(Closed) Ways to Keep Guests Entertained at the Reception! HELP!!!

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t really have any ideas for at the table per se; however, I do have two suggestions to keep guests entertained.


At our wedding, the groomsmen kidnaped me in the middle of a toast. The DJ took over after receiving a list of demands from the groomsmen to get me back. My husband had to perform all of the demands or I would not be released. One was to get a kiss from five grandmothers. Another was to arrest his boss with fuzzy hand cuffs (Hilarious.) He also had to put a garter on one of his groomsmen. He had four groomsmen, and each had their own demand. It really got the crowd involved, and I’m sure you could think of other demands that would be more crowd centered. I love watching it in our wedding video.


Just recently at a wedding we attended, the bride and groom selected five people from the audience to have a dance off with each other. (I am sure they picked five people they knew would be up for it.) The bride and groom picked the music and the crowd had to vote for the best dance moves by applause and cheers. The winner got to pick people to get up on the dance floor for the next song. It was really fun!


Post # 4
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We were considering a characture artist for a while 🙂

Post # 5
30401 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think today’s brides worry way too much about this. For many years the guests have had a fine time drinking, eating, dancing and socializing at weddings. They didn’t play games, have photobooths, watch aerialists, magicians or clowns.


Post # 6
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

@julies1949:  I agree with this.  Things like photo booths are fun ideas, but really not necessary.  A reception is, ultimately, like any other party.  I was talking to a friend of mine and she asked me something like, “So did you decide to do a photo booth?”  I told her no, I couldn’t justify the cost.  Then she asked, “So what are you going to give people to do at the reception?”  I was like, “Uh…drink?”

I really have noticed that there’s more of an expectation today that brides are going to have planned activities and gimmicks to keep people entertained at the reception, and it seems like this just creates added pressure and stress.  I really think people will be fine left to their own devices if you give them food, drink, music, and other people to interact with.  🙂

That said, I think Irishb’s suggestions are cute.  And a good DJ should be able to break the ice and get people out on the dance floor.

Post # 7
2143 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@Irishb:  These suggestions are so cute and fun!!  I really like the ransoming the bride thing.

Post # 8
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am having a table that has dice, cards and board games for those that don’t feel like, or don’t want to dance.

Post # 9
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are providing quite a bit for people to do… it may be overstimulating for some.

We have a “fauxto booth”…. a digital polaroid set up on a tripod

Music videos

crossword puzzles on each placemat with clues about us

prizes instead of favors- will have random contests through the night (dance contests, air guitar, kissing contest, plus prizes for the crossword puzzle winner)

we talked over breakfast this morning about playing music bingo too, for people who don’t want to dance


Post # 10
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

As long as you have dancing and a bar, I think people will be well entertained.

We hired a caracature artist for the reception and it was a huge hit. Everyone wanted to get a drawing.

Post # 13
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Like others have said, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.  I wanted croquet, my spouse told me to chill out.

We put word searches and a sudoku in the program and gave out golf pencils.  The only person I know really appreciated it used it to keep their youngish kids entertained during the cocktail hour(s) and thanked my spouse.  (They were a bit old for kids activity bags).  

At our second reception on the other side of the country we played a game with “superlatives”  who had the heaviest purse, been married the longest, had the shortest engagement, was from the furthest away, etc.  It was a fairly small group and everyone was involved.  It was a luncheon with no dancing, so kept the group entertained.

Post # 14
217 posts
Helper bee

Set up a nice area, with a funky small sofa or chair, decorate the wall with gossamer, have fun props like silly hats, mustaches, head boppers, boas, novelty beads and get either a polaroid, a regular digital camera or some throw always and they can take their own photos and give you the cameras – you develop them and send along with your thank you’s. 

check out http://www.orientaltrading.com (do a search for novelty hats or beads, wedding horns, confetti, etc.)

Post # 15
2969 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I also didn’t realize that there needed to be entertainment at a reception, aside from the food, drinks, music, dancing, and socializing. But I like the idea of the “fauxto-booth” with the Polaried on the tripod. Can the OP use that idea instead of a real Photobooth?

Post # 16
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I mentioned the idea of a photobooth to my parents and their response was “are we throwing a bat mitzvah or a wedding? We don’t need to distract your guests like you would a group of 13 year olds.”

I had never thought about it like that, because, like other brides, I got caught up in the pinterest world of weddings. A wedding IS the enterainment. Drinks, food, dancing. That should be enough for a party. Unless of course – you are having a bunch of 13 year olds at your wedding 🙂


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