Keep everyone happy all day long with these brilliantly no-fuss ideas
During the post-ceremony/ pre-reception time
#1 Outdoor area? Think garden games! Who can resist the siren call of a plus-size chess set...?
#2 Finder's keepers: hide cheap faux wedding rings (easy to source via eBay or toy shops) and task younger guests with the job of finding them, under the eye of a responsible adult. Have prizes available for everyone who takes part.
#3 Give guests the option to create their own cocktails - or, for a cheaper alternative, lay on bowls of fruit and the option of Pimms or Prosecco so they can customise their very own classic tipple.
#4 Encourage guests to take lots of their own photos, using your wedding hashtag; make it obvious by printing it on your Orders of Service.
#5 Create a quirky photo area - think a photobooth, but without the walls!
At the wedding breakfast
#1 Put a jar of ice-breakers in the middle of each reception table to get guests chatting in those in-between-courses lulls.
#2 Create an interactive food station for kids - allow them to create their own wedding feast (think something basic like pizza bases, which can be decorated with optional toppings).
#3 Provide guests with fill-in-the-blank sheets - for added lolz, get people to pass their sheet along after each line for a true team-effort.
#4 Arm younger guests with disposable cameras and lists of photos you'd like them to take.
#5 Similarly: at each place-setting, give guests a list of challenges for the reception. For example: say hello to someone new, request a song from the DJ, hug the bride and groom, and so on!
At the wedding reception
#1 Think interactive with your buffet: opt for snacks that can be decorated or dipped, before being devoured!
#2 Create 'zones' for different groups of guests: for example a chill-out zone where older guests can relax (think comfy seating and snacks), or a gaming zone for a bridesmaid-vs-usher Rock Band showdown.
#3 Fill any spare surfaces with board games: think quickies like Scrabble or Connect 4, rather than the never-ending story that is Monopoly...
#4 Instead of (or as well as) a traditional guest book, opt for something interactive too: think video messages, a fingerprint tree, a 'splash' station...
#5 Create a brilliant floor-filler playlist to keep guests dancing all night long.