fun wedding reception ideas

10 Ways to guarantee a fun wedding reception

1st February 2020

The bride and groom always look forward to the ceremony. It is the moment they get to tie the knot with the one they love. Of course, your family and friends love this occasion too,  but everyone is looking forward to the wedding reception! This is the time your guests can let loose and have some fun with the new bride and groom.

To guarantee you have an awesome and memorable wedding reception, we have 10 tips to remember during your planning.

Mix up the seating arrangement

A lot of people assume the seating arrangement is simple., but this can have a huge impact for your guests; It can make or break their evening. It is important to take your time and think about where you want everyone to sit.

Group people that are going to have fun together, but don’t be afraid to mix it up too! For example, place your work friends altogether or your family members near each other. If you work on each person knowing at least one other couple this is a winner! This is going to allow them to feel comfortable and has a great night together, but also meeting your other guests – it can have a great impact on your party later!

While you know everyone at your wedding, not all your friends and family will have met before. So, plan your seating arrangement carefully.

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Celebrate with Champagne!

A good way to start the night on a positive note is to provide a glass of champagne for your guests. This will allow them to relax and have a great time. Wedding bars are often expensive for your guests. So, let them enjoy a glass to celebrate your special day with you!

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Book some unique entertainment

Every wedding has a music and dance floor. Guests love to dance the night away after a few drinks! But you can also think about different entertainment to keep your guests engaged at your wedding reception. For example, this could be a surprise performance from a singer, magician or aerialist. We have found that a good way to get your guests laughing and socialising is by introducing exciting games. For example, if you are having an outdoor wedding, we would recommend garden games

Offer some late-night snacks!

Food is the way to everyone’s heart. Your dinner is important but your guests are going to get hungry after a few drinks and a dance.

Make sure that you have some last-night snacks on offer. This does not have to be fancy; pizza, tacos and even sausage rolls are sure to go down a treat at the end of the night!

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Give favours they will appreciate

Of course, your wedding is about making memories, but it is also awesome if you give thoughtful wedding favours to your guests to take home with them! You do not have to spend a fortune on wedding favours, but make sure that you find something that is funny, cute or personal. You can personalise wedding favours too with your wedding date or initials, as well as having the guest’s name features on it. Your family and friends are definitely going to love this gesture.

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Provide photographer opportunities

When everyone is dressed up and looking their best, they want to take photos. Instead of a professional photographer, why not have some fun with a taxi photo booth? This lets guests take their own snaps throughout the night and laugh with their loved ones. It is a great way to capture special and nature moments from the day and night. Another good option for selfies is the Magic Mirror. This can become part of your décor and help to take photos. 

Tasty dessert options

The best part of the dinner is always dessert. Make sure that you have a lot of great options for your guests; from chocolate cake to berry parfaits. Let your guests choose your favourite dessert prior to the big day. That way, they can look forward to it as the reception and end their dinner on a high-  everyone always has room for dessert!

Have an awards ceremony

The speeches are often one of the best parts of the wedding reception. Why not make it a little different and have an awards ceremony too? After the speeches, you can pay tribute to your special guests and thank them for coming. You can create award categories and make it fun and exciting. Perhaps they can take home a trophy or prize too!

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Learn a Routine

The new couple always have the first dance to begin the night. But you can make it even better for your guests by learning a choreographed routine. This can be a fun surprise to get everyone laughing and having a good time. Of course, make sure you practice before you have centre stage!

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Feature a fireworks display

End the night on a high with an exciting and dramatic fireworks display. This can be memorable for your guests and bring the perfect day to a close. It is a great way to light up the night and send your loved ones home happy. There are companies you can contact for wedding fireworks and that can help you create the perfect display.