(Closed) How to make/keep the reception fun?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Dinner:  Are you going to have a photomontage?  I think having one is a great idea- plus it gets your guests talking.  I really like it when there is a section on the bride growing up, the groom growing up, and then pictures together as a couple. 

Are you going to just let people tap their glasses when they want you to kiss?  I’ve been to weddings where everytime their guests tap their glasses…the bride/groom says something that gets other couples to kiss with them.  For example, “anyone who went to University of —- please stand up and kiss with us.”  Or I was at a wedding where each time guests tapped their glasses a member of the wedding party had a trivia question about the bride and groom…and then they would kiss when someone in the crowd answered the question correctly. 

Dance: I think it’s key to make a list of “must plays” for your DJ.  Pick songs that you know will pump up your crowd and make them dance.  And make sure to make a “do not play list.”  Having songs like “shout” play really get the crowd going. 

Post # 4
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If conversations will flow it would be an amazing night for ur beautiful family reunion!  but to answer ur question here is what we r doing for fun

-we are already married legally but only 3 of our loved ones shared that day with us, in our reception we have put together a power point presentation of that day with funny comic remarks on the pictures and the video of the main event…ur can do a slide show of u both growing up..or jsut of ur pictures from when u started dating 🙂

– We have our DJ play lots of games..first one is before dinner which the table that answers a question correctly (we have written a trivia about us) gets to eat first (we r having a buffet dinner)

-the other game will be for winning the centerpiece (the passing the napkin game)

– I moved to Canada to live with him so my family is mainly in the USA (i am going to pick them up from the air port in an hr) therefore, aside from my closet family none have come here and know Ariyan’s friends (they know his family and him thu) so this 2 groups of ppl r new to each other…our table numbers r pictures of our cats (we have 2 beautiful Siberian cats) they will surly start a conversation about loving or hating animals or cats…or how crazy WE r about them hehhe

-our speeches r funny and or very touching

-we have so much little handmade details that keeps ppl talking about them OR admire tham

-our guest book allowed them to write us private fun msges

-here is what we wanted to do but did not for different reasons (mainly money) hire a caricaturist to draw pics of the guests this can double as ur favor

-hire a magicitian

-have a game table of ur favorite games

-make is a casino style night

-have some kind of a fun theme all thru out the wedding

-karaoke (need i say more?)

-share some funny memories of the both of u

-make a photo guest book of the both of u so ppl can c the pictures

-have a photo-booth


that all i can think of on 2 hrs of sleep..i may get back and write more 🙂

have fun



Post # 6
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Another idea for you…

I think it’s cute when people make little pamphlets about the wedding party.  Get a photo of everyone in your party and make a fun little write up on each of them, how you met, what they do, where they live, etc.  And then place these pamplets on each table. 

Boo…no one will dance?  Maybe you should consider having music on the background, like people often do at cocktail hours.

Post # 7
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can make really cheap photo guest books on snapfish.com!!  Just make sure you print off your photo book on paper that is thick enough so markers don’t leak through!

Post # 8
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m actually not sure if any of my family dances (can’t remember the last time one of us got married, haha!) so I am hoping to have decks of playing cards as favours. I do know that when ever my family gets together, the cards come out for a round of a silly game like crazy eights!

Post # 9
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

how many guets? what about a game to get everyone talking?

Post # 10
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

I think the other Bees suggestions seem great! 

For us, the key to a FUN night, was music selection!  Take the time to get song lists from your DJ and listen to them on YouTube.  Ask yourself, “Is this a good dance tune?”  – “Will people get on the dance floor?” – Only select tunes (from various genres) that you know people will groove too!  Because of this, many people stayed until the last dance! 

Happy Planning!  Smile

Post # 11
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


lawn games?

board games as centerpieces?

your dj can help coordinate some sort of game when/if people clink their glasses to get you to kiss.  some options are to have the person clinking sing you and song with the word “love” in it to get you to kiss.  OR you can have them kiss someone and then you will copy their kiss.  OR you can give the dj a list of couples and he will choose a random couple to kiss.

Post # 12
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re including a photo scavenger hunt in our programs that we hope people will bring into the reception to complete. The instructions clearly state this, so I’m optimistic. Part of the photos to find are of guests, such as “who traveled the farthest to attend today?” and “who has been together the longest?” We hope this will get some fun conversations going.

We’re also having trivia coasters on each table to get the table chatting. They contain things like “who is afraid of clowns, the bride or the groom?”

I’m also considering a small booklet on each table with questions like “what will the bride and groom name their first child?” and “what is the best relationship advice you’ve ever gotten?” As the booklet is passed around and each guest signs it, it should spark some fun conversations.

I’ve also seen some brides that make buttons with funny sayings on them, placed at the guest book. Guests can select their own button, like “King of the Chicken Dance” or “Still Single” or “Brides’ High School Chum” or “Catching the Bouquet.” They are a cute ice-breaker.

Oh, and a killer playlist. Even if most folks don’t dance, the music will definitely set a fun and lively atmosphere.

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