This DIY Vermont Wedding Combined Cultural Traditions in a Beautiful Way

Love was in the air in when Savannah and Dr. James Liu tied the knot at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont. Growing up, Savannah had always imagined a wedding in the picturesque state of Vermont where she was born and had spent countless summers. And with James by her side, her dreams finally came true in an unforgettable celebration surrounded by family and friends.

Creating Personal Touches with DIY Projects

When the Savannah and James began the wedding planning process, the most important thing to them was that the wedding weekend felt intentional and incorporated aspects from both American and Taiwanese culture. What better way to do this than to craft many of the elements themselves?

Let’s start with their handmade invitation suite. Savannah had the idea to incorporate postage stamps that nodded to different elements of their journey. These included stamps from Washington DC, where James proposed, to an ambulance, to reflect James’s career as a doctor. 

One of the biggest projects Savannah worked on was a Senbazuru display. Senbazuru, also known as one thousand cranes, is an origami display considered as a symbol of good health, happiness and long life. This display was a stunningly beautiful tribute to Taiwanese culture and added quite the wow-factor to their reception decor!

The color red was used throughout the day in floral arrangements and in Savannah’s reception dress. Red is considered a festive color in Taiwan, symbolizing good fortune and happiness, which makes it a popular choice for celebratory occasions. Classic ivory linens provided by The Linen Shop helped this bold hue truly shine in every design element. Savannah’s bridal makeup, done by Jennifer Perellie, not only complimented her traditional bridal gown, but also her red reception dress. (Love!)

The wedding celebration was a perfect blend of heartwarming speeches, lively dancing with 802 Events spinning the right records all night long and playful moments captured in the photo booth provided by Pixel Pod. As the night drew to a close, guests gathered to witness a dazzling fireworks display before bidding farewell to Savannah and James in a magical sparkler exit! 

Vendors:

Venue: Riverside Farm, Florist: Jayson Munn Design, Photographer: Melissa Lynn Images, Hair: Jubilance Salon, Makeup: Jennifer Perellie Makeup, Transport: Tri State Transportation, Catering: Vermont Farms Catering, Band: Silver Arrow Band, Videographer: Toast Wedding Films, Rentals: Vermont Vintage Rentals, Lighting: Esquire Events, Linens: The Linen Shop, DJ: 802 Events.

Wedding Entertainment Beyond the Dance Floor

Like many couples planning their wedding, you’ve likely spent countless hours thinking about the flowers, the decor, the music, and the food, all in the name of creating an unforgettable celebration. But what about those guests who may not want to dance the night away? While it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of a packed dance floor, the truth is that not every guest will necessarily be itching to show off their moves. So, what can you do to keep everyone entertained? That’s where we come in!
 
We recently reached out to wedding professionals and our readers for their favorite non-dancing wedding reception entertainment ideas, and the results were nothing short of inspiring.
 
From lawn games to photo booths, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered with some truly creative and unique ideas. Read on to discover the best ideas for wedding reception entertainment that will make your celebration truly unforgettable.
 
Photo Credit: Pixel Pod
Photo Credit: Colette Kulig

Lawn Games for your Wedding Reception

An outdoor wedding and lawn games are a true match made in heaven! Lawn games and other outdoor activities are a fantastic way to entertain your guests and create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Classic games like cornhole, giant Jenga, and croquet are always crowd-pleasers, and they provide a fun and competitive element to the celebration. You can also incorporate themed games that match your wedding style or interests. For example, if you’re a sports-loving couple, a mini golf tournament or a friendly game of soccer would be so fun! A few of our readers sung the praises of  Burlington Axe Throwing as a unique activity for guests. As the name suggests, guests would put their hand-eye coordination to the test by trying to throw axes at a bullseye target. (Get ready for laughter and friendly competition!)

Live Wedding Painting or Custom Wedding Sketches

Live painting is a captivating form of entertainment that allows your guests to witness the creation of a work of art in real time! (This can also double as a memorable wedding favor) Whether it’s a beautiful portrait of the newlyweds or quick sketches of guests, watching an artist bring a blank canvas to life is a mesmerizing experience! We highly recommend Lucas K Barrett and Hope Sharp Art for your wedding rehearsal dinner or reception.

Interactive Food Stations

Interactive food stations (and bars like Salt & Bubbles or Vermont Mobile Spirits!) are not only delicious but also provide entertainment and a memorable experience for your guests. We’ve seen an increase in couple’s opting for food trucks during their reception or as late night food offerings. If you’re looking to scoop up something sweet, many of our readers recommended an ice cream truck! Ben & Jerrys, Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream and Palmer’s are all delish options. While on the topic of desserts, we also love Crazy Cotton Candy Lady, who does live spinning of unique cotton candy flavors during your wedding reception. (Talk about a fun and yummy guest favor!) A s’mores table from The Vermont Marshmallow Co. is another great interactive option that will keep guests fueled all evening long!

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Photo Credit: Crazy Cotton Candy Lady

Table Top Games or Scavenger Hunts

For couples looking to bring some nostalgia to their big day, table top board games are a great option! You can place a few on each table or dedicate an area in your reception space for them. Card games and puzzles are also great options for guest looking to to take a break from dancing.

One of our readers, Krista, reached out with her own spin on a game… a scavenger hunt! She and her husband designed a series of “puzzles” that people found when they got to their table for the evening, each leading them to different areas of their venue. The end result? A chest that opened with puzzles for guests to take home as a wedding favor. So fun and unique!

Crafting or Coloring Area

This idea is perfect for couples who want to provide a relaxing activity for their guests. Whether you’re looking to create personalized favors or offer a more hands on way for guests to unwind, a DIY crafts or coloring station is sure to be a hit. Don’t forget to provide plenty of colored pencils, markers, and crayons or paint for guests to use. If you have a lot of younger wedding guests, this is a great way to keep them entertained as well.

 

Photo Credit: Sisters of Anarchy
Photo Credit: The Event Sisters

Wedding Photo Booths and Floral Walls

If there’s one thing guests love just as much as celebrating newlyweds, it’s a good photo opp! Photo booths are a wedding mainstay and for good reason. They offer a fun and interactive experience for guests of all ages, and they provide a unique opportunity to capture memories from your special day. We highly recommend our friends at PixelPod who specialize in immersive and fun photo booth set ups.

Guests can take silly and creative photos with their loved ones, creating unforgettable moments that can be treasured for years to come. For couples looking for a custom backdrop that matches their wedding theme, look no further than  Day of Rentals. Day of Rentals provides high quality flower walls for weddings and events. They are great as ceremony backdrops, photo booth backdrops, sweetheart table backdrops and so much more. 

Lip Sync Battles or Karaoke 

Karaoke or an epic lip sync battle is a fantastic way to get your guests up and engaged in the entertainment. We especially love this idea for the second half of the reception or during your after party. Whether you have a love for singing or simply enjoy watching others perform, this interactive activity is sure to create a fun and memorable experience for everyone! Pro tip: don’t forget to break out the camera for this one.

While gathering with friends and family to celebrate is fun in and of itself, we hope these ideas inspire you to infuse some creative wedding entertainment into your own big day!

 

For more wedding planning advice and inspiration, check out our Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide. You’ll have instant access to industry insider tips and spreadsheet templates to make planning your wedding easier and more fun.

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