Of course any wedding reception is a festive celebration, but there are things that you can do to make your reception even more fun and memorable. Get your guests really involved in the festivities by designing activities to entertain and bring up the energy level of your party. These are some of the fun things you can do at your wedding reception.
A dance lesson is a great way to make sure that everyone has a fantastic time at your wedding reception. Even the wallflowers will be inspired to try out a few steps, when they are being taught by professionals. Dances from a favourite era are especially fun when they tie in with the overall theme of the wedding. If you were having a roaring ’20s inspired wedding, for instance, a duo of Charleston instructors would definitely be a fun. A great thing about vintage dance instructors is that it is a very fun activity for wedding guests of all ages; in fact, some of the older guests who remember the dances might be some of the liveliest participants.
If your friends love to have fun in front of the camera, rent a vintage photo booth for your reception. Without a doubt, everyone is going to want to give it a try, and as the evening goes on, the pictures might get increasingly humorous! Some of the newer digital photo booths have screens on the outside that run a slide show of all the images taken during the reception, so it can be as fun to watch as to participate. Set up a scrapbook station right outside the photo booth, and ask your guests to paste their favourite picture into the book, along with a message to the newlyweds. It will be a much more fun memento than a traditional guest book.
For an outdoor wedding, lawn games can add to the fun. Croquet is especially nice, as it is a genteel game, easy to play while dressed up in wedding finery with your best earrings and bracelets. If the reception is to be on the laid back side, think about including a horseshoe pit. That game tends to be especially popular with the male guests. Other lawn games to consider include bocce ball, lawn bowling, or even a miniature golf course. Lawn games are especially wonderful for multi-generational weddings, as they provide an activity other than dancing for the older crowd, and will give the children something to do beyond running wild.
In Ireland, it is customary to have funny games and even quizzes at a wedding reception. Why not set up a “pub quiz” for your party? You could have a game show format with the best man as the MC. Guests can test their knowledge of the newlyweds by answering questions about the bride and groom. There could even be some little prizes handed out to the winners. A bottle of wine or a gift basket with local foods would be fun prize ideas.
Whether your wedding is formal or informal, large or small, adding fun activities can definitely be a great idea. You need not provide non-stop action for your guests, since eating, mingling, and dancing are also part of the fun of a wedding, but one or two special extras will be much appreciated. Your unique activities are sure to make your wedding reception a roaring good time that no one will ever forget!