I arrive at the wedding ceremonies about an hour before the start time, and occasionally a guest will be there before me. When guests are unfamiliar with the ceremony venue, they often will arrive extra early, just to make sure they’re on time. It’s worth thinking about how to keep them entertained right from the get-go.
The ideas below are also a great way of getting your guests talking and mingling, ensuring that by the time the ceremony starts, they’re already feeling relaxed.
Have your wedding bands on display, with a sign explaining that you’d love them to place these in their hands and put their best wishes, love, blessing, or whatever feels right, which you can then carry with you within your rings.
Alternative Guest Books
Most people set up their guest books at the reception, but it’s worth getting these started before the ceremony, as often guests forget to sign these once they start partying.
You don’t need to be a Van Gogh or a De Vinci to produce a love-heart background on a canvas for your guests to sign. Alternatively, you can purchase these little hearts and get your guests to sign each one.
For those whose artistic skills are a little bit more advanced, then these silhouettes can be a fun idea. You could also try copying the basic shape below by magnifying the picture, printing, then tracing onto tracing paper (remember when we learnt to do this at school?) onto a canvas, outlining this in pencil before painting.
You can purchase initials for your guests to sign, or, if you (or one of your family members) are handy with a jigsaw, give this a whirl yourself. Depending on the type of materials you use, you could then hang these up in your home, or have hanging from a garden wall.
Finger Print Prints
Why not get tactile, and ask your guests to ink their paws to make a communal piece of art. There’s numerous companies that can provide you with a backdrop, and all you need to do is provide the ink pads (and wipes to clean mucky fingers!).
Graffiti It Up
Get your guests to let out their inner Banksie. You can either buy a brick-wall backdrop which guests can add graffiti and later have photos taken in front of, or provide a canvas with your initials or name, and then guests sign it.
Ask for Advice
Whether your guests are married or not, everyone has an opinion on what makes a good relationship. So why not ask for their advice – whether it’s silly or serious, it’s bound to make good reading.
If you have any great ideas for keeping your guests entertained before the ceremony starts, please feel free to share with me.
And don’t forget, if it’s a sunny day, make sure your guests are comfortable whilst they wait by reading my hints here.