I'm getting married at the end of October...nothing fancy, just a ceremony at the local register office and then a meal afterwards for family and friends. Because we and most of our friends have children, we're not carrying on into the evening, but finishing around 6pm so that OH and I can go off for a couple of nights on our own whilst my mum looks after our girls at our house.
We've got about 15 children aged 2-7 coming, so I'm getting a bouncy castle (there's an outdoor courtyard at the restaurant so can put it there - just praying for dry weather) and someone to do games and stuff with them after their meal, and while the grown-ups sit down for their food. But there's going to be about 1.5 hours to fill at the end when we will have finished eating. Because it's the afternoon I sort of feel it's not dancing time but I'm worried people will sort of mill around and feel it's all a bit of an anti-climax. We're not having speeches or anything traditional, so I need to something to fill this gap. Does anyone have any ideas? It's only about 6 weeks away now, so I'm starting to panic!! Help!
How about hiring a mini casino? Friends of ours did this but it was a larger scale in a larger venue. I'm sure a small one would be just as much fun. Our friends had play money made up with a photo of them together printed on them instead of the queen's head.
The thought of my dad's wife (who I hate with a passion) and the inflatable sumo is just about temptation enough to try it [evil grin]. I had wondered about a magician, but I'm not sure I want something that means everyone has to sit and watch. I like the casino idea...will run it by OH. I do think I want some music though...
Oh god, there's a part of me that just wants to run away and do it on our own, but we've missed our opportunity to do that now ...wish we'd done it when we had the chance.
Thanks for the ideas so far...any more? [hopeful emoticon] .
I've been scouring the net for unique entertainment to fill the slot between our ceremony and meal, one gem I found was a company called Fancy Features. They paint murals for your guests to colour-in but I think we're going to get one of their 'Personalised Guess Who' games, I can't wait to surprise my family and friends!