Your guests are such an important part of your wedding, so making sure they have fun, feel comfortable, and enjoy themselves, is a top priority for couples! In today’s blog post I share 7 ideas that can take your wedding reception to a whole new level of fun!

Yard Games
Cornhole – what I love about this classic beanbag game is that you can easily personalize it for your wedding by dressing up your game with your silhouettes, or monograms with your selected wedding color’s!

Jenga – For the DIY bride, all you need is a trip to the local Home Depot or Lowe’s store for some lumber and have each cut to the same length. A traditional set uses 54 blocks.

Surprise Entertainment
Who doesn’t love a surprise? Whether it’s a band, a local artist, a crazy first dance routine, or a photo booth, you have a big opportunity to create something special and unique for your guests. For my wedding, I actually collaborated with a local dance team that I was a part of and created a dance routine specifically for my man and our guests at our reception!

Have a Tasting Station
Wine, whiskey, cigars, gummy bears…. Whatever it is, you can create a tasting station to share that passion with your guests. This is a great way to make it even more personal.

Great Music
Nothing gets the dance floor packed more than playing music everyone can dance to. Seriously, a phenomenal DJ can make the difference between a room of bored friends and relatives and the party of 2018! Don’t be afraid to ask your band or DJ to peek in at their next gig so you can see them in action!

Late Night Snacks
Doughnuts, sliders, gelato, hot cocoa… whatever guilty pleasure food you two love the most is a great option for that late-night snack! Your guests will enjoy the little pick-me-up, especially after hours of dancing!

Have a plan for the kids
Giving kiddos their own designated area, not only does it give their parents an opportunity to hit the dance floor, but it keeps them entertained throughout the night. Consider arranging for a babysitter to set up and oversee movies, games, crafts, or a kid-centric dance party.

Table Games
Ok, can you tell I’m big on games!! This idea has a fun twist to normal reception tables. Come up with a question for each table, and put a mini-booklet, and pens, for guest to add their ideas. For example, you can ask: What should we do on date nights? Or, how should we celebrate our first anniversary? Or better yet, what’s the secret to a happy marriage?

The ideas are endless! The big takeaway is to create a fun environment for your wedding guests, one that not only brings out your fun personalities but also gets your guests talking long after it’s over J

P.s. As you begin your wedding planning process, it’s a great idea to start thinking about the timeline of your day! For more go to How to plan a photography based Wedding Day Timeline, as well as Reception Planning Tips and Details!

June 12, 2018

7 Ways to Make Your Reception Fun For Your Guests!

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