In our experience as seasoned wedding pros, that reception lull between the meal and the dancing can swing one of two ways: Slumpy, where overfed drunk guests have nothing to play with and fall into rambling deep'n'meaningfuls at their ex's table, or Sparky, where, like a good nursery teacher, the bride has laid on some brightly-coloured distractions to keep her class motivated and fired up.
If you'd rather your guests fall into the latter troupe, rethink your budget and allocate a portion to some fun and memorable reception entertainment.
We're not talking fire-eating tarot-reading contortionists, just clever ideas that everyone can be part of and one of the biggest trending out there right now is the photobooth. They're popping up everywhere, from New York Fashion Week parties to boutique openings and nightclubs. The concept is simple playground silliness - pile a group of guests together and let them pull funny faces, which seem SO RIGHT at the time, and capture the moment for a lifetime of taunts. Meanwhile you and your groom can get dolled-up to pose for a perfectly adorable strip of cute 'peck on the cheek' snaps, that you can cleverly have re-printed as an alternative thank-you card. Genius.
You can hire traditional and retro booths from (from £1,545) or a smaller, more affordable digital booth from (from £500). Or take it one step further and hire a mini studio from For five hours, at a cost of £850, you get a photographer, a ton of props (like a red carpet, dressing up box and picture frames), backgrounds and professional lighting. You'll also get a free guest book, an unlimited amount of 6"x4" prints and a DVD of all your photos (that's where the taunting comes in).
Sparky, silly, childish fun. What's not to love?