Make Your Wedding Reception Remarkable (And Fun!)

More and more couples are finding a way to mix the romance and tradition of their wedding day with a full-blown party atmosphere where everyone can let loose and have a great time. Forget William & Kate; try these fun and unique wedding reception ideas to make your wedding stand out as everyone’s favorite event of the year. Your guests will be kept entertained, and you'll all have even more special memories of your big day to fondly look back upon.

Find Other Ways To Entertain. When it comes to entertainment, the question is always “Are you having a DJ or Band?” Think beyond music and think about other ways to entertain your guests. Let your guests be mesmerized by a palm or tarot card reading. Give them a keepsake to remember; replace the traditional favor (think miniature frame or monogrammed match book) by hiring a Caricaturist to draw them as a goofy cartoon. Are you an animal lover? Look into hiring exotic animals to be displayed during cocktail hour.

Create A Vibe. Good music, good food and drinks are a must but think of other ways to make your guests feel like they aren’t just at another wedding. Adding lounge furniture to cocktail hour or the dance reception can make your guests feel like they are at a swanky lounge or club. By surrounding the dance floor with furniture, you can create a club-like feel where guests can hang out and still be in the middle of all the action - not have to head back to their dinner table when they need a breather. No matter your style, you can find furniture in all sorts of shapes, sizes, fabrics and styles, and usually from a party rental company.  

Late Night Delight. Once the wedding formalities have concluded and the music kicks up, guests let loose. The one bummer is that usually once the cake is cut, the food service comes to a halt. We’re all guilty of that late night craving so after a massive dance set, reward your guests with a late night delight. This can be sweet or savory, healthy or indulgent. Some popular ideas: sliders and sweet potato fries, mini grilled cheese, chocolate covered strawberries, fruit and cheese, or even a taco station. This is a definite crowd pleaser.

Say Cheese. Photo booths gained popularity a few years back but have moved from a trend to a classic. Traditionally photos booths allowed guests to take a series of pictures that would print out on a vertical strip to be taken home as a keepsake. Now photo booths have expanded their purpose. Using the photo booth as a guest book, allows guests to take a picture of them that can be put in an album with a written note to the bride and groom. Or, a backdrop and various props (think wigs, glasses and gold chains) can be set-up and guests can strike a pose for the camera.

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