Providing entertainment for your guests is one of the biggest trends in weddings this year. This summer take advantage of beautiful weather and outdoor venues to give your guests a unique experience that they won't ever forget!
Inspired by a mix of prohibition era parties and the royal wedding comes the trend dubbed 'Cocktails and Croquet' - or 'Lunch and Lawn Games" for those aiming for a more casual atmosphere. Guests can enjoy lawn games like bocce ball, cornhole, and croquet. The game supplies can be rented or bought for next to nothing if you don't already own them. Some crafty couples even enjoy making their own bean bags and wooden cornhole targets to match their wedding decor. Guests will love this novel approach to a wedding reception. Be sure to have plenty of water, shade, and sunscreen for your guests to stay comfortable during your outdoor gathering. The best thing about this style of reception is that it fits into elegant venues just as well as casual backyard weddings. The lovely photos above were taken by Jennifer Domenick of Love Life Images. You can see more of her beautiful photography by following the links below to real wedding inspiration!
Put your favors to work as guest entertainment. Personalized matchbooks and packs of sparklers are perfect for summer evenings. Add in some party poppers, chinese sky lanterns, and snappers and create a favor bag of goodies that will go off with a bang! You can also choose to give frisbees or mini cardboard gliders for your guests to toss around. Other fun favors include bubbles, photobooths that print a photo strip for guests to take home, mini game boards like tic tac toe and puzzle games like peg board. These types of favors are great because they say "thank you for coming" while also keeping guests occupied during the event.
Your choice of food can also provide your guests with a fun filled evening. The dessert buffet trend is the perfect example of serving your guests an experience rather than just a meal. Setting up novel dessert tables with build-your-own style allows guests to make their dessert to their liking. Guests will have a blast topping cupcakes, sprinkling anything and everyone on their sundaes, and filling candy bags with new and old favorites. You can also set up a cute little stand that is reminiscent of street fair vendors. Funnel cakes, chili dogs, and ice cream are all great options for this. You can even make your guests 'pay' for the food with advice or little notes of well wishes.
At the end of the day, your wedding day is all about celebrating your love between you and your future spouse. You want your wedding guests to feel the love too, so put a little extra time into making your reception as fun for everyone else as it will be for you.
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