Cosplay’s popularity has infiltrated regular activities and more and more people are attending parties and gatherings as their favorite characters and this includes pre-wedding celebrations.
If you want to spice up some of the pre-wedding activities with a little bit of flair and creativity, holding a cosplay party in the days leading up to the big day is a great idea. Here are some tips on what you need to do to make it a successful party.
- SET A THEME
If you don’t set a theme, people are going to come in all manner of character with some putting in a lot more effort than others. And while group pictures with a variety of cosplay characters is a major benefit to setting no theme, it can also backfire with people showing up with barely any effort in their look. Some interesting themes can be related to the wedding celebration or a favorite show, book, or graphic novel by the couple.
- HOLD A CONTEST
Nothing motivates people to put in more effort in their looks than the thought of winning. You can include in the party itinerary crowning people with the best look. And no, you don’t have to award only one. You can also give out awards such as “Best Couple Cosplay,” “Best Group Cosplay,” and “Best Overall Cosplay.” With this in mind, people will be a little more creative with their looks. And to make it a little more fun, you can ask the soon-to-be-married couple to dole out the awards to the winners.
- INVOLVE EVERYONE
Cosplay is not just for the younger generation and since weddings are usually a big family affair, don’t exclude the older generation from the pre-wedding cosplay party. Older family members enjoy dressing up as much as the next teen or young adult. Who knows, grandma’s sewing skill could come in handy and she might even win “Best in Cosplay.” For the family members who are a little hesitant to dress up, you can refer them to sites like kiguki who offer a complete cosplay character in one package.
- LOGISTICS MATTER
A party won’t be complete if there is no food and drinks to keep people interested in the entire night. So make sure you have that checked off your list. There’s no need to prepare a full spread – finger foods are totally fine to serve on these occasions. In fact, they are preferable than a sit-down party since people are going to want to show off their cosplay looks with other guests. As for the drinks, you can choose to have an open bar or hire a bartender. This pre-wedding cosplay party could even be a great test run for DJs, caterer, and bartender before the wedding day.
- PLAN IT EARLY
Unlike other types of pre-wedding parties, you can’t just throw a cosplay party in an instant. You’ll want to keep people in the loop about your plan so send out invitations to the cosplay affair and include all the important information like date, time, venue, and theme. Don’t forget to include contact information for family members who want to clarify what cosplay is or advice on characters they might want to come as.