A string quartet creates an enchanting ceremony atmosphere — consider hiring musicians from a local college to cut down on costs. A solo violinist, harpist, or vocalist are also lovely choices for couples with a classic wedding style.
Warning: The following idea isn't for the faint of heart! The crowd went wild when this groom surprised his bride with a flash mob performance on the dance floor featuring himself and the bridal party.
“The Shoe Game" is a fun way to pass the time between dinner and dancing. Here's how it works: Place two chairs back-to-back on the dance floor, and trade a shoe with your new spouse so that you're both holding one of each. The maid of honor or best man will ask a series of questions about your relationship (e.g. "Who said I love you first?"). You and your husband have to hold up the shoe of the person you think is the best answer to each question.
For another variation on a garter toss, let your youngest guests in on the fun by tossing up teddy bears for the lucky winners to catch. Or, launch (soft) wrapped candy at the kids’ feet so that every little one can grab a prize.
Photo or video booths are a surefire way to capture hilarious candid moments from the big day. Personalize yours with a bold backdrop and props that fit the theme of your wedding. Have guests use it during the cocktail hour for maximum exposure (if it's one of the first things they see, they'll be more likely to interact with it).
You may have heard of couples including their beloved pet into the wedding festivities, but did you know that some even include exotic wildlife like llamas or owls? This bride couldn't believe her eyes when her groom brought out her favorite animal on their big day.
End the night with a spectacular fireworks display or sparkler exit! Other memorable send-offs include releasing illuminated paper lanterns into the sky, throwing pom-poms or paper airplanes, or waving glowsticks.