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Keeping guests entertained during photos (on a budget)


I went to a wedding a few weekends ago - and there was a lot od standing around while the pictures were taken (which is understandable)



My wedding is next year and Im worried about keeping guests entertained while we have our photos taken - we will be having a drinks reception but I was wondering if we should provide some form of entertainment as well??? If so what? We have a fairly tight budget as we are moving house this year.



I'd love any suggestions that anyone has



Thanks



Mrs H to be :\)

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  • claremillarclaremillar Posts: 335
    morning mrs h tobe where ru from ??
  • LolyukLolyuk Posts: 410
    We are providing outdoor games to keep out guest occupied whilst the pictures are being taken - I have brought a giant Jenga online for just £25 and we already had a set or two of Boules to put out.



    We are also having a live band all day but even if you just had some form of music live or not that can keep guests talking/amused.



    Lots of people are having an ice cream van, however I persoanlly think ice cream men would jump at the chance of going to a wedding for 30 mins, as they'd make a small fortune so doubt you would have to pay them.



    xx

  • WattersonukWattersonuk Posts: 429
    We haven't planned anything for this time whilst we are having our pictures done and it is a concern of mine BUT the majority of our day guests are staying at the hotel and they will use this time to check in and go and freshen up in their rooms - those who aren't staying will be greated with a drink by waiters and i am hoping will mingle and the time should just pass. Also by the time the guests have travelled to the reception and found a park etc etc that should kill an hour.



    I get married in 15 days so too late to start organise anything now! I'm sure it'll be fine.

    x

    CandyPink
  • Mrs-H-2-beMrs-H-2-be Posts: 193
    Hello fellow Mrs H to be! We're thinking of providing some outdoor games as well, like croquet and boules, assuming the weather's ok. We also thought about hiring a magician or caricaturist, but they were out of our budget.



    When do you get married? Ours is next May. xx

    [Modified by: Mrs-H-2-be on June 27, 2008 12:22 PM]
  • LolyukLolyuk Posts: 410
    Getting married on the 5th of September...69 days!

    Lots of things starting to worry me now and get nervous about!



    Am praying for nice weather...it doesnt have to be baking hot, it doesnt even have to be sunny...although it would be nice...I just want dry!



    Where are you getting married?

    xx
  • Wow I'd not really thought about any of this but games sound ace...I'm off onto ebay to see if I can get some giant games. x
  • maj21maj21 Posts: 71
    We get married next year in Florida and are having a party when we get home. Had been told that parties can sometimes be lower than you expect as you have already got married and had your honeymoon so wanted something that would keep high spirits amongst everyone as well as add some entertainment and someone on this site recommended the below website.

    www.bridaldoodles.com.au



    They do great comics and crosswords, i am also going to have the caption page which i am going to get them to include a guest comment space and instead of having the traditional guest book we are going to put them in a folder.



    Send Eamonn an email, he is really helpful and will do whatever you want, within reason.
  • jennykempjennykemp Posts: 66
    Our photographer has told us the system he uses means photos only take about 20 mins based on 65 guests, so we aren't worried about entertaining them.
  • ariel_vampariel_vamp Posts: 2,415
    We had a huge bouncy castle as there were lots of kids there.



    The rest just sat on the patio and chatted away quite appily.
  • magsieukmagsieuk Posts: 1,434
    We're just having drinks and canapes whilst the photos are being taken, I'm sure our guests will be only too happy to socialise over a drink whilst they wait.
  • JennieBukJennieBuk Posts: 408
    I think most people are happy to wait around, drinks & nibbles might help. We're having a magician at some point (not decided where he will fit in yet), but we're getting married in a lovely ornate town hall and will probably be having most photo's inside (not too much going on outside and I'm not going to do the park thing). I'm looking for a few staged pictures but lots of natural pics too so we've booked a guy who plays the sax - he's £200 and plays for over 3 hours - I thinks thats really good value. He's based in Yorkshire I think, but I'm getting married in Stockport, Cheshire so I know he is willing to travel. He's good as well!

    Jenniex
  • MrsW00dyMrsW00dy Posts: 586
    We've got a walkaround jazz band booked. It was either that or a pianist for the meal, and I figured there'd be a nice hum of conversation during the meal anyway, and the jazz band is a bit different!!!!

    xxx
  • Mrs_HtobeMrs_Htobe Posts: 78
    Thanks for all the suggestions - we had discussed games and an ice-cream man - might have to look into it. We were planning on having drinks and nibbles so maybe with a few games too there will be plenty to keep people amused.



    We are getting married next May at Layer Marney Tower in Essex - theres a gorgeous area outside for guests while pictures are being taken - but it all depends on the weather (Im praying its good at the end of May)



    I'm sooooooo excited image
  • LauraH4ukLauraH4uk Posts: 278
    Hi all,

    I had the same problem and have bought a giant jenga type thing and a giant connect 4. I got them from Dunelm mill - £14.99 for jenga and £9.99 for Connect 4. Much cheaper than I could find on ebay. I've also bought 2 x frisbees for 49p each from Sainsburys. Hope this helps!

    xx
  • MeddyukMeddyuk Posts: 50
    Quoted:
    We get married next year in Florida and are having a party when we get home. Had been told that parties can sometimes be lower than you expect as you have already got married and had your honeymoon so wanted something that would keep high spirits amongst everyone as well as add some entertainment and someone on this site recommended the below website.

    www.bridaldoodles.com.au



    They do great comics and crosswords, i am also going to have the caption page which i am going to get them to include a guest comment space and instead of having the traditional guest book we are going to put them in a folder.



    Send Eamonn an email, he is really helpful and will do whatever you want, within reason.


    Hi I am using these people too.... They ar so helpful and I love the way you get full copyright to the caricature so you can use it for work, invitations, gifts etc etc etc
  • hopefully the drinks and everyone mingglihg will be just fine I think, thats what we're doing and we're not too worried about that as both the families like to talk a lot!! How many people will you have there when photos are being taken?
  • maj21maj21 Posts: 71
    Hi Meddy, i agree, Eamonn goes out of his way to help you and make sure that you are happy. Its great that you can print as many copies as you want, when you want.



    I cant wait until i see the finish caricature - have you had yours done yet?
  • sirsuksirsuk Posts: 2,478
    The bar will be open - that's all the entertainment my guests will need image
  • spiralqueenspiralqueen Posts: 295
    We're having a group shot before the meal and then after the meal doing the rest, starting with the big groups and then working down to just us so that people aren't having to hang around unless they want to. The guests will be free to wander round the grounds, have a drink or have a break before the evening reception. Having been to loads of weddings there's nothing worse than having to wait for ages whilst the photographer takes endless shots of the bride and groom before they get to the group shots. Having loads of games sounds like a great idea - as long as you can tear the guests away from them when you need to image
  • skhaskinsskhaskins Posts: 476
    we're having our polaroid guest book sorted out while the photos are being taken so people will have something to do
  • deloittedeloitte Posts: 23
    Wow an ice cream van sounds fab...I'm going to look into that.

    Apart from that our venue has a falconry show so we were just going to book that up to keep the kids occupied while the pictures were being taken. Hopefully that will be enough



  • Mrs_HtobeMrs_Htobe Posts: 78



    I like the idea of a polaroid guest book - will ahve to get one of our ushers to organise it on the day but should kill some time and be a really nice memento of the day



    Thanks for all your suggestions - keep em coming!!!!



    Mrs H to be



    :\)
  • ChoccyaddictChoccyaddict Posts: 655
    On the polaroid guset book atmy best mates wedding, she sourced loads of silly hats and wigs for people to dress up in and pose for photos-it was absolutely hilarious and she got some great shots that really captured the fun element of the day. By the end of the night everyone was on the dance floor in the hats- I have a particularly fetching picture of my H2B in a pink feather boa and cowboy hat grrrrrrrrr!!image
  • cemh20cemh20 Posts: 214
    Hi,

    I love the idea of garden games, polaroid guest book & those comics from Emanuel....do you think it would be too much for them all?! I don't want it to turn to 'gimicy' - i've only been to 1 wedding so not sure how much i can get away with doing without it being ott!

    oh & we're having 2 small choc fountains in eve

    no band or dj- just music from ipod - im going to ask all guests to note their 2 fav songs on their rsvp

    thanks

  • emmam10emmam10 Posts: 7
    Hi!

    Hope you don't mind me emailing you! I just saw that you had a magician for your wedding! I was wondering what you thought of him? as we're thinking of having one at ours next year image

    There's that many out there it's hard to choose.

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Thanks



    Em image
  • nats2013nats2013 Posts: 6,253
    em-check the date and start a new thread, lots of people use magicians to get some recommendations
  • We are having a magician to entertain guests during the photo time. My friend suggested it as his brother had one and said it went down a bomb. Actually just met up with our magician a couple of nights ago and he gave us a wee demo and he was brilliant, really happy with him.



    I also really like the idea of garden games, only we are restricted on outside space!
  • bazikovabazikova Posts: 94

    Loving the idea of a polaroid guest book - we have a bouncy castle arranged for outside the venue, so as long as the weather's good, that should keep the kids entertained! And their parents...

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