Monday, April 25, 2011

Step 58 - Decide on a Fun Wedding Week Activity

(4 Months to 6 Months before the Wedding)
Add some excitement to your wedding week! As you gather with family and friends, being that's its the last hurrah with the old gang, organize an activity! It's the reunion of reunions, a fun time you will always remember for the rest of your life. Do something fun and exciting and oh yeah, take pictures, a thrilling activity of adventure you can add to the back of your wedding album.

The first option is an amusement park adventure, or to a water park or zoo. Many of these places even offer a wedding coordinator and you can get married their too. The latest roller coaster thrill ride is a must, you need thrill photos for the back of your wedding album. Most parks have a nice reception facility you can rent. With a big group make sure everyone can communicate with cell phones or walkie talkies. You should be able to get nice group discounts and you should provide a fun favor for those attending, include an admission ticket, map, itinerary sheet, t-shirt, disposable camera, a couple of wedding favors, maybe flip flops, bottle water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and bug spray.

The second option is a daredevil/camping option. See who of the old crew has nerves of steel and is not afraid of heights. You can go hot air ballooning (don't forget a grand landing at the wedding reception location!), skydiving, white water rafting, a wind tunnel adventure, or an all-terrain vehicle adventure. For those with a weaker heart you might choose canoeing or kayaking down a river, or hiking with a backpack and camping overnight in a tent, or you can rent a boat and do some fishing. (Remember, one must never force anyone into partaking in to an excitement driven activity).

Option number three is for the sports enthusiast, but you all have to root for the team you grew up with. Your wedding paraphernalia, your invitations, your favors, your decorations, and your groomsmen cake all show your team. Maybe it's football, maybe it's baseball, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, Nascar Racing or golf. Maybe it's the pro team, maybe the college team or even the high school team. You are there to honor the sport that always brought the group together and they better win this one last time or else. Many stadiums and arenas offer a private rental reception spaces, check if you can rent it out, make sure everybody's seats are all together and get group discount tickets.

Option number four is the winter wedding option. Think of a fun winter wedding activity everyone can enjoy. You can have a skating party or everyone skiing down the slopes, or snow boarding, cross country skiing, or snow mobiling. There are two requirements, you are either having fun or mingle down at the lodge drinking hot cocoa, cider, cappuccino or munching on some delicious hot hors d'oeuvres. Make sure you have a rental space for the evening's entertainment with a guitarist or a pianist or maybe have a karaoke competition. Could make it a fun dinner and poker night fun in the evening.

If you have grown up with the sophisticate crowd, option five might be off to do sophisticate stuff. Maybe it's off to see an art gallery in the morning, then it's off to a sophisticate lunch, then it's off to tour a museum, and stop by antique stores and later in the day taste testing at a winery or brewery. Don't forget to pick up sophisticated items for the wedding.

The sixth option is a fun evening out, the group can go to a dinner show, witness a murder, watch a pirate adventure, watch a medieval battle on horses, watch the last comic standing, or see acrobats or even have a good time at a circus. Maybe travel by party bus to keep everyone together.

The seventh option is a pool or beach party. Spend a lot of the day relaxing and reminiscing, and include some  organized activities on the side. Have an organized softball game, or pickup basketball, touch football, volleyball, croquet, or bocce ball, badminton, horseshoes, darts, lawn darts, or shuffleboard. Don't forget to serve pool party drinks and play with the IPad or read with a Kindle.

Another option is to organize a wedding carnival. A lot of the carnival activities utilize pictures of the wedding party. The bride and groom and other wedding party members can be featured on a number of the games. All the bridal party members are required to do a stint in the dunking tank, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the best man, the maid-of-honor, then the groom then the bride.

Other games could include coins on a dish (dishes have pictures of the groom and bride), garter throw onto champagne bottles, knock the milk bottles down with a bridal bouquet ball (pictures of bride and groom on milk bottles). You can include a wheel of fortune wheel with bridal party photos, offer a raffle and a jail with the proceeds going to the wedding couple's honeymoon fund.

At the carnival you can include a caricature artist, magicians, fortune tellers, have face painting, and colored sand art. You could even include a photo booth, don't forget to include all sorts of props outside of the booth for zany photos and have a picture of the bride and groom included. If you have a lot of kids there to you should get inflatable slides and bounces and you could even offer pony or carriages rides.

Carnivals require carnival foods. Don't forget the candied and caramel apples and the cotton candy, popcorn, corn dogs, nachos, funnel cakes, sausage sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, barbecued skewers and the conventional hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza. Include carnival drinks like Italian ices with all sorts of flavors, maybe have a slushie machine, ice cream cones, lemonade, iced tea, don't forget regular and diet soda, and always include bottled water. Lastly, don't forget the old time candies, like lollipops, twizzlers, pop rocks, candy buttons, jelly beans, neccos, gummy bears, red hots, sour apples, and candies that can take the sun. Stay away from candy that might melt in the sun like chocolates and caramel if the event is outdoors.

Lastly, you might get some of the crowd to join the couple on an activity geared to the wedding or the honeymoon. Maybe get a crew and take scuba diving lessons together so they can get out and scuba dive for the honeymoon, especially if it's a destination wedding. You can take dance lessons together or flower or decorating lessons together. The bride and bridesmaids can make their own flowers and decorate the wedding reception centerpieces themselves.

If their is some money in the budget, add a little adventure and excitement to the wedding week and have an adventure to remember, plan an activity for the wedding! See you on the other side!

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