Your Best Advice to Make a Wedding Reception Fun For Guests!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
2622 posts
Sugar bee

Here’s what I think makes a wedding reception fun:


  • Open bar (at least beer/wine)
  • minimal speeches (short & sweet)
  • as little emceeing as possible from the DJ
  • good music
  • not a fan of games
  • excellent food
  • having enough chairs, bathrooms, etc
Post # 33
1247 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Something I really liked about a wedding that I attended (not sure it would technically fall under the category of “fun” but anyway) was that they had all of the speeches/dances while we were eating dinner. The bride/groom’s first dance and then their parent dances were while we were eating our salads, then speeches during the soup, then more speeches during the main course. We felt a lot less like we were held captive for all of those events since we had food to keep us happy at the same time, and we would’ve all been sitting at our tables regardless. That meant too that the party and dancing for everyone started sooner! 

Post # 34
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

our dj told us that guests always want to be where the bride and groom are. so if you want a full dance floor,  you should be on the dance floor. if you want people standing around mingling or sitting at tables, then you should mingle and do that thing. so really, whatever you want it to be – you set the standard and people follow.

Post # 35
655 posts
Busy bee

meggyo :  Best advice. 



I’m a wedding musician and I can confirm this is true.

I ALSO am pretty adament that there should be some comfy area for people to sit in, if your budget allows at all. I have seen SO many quiet, shy, introverted people get pulllllled onto the dance floor against their wishes because they were sitting at a dinner table with nowhere else to be and nothing to do. It was awkward and I could tell they felt horrible. Saw one girl flee to the hotel lobby and sat there alone… I could tell she wished she had brought a book or something! I think if you want people to dance, get out on the floor and the guests will follow! but provide a sort of lounge area if your budget allows that’s AWAY from the music. Then people who feel awkward can talk and hang and maybe play Cards Against Humanity, which is always a hit. 

Post # 36
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Oh wow, you guys suggested some really helpful tips I need in the next few months. Following!! 🙂

Post # 37
7135 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

meggyo :  This!

I’m a wedding photographer, and I basically say this same thing to ALL my couples! You as the couple set the tone for the wedding. If you envision a dance party, you guys need to be on the dance floor. If you’re standing around talking, that’s what your guests will be doing. 

Aside from that, good drinks and food, and keeping formalities to a minimum. I’ve been guiding most of my couples lately to do their formal stuff throughout the course of dinner, because that means they can get the party started once it’s over and you arne’t wasting time when people would rather be dancing. First dance & parent dances right after the introduction, toasts during dinner, and cake cutting while guests are finishing up. 

Post # 39
1171 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Ditto to everyone who is saying that the toasts, etc should be during dinner. We  did ours at the tail end of dinner, cut the cake and then first dances. 

I also noticed that when hubby and I were dancing, a lot more people joined us. 

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