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7 Fun Entertainment Ideas for Your Small Chicago Wedding

A small Chicago wedding doesn’t have to be short on wedding entertainment ideas. There are some great wedding entertainment ideas that make your intimate affair feel larger-than-life and set your special day apart.

Table Trivia

Table trivia is a great way for guests to entertain themselves while they mingle and wait for refreshments. It can also be a great ice breaker when guests don’t know each other—and a special way for guests to get to know the newlyweds. Maybe best yet, you can easily customize these wedding printables with little known facts and make this wedding entertainment idea a seamless part of your wedding atmosphere. (If you hire a great wedding DJ, get them in on the fun! They can make announcements and make the game a group effort.)   

Sampling Station

Sampling stations are a hit for guests and couples. You can create a sampling station with your favorite wines and ales, desserts, and local dishes—and let guests decide what dishes are their favorite. As an added bonus, sampling stations are a great conversation starter and a great way to keep guests mingling.

Dancing

A dance floor is a big hit for guests of all ages. This classic wedding entertainment idea can also come with new twists, like a surprise guest appearance, confetti drop, or spur-of-the-moment dance lesson. If you want to get guests to the dance floor, hire an experienced wedding DJ that customizes their play list and announcements for a truly one-of-a-kind reception. (Use these wedding DJ questions to vet your Chicago wedding DJs.)

Yard Games

Yard games are fun for guests to play and fun for couples to plan. Plus, there are a ton of games to choose from—and everyone can be styled to fit with the unique wedding atmosphere. Any yard game, such as yard bowling, ring toss, tumbling tower, can be styled to fit with the décor and other wedding details. Even elegant small weddings can host a rip-roaring game of croquet or ring toss. (And you can bring the games inside too!)

Dance Floor Games

This small wedding entertainment idea pairs dancing and games—what could be better? Guests love to play the shoe game, do a version of Simon Says, or engage in a dance off. A good wedding DJ can keep the games—and the dancing—going so everyone stays on the dance floor.

Lounge Areas

Lounge areas are a low-key form of entertainment that are just what they say: an area to lounge. These areas are perfect for guests who want to sit and chat or need a break from the dance floor. They are also fairly easy to set up because they are usually just a few comfy couches and lounge chairs.

Photo Booths

Photo booths are a great addition to a large or small wedding. They are a great place for guests to relax and be silly, plus they create great memories (photos) that guests can keep and talk about for years. Photo booths can also be customized to fit the wedding atmosphere, especially with custom frames and photo booth props. Best yet, this small wedding idea perfectly complements with all your other wedding entertainment.