Worried about evening entertainment

I'm having a not concentrating terribly hard at work day today and all sorts of worries have started to whizz through my mind.

the latest one is:

Will people be bored in the evening? because i'd hate that. Mortified.

We are having a small wedding (20 or so) and i wouldn't change that for the world but because it is very close friends and family it is a pretty diverse set of people from all sorts of backgrounds and ages.

After much umming and aaahing we decided against live music as we were worried that a) band members might out number the guests (ok i'm exaggerating) and b) it might overwhelm such a small group.

There will be music and we're planning on taking along silly games like Manic Martians (grown ups love it after a couple of glasses of wine) and maybe packs of cards but just wondered if anyone else had any ideas as to how they're handling it.



  • TherasaukTherasauk Posts: 1,090
    I want a band, for the exact same reason. At the minute we are just having a disco, but I worry that guests will get bored!

    A band is way out of our budget though, so Im gutted, fingers crossed it will be alright on the night eh!

  • mrsj36mrsj36 Posts: 2,340
    How about a pub quiz or something to get everyone involved? The other thing I can think of is karaoke but it may not be your idea of fun!
  • A Pinata (can't do a squiggle sorry)? Drunken adults love this too (well, I do).
  • SkipulaSkipula Posts: 1,763
    We were at a wedding earlier this year and the evening entertainment was an ipod! And it was lovely. The music was loud enough for people to dance to but it also allowed others to talk to each other without having to shout.

    Apart from the bride and groom we only knew one couple there but by the end of the evening we had made new friends who we still see.

  • PikelettePikelette Posts: 1,096
    With a deliciously "intimate" wedding like yours, nadia I'm betting that people will have tremendous fun chatting and almost certainly wouldn't need a band which has the potential to kill conversation stone dead. So some games and an ipod would be just the ticket.
  • SwanlakeSwanlake Posts: 1,032
    ooohhhh! What's Manic Martians? Sounds like fun!

  • Quoted:

    After much umming and aaahing we decided against live music as we were worried that a) band members might out number the guests (ok i'm exaggerating) and b) it might overwhelm such a small group.

    It may not be to everyone's tastes, but how about hiring a small group, perhaps a jazz band for background music, or a single musician, such as a cellist or a pianist? They aren't terribly expensive, and can easily liven up an intimate group of people.:\)
  • ruthemilyruthemily Posts: 13,622
    We will probably go down the ipod route due to limited budget, but we'll have about 100-120 evening guests! Eek!

    I'd love to know what Manic Martians is too!
  • NaomeiNaomei Posts: 2,273
    I think something like the pub quiz idea is good - I always think they're a bit naff, but whenever I have done them they are really good fun! And if you put people together in teams who don't know each other then it gets them working together and bonding!

    I think it would be nice in a smaller group to let off sky lanterns or something like that (if you can, at your venue). You can do this with writing 'wishes' on so it could be quite nice if each person read out their wish before releasing it. Plus 20 are not that expensive.

    A ceilidh would be good fun although you would need a caller. But 20 people would be ideal as it's not too many but you can get everyone to join in. Basically anything where people are forced to dance is a good thing as it makes them happy! Even if they feel awkward at first! You don't necessarily need a band, just music and a caller and walk through it first. Strip the willow is always a laugh!

  • We are having a 'mingling' evening at our venue on the Friday night. We are playing 'win lose or draw' (pictionary) on big flipcharts in teams. Also having a limerick competition on the big day between courses with gusets in tables being given the first line 'When ****** and ***** met'. Also doing a caption competition with a pic of us, and an anagram of our names. Prizes for all 3 rounds will be bottles of spirits to share on the table. We thought it would be a bit different and would liven things up a bit.

  • nadiaeuknadiaeuk Posts: 696
    Loads of brill suggestions. thanks. I like the pub quiz idea and we could do rounds themed about us (gosh that sounded egocentric). Such as, we met in Norwich so could have a Norwich themed round. And maybe one for the kids with kids programmes and cartoons. oh the ideas are endless.

    I think, seeing as we've splashed out in other areas it is going to have to be an ipod wedding.

    I love Ceilidh, however there are a couple of people i can think with who are too cool for skool (sic) that will be pulling this is dumb faces. However, they are always the ones you have to drag off the dancefloor at the end of the night.

    Haven't really thought about skylanterns. Will have to do some research.

    Manic martians is a fab, and utterly stupid kids game.

    You get a 'board' like this one and basically when you turn it on the martians bob up and down and you have to whack them over the head with a hammer to pick them up (they've kinda got a bobble on their heads which fits into a hole in the rubber hammer if that makes sense???!!) the idea is the person to get all their martians out fastest wins.

    However after a few glasses of wine anything goes. I've seen full grown usually very serious barristers hit one another over the head with the hammers. people trying to sabotage each others games by taking each others martians etc etc.

    Its just silly fun but tends to get people talking.

    I think i'm going to trawl the charity shops for silly kids games. Oooh wonder if i can do twister in a corset.....
  • NaomeiNaomei Posts: 2,273
    Nah... people always join in at weddings because they feel they HAVE to! So even if they think 'this is dumb' they will still do it, and have a great time! image
  • SkipulaSkipula Posts: 1,763
    I now have to buy Manic Martians! Hammers shaped like ray guns - my h2b will love it!
  • ruthemilyruthemily Posts: 13,622
    I want it too! That's one for B's Xmas present list! (I always buy him things I know I want too, is that really bad?! image )
  • SyrioniaSyrionia Posts: 95
    Our wedding's going to be an intimate one too..30 guests max.

    We're struggling with evening entertainment, H2B wants a dancefloor and I don't.

    The only people I see getting up to dance are him and 2 of his mates so there's going to have to be a discussion about that,

    I was thinking of maybe having a fire show (fire jugglers, fire breathers, angle grinders, etc) or hiring a few arcade machines and a pool table so it's like a games evening.

    I've heard casino tables go down well too.

    I like the pub quiz idea, they're always a laugh image
  • nikolinauknikolinauk Posts: 687
    I was looking at my friends boyfriends, sisters wedding pics yesterday and they hired a huge scalatrex track which was a real hit with all the guests
  • fairybellefairybelle Posts: 288
    past times are selling packs of wedding trivia cards that are designed to be put on tables or used in a similar fashion to a pub quiz so every1 can get to know each other but without the wedding party having to do any hard work!

    also, for those who are on tight budgets-check out bands in local pubs. we're having a guirtarist play earlier on and he was much cheaper than we were quoted elsewhere as he doesnt specifically advertise 'for weddings'. we're thinking about getting a band the same way but we dont have much time in the evening!
  • fairybellefairybelle Posts: 288
    2510_anilokin, where did they get the scalatrex track from?

    also, ive just had an email from revelutions vodka bar telling me they can now bring their parties to the door and they also do displays like fire breathers etc and can arrange vodka tasting sessions?!
  • nadiaeuknadiaeuk Posts: 696
    I've seen the scaletrix online but they cost about £500 to hire. That's out of my budget but they look like fab fun and i'm sure they'd go down a treat.

    Going to look into the past times wedding trivia cards. Fancy the pub quiz idea (i'm seeing lots of cheesy prizes things like hats and wigs that people can have a larf with) but it is quite a task compiling all the questions so i like the lazy option!
  • nadia_e perhaps you could scale it down and have things like they have on firebox.com or iwoot.com more sort of table top scale....?

  • skhaskinsskhaskins Posts: 476
    we're having an I-pod and a pub quiz which i've had great fun writing! A friend had retro board games on each table which had people in hysterics, and i've seen a piccie of a wedding table with hungry hippos as the centrepiece - how fab
  • nadiaeuknadiaeuk Posts: 696
    Birthday Bride - do you find any particularly good sites for researching questions?
  • Lula_sweetpeaLula_sweetpea Posts: 1,401
    Friends of ours had a pub quiz which was very apt as the couple are fanatics.

    found a couple of sites



    You could have a round with questions about the two of you!

    I was at a wedding and they had casino tables like blackjack and roulette, for evening entertainment as they didn't have a dj or band.

  • nikolinauknikolinauk Posts: 687
    fairybellejones - I'm not sure where they hired the scaletrix from but I've just did a google search and there are a few places that do them, so I gues probably best to find one as local to you as possible to keep travel costs down. Or perhaps buying your own would be good and cheaper - it could also be a gift for the groom/bestman/ushers etc!

    I've been thinking that two nights of partying might be a bit tedious for some 'grown ups' but the house we're hiring does have a snooker table and I will probably put playing cards on the table in the cocktail bar. I'm also asking guests to step behind the bar and play at landlord and also make us cocktails!

    I have though about setting up a tv with Nintendo Wii but not sure if that's an alcohol fuelled accident waiting to happen?

  • hinderellahinderella Posts: 116
    We're having casino tables as we weren't allowed to have live music anyway- and all the guests are really psyched about it (couldn't keep it a secret!!)

    We're having ipod music but there isn't a 'dance floor' per se, does anyone think that might be a problem?

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