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SUPER FUN COVID WEDDING IDEAS.

Posted on 7 September, 2020 at 7:35

SUPER FUN WEDDING RECEPTIONS: THE COVID EDITION.

The whole ‘no dancing at weddings’ rule is such a bummer, right?!

I feel ya. Rewind a couple of years ago and to me a big, fun wedding was synonymous with a boozy dancefloor packed with friends and relo’s; young and old. Enter that filthy C-word (not that one - the other one) and where does that leave us?

Is bumping and grinding to Ginuwine a thing of the past? Who bloody knows! What I can 100% pinky promise you is – FUN WEDDINGS ARE NOT DEAD. It might not be the original party vibe you envisioned but with a little bit of creative thinking, your wedding reception can be an absolute blast.

As a celebrant, I’m constantly surrounded by people in love; in love with weddings, in love with creativity and of course; in love with LOVE. The movers and shakers in the industry, the couples who throw caution to the wind and say f*ck COVID, I’m getting married anyway and all the pals that are along for the ride – THIS ONE IS FOR YOU.

I’ve picked the brains of the top dogs, channeled inspiration from my fav couples, shaken things up a little and voila. Here you have it; a collation of ideas for a KICK ASS COVID WEDDING. Pour yourself a drink and enjoy, lovebugs!

TRIVIA

Y’know what’s better than pub trivia? THEMED WEDDING TRIVIA. Yep, it’s a vibe. Think weird and wonderful newlywed questions, a couple of weird-ass wedding tradition questions (coming soon!) and whatever else you’d like to include. Make it short, snappy and mix it in through the night. Have bonus rounds, include extra points for being a Rockstar. Do whatever the hell you like. Guaranteed good time!

FACE OFF

Ok, so this one takes a bit of prep (but totally worth it!). Think classic pub ‘heads or tails’ crossed with the ‘shoe game’. It’s fun and EVERYONE gets involved. Every single guest is given a cutout of each of the lovers heads (not creepy, I promise). Then, like ‘heads or tails’ a question is called across the room; eg ‘who was the first to delete tinder’ and your guests hold up the head of their choice. You get it wrong, you’re out. You get it right, you live to see another day. Get it? Hope so!

WEDDING SPEECH BINGO

If you google ‘how to write a wedding speech’ I promise you’ll come across a goldmine of clichés. So, why not make a game of it? At each sitting have a bingo card with a series of words and/or clichés on it. Guests cross them off as they’re mentioned during the speeches. First to cross them off? VICTORY IS YOURS. Want to take it to the next level… FIFTEEN SECONDS OF FAME IS YOUR FRIEND.

FIFTEEN SECONDS OF FAME

Keen to amp up the bingo game? This should do the trick. Every guest gets 15 seconds of fame (yep, use a stopwatch) to make a quick speech, share some sentiments and/or give their two cents of advice. The kicker; cliché bingo is still in action. If you’ve got a competitive bunch, people will be hanging on to every last word. Sounds fun, right?

THE LONG LUNCH

Heading into the warmer months, why not mix things up completely? Think garden party, long lunch, beach elopement or anything else that may tickle your pickle. Start earlier, wrap it up at golden hour (can’t miss the photo opportunity!) and celebrate into the night with your new husband or wife. What a vibe.

Now that you’re equipped with some inspiration to bring the party vibes to your wedding, I’d love to hear your suggestions too! Weddings might be a little different at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that they’re any less fun, less cool or less awesome. In fact, with the rule books out the window, your wedding might be even more awesome than you ever could have imagined.

 


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Kids at Weddings

Photo: Keegan Cronin

If I had a cent for every time I got asked for my two cents on kids at weddings I would be slightly less poor. But in all seriousness, this is SUCH a personal decision. Four years ago, when I was in the height of wedding planning the answer was an easy no. Fast forward to the now and the tables have turned.


It’s not an easy decision, or one that should be made for any other reason except the preference of the people getting married (but hey, that’s my stance of 99% of wedding related things).

But, what I have done is broken down some of the considerations, tips and tricks to help you make an informed decision and also a little bit of a guide of things you can do to make it easier on yourselves.

Before we jump in, I want to preface this with; just because you welcome kids to a ceremony doesn’t mean you have to include them for the reception and vice versa. Your day, your way.


It’s a NO from me – or five reasons why kids at your wedding might not be your jam.

1. The idea of kids screaming or running around during your vows makes your skin crawl

2. If you invited everyone’s kids to your wedding, you’d be way over budget

3. Your wedding isn’t a child-friendly affair – champagne, candles, drunk guests and a banging d-floor might not make the perfect mix for little ones hanging around

4. You’d like your friends and family to have a night off and give them the opportunity to let their hair down

5. You simply don’t want children there. There’s no single reason, you just don’t want it.


… on the flip side …


I can’t imagine getting married without the little loves – or five reasons why kids at weddings rule

1. There’s nothing cuter than watching the little ones in your life break it down on the d-floor.

2. Photos. See above.

3. Those unscripted moments. The innocent comments, the ooooh’s and aaaah’s. These inbetweeners than add to the magic of the moment.

4. You just simply can’t imagine celebrating such a milestone without some of your favourite little people.

5. Have you ever seen the excitement on a child’s face during a first dance? For them, it’s a real life fairytale and all their dreams come true.

6. You don’t need a reason. If you’d like the little ones there, invite them along. Then, it’s up to the individual parents to decide if they want to bring them.


Next week on the blog;

Ok, so we’ve decided to include kids on our guest list – what can we do to keep them entertained AND make sure we/their parents have a kick-ass time.