Pictures are an integral area of any wedding day. Newlyweds are typically thrilled to get their pictures back from the photographer so they are in a position to relive their special occasion. But there are many special activities you can build into a wedding that involve photos.
One fun idea that lots of brides employ is to take photos of everyone as they arrive at the marriage ceremony, almost like you do at a college prom or company Christmas party. You can render a background and couples can pose either for a paid photographer or for whoever happens to pick up the camera. These pictures can be taken with a Polaroid camera for instant fun or with a disposable camera. If you want slightly higher quality photos, go for a digital camera.
This can be an excellent way to hold guests occupied and happy until the "official" reception begins with the arrival of the bride and bridegroom.
As an extension of that idea, you may take instant photos and create scrapbook pages or memory book pages with the photos. There can be supplies available so guests can create pages on site, or pages can be manufactured and photos simply placed into the prepared spaces. If guests do not wish to create pages on site, or the bride does not want this particular activity happening, the photos can be saved for later. As a gift for the bride and bridegroom, someone can create memory books with these photos.
If Polaroid cameras are utilized, another alternative is to have the people in the photo sign the Polaroid photo and place that in a basket somewhere. The couple will enjoy considering the photos later.
While it's not an especially unique idea, many brides love to provide disposable cameras on each table at the reception so guests can capture candid shots of the reception and the table guests. These photos can be added to the newlyweds 'wedding day album or they can be placed into a separate album showing the wedding from the guests' perspective.
A fun activity sure to be entertaining is to create a "silent photo guess" location. Here's how this works: prior to the wedding, someone more or less the happy couple collect pictures of the bride and groom at different stages in life. The photos should depict the couple doing things, not at Christmas or with their first birthday cake. In the correct way, the photos should include some action, but it should not be obvious in the picture what has happened or where the individual is.
Much like a silent auction, people will come along and observe the photos, then take a silent guess as to what the photos show. They invest write their guess on an item of paper and put it in a numbered basket that relates to with the number on the photo. Reading these guesses during the reception is entertaining and sure to be amusing. The bride or groom can provide the real answers. This is a particularly fun activity at a comparatively small, family wedding day where the participants know the happy couple very well.
If you wish to render field for guests to have their photos taken but are not thrilled with the "prom night" idea, how about having a picture corner established somewhere in the reception hall or facility. Here, the wedding ceremony photographer will take candid shots of wedding day guests. They could be couples, but could easily be families, friends really enjoying your life, or the groom being transported to the shoulders of the best man. Whatever the pictures finish up being, they provide a fun, "let it all hang out" region for the wedding guests and a surprise for the bride and groom. Since they'll likely be occupied with all the reception details and having the time of THEIR lives, they could appreciate knowing their guests had a pretty good time too, as evidenced in the photos.