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10 Ways to Make Sure Your Wedding Isn’t Boring

Want to keep ‘the fun’ in your wedding?  Listed below are 10 ways in which you can use to keep things fun and lively at your reception.

1. Make introductions at the rehearsal.

A wedding brings together two families and two sets of friends.  The last thing a bride and groom want is for a big group of people who don’t know each other very well (or at all) to attempt awkward small talk while waiting for the bride and groom to make their way into the reception.  A good way to solve this problem is to invite family and friends to the rehearsal dinner to break the ice BEFORE the big day.  The second time they see each other will be like old home week for them.

2. Stick to your schedule

No one expects things to run with military precision but you don’t want to force your guests to idle around while you take your after ceremony pictures.  This is where the cocktail hour comes in handy.  Set up a lounge or shady courtyard for your guests to mingle and equip the area with snacks, drinks, plenty of of places to sit  and even some background music to set the mood  and keep the party atmosphere alive.

3. Don’t let your guests go hungry during the cocktail hour

Two words, hors d’oeuvres.  Even if you plan on having a full meal at the reception, it’s a good idea to have a few snacks available for your guests to munch on during the cocktail hour.  You don’t want them to get too hungry (read: cranky) or too drunk while waiting for you to finish up your pictures.

4. Plan an exit strategy

If you really want guests to be able to enjoy themselves at your reception, arrange for transportation to get them safely home afterward.  Some couples choose to hold their reception in a hotel banquet hall and block off rooms for the guests (this will also help keep your guests around to the end of the reception) while others hire a shuttle service to run throughout the night.  This consideration gives your guests the freedom to relax (read: drink) without worrying about getting home safely when the party is over.

5. Consider your venue

Of course, your budget will be a deciding factor in determining where you hold your reception but selecting an interesting reception site can go a long way toward keeping your guests entertained.  Many museums rent out their exhibit areas for things such as weddings and zoos often have banquet areas with full view of the animals.  Even in an otherwise bland reception space you can ‘dress up’ the decor with things such as accent lighting or a photo booth or a custom image projection.

6. Work you seating chart

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than being the one couple at a table where you don’t know anyone and everyone else went to high school together–particularly if you can see friends having a good time five tables away.  A well thought out seating arrangement is an easy (and cheap) way to make sure your guests spend time with people they like and have similar interests.  You may be even able to set them up with someone new!

7. Put a time limit on toasts

Yes. it’s fun to hear ‘stories’ about you from your friends and family but unless your friends and family are professional comedians, an overly long toast can go from sentimental to painful very quickly.  Limit the amount of toasts to a few key members (Best Man, Maid of Honor, Mom or Dad.)

8. Bring in the …….clowns?

Remember the scary clown/magician from your eighth birthday party?  Today’s speciality performers are nothing like that.  The options for wedding (cocktail & dinner) entertainment span from an interactive DJ to balloon animal artists to belly dancers to singing waiters–these people are PROS at making sure weddings aren’t boring.

9. Think beyond wedding cake

Wedding cakes are still a staple but consider expanding the selection for those with a sweet tooth–we’re talking about a full dessert bar with everything from whoopie pies, truffles, cupcakes, candies and a chocolate fondue fountain.  The dessert bar can double as your wedding favor by setting up plastic bags or boxes for your guests to take a snack for the ride home.

10. Relax—seriously

Planning a wedding can be stressful but when the day arrives, everyone will have more fun if you can overlook any little mishaps (and there’s always SOMETHING that doesn’t go quite according to the plan) and let loose.  Think about it, do YOU have fun at parties where the host is constantly on edge?  To avoid sabotaging your good mood, assign any last minute details to a bridesmaid, relative or your wedding planner—and designate a friend who, if they observe you getting stressed, will ply you with a cocktail or TWO.

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Brides have at least ONE thing that is very important to them when planning their wedding

You may not realize it but as a prospective bride there is at least ONE item of your wedding that you are “high maintainance” about.  That is not meant to be a negative, however, every  bride has one thing (at least) that is very important to her when it comes to the planning of her wedding.  Whether it is the wedding dress, cake, reception site, flowers, entertainment, you name it and almost every bride wants that ONE thing to be perfect.

She may not care that flowers are just OK or that she doesn’t have  multiple photographers tripping over themselves to “shoot” every angle but she may be very particular about how the cake tastes or that her guests have a great dinner.

Again, there is nothing wrong with that, actually that is a good thing because she can then prioritize the other items that she wants to have but may not be as important to her as that ONE THING.

So indulge yourself with the ONE THING that you have to have just perfect for your wedding and don’t feel bad about it.

Desert Music Entertainment DJ Packages

Description of Packages

(All packages are 4 hours of continuous service, additional hours are available)

The Pro DJ Package $595

If your event is in a smaller venue and you are expecting a crowd of 150 or less and have no need for a fancy light show, the Pro DJ Package is just what you are looking for!  You still get one of the most experienced DJs in Arizona, your choice of music and access to your password protected account on DesertMusicEntertainment.com. 24/7, as well as full-time support from our management staff.

The Big Lights Package $695

Looking for a BIG party atmosphere once dinner is over?  Dazzling lighting effects will create that mood?  When you go out dancing at a nice club, what do you see?  Lights, lights and more lights!  Have your venue dim their house lights and we’ll fire ours up.  The Big Lights Package combines different lighting effects with your choice of fun, upbeat music and you’d swear you were at a dance club!

The Big Sound Package $695

Looking for a little more ‘oomph’ in your music?  The kind of sound you can feel?  Our Big Sound Package delivers the goods!  And, don’t worry Moms and Dads—during cocktail and dinner, having more speakers actually can equate to LESS VOLUME.  By extending the additional 2 speakers, included in this package, strategically throughout your venue, we can actually reach more ears with less volume.  This package works great with those uniquely shaped venues when you may need the DJ to have a speaker go around a corner to reach a far part of the room.  You get your choice of either an additional 2 speakers (for a total of 4) or a subwoofer to really feel the bass!

The Big Lights and Big Sound Package $795

Combine the dazzling display of our Big Lights Package with the awesome sound of our Big Sound Package.  This package is a client favorite.

The Ultimate Package $1195

This is our most exclusive package!!!  You get our Big Lights AND Big Sound Packages, PLUS, a second set-up for your ceremony (if your ceremony is in a different location than your reception), our Custom Image Projection AND our Accent Lighting in the color of your choice.  You can save yourself $100 by booking this package (as compared with booking all of these options from our A La Carte list).