You know how to have fun with your family. You know how to have fun with your friends, and with your work colleagues during after-work drinks, too. But are you able to make sure all these different groups in your life have fun when they’re all together? That’s the challenge you’ll face when you host your wedding. Then, you’ll need to think about everyone’s different needs and interests, and try to bring them all together. Below, we take a look at seven ways you can ensure that everyone at your wedding, regardless of age and background, has a good time on your special day.
Seat Like-Minded People Together
There will be people coming to your wedding who will be attending only to support you; they won’t know anybody else in your wedding party. But this doesn’t mean that they can’t get involved and have a good time with everyone else. You know all of your guests well, so when it comes to putting together your seating plan, make sure you’re putting like-minded people together. Similar interests, ages, and senses of humour should all be factored in. Who knows, they might just become lifelong friends!
Limit the Rambling Speeches
A speech CAN be fun; there’s no doubt about that. But there’s a fine line between a speech that is entertaining and sweet, and one that is beginning to sound like the ramblings of a person who doesn’t know how to stop talking. If you’re doing speeches at your wedding, ask the makers to keep theirs in the two to five-minute bracket. If not, you’ll run the risk of the wedding losing momentum, and of people beginning to feel their heads droop. Not what you want at your party!
Keep People Well-Fed and Watered
Weddings can be long affairs. The great thing is that people generally want to have a good time; they’re rooting for the day to be memorable, for you, for them, for everyone! But they’re going to need a little bit of help along the way. Specifically, they’re going to need to be well-fed and well-watered. Make sure that no-one is going hungry, especially throughout the night. Sometimes, an extra bite to eat is all a person needs in order to hit the dance floor for a few more hours. And alcohol drinks? Well, that’s barely worth mentioning: we all know how important that is when it comes to a party!
Nail the Entertainment
You and your guests are ready to party, can we make it happen? You’re going to need some help along the way, in the form of a live band, and a DJ who can keep things flowing all night long. Check out the top wedding bands available for hire, and find a group that plays music in keeping with the overall theme of your party. For the DJ, it’s important that you talk to them – before enlisting their services – to ensure they have the right tracks in their locker, ones that everyone will want to hear.
Interactive Dance Floor
Some people need a little bit of help when it comes to parties. While some people bound forward to the dance floor as soon as the first track is played, others prefer to hold back, only making their entrance when they feel comfortable enough to do so. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course – it’s not cool to force someone to dance! However, you can maybe make them more comfortable to be up there by playing singalong tracks and including inflatable instruments – they’ll help to distract people who don’t have confidence in their dance moves.
A Resting Spot
There’s unlikely to be any eighteen year olds at your wedding, those crazy people who can dance and dance and dance. As such, people are going to need to take a break from time to time. Set aside a space at your venue as the “resting spot,” one that’s away from the music and madness of the party. People will be able to go there, relax, and then return to the party, ready to go another round of dancing and laughing with friends.
Hire a Babysitter
And what about the kids? If they’re there, it’ll only be a matter of time before they’re bored, and the parents have to leave to look after them! Instead, why not look at hiring a babysitter? It’s a win-win situation. The kids can play with each other, and the parents can dance, knowing that they’re children are being well looked after.