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Wedding Entertainment: Find What Works Best For You & Your Venue!

While there are so many details to planning a wedding, probably the most fun part for couples is deciding on the entertainment options! Depending on the style of wedding, (ballroom, rustic, destination), you can have an array of activities that you and your guests can enjoy! Here’s some of our favorites!

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Wedding band – there’s tons of variety here! Big band, ukelele, folk bands or other hired performers! Note: the larger the band, the pricier it may be. Also, make sure to check with the venue first to make sure what you want will fit.

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DJ – a fun way to have a wide variety of your favorite tracks, both new and old! Make sure to discuss song options prior to the event to ensure you have options for partying, slow dances and unexpected congas!

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Food Trucks – this is a great way to serve food to your guests and/or end the evening with some tasty pretzels, cotton candy, doughnuts or chocolate treats! If it’s an outdoor food truck, make sure you coordinate with your venue and you have all the necessary permits! Check out our previous post about wedding food trucks for more details!

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Photo booth – one of our personal favorites! A great way for you and your guests to have fun memories from the night. One wedding we attended had each guest put one copy of the their photos in the guestbook and write a message. We love that idea!

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Sparklers / Confetti bar – for some amazing pictures, keep a table at the ceremony available for people to pick up sparklers and confetti. When the couple is walking down the aisle, this is a great time to use these as the couple makes themselves official!

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Kids activities (caricatures, game room) – For a wedding with lots of young kids,  it’s helpful to have a game or two that can keep them occupied in a safe manner. Arranging for guests to get caricatures done or having a small room full of games supervised by a babysitter that can help couples relieve their parental role for a brief time!

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After party – Depending on how late your wedding goes and how big your budget is, you may want to splurge on some after party celebrations! Work with your venue to see if it’s possible to keep one of the areas for a few extra hours to serve drinks and late night snacks. Otherwise, you can coordinate a local bar/restaurant nearby to host some post-event partying!

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Wedding Food Trucks – Yay or Nay?

 

We’ve all enjoyed picking up our lunch during the work day from the local Thai, Mexican or Falafel food truck parked right by your office. Why not have that on your wedding day? Food trucks are a creative and cheaper alternative to the ballroom reception. There’s lots of options for you — but before you opt for this scenario, there’s a few things you should be mindful of!

SEASON/TIME OF YEAR: Food trucks sit outside, so you’ll want to set up seating arrangements outside on a grassy knoll or cemented area that’s conveniently located. Ideal use of a food truck would be in consistent warm weather climates or spring/summer/fall seasons. It’s recommended that you do some research ahead of time and/or back-up options as unexpected weather patterns can happen. Also, certain types of food may be better in these seasons, so keep in mind when deciding what you want to serve to your guests!

# OF TRUCKS: You’re going to have some hungry guests. The estimated amount of guests / truck is approximately 75 people / truck. You may want to consider getting more than one truck so that the chefs can cook the food accordingly so that everything will be fresh for all the guests to grab at the same time and there won’t be any lag time.

DINNER OR DESSERT? The couple-to-be has so many options! Maybe you just want a food truck for dessert and let you guests leave with a special treat. There’s so many options – donuts, cupcakes, ice cream.. the options are endless! You’re also likely to spend a little bit less on dessert only since you may want to limit one treat per guest.

ANCILLARY COSTS/PERMITS: With any outdoor establishment, consider your surroundings. Every state/city has different rules to the permissions and permits one may need to make this happen. In addition, you want to be sure to ask the food truck company all questions up front about safety code regulations!

STAFF & EQUIPMENT: Having enough support staff with tables, linens, cutlery is just as important as the food, if not more so! Be sure to work with the venue (or use your city guidelines) to give staff enough time to prepare along with the chefs. Keep things simple!

Most importantly.. make sure you HAVE FUN with it! There’s creative ways to take pictures, make DIY napkins, containers for the food/drinks and keep things eco-friendly with simple paper items to be easily thrown away.

 

 

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