Some brides these days are turning wedding receptions on their head and creating super long receptions that run through the night and into the morning. If this is you, planning some activities for those long night-time hours is essential.
Generally, whenever an all-night reception is planned, it goes something like this: the wedding is held in the early evening and reception follows. By about midnight, many of the guests will have left and the group that is remaining (generally the younger guests, but not always) will continue to dance and party and revel into the early morning hours. At some point, breakfast will be provided and everyone will go house to crash.
Why do you want activities for such a reception? The answer is simple. You want to keep souls entertained by the night-time hours, you hope to keep them at the reception and not let them give in to driving dwelling to crash and sleep and you desire to provide them with a real party. Let's face it: whenever they are willing to hang in with you for the duration, they deserve something for their effort.
First, you require to be fairly organized about the activities you plan. Consult with your DJ about these activities and leave it to him or her to keep things on a schedule. Do not plan to cut cake in the middle of the night. That activity should take place during the more traditional evening hours, so those not intending to stay all night can leave. However, whenever you're determined to keep your guests all night, you could hold one activity back with the want it will keep guests in the dwelling house longer.
Depending on your guest list, you might hold off on the father-daughter dance until after midnight, or you could save a few toasts for the late night hours. In any event, having some other fun events is a great idea.
As guests begin to fade, bring in a pinata, which you can find shaped like a wedding ring, a bridal dress or a champagne flute. Fill it with a miscellany of goodies. Candy is always popular, but you could also fill it with silly toys found in the carnival section of the party depot. Have the DJ play a spirited song and let everybody have a chance at the pinata. Do this on the dance floor and really let souls have a swing at it. There should be plenty of room. Once the pinata breaks, everyone can enjoy a taste of sweet candy or can enjoy some silly little carnival game or toy.
People who stay for the duration of the wedding are going to need a rest. Plan a photo presentation or video viewing for this intention. You could have someone who's familiar with PowerPoint create a photo presentation or have someone put together a video of photos. Do this roughly 2 or 3 am and have it last a good half hour to 45 minutes. This gives everybody a chance to sit down and relax and also gives the DJ a chance to sit, have a rest and rejuvenate for the next round.
In that same vein of allowing the guests a little relaxation, one activity that some brides employ is a non-activity. When the wedding is outside, you can provide inflatable mattresses and have some torches lit. Whenever guests ant to sit down and relax, they can do so on the mattresses and still be part of the activity while resting. When it is been a long day and someone needs to rest, those reception room chairs don't seem the most comfortable.
Whenever the reception is indoors, think about providing large pillows for guests to sit on or create a corner with inflatable mattresses and lots of fabric. This can be a chatting area where souls can go to rest but still be part of the fun. They can chat and catch up with other guests and then head rearward for more partying if they're rejuvenated.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is an internet marketing advisor