A few fun wedding ideas can transform your day from a forgettable cookie-cutter kind of event to something really memorable.
Your wedding day is something that the both of you will remember and cherish for the rest of your lives, but that doesn't mean it has to be full of formal sentiment and ideas that have been done to death. By adding a little bit of fun and whimsy you can make your wedding something that you and your guests will truly enjoy.
So, what makes a wedding fun? Is it the couple, the guests, the way the day is run, or just a combination of all these things? Some of the worst weddings I've been to are where the bride or groom has been a huge control freak, with each minute of the day planned. You can feel the tension and it certainly doesn't make for a good wedding.
On the other hand, the best weddings I've been to has been more of a casual weddings, where the couple has been relaxed and just wanting to enjoy their day. It's not that being relaxed will make your day perfect, more that being true to yourself will.
Trying to have that perfect magazine style wedding to impress your family and friends is just going to leave you stressed out and disappointed.
Okay, so your wedding day is all about you and your partner. Keep in mind that your guests have to endure whatever you do. It's important to consider what is fun for you may not be fun for your guests. While you and your bridal party may have a blast singing karaoke, it's a good idea to invite guests up to take part as well.
You can also include ideas that invite participation, but don't enforce it. For instance, you could have a video diary room where people leave a message, or a magician working the room that goes from table to table. The best fun wedding ideas are ones that everyone can participate in, or at least appreciate.
Fun wedding ideas often include having a themed day. Maybe its something simple like vintage or art deco styles, maybe you both love a particular colour, design style or era.
You could even request that guests take part by ensuring they match the colour theme with an accessory or even go further and dress up in your chosen theme. I've seen several vintage weddings where the guests have relished the opportunity to dress up in 1920s attire and kick their feet up to the Charleston.
It doesn't all have to be about dress up. Having clowns, magicians or performers that interact with your guests is a great way to put a smile on people's faces. An artist that makes a quick and fun sketch of each guest is entertaining, and also a great idea for an alternative wedding favour.
While many people shy away from having children at a wedding, their presence can really lighten things up a bit. If you do decide to invite kids along, why not provide something for them like a face painter, performer or perhaps even a creche?
You can also come up with fun games for your guests to play. You could ask trivia questions throughout the night, perhaps based on your relationship, and give away small prizes for those that come up with the right answer. You could also ask each table to nominate a favourite song which they give to your wedding band. When the song plays, that table must hit the dance floor.
If you've got a friend or family member acting as usher, ask them to take a Polaroid snap of each guest, then invite them to write a special message for the bride and groom.
I love this idea for a guest book as it gives something to laugh about. People are more relaxed and a little bit silly when it comes to an instant camera. This is something that my bridesmaids did and it's something I still love to look at. The only problem now is its fading.
If you hate the idea of making single females rumble for the bouquet, which I do, instead consider breaking up your bouquet. Florists can design your bouquet so each of the flowers will easily break apart. As you do your meet-and-greet at the reception, break a flower off your bouquet for each single girl, to wish them happiness in not just love, but life.
Including fun wedding ideas is easily done. It lightens the mood and makes for a more enjoyable day for all parties involved. It shouldn't always be about formality, etiquette and the right way to do things.
A little bit of silliness is sometimes lots of fun.