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?
Just because your wedding is going to be ‘micro’ doesn’t mean the fun has to be. In fact, fewer guests can mean more enjoyment! Allow me to help you out with 11 ways to make sure your micro wedding is the best anyone’s ever been to.
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.
1) Get merry with a Cocktail Masterclass
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.
2) Include a touch of nostalgia with these Arcade games
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. I don’t know if you’d class it as an arcade game, but Scalextric would totally work too! 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?
3) Channel your modelling skills with a Caricature Artist
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.
4) Get your guests on Board with these Games
Hear me out, there’s some fab board games 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. Beat that is fantastic! You bet on whether you’ll be able to do the task on the card. The tasks are things like all players must lie down and balance a cup on their head. The first one up without dropping the cup wins.
I could go on forever, we play a lot of group fun board games as a family. So here’s a few notable mentions: Scrawl is fantastic, Don’t get got is a sly one, Articulate will have you shouting things you’d never expect to say in front of your family (I once shouted piercing at the end of a willy for Prince Albert – surrounded by my parents, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents.) Bucket of Doom and Saboteur.
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!
5) Have an intimate comedy show
If you and your other half love a comedy gig then how adorable would an intimate one be?!? Imagine it like a trip to the Top Secret Comedy Club in London, just with an audience of friends and family! Laughter fills a room so easily and if your guests aren’t fully 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.
6) Get ‘lit’ with 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)
7) Let’s get down to booziness – Drinking games
I don’t think anyone who enjoys drinking games can turn down the opportunity to play them! I’m a massive fan of the classics like Ring of Fire, Flip cup, Beer pong, Never have I ever and Mushroom Cup. Anything that involves everyone works a treat and the photos would be so much fun!!
8) Team up with a Scavenger hunt
Split into teams, have riddles and mini games you have to complete to get the answer. You could really turn this into something!
9) What’s family without a little competition? – Video games
One of the cheapest ideas on here, I think! Get a projector, some classic games like Mario kart and set up a chalk board for a score board. Hire or buy a SNES for extra retro, 80’s vibes.
10) One for the animals not on the dance floor – a petting zoo!
Having Alpacas at your wedding is really ‘in’ at the moment, so why not invite the whole farm?! You can cuddle Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Ducks, Goats and Shetland ponies. So many snoots to boop!
11) Bamboozle your guests with some close up magic
It doesn’t have to be on a stage with a hat! Hire a magician that walks around, gets involved with your guests and does all those insane illusion card tricks. The confused, amazed facial expressions of everyone would be so good for your wedding album!
I hope my micro- wedding ideas have helped you think outside the box. Do you have any you think I should add? I’d love to read them in the comments!
If you’re someone who feels super uncomfortable in front of the camera. And you’re planning on hiding amongst your guests to get the candid wedding photos you love. This blog post I wrote is made for you!
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 usually mistaken for an enthusiastic guest with a camera. If you think I’d fit into your wedding day, get in touch below or find out more about me here!
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