A stunning venue and gorgeous centerpieces are some of the first things that come to mind when thinking of a beautiful wedding. But the picture-perfect décor doesn’t ensure an epic party on its own. Try the following simple but effective tips on ways to ensure your wedding guests have an awesome time. These tips will have your guests raving about your wedding for many years to come.
Don’t Let Your Friends and Family Speeches Take Forever
Many fun events have been detailed by long boring speeches. To keep the party popping, ask your speech givers to keep their toasts short and sweet.
Hire a Great Band or DJ
After all, music can, in fact, make or break a party. Look for a high energy performer that will follow your lead on what music your family and friends like. Be careful not to choose an over the top annoying personality to be your MC. A great mix of music for your family as well as your friends discussed ahead of time with your entertainer will have everyone up on their feet until it’s time to go home. Seamless song transitions and the ability to read the crowd is where top a notch entertainment company comes into play.
Ask for Song Requests
Asking your guests to request a song via the invitation response will ensure everyone will have a great time and dance the night away. Give this list of songs to your DJ. That way, if the dance floor thins out, the DJ can play songs off of the request list. This pretty much ensures that the person who requested the song will get up and dance and encourage others to do so as well.
Remember to Thank Your Guests
It’s important to break the ice and talk to your guests to let them know how much you personally appreciate them coming to share in and enjoy this fun celebration. Make it simple and short. Encourage them to have a great time and that you expect to see them on the dance floor on this joyous celebration.
Keep Guests in the Loop with Your Wedding Day Timeline
Usually the best weddings are the ones that are organized and follow a timeline. When the events of the day unfold in a timely and organized manner, your day will have a smooth easy flow. The bridal party and guests are not just left standing around wondering what’s next. They will know where they should go or what they should be doing.
Throw in an Element of Surprise
Surprise your guests with something special or unexpected at your wedding. You could secretly organize a “Flash Mob” of select family and friends sitting all around the ballroom. They can suddenly assemble on the dance floor and bust out into an organized dance. Or the bride and groom could perform a secretly practiced & choreographed dance routine for their first dance. That will really start off your reception with a ‘wow’ factor. This will have everyone recording, sharing on social media, and talking about it all night.
Opt for a Short Ceremony
If possible, try to keep your ceremony simple and short in length. A long, drawn-out ceremony takes away your guest energy level from the onset. Sometimes it is hard to be recovered for the reception.
If you’re hosting a destination wedding or your wedding is in a remote location, provide transportation for your guests from their hotel to your wedding and back. This way people don’t have to worry about driving home intoxicated, which guarantees that they can party a little harder.
Allow Your Guests Plenty of Free Time
This is particularly important if you have a destination wedding or a bunch of guests in from out of town. Many of your guests probably haven’t seen each other in a while. Give them a chance to catch up before the real party gets going. Back to back activities after a long trip will run them into the ground and have them lacking energy for your reception. Let them have some time and space to explore your venue and they’ll be refreshed and excited at all of your reception events.