Are you planning a fun wedding?
What was the most fun wedding you've ever been to? What made it so great? Chances are it wasn't fun because of anything expensive g or flashy (except maybe an open bar), but it was most likely down to the couple, the other guests, and the overall vibe. So how do you create that fun, relaxed atmosphere when you're planning your own big day? Alas, there's no one magic ingredient that makes a day fun, but there are lots of little things you can do to set the tone and encourage your guests to let loose. We've rounded them up with our guide on how to plan the most fun wedding ever!
1. Ditch the Formalities
Traditional weddings are steeped in informality, from the fancy clothes and the plush surroundings, to the top table and the first dance. Formalities have a tendency to make everyone feel like they need to be their best behavior. Look at your day in its entirety and find opportunities to informalize things. Whether it's scrapping a wedding party, indicating a relaxed dress code on your invitations, or serving pina Coladas instead of Champagne, find ways to put your guests at ease from the outset, and let them know this isn't 'just another wedding.'
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2. The Ceremony Sets the Tone
The ceremony can have a huge impact in setting the tone for the rest of the day, so make it as engaging as you can. If your guests leave your ceremony on a high, they'll maintain it for the day. We have tips on writing your own ceremony here, and a professional celebrant will be only too happy to assist your planning too. If you're having a church wedding, you will have some restrictions, but chat to your priest or vicar about making it your own, with the right music and celebrant, your ceremony will be far from dull.
3. Get Your Guests Socialising
The most fun weddings are often the ones where you know lots of people. While that can't be manufactured, there are some things you can do to get your guests chatting and mingling. A hen or stag party, virtual or IRL, ahead of your wedding is really helpful in bringing friends from different parts of your life together. Blending your tables is another way to integrate guests who'll know fewer people, photo walls, buffet-style dining. Of course, if you're subject to Covid-19 restrictions at the time of your wedding, you'll have to be a bit more creative. Call and response moments in the ceremony or speeches are handy ways to make your guests feel included and bonded if traditional mingling is off the cards