Wedding receptions tend to be pretty standard. You have dinner, you have dancing, and you have a few organized activities (bouquet tosses, cake cutting, etc.). And while there’s nothing wrong with that, if you’re looking to shake up the same old, same old while planning your wedding, you can run into a few questions — namely, what can you do and how?
Inviting kids to a wedding is a tricky subject. On one hand, you don’t want them taking over your dancefloor or causing a scene during your ceremony. But on the other hand, you want to share the love and don’t want to make parents hire sitters. An easy solution is going to Care.com and hiring a sitter yourself. This way, the kids can take a break from the wedding if need be.
If you’re having a wedding with an “Arabian Nights” theme or just want to break up your dining time, you can hire a belly dancer. Find a locally-based entertainer at Gigmasters. And don’t worry — plenty of belly dancers are family-friendly.
Go back to your days of childhood and make your wedding super Instagrammable with a bouncing house (or bar). Just because you’re wearing your finest formalwear doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun.
Give your guests a unique wedding favor by hiring a caricature artist who will draw their portraits during the reception. This quirky activity will not only entertain your guests, it will give them a token to help them remember your wedding forever.
Are you and your fiancé huge James Bond fans? Are you crazy about Michael Jackson or Britney Spears? You (most likely) can’t get the real thing on your wedding day, but you sure can get an impersonator (from companies like Scarlett Entertainment) to mingle with your guests or perform.
If you just can’t get past those carefree college days that brought you and your future spouse together, many colleges offer up their mascots for appearances at major events. Some mascots, such as Ohio State’s Brutus Buckeye, will even show up in a tuxedo.
Yes, llamas. You’ve surely read all about these furry wedding guests by now, but it really is no joke. You can rent a llama to stand next to you as you say your wedding vows. Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas will lend their animals to party with you.
Who doesn’t love the pomp of a sousaphone to celebrate a big occasion? If you and your beloved are band nerds to the bone, throw a mini-parade in the middle of your reception with the likes of the Patriot Brass Ensemble, which is available for hire over 90 percent of the United States.
This isn’t the kind of wedding cake you eat, by the way. They’re made of foam and just meant to be looked at. For brides and grooms on a budget, renting a wedding cake for the stunning visuals from a place like Fabulous and Faux Wedding Cakes and then serving a large homemade sheet cake instead can save hundreds of precious dollars.