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We love to see what our clients do with the marquee when it comes to their wedding. It looks different every single time. We thought we would give you a few ideas on what we think works really well, that will make your wedding reception fun and creative, as well as being unique to you both. If you have a creative side then make sure you use it to decorate the venue, because small personal details really do make a difference.
This Bride & Groom took the guestbook idea to a new level. They had an illustration drawn up, put it in a frame, then on an easel with felt tips pens next to it. Guests could then colour in part of the illustration and leave a heart felt message for the newly-weds. Although a guestbook is nice to keep, this is a modern twist on the idea and if you are creative why not illustrate it yourself? Making it that more personal and fun!
We have seen many, many table plans over the years when catering for weddings. Some are printed on lovely paper, others are framed, but we think this idea is lovely. Get a few travel tags and write your table plan yourself. This couple have written their guest names in silver pen to match their colour scheme, they have then placed small tin cups on a wooden easel and asked their florist to make a few extra small bouquets to display in them. It would really stand out to all of your guests. Other ways you can personalise your table plan include; hand writing on a large mirror or you could take photos of all of your guests with a message on the back showing them their seat – this is a really popular DIY idea!
When you first arrive at your wedding reception your guests may want to let off a little steam. This Jenga idea is brilliant for children & adults alike Most people are familiar with the game ‘Giant Jenga’ so as you pull out the wooden block you write a special message on it for your Bride & Groom; then pop it on the top until it falls over. Once people have played it a few times, other guests have more of a chance of picking a wooden block with a heart felt message on it and the happy couple get to take it home and read what everyone has written. The game can then come out when you have people over or go to a BBQ to remind you of your special day. This idea encourages your guests to take part in the DIY tasks for your wedding day.
You want people to chat about your wedding for ages after. Wedding photos these days are not always the formal shots that were from days gone by. However you still want to include everyone in them so you have some real mementos of your special day. So chat with the photographer – see what they come up with, but make sure you include everyone on at least a few of the photographs – when these are looked back on in years to come, you will want to remember everyone who shared your day with you.
Whether you are using a blackboard, card or fabric you can write personalised messages for your guests to see throughout the marquee or venue. Hand writing these messages make them a little more special and allow your guests to be involved in your love story. It can be short stories of how you met, dates that are significant or funny stories nobody knows about yet. Your guests will love reading them and it will give everyone a talking point for the day. An order for the evening is also a great idea, so no one misses out on anything special!
Give your guests something to talk about and aspire to for their wedding! Make your first dance fun, quirky, romantic, staged, or perhaps even carry out an amazing flash mob! These look fantastic and get a whole load of your guests involved too – particularly the main bridal party!
This is a really modern way of guests doing something a little different. Supplied with lots of silly hats and dressing up ideas, they can have photos taken that will show the real fun side of your wedding. Ideal when you have lots of different ages at your wedding. you would be surprised what Grandma Ivy will try on for a photo!
Now we have given you some ideas, it is your turn to get creative! We love to see your decorations in the marquee, if you have any you would like to share then please email us with lots of great photos that we can share on our website!