HoneyDOES: Interactive Reception Ideas

{This is the first installment of what I would like to run as a series called “HoneyDOES: “, a series of planning ideas to stretch your imagination and budget!}

We have all been to a wedding or two-or dozens.  Think back on which wedding receptions were your favorite to attend.  Other than attending the wedding of a close friend or attending the wedding of a family member, did that wedding and reception have anything special to offer other than visual appeal?  I find that the more you can offer to your guests and friends to keep them entertained the more fun that event will be and in turn keep the event at a high-energy level which is something I personally look for.

So here are some clever ideas from Honeydew Events:

Make your guestbook table interactive: In my opinion, once the big day has passed, you know who attended your wedding.  What are you going to do with that book full of signatures? Forge checks from wealthy Aunt Sarah? I don’t think so.  Think outside of the… book… and plan on using something that you will cherish for years to come.  One wedding guest book we planned {that doubled as one of the wedding favors} was a budget-friendly picture booth:

Wedding Photo booth props

Using handmade items and items found on Ebay, this entire setup {including the photo paper and props, background, the scrap book and paper and extra pages, not including the digital camera} cost about $160!  Compare that to a photo booth that can run you about $800-$1000 and I’m pretty sure you came out ahead.

Wedding guest book table idea, Zink photo

Wedding Photo booth area idea, Zink photos

Tomake this budget friendly photo booth:

We used a Polaroid Zink! printer $54 and Zink! paper {which have sticky backs!} (varies in price) ~ A great alternative to pricey traditional Polaroid instant developing prints

Camera tripod the father of the bride lent us

Pens the bride already had

A medium scrapbook in one of the wedding colors $9

Extra page protectors $9 for 3 packs

10×10 pack of cardstock in bright colors $12

Handmade word bubbles using painted foamcore $4 {favorite bubbles: “Twitterpated” “Congrats!” “Have a ball….. and chain!” “mmmm, beer”}

child’s feather boa in a wedding color $3.50

Pom poms in a wedding color $3

Acrylic wine glasses painted on the inside with burgundy acrylic paint $4 for 2

Chalk $1 from a dollar store

A veil the bride ended up not using

A king sized sheet $12 with a pocket sewn in the top to string on a curtain rod $7

3M sticky hooks painted silver to hold the curtain rod to the wall {and easy cleanup}

The charicature was done at the State Fair where the couple loves to go every year

The guests RAVED about this photo booth and there was a line during the entire reception!  Since we opted for saving money as opposed to user-friendly (which would have been the traditional Polaroid camera) we used a friend of the bride to take the pictures and print the images then asked guests to wait for the pictures to be printed or come back a few minutes later where the pictures were laid out and they could take the pictures they wanted home and use the others in the guest book.  {Admittedly we were a bit worried about the flow of this idea during the planning process but it flowed very well and prevented a backup at the guest table during the event}.  The Zink Polaroid paper worked perfectly also because they had sticky backs and the use of glue and other messy materials and tape were unnecessary.

Check back with us for more installments in the HoneyDOES series of planning ideas!

If you attended or hosted any weddings or parties with clever ideas please feel free to post your pictures!  Proper credit will of course be given!