Guest activities that aren't a photo booth?

posted 12 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
4606 posts
Honey bee


Seriously.  Adults don’t need to be entertained.  They’re pretty good keeping themselves occupied with drinking and mingling.  Dancing, too, if you have music.  Or at least for some background ambiance. 

Post # 4
696 posts
Busy bee

We didn’t do anything to entertain our guests… Other then food, alcohol and dancing. They aren’t kids, your wedding doesn’t have to be a show. You’ll be surprised at how well they can entertain themselves

Post # 5
1906 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I went to one wedding with Cornhole boards set up. I went to an event (not a wedding) where the dj asked for participants. A handful of people went to sit on chairs in the middle of the dance fooor. He would then announce something (tide stain remover, half dollar, three pennies from earlier than 2010 etc) and the participants would run out to get the items from their purse or friends. Last one back to the center was out. Winner got a prize. 

Went over surprisingly well.

Post # 6
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

We had cornhole, and we also played a fun game, mind you my wedding was only 30 people. But it was called the shoe game!

Me and my husband both took of our shoes and we each had one of each (sitting back to back)… my MC would ask a question ie: who takes longer to get ready, and we would hold up the persons shoe who we thought took longer! It was a lot of fun, and seemed to get a good response 🙂

Post # 7
1389 posts
Bumble bee

Its not everyone’s cup of tea, but we did an ice sculpture shot block slide. It was a HUGE hit, people still talk about it. It really took the energy and fun of our reception to the next level, even grandma did it! Everyone was really ready to party after it came out

Post # 8
3590 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

A lot of the time, photobooths and other “entertainment” set ups just end up being totally ignored in favour of drinking and dancing. Honetly, I probably would just save the money and not bother with it.

Post # 9
12309 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

It’s a wedding, not a kid’s party. Adults can be expected to socialize or attend a party without getting bored and should not IMO be in need of outside distraction. Personally, I find things like photo booths and extraneous activities only end up emptying out the main party area and giving people an excuse to leave, which can affect the energy of the party. 

Post # 10
2781 posts
Sugar bee

Honestly there aren’t a lot of great indoor mingling-type games. Board & card games require concentration and sitting still, so if anything it discourages people from mingling – especially since they don’t make good spectator sports. Unless you can get some pool tables and darts in there, I’d probably skip the games. 

Photobooths work because people like getting photos of themselves, especially drunk people with access to costumes. 

Post # 11
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

If it helps at all, my FH and I are making our own photobooth! We found a free photobooth app for iPad (sorry, FH has it on his phone and I cannot recall the exact name of it right now.) Basically, we will have an iPad on a tripod with the app open and a homemade backdrop. The app takes you step by step how to operate it and text/email the photos to yourself! So everyone gets digital photostrips that they can print later if they wish. It’s not the same, but it’s a cheaper solution for us because we get to borrow FMIL’s iPad!

Post # 12
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

We’re going to have board games out! Fiance and I love board games, so it’s a nice (cheap) way to give the introverts like us  a way to relaxand have fun! 

Post # 13
2886 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

hickoryhills :  I was worried about not having “entertainment”, but everyone was so busy mingling and dancing and drinking and eating, there was not a dull moment and definitely no need for anything to keep people busy or entertained. I’m sure it’ll be the same for you.


Post # 14
77 posts
Worker bee

A friend of ours did a pretty good DIY photobooth. They bought a sequin backdrop on amazon for less than $100 and either made or bought props on skewers (like for the BBQ) for next to nothing. They had their own digital camera with a teenager/family friend taking photos at the photo booth, and then they mailed the photos out with the thank you cards and there was a spot to write down your email if you wanted it digitally. A bit more work than a rental, but a total investment of maybe 100 + the cost of printing.

We’re going to put some cards, dice, and a few easy and quick games in the seating areas because FH’s buddies love playing hearts, etc. I might print off some nicely formatted instructions for different games and leave them with it but it might not happen. Either way, It’ll cost us maybe $10 at the dollar store and I know his friends will appreciate it.

Post # 15
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

My fiance’s sister had a caricature artist at her wedding recently! It was a lot of fun, but it obviously takes some time for the guy to draw (I think they were allotting 10 minutes per drawing if I remember correctly). I think she had about 100 people at her wedding, and there wasn’t time for everyone (or every couple) to get a drawing done, so I’m not sure I’d recommend it as an activity if you’re having a significantly larger wedding. Also, it did pull people away from dancing and the ballroom, so that’s another disadvantage. But it was still fun!

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