I was proud to be selected to perform my “romantic” wedding ceremony for Lisa Kandel & David Jones’ wedding recently. They had a lot of great ideas to keep their guests interested and entertained. What a great celebration!
First, the were greeted with a special sign to make their guest feel part of the celebration and to make them feel comfortable.
A party favor is a token of appreciation that is given to departing guests in appreciation for the participation and attendance. There were lots of favors scattered around the wedding venue. They all represented the spirit of the celebration, were sincerely appreciated and created a lot of buzz during the reception and during the dance.
Their sign-in book was not a book at all. For wine lovers, wine corks can be a guest book alternative for guest to write on – definitely a fun twist on the traditional guestbook. Two 16 year old twins from Tucson greeted everyone and asked them to put a brief message or just sign their name on a wine cork.
While the guests are not able to write a whole lot on the corks, there are still ways to make this type of guestbook work to your advantage. You could have your guests sign their names on the corks or ask them to write a word or two that they think best describes you as a couple. After the wedding, take it to a framing shop and have them make a corkboard out of your guests’ notes!
Next, as the guests entered the ceremony area they were asked to offer a “key to marriage success” by writing a brief message attached to a key. With about a hundred guests there were a lot of ideas presented that will be helpful to the bride and groom.
The wedding was at The Boojum Tree’s Hidden Garden. Instead of favors on the tables at the reception, during the cocktail hour and near the bar, the happy couple offered a basket of customized beverage holders. On once side, it said, “Lisa & David, 2.26.12” and on the opposite side it said, “I survived the Jones Wedding!” What a great idea.
After the reception dinner, the Master of Ceremonies, DJ Oscar Bentancourth (Got You Covered!) requested the all the guests move to the dancing area. To get them ready for dancing the guests were asked to make themselves comfortable by taking off their shoes and dawning colorful flip-flops and to dance the night away.The bride and groom For those who preferred not to dance there were chairs around the dancing area so they could enjoy a cocktail and watch the action. No Macarena or the Slide were on the agenda. 😉
At another wedding recently we came up with a couple of ideas to keep the non-dancing guests busy. A wedding photo booth and a fake fortune teller occupied their time. All in all it was fun for everyone.
You should have seen the guests scrambling to fill their bags with candy at the candy bar. The self-serve candy buffet is the latest trend in weddings today. They can add fun and a splash of color to your wedding reception. Color coordinate your candy. My favorite was the M & M’s with their name on each piece. To find out how to order M & M’s for your wedding, click here!
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. David Jones. Lisa Kandel & David Jones were married at 4 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Boojum Tree Hidden Garden, Phoenix.
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