The standard wedding banquet program can get a bit too predictable – especially if you’ve been to one too many weddings and would like yours to be different from the rest.
Here are 10 ways you can entertain your wedding guests without them feeling it’s a been there, done that sort of celebration.
1. Go live with your food
Image: Back Alley Creations
Wedding caters now afford plenty of live station options in their catering packages.
From live prata stations to gelato and coffee carts, having them at your reception will be considerably more interesting than just the usual buffet tray set-up.
2. Typewritten love letters
Instead of the pen and paper option, how about getting a typewriter that your guests can type out their well-wishes on?
Call us old-fashioned but there’s just something so romantic about receiving typewritten letters.
3. Temporary tattoo bar
Suitable for the young and old, this inexpensive idea isn’t hard to execute and will definitely keep your guests occupied with the selection of their tattoo choices and placements.
4. Paying homage
From Sheena & Ben’s live lion dance performances at their wedding, to Angela & Shinsuke’s sake barrel breaking ceremony – we’ve learnt that paying homage to your culture and tradition can be both meaningful and fun.
5. Table vs table
Instead of just playing games like the wedding shoe game; get your guests in on the fun by having the tables compete against each other.
It could be a series of random trivia questions – which they have to rush up on stage to answer; or forming the funniest group yoga pose under a time limit.
This will not only help break up the ice but bring plenty of laughter and spontaneity to the occasion as well.
6. On-site calligraphy
Consider getting a calligrapher on site to create meaningful worded keepsakes for your guests.
7. Individual seat prompters and place cards
Look, if you’re human, sitting through an 8 course meal surrounded by strangers or distant friends can be understandably painful with awkward conversations or even worse, absolute silence.
To help ease up on the tension, you can always create creative seat prompters for your guests.
Prompters like, “Ask the person on your right the best meal they had in the last week”, or “Share with the table your favourite memory of the bride or groom”.
You could also get your guests to fill up questions specifically tailored to their personality – just like what Jeanne & Terence did.
For example the question, knowing that one of their friend is a bookworm, they asked: “What book would you recommend the newly-weds pack for their honeymoon?”
“Some of the answers were hilarious and I think our guests were surprised and delighted by the questions,” says Jeanne.
8. Shots, shots, shots – this one’s for the party people
Who says you have to stick to the standard champagne glass tower? Why not use shot glasses instead? And how about a Jägermeister line of shots? You get where we’re going with this.
Plus, it’s probably the only time you’ll get to see your parents downing a shot (or three) with you during the yum seng toasts!
Of course, we would recommend drinking in moderation. Instead of going with hard liquor, you can always pick your choice of drink - alcohol or otherwise.
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