Making sure you have a collection of your most prized wedding photos on display throughout your life is a big deal and there is really only one time to capture the magic…on your wedding day. All of us have attended weddings where this photo hour bleeds into a few more and you end up having neglected guests on your hands. We here at SA Weddings have a few suggestions on how to keep your guests entertained and feeling like the life and soul of the party, as they should be, while you fill up the mantelpiece.
If there is one thing we know about weddings, it’s that Champagne always goes down well.
We’ve recently seen the Pop Mobile Champagne Bar cruising the streets of Cape Town. This customised tuk-tuk serves bubbly by the glass, funky champagne cocktails and sorbet. Glasses can even be branded with your logo or the names of the bride and groom. www.popmobilebar.com
Pierre Jourdan have also just launched a range of Champagne Popsicles made from the Pierre Jourdan Brut, a Cap Classique, and Pierre Jourdan Tranquille. They make for the perfect adult-only frozen treats for a summer wedding. Find out where they are available. Info here.
Think giant Jenga, lawn darts and a game of croquet – the perfect ice-breaker and excellent entertainment for guests during cocktail hour. You can take as much time as you want capturing memories without worrying about your guests.
Some companies designate a games area, set everything up for you and remain on hand to teach guests the rules for as long as you are gone. Take a look at some customized wedding sets available in South Africa www.tailgating.co.za/pages/weddings
A fresh twist on a traditional guest book, rent a photo or video booth where guests can share a sweet message or embarrassing story on your wedding day. Photos taken during cocktail hour can also be used as personalised thank you notes that’ll be up on the fridge for years to come.
Expect photos and videos to deteriorate as the night goes on!
Give your guests the ultimate personalised favour in the form of a caricature while you take your photos during cocktail hour. If the artist is really good, your guests might even leave with something that will end up on their wall, as a memento.
Get guests involved in capturing some of the special moments that may be missed by your photographer with a game of ‘eye spy’ using disposable cameras or even a hashtag on Instagram.
There are a number of free printables that can be found online with lists of things to capture, including the groom watching the bride from a distance, a group photo of your table and the worst dancer – in action!
Sure a string quartet is great, but your guests will be blown away with a saxophone trio or Spanish guitar player. Set the mood for the rest of the evening with a spectacular music interlude that is guaranteed to get your guests in the mood for the dance floor.