Reception time filler

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Hostess
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hearme0ut:  Honestly, if you have music and dancing as an option, you might be surprised. I was recently at a wedding where a lot of surprising people danced. But those who didn’t, seemed pretty happy to just sit and visit with one another. I don’t think you need to really provide “activities” or additional entertainment. 

People seem to love Photobooths though! Those are always a big hit, and you can do a DIY one if they don’t fit into your budget. 

You could also make up some sheets for the tables where people can write down marriage advice. Perhaps do a few different prompts so everyone doesn’t write the same thing. But something like “What was the hardest part of the first year of your marriage?” and/or “What is your recipe for a long and happy marriage?” and/or “What’s the best marriage advice someone ever shared with you?” Then they can participate (or not) at their leisure, and you and FH will have a great time reading through them later. 

 

Post # 4
Member
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  I agree that you can’t go wrong with a photo booth.  There are so many companies that do them now, you should be able to get a decent rate if you hire a service. The one we’re using also compiles our guest book throughout the night which I am thrilled about – one less project for me!

We might put out Wedding Mad Libs for guests, but that would be for our cocktail reception before dinner as there will be a couple hours to fill between ceremony and dinner. You could put them on your tables though. ANother cute idea I saw was to create a photo scavenger hunt for guests to do…they go around your reception getting as many of the specified shots as they can find (ie: someone dancing, the mothers together, etc).

Post # 5
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing a DIY photobooth using fujifilm instant pictures! We are only getting around 20 packs [200 pictures] for our 80 guests so if you had more than that it might be SUPER expensive.

We are also having a dj/dancing, outdoor seating area with hay bales, cigar bar & smoking area outside, candy buffet.

Post # 7
Member
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@hearme0ut:  I was at a wedding where the favor was playing cards and people had a great time playing games at the table. We have a lot of non-dancers too, so we’re thinking of just having a deck at each table or maybe setting up a few card tables off to a side with board games.

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