small reception fun??

posted 3 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
3432 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

How small is small?  My experience is that if you’re having a small reception, a meal is quite enough.  Because the people will all tend to know each other, they will spend their time catching up.  At ours, what was scheduled to be a two-hour lunch ran over by half an hour, and we pretty much had to kick people out then, even with no other entertainment.

Post # 4
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are also having a small reception and even though there will be only 30 ppl max. I insisted on having a dj and there will be lots of food during cocktail hour, for the main meal and then later in the evening. I bought some disposable cameras that I will place here and there on the tables so guests will have fun taking pictures of whatever they want. I’m thinking of having our picture taken with the guests when we go around and thank them for coming to our wedding. If that works out and I manage to get a picture with our guests, I will send them that picture in the thank you cards I will send out to the guests after the wedding day.

Post # 5
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bsperry3:  We played the newlywed game! Our whole family couldn’t stop cracking up and it definitely gave everyone a chance to interact with my husband and I Smile

Post # 6
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

The Jewish chair thing is fun

Post # 7
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I prepared a whole bunch of questions relating to my fi and I to find out how well the guests know the bride and groom. The hostess will ask the questions to the guests after the meal is served sometime during the evening when we will all have a drink or two lol.

Questions that most people who know us will figure out the answers. Questions like what is FI’s nickname; what did the bride study in university, etc. etc. Then, I will give a little gift to the winner. The gift is a bag full of little stuff like candles, a small hanging portrait, salt and pepper shakers in the form of little pigs, super cute, and I will add a gift card of about 20 $ to the bag

Post # 9
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@bsperry3:  A few questions:

How “long” is your reception?

What is your venue like? Is it small? Big? Traditional wedding venue or untraditional (restaurant, bar, etc.).

I ask these Qs b/c I had a “smaller” reception – about 60 people at a restaurant/bar. My DH and I were so worried about playlist and dancing/things to do, but we needn’t have worried. Not only was it too loud to hear the music due to our guests chatting, there was no room to dance or anything b/c the space was small. We had no planned events except for the cake cutting, and we were told that “It was one of the best weddings people have been to in a while.” I just posted a recap in the Recap section so you can see how small receptions can be fun!Of course, our all-night open bar could have something to do with it. 😉

If you want to do something extra, it’s all in the simple little things – I had about 35 bottles of blowing bubbles from Michaels’ strewn about. My guests blew bubbles when I walked into the venue – super cute and fun! 🙂

Post # 10
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We have having a dj, candy buffet, cigar bar [with outside smoking area], photo booth & bon fire w/ seating, and then later in the night we’ll have a nacho bar late night snack

We were also going to do poker tables but I don’t think we’ll have room now.

Other things you can do :

– have a table for board games

– find or make giant versions of outside board games, or other types of games [lawn darts, cornhole, ect]



Post # 11
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My reception wasn’t small – 200 people – but I had thank you cards at each place setting and on the back were one of 3 ‘games’ – a crossword puzzle, an “I Spy”, and a mad libs… these were lots of fun to read through afterwords! The dj gave out koozies to the first few people to have the crosswords done.


I also had some photo props set up, no photobooth, but everyone has camera phones now so I didn’t feel it was neccesary. Guests still had lots of fun with these!

We also had 2 decks of cards with a sign ‘dancing just not your thing? grab some cards and play to win!’ and a kids table with coloring books…



Post # 13
2878 posts
Sugar bee

@Lauraine:  This and the newlywed games we’ll definitely do ! What is fun with the questions game is that you can make each table a team (with people from the 2 families mixed together) and it gives them an apportunity to discuss. 

Post # 15
1180 posts
Bumble bee

@MrsNewDay:  I’m really glad I came across your post. We’re looking to have our ceremony and reception at a restaurant, with about 70+ guests. I’m concerned about people getting bored and how to keep them entertained. But we’re having an all night open bar also, so maybe the guests will be the entertainment. 🙂

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