Interactive food stations: Think baked potato bars, s’more bars (around an open fire if you’re hosting an outdoor wedding), popcorn stations, taco bars or French fry and slider stations.
Customized drink station: Set up a mimosa or martini bar, a beer garden, or a coffee and tea bar. Invite guests to make their own milkshakes or have old-fashioned cookies-and-milk.
Vertical food station: Small eats, usually appetizers or desserts, are displayed on shelves for more visual impact. Imagine donuts threaded on to hanging pieces of string, or jars of caramel corn, or miniature cookies.
Food truck: It will pull up and offer guests a midnight snack. Food trucks can offer pancakes, burgers, seafood, pizza, ice cream and more.
Create an alternative to the guest book. Have your guests sign a ski that can become a wall hanging. Or have each guest autograph a square of cloth that, later, you will stitch together to make a quilt. You might have each guest write a special message. Open them on your first anniversary.
Your goal is to send your guests home with the thought that this was the best wedding they have ever attended!
Consider hiring professional entertainers, such as a psychic, fortune teller, comedian, hypnotist, sketch artist, optical illusionist, cigar roller.
Party games are making a comeback. In “The Silent Wedding” game for example, two guests, wearing headphones, dance to their own tune. One grooves to ‘80s pop and the other gyrates to hip hop.
Consider large-scale games if it’s an outdoor wedding. Board and lawn games like Yahtzee, Connect Four, lawn bowling, ring toss, Jenga, Twister, croquet. Or consider a ride, such as a mechanical bull.
Originally published in Today's Bride Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017.