April 17, 2020
Worried about your guests getting bored during your wedding? Here are some of my favourite ways to entertain them, that I have picked up from some of my previous couples throughout the years. Not only have they all gone down extremely well and made their guests giggle but they also made for some bloody awesome photos.
There’s nothing better than shot faces right? Over the last few years giving shots as wedding favours has become so popular BUT perhaps take this one step further and have an ultimate shot toast. Sheila and Dan absolutely nailed this by going round to each individual table to take a shot after dinner. This meant that as a photographer I could take more pictures of their guests shot reactions and also each table got VERY competitive about who was the most rowdy while giving a pre shot cheer with the couple.
It’s no secret that I love a Silent Disco. Every year I go to Download festival it’s an unwritten rule that me and my friends have to make a visit to their silent disco. If you haven’t been to one before it works by everybody receiving a set of earphones which has multiple channels that people can switch between. This makes it perfect for weddings, especially if you have a lot of guests with various music tastes, plus its hilarious to hear everyone singing away when you take your headphones off. Silent Disco’s are so much fun but they can also be a good way of getting around music curfews and restrictions.
Everybody loves some lawn games in the sun or being able challenge a friend to a game of something. I’ve shot tandem space hopper racers, beer pong, giant Jenga and lots of Fussball tables, they’ve all been great and I love photographing peoples concentration faces and shameless celebrating.
Hands down the tastiest idea on this list and it’s also great way of providing a desert table. Dan and Amber nailed it by challenging all of their guests to bake you something special then they judged the winner and gave them a special wedding bake off prize. I’ve even seen couples award a wooden spoon for the looser.
Channel all the New Orleans vibes with a brass brand. Theres nothing better than live music to set a mood at a wedding and both the couples underneath had a brass band accompany them from their ceremony to the reception. I can highly recommend Birmingham based Heavy Beat Brass Band who mix the traditional with popular music and I personally love their version of Rage, Killing in the Name.
Easy to do and FREE!! Just don’t ruin your own bouquet by chucking it, use a bridesmaids instead. ????
I’m always so surprised at how much wedding guests get into temporary tattoos especially when alcohol is involved. Customise them to represent things that you both love, match your wedding day theme or even just have your faces on them.
Keep your guests guessing with a magician, I love photographing a surprised or confused guest. A magician will wonder around your wedding guests performing trick to make your guests say WOW.
I’ve been lucky enough to have shot a fee weddings with surprise bird displays where guests can learn about and get a little but closer to these stunning creatures.
Truly a must for any festival themed wedding! Again drunk guests love and it sets a scene HOWEVER I’m still waiting to see a Frida Kahlo inspired glitter unibrow.
A must for any gamer couples. A retro gaming station keeps the kids out of trouble and allows multiplayer retro fun for the grownups. The stations below were provided by Gaming 4 Weddings and Mario Kart was a firm favourite game of the night, even I had a sneaky game!
Make sure your guests areal mixing and get them straight on the dance floor with some traditional instructive dancing. Everybody will be going wrong and bumping into each other but they will be having an awesome time in the while doing it.