How to Spice Up Your Pre-Wedding Celebrations

Whether it’s an engagement party, bridal shower, or bachelorette party, wedding-related celebrations are a great way to spend quality time with loved ones before your big day. But how can you spice things up and make these parties truly memorable? McKenzi Taylor, America’s elopement and micro wedding expert, says you can do it with creative activities that will bring out the best in everyone. From scavenger hunts to mazes to word-finder puzzles, here are some ideas that will help guests stay entertained and get to know each other.

For an extra special touch at your ceremony, consider giving each guest a keepsake. “It’s a small gesture, but it helps make the entire experience feel more personal,” she says. You can also create a unique ceremony program that is as unique as your wedding. This piece of stationery can be printed with interesting details about you and your partner, a breakdown of the ceremony’s proceedings, or even a translation for any non-English vows. It will keep guests busy and make sure everyone knows what’s happening if your wedding runs over or starts late.

If you’re having a lot of guests, a personalized map will be an easy way to give them directions to the reception venue and any other locations on your itinerary. Plus, you can use your map to share fun facts about yourself and your fiancĂ©, as well as important information like when and where to take photos.

In addition to a map, you should also provide plenty of seating for those who need it. Especially if your event takes place during warm weather, you can help your guests stay comfortable by offering blankets or fans. And if you have any elderly or disabled guests, try providing designated seating areas for them.

Creating an interactive photo booth is another great way to entertain your guests. You can use an app that allows people to upload their photos into one curated gallery, or you can go old school with physical props like a cardboard camera and a sign that says “Film at my wedding.”

It’s no secret that most couples want their reception to last into the early hours of the morning. But the truth is that your friends and family will lose interest if they’re sitting in the same room for four or more hours listening to speeches, toasts, and dancing. You can keep everyone’s attention by keeping your actual ceremony to about 20 minutes or less, then kicking off the festivities with a bang. A fireworks show, sparkler exit, or confetti send-off will all be a welcome change of pace and create an exciting end to your day.

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