“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.”
— Bo Bennett
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Modern weddings have changed dramatically over the last 18 months as newly engaged couples and the wedding industry navigate lock-downs, border closures and ever-changing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a wedding DJ, the NO DANCING restrictions have made our job very difficult. But when life gives you lemons, we make lemonade. We’ve have been brainstorming over the last year and have established and well executed some innovative ways to have fun at a wedding without dancing. It is still worthwhile having a DJ or entertainment at a wedding without dancing, we provide a romantic and fun atmosphere and add so much to the event, just by our presence and energy.
Before we go into the list – please be sure that your venue is comfortable with any of these ideas and they are in alignment with any COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures. We advocate for safety first!
Here at Choons & Moovz, we have been playing games with the couples and guests, which involve everyone and only require about 15 minutes of their attention. If a game is any longer than that, we find that guests lose interest and want to continue eating, drinking or chatting to their friends and family. Schedule the games throughout the night with breaks in between and your guests will enjoy the times being entertained, as well as enjoying each other’s company. We’ve been playing the classics, like the Shoe Game, Wedding Bingo and Scavenger Hunt, but we’ve invented some of our own which have brought so much laughter, joy and connection to the wedding reception. We don’t want to give away too many of our secrets, so if you’d like to know more, please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singalongs or Karaoke
During the last hour of the reception (when singing is permitted by the Government) we have been playing Singalong songs (think anything ranging from Olivia Rodrigo’s Good 4 U, to Katy Perry’s Firework, to Daryl Braithwaite’s The Horses, to Toto’s Africa). Compile a song list based on the guests and the songs they would like. The more popular, the better – because most guests will be able to participate. You can split up the guests in the room (left/right) and get each side to compete against each other, or dip the music during key chorus moments or even encourage guests to “dance” with their arms on a chair (think YMCA). If you have’t got anyone to coordinate this (e.g. professionals like us), then you can hire a Karaoke Machine (but that can sometimes get a little messy and the song choice can become…let’s just say questionable).
Wedding Quiz Night
A Quiz Night based on the newly married couple and marriage and love in general can be a big hit at a wedding. Ask questions about the newlyweds to test how well the guests know them and give them the opportunity to learn more about who they are and their relationship. However, because Quiz Nights can take a lot of time away from chatting and mingling, we do only recommend this for guests who really love Quiz Nights in general.
Lawn Games or Board/Card Games
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, lawn games can be so much fun and add a competitive spirit to the reception – Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Horseshoes, Bocce Balls…even Giant Connect 4. If you’re having an indoor wedding, leave a deck of cards and some board games at the table and let the fun begin. If it’s your style, you could even have a pool table, table tennis, foosball or dart board. Beer Pong is always fun (Drink Responsibly) and you could include soft drink/water for those who aren’t drinking.
You can have hours of fun in a photobooth! You’ll also walk away with a physical memento from the special times you had at the wedding. There are so many amazing photobooth providers in Adelaide, including Aloha Photobooths, HashTag Instaprints and In The Booth. Choons & Moovz provides a photobooth at our events on request. Click here to learn more!
Beer, Spirits or Wine Tasting
Make your bar into an relaxed and interactive beer/wine/spirit tasting experience. Create a theme, such as local craft beers, different gins or even a mix of all different drinks that are special to the couplees’ relationship. Team up the tasting with some cheeses or canapes to compliment the drinks and cleanse the palette. If there are guests attending who don’t drink alcohol, you could ask the venues to make some personalised mocktails.
Hire a painter to capture the scene of your wedding and paint the room as the evening unfolds. The guests will love watching the artist create their masterpiece and the couple will be left with amazing artwork to commemorate their special day. You could also hire a caricature artist to draw portraits of your guests – leaving them with a memorable and unique experience. The guests will also be left with a physical souvenir, which could also be counted as the wedding favour. In South Australia, The Cartoon Guy (Allan Addams) has a wonderful reputation.
Keep your guests intrigued, laughing and surprised with a talented magician. You could even ask the magician to tailor some of the tricks to involve the newly married couple. Tom Weil Magician is very popular and well regarded in South Australia.
DIY Project Stations
You might not be allowed to do Bouquet Toss during the pandemic due to restrictions, but that’s not going to stop you from making a bouquet. Set up a bouquet making station for guests, so they can get crafty and keep themselves entertained. It could also double as the wedding favour. Not into flowers? That’s OK, give guests the opportunity to make their own photobooth props or mini-bunting or even stubbie holder.
It’s the adults version of face painting, but young and old can get involved and feel sparkly by the end of the experience. Hire an artist to paint people’s faces with glitter and colour!
The first three ideas we can help you with, but you’ll need to contact other suppliers for the remaining seven suggestions.
During these challenging times, we’ve found it helpful to change our attitude, focus on what we can control and get creative. We’ve been thinking outside the box to ensure that when we are given the opportunity to bring joy and fun to a wedding, that we continue to bring a high standard of entertainment for everybody.
If you have any questions or would like a consultation, please contact us via email email@example.com.
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