You want to get married surrounded by all your loved ones, I totally get it!! (Summer 2021 bride to be over here). You want all the bells and whistles and you’re quite happy to go ahead with a smaller guest list. Hey, if you have a bigger reception at a later date then that’s just twice the fun, am I right?
I’m Lottie, a pinot grigio groupie, Friends-aholic and murder documentary enthusiast who loves to party. I photograph weddings full of fun shenanigans, partying and real emotions. I’m often mistaken for an enthusiastic guest with a camera. I believe, whoever said a party is all about the number of guests is incredibly wrong, it’s about choosing the right ones.
There’s so much uncertainty around weddings at the moment that I think the idea of them has become a bit daunting. Planning a wedding is one thing and doing it during a pandemic is a whole other! So, I thought I’d take it upon myself to bring some excitement back into wedding planning and ignite your inspiration with these unconventional entertainment ideas.
Let’s make your smaller celebration just as epic as a big wedding!!
Unique entertainment ideas for your micro wedding reception!
I don’t want to start by being a party pooper, but do check with your wedding venue before you start booking your new suppliers. Some venues rules are slightly different to others.
Hire a comedian
How cute would an intimate comedy show be?!? Laughter fills a room so easily and if your guests aren’t acquainted with each other yet it gives them a fun conversation starter – no slightly awkward silences to be found here!
Personally, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Abi Clarke’s sketches on Instagram. I highly recommend them if you need a little pick me up. Especially Jill and Tracy.
Sparklers or fireworks
You could have your ceremony later in the day (did someone say a lie in on your wedding day?!) and finish your night with fireworks or sparklers! Firework shows are always spectacular no matter how many guests are watching, imagine the surprise on everyone’s faces?! You’ll can actually get to see them all. Imagine it, you and all your guests huddled together with a glass of whatever your drinking, toasting to your new life together. As for sparklers, who doesn’t love waving a sparkler about? Think of the photos!! (immediately types ‘wedding sparkler send-off’ into Pinterest)
So, it’s a bit of a hen/stag do vibe, but you know your guests would love it. You could ask them to base the cocktails on your favourite tv programs or films or you and your other half! Mine would have to be something blue, what would yours be?
Less guests means you and all your guests can get involved and really get your shake on! Plus, if anyone’s goes horribly wrong you not only get to witness it, you most certainly get photos to remember the moment forever.
If you’re looking for the perfect cocktail topper, you can literally use photos of your own faces?!? This company lets you do just that.
Its different, your guests will love it and you’ll have something else to frame (as well as the photos)! This definitely counts a top tier wedding favour. Less guests, means less of a queue and everyone will definitely get one! You could also ask everyone to do a silly face and make it into a bit of a competition.
Hear me out, there’s some fab ones for social occasions – Funemployed is an absolutely cracking game! Think Cards against Humanity but applying for a job with 1 card. My Grandad once got the doctor job with his fishnet knee high stockings!! I probably didn’t explain that right so here’s a ridiculously cheesy example video. What do you meme? is also a great one, along with all it’s expansion packs. Basically anything Big Potato Games sells are great for group sizes around 6-14. If you have more or less guests you can have a couple of games at the same time but either way it means everyone can really get into it!
If you grew up playing PAC-MAN, Space Invaders or Street Fighter then this is the nostalgic, fun you need to bring to your small wedding. You could make an awesome competition or mini league out of the games you hire. Who can get the highest score on PAC-MAN or Space invaders? Or who can defeat everyone on Street fighter?
Are you super uncomfortable in front of the camera? secretly planning on hiding amongst your guests to get those candid photos you love?
Well, I’ve pulled together 5 top tips on how to get natural, fun wedding photos without any cheesy posing and you can read it right here.
Disclaimer: These are all ideas for you to ask your venue about. The guidelines seem to be changing every damn day, so it unfortunately all depends on the rules on your date, venue and your locations tier. I just want you all to know that this is a really shit situation but we can definitely make it better. Here’s a link to the Government guidelines.
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