While I have often written about corporate team building in this blog, we also receive many enquiries for non-corporate special occasions, like weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and even stag or hen nights. Here I want to talk about our experiences in delivering these.
Interactive, surprise activities, with guests, are becoming more and more popular at this sort of gathering. Their organisers are increasingly keen to create a unique, memorable and fun experience for their guests.
Haka is ideal for weddings. In part, this is because the Haka itself is a celebration of unity and life. Our Haka masters focus on getting this message across while leading everyone in a powerful interactive session, before sending the couple off on their future journey together. The congregation certainly won’t forget that wedding!
Drumming is a perfect group activity for many special occasions. Recently, a bride-to-be wanted to give her new husband a total surprise on their wedding day. At the reception, while the bride and groom were out of the room having their photographs taken, we spent 25 minutes transforming the 120 wedding guests into a surprise drumming orchestra.
When the happy couple returned for dinner, they were welcomed back into the room by an emotional drumming performance from their closest family and friends. The groom was completely stunned.
Drumming also makes a great activity as part of a stag night or hen night. The group can create a unique drum performance together and even record it! Men have drummed together for this very reason for many thousands of years.
Activities like Crashing Waiters can work fantastically at Bar Mitzvahs. Not only are all the guests entertained, but the young man can be highlighted on stage, conducting the entire room and feeling empowered on his very special day.
We know that it is important to facilitate non-corporate, special occasions quite differently from corporate events. At a corporate event there is a certain expectation that employees will engage in the session and participate. Superiors are always watching and participants are being paid! In a social setting, in the absence of these, the facilitator has to be highly entertaining and particularly skilled at fostering participation.
To achieve success, we ensure that our non-corporate events contain a number of special ingredients, including:
- an exciting and fun, surprise introduction, to attract everyone’s attention. Starting with the right energy level is crucial to any activity
- clear and simple objectives, to avoid confusion among those taking part and keeping people engaged. Some may have been drinking alcohol
- linking the activity to the guests of honour, which adds an emotional connection
- not making the session too long. In general, an activity is just part of an overall celebration. At some point, guests might just want to mingle and party.
We create an intimate experience with closest family and friends, whether it is drumming, Haka, team singing or learning the Thriller dance together. Our aim is to deliver an experience that is hilarious fun and will provide a family talking point for many years to come.
For more information about our team events, please contact us.
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