Keeping Your Reception Guests Happy

No one likes a dull wedding reception, so here are a few tips and creative ideas to make sure that your guests have an enjoyable time at your celebration!

Your DJ or band is one of the most crucial parts of keeping a wedding after-party going. When hiring your entertainment, ask if you can sneak a peek at one of their events to ensure guests are genuinely having a great time.

Make sure there are fun things for your guests to do when you and the bridal party are taking pictures after the ceremony. This is where a good cocktail hour can be a life saver. Provide snacks, music and lounge areas for guests to mingle and have fun.

A dessert bar will definitely keep your guests entertained!
A dessert bar will definitely keep your guests entertained!

Think beyond cake. Offer a full dessert bar for guests with a sweet tooth. Whoopie pies, truffles, cupcakes, candies and cookies can be a welcome change from the standard cake options. If you love cupcakes, you can also offer those as a option instead of traditional cake, and setting a separate cupcake tower up for your guests can go a long way in terms of keeping them entertained. If you really want to go the extra mile, set up a cupcake decorating station!

Another option is the cake pop which make a great favor or dessert for the wedding. Not only are they great but they can add a lot of color and personality to your reception, especially if you choose from some of their colors or shapes in line with your theme.

Consider your venue. Renting a museum or a zoo with exhibit areas can create memorable photo opportunities as well as provide guests with once in a lifetime experiences and memories!

Let your guests make some memories with a wedding reception photo booth! The photo strips can double as favors, plus it gives them something to do and promotes good old fashioned fun. Provide a few props like feather boas, funny hats, or costumes to allow your guests to personalize their photos. Who doesn’t love making funny faces and dressing up?

Bring in special entertainment. Magicians, belly dancers, artists of all sorts can bring about lots of fun!

Thoughtfully plan your seating
Thoughtfully plan your seating

Spend some time carefully planning your seating chart. There is nothing more uncomfortable than sitting at a table where you don’t know anyone, or where everyone seated there is introverted and shy. Putting people together you know will enjoy chatting with each other promotes laughter and fun. It’s also advisable to put your friendliest, most outgoing guests at a table with quieter people. Your naturally social friend will draw out their more standoffish seatmates and make them feel included no matter what!

Another trend is bringing in a late night snack toward the end of the evening. Burgers, pizza, tacos, or food truck fare– whatever is your favorite late night food to share with your guests! It is a fun way to surprise your guests, plus it allows the couple to bring in some more of their personality into the reception!

These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. Use your imagination and put your own personal touch on things, and with just a little creative planning your wedding reception will be the party everyone talks about for years to come!

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