Whether you’re newly engaged and planning your upcoming wedding or planning your rescheduled wedding after COVID-19, we’re here to help you along the way!
We’ve all been to at least a few weddings in our lives, and we can’t help but notice a pattern. The traditional wedding reception includes speeches, dances, food (chicken legs, anyone?), and drinks.
But what if you had the chance to change it up a bit? Make your reception a time to remember by learning how to plan a fun wedding reception for your guests!
Spice Up Cocktail Hour
While you take photos with your wedding party, give your guests something to do other than eat and drink. Offer activities like a game of tic tac toe, Jenga, roasting marshmallows, and more while they wait for you to start the party!
We love to hear the Maid of Honor tell us how she met the bride or the Best Man recount embarrassing jokes about the groom. But often, it feels like the speeches last for hours!
While speeches and toasts are a special moment during the reception, try to keep it under five minutes. That way, your guests can hear from your whole wedding party instead of just the MOH and Best Man, and you can move on to the rest of the night!
Ensure a Large Dance Floor
Perhaps the best part about attending a wedding reception is dancing the night away with your loved ones to great music. Give your guests room to bust a move!
An important note is to invest in your DJ or wedding band. There is no bigger party pooper than lame music that no one can enjoy. You can even add a song request in your wedding invitations, so you get each person up and dancing at least once during the night. Who knows? They might stay for the next song.
Recreate Your Entertainment
Give your guests more entertainment options than dancing! Although the photo booth option seems a bit worn out, the entertainment industry is switching things up to make the photo booth more interesting for guests.
Surprise your guests with unexpected entertainment like a poetry writer that will write a poem on the spot for them. You can hire freelance poetry writers by the hour, and your guests can take the poem home with them as a memory of your wedding.
More of a visual person? Hire a live painter or a caricaturist to capture your guests, so they can see how much fun they had at your reception.
You can even hire cultural dancers to entertain your guests during dinner to add more fun to the meal!
The most important thing to remember when planning your wedding is to be yourself. Many couples think they need to present their wedding a certain way or stick to tradition, and that’s not true. Your wedding should reflect your unique personality and interests!
Follow these tips to plan a fun wedding reception for your guests and enjoy a wedding that you and your loved ones will remember for years to come.