Now we all know the ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day, but the reception is what your guests almost always look forward to! Make the reception celebration memorable and personal, and make sure you plan a night your guests will never forget! Here are ten fun ways to plan a fun wedding reception.
This might be obvious, but it definitely belongs on our list. Seat your guests with people you know they’ll get along with. A well-thought-out seating chart leads to great conversation, a great dance party, etc!
It’s important to point out that a reception is a party! A celebration of your unity! Let your guests know that it’s okay to cut loose after a formal ceremony by passing out fun party favors at the reception. Sunglasses, colorful necklaces, funny masks, maybe even silly string can do the trick!
Keep Your Toasts Short
Toasts can be both wonderful and meaningful but at the end of the day, it’s all about quality over quantity. Direct anyone who is speaking in advance to keep their speeches to two minutes max and ask them to share any other long stories at a pre-wedding party--a rehearsal dinner is perfect for this!!
Set Up A Good Spot for Kids
Keep the little ones entertained throughout the night by setting up an area specifically for them. Possibly in a separate room with a babysitter who can set up movies for them to watch or even games to play! And definitely designate a couple of tables just for the kids and make sure to pack them with coloring books, crayons and small toys! This will give their parents an opportunity to hit the dance floor with absolutely no worries!
The Big First Dance
Every pair of eyes in the room will be on you and your partner during your first dance so why not add in a little shock for them? You could always start with a slow dance to an iconic first dance song and then suddenly switch up to a fast and fun dance or a jazzy swing step! It would through your guests through a loop and set the tone for a lively dance party!
Interactive Food Station
Great food equals great celebrations. Why not create a customizable food station? A mac-n-cheese station, grilled cheese station where people can choose their own toppings, even a pasta bar! Not only will this keep your guests well-fed but they’ll be ready to have a good time! The options are endless.
Leisurely Dinner is Served!
While we’re on the top of food for a reception, how about stretching out dinner over four or five smaller courses rather than a quick three course meal? That way you can plan small surprises in between, like a toast from a hilarious relative or even a professional dance performance. It kind of gives off the idea of a dinner and a show! Your guests would enjoy themselves!
Wear Something Comfortable at your Reception!
You most definitely won’t have a good time at your reception if you can’t breathe in a tight dress! After the first dance, swap your veil and train for a little white dress instead. If you’re comfortable to move freely, you’ll be ready to dance more, laugh more, chat more and guess what? The good vibes will rub off on your guests too!
Plan Surprise Entertainment
The best parts of reception are the things guests don’t see coming. Surprise your guests with unexpected entertainment during cocktail hour or reception. Do you think your guests could guess a belly dancer dancing her way into the room? Maybe even a mariachi band--depending on your wedding theme of course!
If You Hired A Band, Make Sure They Have Break Music
We’ve all been to a wedding where the band takes a break and the party feeling immediately dies. Please don’t let this happen to you! When hiring a band, ask specifically about how they plan to handle breaks. Some bands might take shifts while others will turn on filler music. If your band has filler music, ask whether you can provide the mix!