refreshers. Candy Buffet suppliers include Candy Couture Sweet Boutique, I Do Wedding Decor and Annie Ruffles Vintage Creations, Carolyn’s Sweets, Enchanting Events and Party Food 4 U.
12. Or Treat Guests to Some Mouth-Watering Late Night Snacks
Late night food has gotten way more interesting from tasty pizza slices from the likes of Wedding Wood-Fired Pizza to chip shop faves from The Chip Van, giving guests a much needed (and seriously tasty) pick me up after a couple of hours on the dance floor! If you’re looking to give your evening a retro twist, The Airstream, a vintage American Airstream trailer will be right up your street and can serve up gourmet slider burgers and fries to happy guests. Check out more delicious foodie options here.
13. Make Sure They’re Ready for the Morning After with Some Hangover Kits
If you’re going the favour route, this genius idea will be a big hit with guests. Make up little Hangover Kits and leave them handy so guests are ready for the morning after…
14. Or Some Equally Awesome Crisp Sambo Kits – Sure to Hit the Spot Before Brekkie
Another amazing favour idea that definitely won’t be left behind is the crisp sambo kit. Get a gang together and make up individual kits with your crisp of choice, butter, white bread and a knife so guests can take them home and devour the morning after (if they make it that far).
Credits: 1. Photo from Lisa & John’s real wedding by Kathy Silke Photography | 2. Photo from Lisa & John’s real wedding by Kathy Silke Photography | 3. Photo by Next to Me Studios | 4. Photo by Krista Lee Photography via Cedarwood Weddings | 5. Photo from Kathleen & Gary’s real wedding by The Fennells | 6. Photo by Precious Moments Video Booth | 7. Photo from Sharon & Tadhg’s real wedding by Eden Photography and Photo by Katie Kav Photography | 8. Photo by Ellie Gillard via Plan Your Perfect Wedding | 9. Photo from Alex & Neil’s real wedding by Lyndaloo in Spain | 10. Photo from Victoria & Desmond’s real wedding by Tara Donoghue Photography | 11. Photo from Sinead & Erich’s real wedding by Linda Clarke Photography | 12. Photo courtesy of Wedding Wood-Fired Pizza | 13. Photo from Alex & Neil’s real wedding by Lyndaloo in Spain and Photo by Lisa Howard Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | 14. Photo by Finn Mooney | Main Photo: Dan and Melissa Photography via Belle the Magazine
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Pamela enjoys writing about all things decor (she loves buying it too) and has a not so secret addiction to stationery.