One of the hardest things to do is keeping guests interested in a party. Hours of drinking and dancing might seem fun to some, but you need a plan that will keep guests interested in the event. We like to think of a wedding or event as a production. There should be surprises or interactive elements worked into the evening to keep your guests on their toes... and wanting to stay until the end!
Fireworks are a classic surprise element, but there are lots of other ways to spark interest (no pun intended!).
For example - an interactive guest book can add a lot to your party. Grab a few Polaroid cameras, stickers, adhesive letters, paint pens, etc and let your group create a memorable guest book. If you have room within your budget, photobooth companies can also provide all of these materials - and you will have a custom guest book that all of your guests helped to create!
Another fun idea: If you have a venue that will allow you to bring in your own desserts you can have the cooks in your family or group of friends supply their best dessert dish. This will also strike up conversations about who has the best recipe. To further this concept, you could even have the dessert recipes to these dishes included in the wedding favors.
Searchlights at the event entrance are a great party starter too. You can use ice sculptures to welcome guests as they arrive - as a creative twist, have the ice sculptor chipping away at the block of ice at your reception site. The sculpture will be revealed at the end of the night. This is interactive and will keep guests around to see the finished product.
Other surprises include a balloon drop or confetti during a special song or at the end of the ceremony as the couple embraces in their first kiss. You could also include a personal note to each guest at his or her seat. Each not can be a funny story that guests share at the dinner table - these serve as fun icebreakers that will really get the conversation and party started.