(Closed) What did you do/will you do to make your reception FUN?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve been searching for the same type of ideas and found one that we plan to implement at our wedding next summer!… We’re also having a DJ but want to do something unique to encourage our guests to get up and dance.  We’re not having assigned seating so instead of displaying a cutesy table number at each table we plan to have a song title displayed in a similar manner.  At the beginning of the dance our DJ will explain that the when each table’s song is played, they have to join the bride and groom on the dance floor (if they’re not there already!).  It’s a fun way to ensure our favorite songs get played and it gives people that extra push to get out on the dance floor!  Plus, since we’re not assigning seats it adds an extra element to choosing your table at the reception which gives guests something else to do/discuss during the cocktail hour!

Post # 4
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Keep in mind that you cannot force people to do what you want. If they want to dance, they will, and if they want to sit and mingle, that is what they will do. They are adults who know how to entertain themselves after all so relax and let them do their own thing.

The general consensus is that good food and good entertainment are really all you need. Beyond that, it’s up to the individual to decide if they will enjoy themselves or not.

Post # 5
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Good food served quickly, good music at a reasonable volume, and a little free alcohol will go a long way.  Don’t forget to dance yourselves, because while it is important to visit with guests, seeing the bride and groom on the dance floor definitely gets people going. 

I wouldn’t really plan any other activities unless you think your guests aren’t big dancers.  If you really think no one will enjoy dancing, you might consider doing some sort of theme reception, like having a garden party with lots of garden games, or doing a casino night type of deal, but that stuff isn’t really worth it unless you’re going to go for it 100%.

Post # 6
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had heavy hors d’oeuvres, a chocolate fountain, and an open bar.  For entertainment, we had live music and dancing.  Several of our friends dance regularly, so there was at least someone on the dance floor most of the evening.  We also had a DIY fauxtobooth, with lots of silly props.

Post # 7
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@SuperShopper I like your idea about guests dancing according to the song at their table.  Yeah maybe not everyone will get up and dance but I think it’s a unique idea!  To keep things fun at our wedding we let all the men fight for the garter with cash attached and all the ladies participated in a mistletoe toss.  I had lots of mistletoe bouquets to throw for single and married friends to catch.

Post # 8
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re using movie titles as the table names. Each person’s escort card will have a quote from the movie, and they have to find the corresponding movie title (we’ll have the titles on the back of the cards, too, to prevent too much frustration). We’re thinking it’ll not only be fun, but a good icebreaker for the people who don’t know each other. 🙂

We’re also planning on playing the Shoe Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yubZktEvvrU   

Post # 9
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re having a Cold Stone Creamery Station set up for people to go up and have ice cream sundaes made instead of having a Groom’s Cake.

Post # 10
1104 posts
Bumble bee

While it’s cool if you can think up something to make your reception unique that your guests will love, I wouldn’t worry too much if nothing jumps out at you. They are adults who shouldn’t need constant entertainment or “joining in” activities. Some people will want to dance, others will just want to chat, and in my experience people in both camps prefer to do what they are most comfortable with, rather than feeling forced to do anything else 🙂

Post # 11
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re not having dancing (just background music) and not serving alcohol – both of which seem to be staples at weddings.  We are having a nice meal and will have “Well Wishes” cards at each table for guests to write us a little note or draw us a picture with colored pencils – these will go into an album after, as our guestbook.  We will also have, at the “guestbook” table, a thumbprint tree and a woodslice plaque for signatures.  We’re also having a temporary tattoo parlor (we’re both heavily inked) and a fauxtobooth.  Otherwise, lots of mingling with our guests!  I do agree with others when they say adults can entertain themselves, but we also love going to parties with activities, so having a few at our wedding seems appropriate to us.  Good luck!

Post # 12
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

You need a good MC/Host DJ for this to work. One of our favorites is “Kissing Couples”.

When everyone starts tapping on their glasses to have you kiss, the MC/Host DJ humorously interjects something like…

“Just a moment please! These are newlyweds and you can’t expect them to really know how to do this. (short pause) But I understand, Betty and Bob Smith know how this is done. They were married last fall and have a lot of practice. Betty and Bob would you be so kind at to demonstrate for our newlyweds?”

You provide your DJ with a list of about 4 or 5 couples who, you know, would have fun with this. This works with young couples as well as with your grand parents. The last wedding I did this at was a Christian event with no alcohol and they had as much fun doing this as others where this was started after a long cocktail hour.

Also ask you DJ if he knows the “Shoe Game” or how to “Snowball” the Bridal Party’s dance.
A great resource for this type of stuff is Peter Merrie’s book “The Best Wedding Reception Ever”.

You are welcome to PM or call us for more fun ideas. Talk is free!

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