The second part of our fabulously fun wedding ideas article [read part one here] will help to make your wedding day unforgettable – Don’t let your dream day become just another wedding for you and your guests, make it stand out for all the right reasons!
1 – Children’s entertainment
For the smaller people at your wedding why not provide them with some fun wedding ideas and entertainment that’s just for them? A Punch and Judy puppet show is a great British tradition, and you know you can leave the kiddies sat in front of the stage, entranced for the entire show. Designate a special ‘adult-free zone’ at your reception, decorate it with Union Jack bunting and you have a ready made entertainment area.
2 – Dance routines
We’ve all heard of professional first dances but that way, only you and your h2b get to have fun! Why not ask all your guests to join in with the routine by hiring a traditional Ceilidh band? Their faster, more energetic dance routines will give your reception the fun factor in a matter of seconds! Why not learn some popular first dance moves and share them with your guests before the day so they’re prepared.
3 – Backdrops
One of the biggest reception trends for 2012/13, backdrops provide the perfect location for fun photos. Hire some star cloth or some vintage props from a company like Theme Traders, or make your own backdrop with fairy lights and ribbon. Either way, you’ll have fun photos that can be used to personalise your thank you cards.
“Typewriters provide a vintage-style way to write good luck messages”
4 – Vodka luge
Why not follow our lead for fun wedding ideas and hire a vodka luge, just like we did at this year’s Wedding Ideas Awards? A little adult-only treat for later in the evening!
5 – Treasure hunts
If you’re trying to come up with entertainment ideas, on a teeny tiny budget, panic no more. The humble treasure hunt is making its comeback this year – and not just for kids! Sure, it’s a cost-effective way to keep little ones quiet during the speeches but why not switch the prizes to miniatures and lottery tickets and let the grown-ups get involved, too?
6 – Bouncy castle
The ultimate way to tire out children, bouncy castles will also be used by older guests later in the evening – guaranteed! Around £100 to hire, they’re a budget-friendly addition to any chilled-out summer celebration. Definitely one of the most fun wedding ideas!
7 – Table games
Keep the conversation flowing at your reception with table games. These can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, from trivia games to Charades. We love Mr and Mrs quizzes – anything with a personal touch will get guests laughing!
8 – Sing-a-longs
One of our favourite real-life brides, Sheree, gave her guests lyric sheets with the words to the couple’s favourite song, (Wonderful World by Sam Cooke). One of our favourite fun wedding ideas and a great idea for civil ceremonies, where hymns are not an option. Alternatively, why not ask guests to sing along while you have your first dance?
9 – Type your messages!
A fun alternative to the traditional guest book, classic typewriters provide a vintage-style way of recording good luck messages from your guests. But don’t look at them just yet… instead, tie them up with old-fashioned string and read them on your first anniversary.
Bonus – Unusual transport
All aboard for more fun wedding ideas! We love a cute vintage tractor, just perfect for an outdoors rustic reception. If you’re thinking of hiring one for your own day, our top tip would be to pop along to a local steam fayre. The lovely people there are going to be true experts, they’ll be able to help and advise about what’s best for your day, and they might even offer you a special one-off deal!