Fun ideas for the reception

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

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londonbeeee :  Plenty of delicious food, a comfortable environment, and happy people are the ingredients for a lovely wedding. Dancing and spirits are certainly welcome. Other sources of entertainment such as described are a bit too much, in my opinion.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

As a guest I want to either chat with my friends, or get to know new people. I don’t want to sit through forced ‘entertainment’ more than I have to (speeches, cake-cutting, first dance etc). I’m an adult and can entertain myself.

So personally I would skip it as the majority of people are likely to be like me, and want to spend the reception making their own fun, not having to play games/do quizzes

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Quizzes and games feel like “forced fun” to many people. Stick to the basics— good food, drink and music– and the guests will enjoy each other’s company a lot more. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I have been playing with the idea of karaoke later in the night.

If you are doing a late snack I think food trucks would be fun. (Not sure how possible this would be)

Photo booth style things can be fun especially when they have funny props.

Aside from those, just having great music is entertainment enough for me! 

 

Post # 8
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  • Wedding: August 2014

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jeshicat :  I would only do karaoke if the majority of guests enjoy it, or it won’t be on long… I find it can really dominate a party and you can end up with the same people singing over and over which gets a bit tiresome after a while.

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Helper bee

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barbie86 :  I figured if you do it late enough in the night when the early birds have left it would be okay. Plus you could play music in between or just keep playing music if no one wanted to do it. But I definitely know what you mean lol. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I actually wish there was more entertainment, but I’m not that into talking to the guests I don’t know. I’m never going to see most of them again, so it feels like a waste of time and pointless smalltalk. The friends I’ve mentioned this to generally hold the same opinion from their experiences, so I’m surprised the bee is so uniform on not wanting them.  I’d be interested in knowing if it varies by type of guest list — like how much the guests know each other vs are total strangers. 

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Helper bee

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curiouscat2017 :  I have looked at recommendations for “fun” things to do at weddings for people who don’t like to dance. One suggestion was have a game table where people can grab a game and go play it with the people at their table. I thought that was fantastic. I feel the majority of people tend to like traditional and think weddings should go a certain way. But I love seeing little unique things at weddings.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

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curiouscat2017 :  ours was small (60) and most people knew most other people, but there were a number of guests who didn’t know anyone else apart from ujs, or only knew one other couple. They all mingled and had a great time; at one table people who hadn’t met before were swicthing seats between courses to chat to each other.

Our friends and family are all very sociable, though. My parents used to have about 4 different ‘sets’ of friends but this is now one big set as people have got to know each other through us.

I also tend to think that if your guests are just not sociable and don’t ‘see the point’ in making small talk with people they don’t know, quizzes and forced fun are probably not going to help. Surely better to leave them to just talk to the person they came with if they’re so against mingling?…

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Yah Karaoke is not for everyone! But the polaroid camera corner sounds like a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely get some good chuckles with that one ๐Ÿ™‚ And Jenga and cards is also a great idea! Jenga especially once the night rages on and it turns to tipsy Jenga lol

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Buzzing bee

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londonbeeee :  There’s this one game I always thought was kind of neat! It’s the one where the bride and groom sit back to back, and each hold their own shoe and their partner’s. Then the Maid/Matron of Honor or best man ask a series of questions about them (stuff like “who is the messiest” or “who is the best cook”) and the bride and groom have to lift the shoe of the person they think fits the question the best. I hope that explanation makes sense!

I think it’s a fun one because it’s not “forced” fun for the guests, but it does put the bride and groom on the spot a little and that’s always entertaining ๐Ÿ˜€ 

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