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How to Ensure That Your Guests Have Fun at the Party!

Many brides-to-be dream of hosting a perfect and beautiful day. They sometimes forget that their wedding day should and could be fun too. Ensuring that your guests have fun at your reception can be a daunting task. They key is to plan something unique but easy for guests to partake in. Here are five ways to ensure that your guests can have fun and you can host an unforgettable event!

Set up a Home Made Photo Booth
wedding-photo-boothPhoto booths can be very expensive to rent. Brides on a budget do not have to forego this fun family and friend activity. Set up an oversized ornate frame at a designated corner in your reception hall or a section outside if you are exchanging vows in an outdoor area. Place a digital camera on a stool for guests to pose on and place a number of props nearby (boa, sunglasses, hats, masks). Set directions near the “booth” and allow your friends and family to click away. Print out each image and send it to them as a keepsake in your thank you notes!

Boast a Cake Topping Bar

Guests also find it fun when they get to design and dish up their own desserts. Set up a topping station so guests can embellish their piece of wedding cake or individual cupcake. Toppings like sprinkles, candy, fruit, and whipped cream are affordable and fun to add to plain pieces of cake, made to your guests’ liking.

Host a Dance Off

Nothing puts guests in a dancing mood more than a dance off-with prizes! Fill several bags with items like gas gift cards, massages, pedicures, and bottle of wine or liquor. Have everyone take part in cheering on their favorite dancers and ask your DJ or band to announce the winners of categories like, “Most Original Moves”, “Worst Moves,” “Drunkest Dancer,” or “Best Dance Moves.” It will break up the night and make your guests laugh and eager to get involved in the name of good fun.

Play a Song for Groups of Guests

Have some songs that are special to friends or family members? Maybe certain tunes help you remember your spring break with the ladies, a special moment with your siblings, or simply a fun time with family and friends. Throughout the night, ask the DJ or band to play these specific songs and announce who they are for to get everyone up dancing and reminiscing. It’s easy to do and completely unique.

Make a Signature Drink

blog-how-to-ensureIf you are getting married at your own home or a friend or family member’s estate, you have more flexibility when it comes to selecting what to serve and offering specialties at the bar.  Consider inviting your guests to create or mix their own drinks. It not only saves on a bartender for brides who are pinching pennies, but also allows your guests to get their creative juices (or spirits) flowing!

Making sure your guests have a good time is just as important as hosting a beautiful wedding. Consider trying some of the simple yet affordable suggestions above to help ensure a good time for all in attendance!

Alcohol Wedding Tips

How Much Liquor Should You Buy in Advance of Your Wedding?

There are many moments within your wedding that your guests are looking forward to.  Seeing you walk down the aisle in a resplendent dress is one of them.  Watching you and your sweetheart kiss for the first time as spouses is another.  And one of the most anticipated events for any wedding is when your guests are able to toast to your future happiness with a variety of festive cocktails and liquor!

Whether you’re planning on having a boozy and fun reception or just want to have a classy affair with champagne and wine, liquor is an essential part of any wedding.  After all, what would a reception be without the champagne toast or the cocktail hour?  However, there’s no denying that liquor can also represent a major expense to your wedding budget, especially if you’re hosting an open bar for the entire night.

Therefore, if you’re looking for ways to save on your bar tab, you and your honey may want to consider buying liquor in advance of your wedding.  If you’re planning on supplying your guests with your own liquor, here’s what you need to know:

  • Before you go out and buy the champagne, you may want to ask your reception host if they offer a champagne toast as part of the overall wedding package.  Many places offer champagne toasts for a certain number of guests within the total cost of the wedding, so clarify this before you start ordering that Moet.
  • Ask your reception location if it’s possible to supply the bar with your own liquor.  This can be a great way to save a considerable amount of money, as you won’t be paying for the actual liquor that’s being used.  However, this also means that the reception location may be losing out on money.  Asking first will ensure that there aren’t any hiccups right before the reception.
  • Bring your own bottles of wine to the reception.  While many reception locations may not allow you to supply your own hard liquor, almost all of them will allow you to supply your own bottles of wine.  This can save you hundreds of dollars on your bar tab, as you can buy wine for cheap at your local liquor store.  You may also want to consider buying online, as you can find a great deal of discounts if you’re ordering a large batch of wine.

Be sure to use these tips if you’re considering buying liquor in advance of your wedding!