The upcoming Bridal World show in Lansing January 8, 2017, is the place to be for any excited, and perhaps somewhat overwhelmed bride-to-be. Let their experience of producing bridal shows for over 30 years help guide you through all the major decisions you’ll need to make about your big day.
Bridal World had its first show in Lansing, MI over 30 years ago and has grown to be the foremost wedding trade show in mid-Michigan. With the help of our sponsors Becker’s Bridal, Men’s Wearhouse, David’s Bridal and Sound Productions, Bridal World is committed to producing high-quality fashion shows and wedding trade shows that benefit brides, grooms, wedding party members, and exhibitors.
Now, after you’ve attended the show presented by Bridal World of Lansing, you will probably have lots of ideas for the wedding party dresses, what foods to serve, and of course what colors you’ll use as your theme. But what will you do about the entertainment at your reception? What type of fun activities will keep the guests entertained and partying on with you until the wee hours of the night? Keep reading for a few ideas that are trending now!
• Walk down memory lane: Make the guests feel like integral parts of the day by incorporating them into the décor in a gallery of meaningful photos. Hang candid photographs of the bride and groom with friends and family along the walk from the ceremony to the reception. It’s a fun cocktail party conversation starter.
• Have a plan/place for the kiddos: To keep the little ones entertained throughout the night (and to give their parents an opportunity to hit the dance floor), have an area specifically for them. In a separate room, arrange for a babysitter who can set up movies for them to watch. They can also play games and have snacks. Have a table piled with coloring books, crayons and small toys they can take home.
• Jazz up your first dance as husband and wife: All eyes will be on you during your first dance, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to shock your guests. Imagine starting with a slow dance to “At Last” and then suddenly switching to a fast Latin dance or a jazzy swing step. It’ll totally throw your guests for a loop and set the tone for a lively dance party.
• Give out party favors: Don’t forget this is a party! Let your guests know that it’s okay to cut loose after a formal ceremony by passing out crazy wedding favors at the reception, such as funky masks, noisemakers or Silly String.
• Plan an interactive food station: Great food makes great celebrations, but customizable food (so that everyone gets exactly what they like) is even better. A risotto station, pasta bar or grilled cheese station where people can choose their own toppings and sauces will leave you with happy, well-fed guests.
• Keep your guests fueled: Ensure an all-night crowd by bringing out trays of late-night munchies like french fries or even a pickle bar. If you stick with low-key comfort foods like those, they’ll wish the party would never end. Or, offer a coffee bar complete with special syrups and toppings to keep guests caffeinated.
• Tease guests about an end of the night treat: Nothing stops a party in its tracks faster than guests heading for the door early. Plan a treat for the end of the night that people will look forward to like a fireworks show or an exit with sparklers.
• Plan a surprise: Sometimes the best parts of a reception are the things guests don’t see coming. Surprise your guests with unexpected entertainment during the cocktail hour or reception, like a dance show or mariachi band.
• Set up an expert tasting station: This one is a must-have for a great reception, but amp it up a notch with an interactive drink experience. We’re talking about a wine, beer or whiskey tasting, where guests can sample different drinks and learn a few tasting notes. A hand-rolled cigar station also fits the bill, as does a choose-your-flavor margarita bar.
• Slip into something comfortable: Let’s put it this way: You won’t have a good time at your reception if you can’t breathe, right? So after the first dance, swap your veil and train for a little white dress. (This party switch applies to grooms too—think a relaxed suit. Then, dance up a storm!