Everybody wants their wedding to be fun.
Nobody wants a boring party and yawning guests.
When your wedding is fun… Your guests will talk about it for years- and compare it to all weddings that come after yours!
First of all, I’d be lying if I said you can “make” your guests have fun.
You can’t. If you have a guest intent on pouting in the corner, there’s nothing you can do to stop him.
But you can guarantee that YOU have a fun time. And if you take these actions, your guests will follow.
1. Set An Example Of Fun.
Your guests will be looking to you for guidance; you are the star of the show.
If you aren’t having a good time…chances are they won’t, either.
On the other hand, if you’re having the time of your life, your guests will be compelled to join you.
If you want your guests on the dance floor…go to the dance floor. The party goes where you go.
Here’s a trick:
Even if you don’t dance- stay on the dance floor for the first 3-4 fast/dance songs.
Your guests are taking their “cue” from you. I promise you: it works!
2. Create A Comfortable Environment for You and Your Guests.
What do I mean by a “comfortable” environment?
A big piece of this is selecting an DJ who “gets” who you are and understands the vibe.
If your guests are naturally shy, and your DJ tries to drag them to the dance floor… they will not feel comfortable. (No comfort, no fun).
Guests feel comfortable when they know what’s going on- and what’s expected of them.
Make sure your DJ guides the “flow” so your guests know what’s going on.
3. Be There.
This one sounds obvious, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Many times I’ve seen the bride and groom disappear from their own wedding reception.
Maybe they step outside for a smoke, or they decide to chat with guests in the hall.
When the bride or groom leaves, it’s like air getting sucked out of a room.
People are lost without their host and hostess. (See number 1).
4. Get Your Photos Done EARLY.
Work with your photographer to plan your formal portraits so that you can join your guests as soon as possible.
If you leave your reception for photos, the party dies without you.
It’s your wedding and your guests need you.
It sounds like the ultimate co-dependent situation…but it’s true.
Do yourself a favor and allow plenty of time for a leisurely photo session before the reception.
Occasionally, a rowdy group will keep on partying without you…but that’s the exception to the rule.
5. Share Your Story.
Your guests will have the most fun when they are ENGAGED and INVOLVED in your wedding.
The best way to engage them is by sharing your interests, hobbies and quirks that make you who you are.
If you have a sense of humor, play it up. Ask your DJ for ideas.
The more laughs, the more engaged your guests become…the more fun.
Find a way to share your story that fits you. It will have a huge impact on how much fun your guests have.