When it’s your time to bring everyone together, it’s hard not to want something outstanding at your event that everyone remembers! There’s something special about looking around the room and seeing your guests having an enjoyable time at your own wedding or event.
We’ve created a list of four easy entertainment ideas to add to your event that can keep your guests entertained while you’re busy taking photos, eating dinner, dancing, or visiting with everyone else. There’s only one of you, so it’s awesome if your guests are entertained on their own while they wait for speeches, dinner, or a moment to congratulate you in person.
Easy Entertainment Ideas
We’ll dive into four entertainment ideas, all that can be implemented by your vendor, but offer opportunities to add your own ideas to make them custom. These elements help make your wedding or event unique and finding something that fits you and your partner’s personality will help create a more meaningful, memorable day.
Food Station – A Delicious Display
Food can absolutely be a form of entertainment! From the time guests arrive, they will eat if it’s provided! Help keep their belly pleased before or after dinner with a delicious display of snacks, desserts, or candy. Create an appealing display with trays and cake stands of varying heights.
An interactive food station, where guests can customize their food creation to their preferences is a win for everyone. Some of our favorite ideas are smores, popcorn, soft pretzels, or a Bloody Mary bar. While these are mainly do-it-yourself and low-maintenance activities, you still will want someone’s eyes on the table, like a coordinator or designated helper, to restock and tidy up from time to time.
For their wedding at El Zocalo in Bernalillo, Justin and Paula built a ‘Sweets Station’ around her favorite color: green. They went online and found about 12 different candies in various shades of green. They included licorice, gumdrops, mints, m&m’s, and lots of other fun options. Also provided serving spoons and clear, plastic candy bags so guests could help themselves to a fun take-home treat.
Here are a few local New Mexico caterers that can help bring your display table or food station to life:
Photo Booth – Complete Customization!
Photo booths are a fun activity with a ton of benefits, whether you’re the creative type or not! Each guest leaves with photo strips in hand documenting the fun they had with the people they love at your wedding! The photo strips can also be customized to include elements personal to your days like wedding colors, hashtags, or dates.
Want to take the customization even further? Create a few of your own photo booth signs or props to use in the booth! Also, with open-air photo booths, you can get creative with your backdrop, or use a unique wall at your venue, for an extra bit of flair!
If you’re not the slow dancing type, a photo booth gives you and your guests a dollar dance alternative. Our Complete Weddings + Events DJ and Photo Booth team will help facilitate a flash photo activity where your guests line up to step in the booth to grab a photo with you and their group! This fun ice breaker gives everyone a chance to get their photo with the couple.
Singing for your Super – Even your Dinner Buffet can be Entertaining
Just because your guests were having a blast in the photo booth during the cocktail hour doesn’t mean they should expect your event to slow down during the dinner buffet. After the high-energy wedding party entrance with your Complete DJ, why not ask your DJ to make your dinner buffet fun with a game we like to call Singing for your Supper?
Once everyone is seated, your DJ will announce that they will be dismissing your guests to the buffet table-by-table. As table 16 is thinking they’re in for a long wait, your Complete DJ will let everyone know there is a way anyone can get cuts in the buffet line! If you and you’re tablemates can think of a love song, all you have to do is stand up and sing that song to the newlyweds and you get cuts in the buffet line! The best part is this sort of customization is included with your Signature DJ service!
Care to take your dinnertime entertainment to another level? Consider this low-cost add-on: Complete Interactive!
Complete Interactive – Guest Engagement at its Best!
With Complete Interactive, your Complete Weddings + Events DJ introduces various activities for your guests to participate in while their answers and submissions are displayed live at your reception. This unique DJ option includes the following elements you can choose from to fit into your evening’s timeline.
Social Media Wall
Allow all your wedding guests to experience the virtual social media stream of your event, group meeting, or activity. The social wall lets you submit photos and/or messages from your custom URL or hashtag to display at the event virtually, or you can integrate Twitter or Instagram so those posts with your hashtag will be displayed.
Crowd Questionnaire or Trivia
A fun questionnaire on the couple is always a great way for guests to learn more about the couple or see who knows them best! Complete can also provide trivia questions, which is a great way to battle to decide who will be served dinner first or to win bragging rights for the evening. With Complete Interactive, we can show the live rankings on the screen to let everyone know who’s in the lead!
See instant answers from the audience as they interact with the platform on their phone choosing from options and sending in their answers from either a multiple choice. We love having guests vote on their favorite songs to help tailor the soundtrack of the evening to the liking of the crowd (with couple-approved choices of course).