(Closed) Wanted: Fun Reception Ideas

posted 6 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not sure what you’re asking . . . but my reception was plenty of fun and all we did was have amazing food, plentiful booze, and great people.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had the standard dinner and dancing, but we also had things on the table for them to do.

We had notebooks with questions like “What you favorite date night movie?”  “Favorite holiday traditions?” etc and each table traded back and forth. the responses were great and sometimes hilarious!

My Darling Husband loves popsicles and so for the reception, I surprised him with popsicles (a silver pail of them just for him) and then gave more to all our guests.  EVERYONE loved them and said it was the best treat. 

We had kids at our reception and I put a kid table in the corner with stickers, paper, crayons etc for them to draw and color.  We got some of the best wedding notes from the kids there. 

I’ve also been to weddings where they play a trivia game with the guests (each table is a team) about the bride and groom.  

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Shoe game?  Photo booth?  Other than that I plan on ours  being food just with what pp mentioned πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Here’s what we are adding to the standard open bar, dancing (GREAT DJ is key), food:

– Photobooth with props (actually takes video too – they can go in and choose between black and white/color photo or video). We’ll have some prompts on a pro-printed poster for the videos, like “Tell the funniest memory you have of the bride or groom” or “Give your best piece of marriage advice.”

– Lounge area away from the DJ with comfy furniture, probably will have a game like Apples to Apples on the coffee table there

– Games area next to the lounge area – A Nintendo Wii setup with a big screen and Life-size Jenga. Also considered having darts but it requires too much space. The Wii is not for kids (mostly kid-free wedding), just for people who don’t like to dance. The screen will be off before the party starts and be pretty unobtrusive. I hope it turns out nicely like I have it in my head.

– Streamer send-off at 11 PM (Wilton Streamers – they pop out and go 10 feet but stay connected to the popper so clean up is easy)

Considering the shoe game too, but not sure on that.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We lucked out with our venue as it had many different areas.  The room was divided with a cool wood wall.  Dance on one side and the bar, lounge with couches and fireplace on the other.  It had an outside patio with 2 firepits going and a library just outside the main room entrance that we used for the guestbook table and photobooth.

Before the minimal speeches our MC played a game of name that tune.  He read lyrics to songs and then the guests had to guess.  That table got to then eat…it worked well and people really got into it.

I asked my vendors to do double duty.  We had karaoke with the DJ as the monitor doubled as a slide show when people weren’t singing.  Our photographers took pics at a photo booth area.  During the reception we did the shoe game and bouquet toss to all single people men and women.  Later we handed out gag gifts for the wedding day scavengar hunt winners.  Lastly with the midnight lunch we had smore packages available for the fire pits.

I think there was alot going on (especially with the other weekend events) BUT people had a blast and they still rave about what a great time they had.

Obviously not everyone will participate but the people who will sure make the evening more enjoyable.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The popsicles is a cute idea

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I did the “I Spy” game and a lot of my guests loved it!! Even though some bee’s say it’s played out it was a real hit at my wedding and I LOVE the pics that came from them!  (even though about 40% of the pics were blank/black the ones that turned out are awesome!)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve never been to a wedding that had anything other than dinner, dancing, and a photo booth. I personally think that is all you need to make a wedding “fun”.

FWIW, I get annoyed when the speeches take too long, so I would find any games or anything that was mandatory that I pay attention to (the name that tune game, the shoe game, etc) totally obnoxious. Things that you can participate in by choice (I Spy, trivia, etc) are better.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

If we go to disney for our wedding we’re going to cut our cake under the Illuminations fire works at Epcot :).

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

So long as there’s enough food, enough booze and enough dancing, people will be happy. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think drinks and a good DJ are all you really need πŸ™‚

We also had mad libs that we printed out at the tables.  We got some sweet ones, and some amazingly hilarious ones.  We read a few at our middle of the night Denny’s run when we woke up starving at 3:00 am (make sure you eat at your wedding!)

(oh, they were fun for the guests too – a lot of people told us how much fun they had filling them out!)

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@MissHobbit:  We may not be doing booze or dancing πŸ˜› I think they’ll stillbe happy.

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