Wedding entertainment is about more than hiring the best DJ in Chicago. Obviously, that is a BIG part of a memorable wedding reception, but there are the “other” times to plan for, too. Guests need to be entertained before the bride and groom arrive, while they wait for dinner and the dance, and for those moments when they need a break from their dancing shoes. The obvious choice—and the solution that keeps guests at their table and ready for dinner—are wedding reception table games.
Of course, if you want to make those in-between times more fun, bring your DJ into the conversation (and make sure you have a pro that’s up to the task). They can make announcements, coordinate games, and basically make the night more fun for everyone.
- Trivia (i.e. related to the theme, about the couple, etc.)
- I Spy
- Word Search
- Wedding Hash Tag Game (i.e have them post photos with the wedding hash tag to social media)
- Mad-libs Wedding Style
- Find a guest with…
- Bride or Groom Guessing Game (for a funny photo, ask the DJ to play the game as a group give the guests signs they can hold up)
- Wedding cootie catchers
- Marriage Advice Cards
- Request Cards
- Photo Booth Props (that they can model and take to the photo booth)
- Date Idea Cards
- Tic Tac Toe
- Coloring Sheets
- White Play Clay (that doesn’t stain)
- Simpler versions of adult trivia, crossword, etc.
A photo booth can be the source of a million funny shots or an unused wedding prop. These tips can ensure that your wedding photo booth is a big hit—and one of the guests’ fav kind of wedding entertainment.
When it comes to photo booths, silly faces aren’t always enough. Supply your wedding guests with an ample supply of photo booth props. If you have a wedding theme, select props that fit with the theme. Think leis and grass skirts for a tropical wedding, feather boas and top hats for a theater theme, and clown noses and top hats for a wedding at the circus. Be creative and have fun choosing the best wedding photo booth props.
If you want guests to mark the special occasion, provide a frame with the wedding name (i.e. Smith Wedding, Doe-Smith Wedding) and/or the date and social media hashtags. If a frame isn’t your first choice, instead opt for a chalkboard (perfect for a school teacher wedding) or a rustic sign.
Don’t let your photo booth become a forgotten wedding entertainment prop. Position the photo booth in a convenient location that guests can easily reach (without too much direction). The ideal location for a photo booth should be near the dance floor and bar—easily accessible for a fun shot in between wedding dances.
Not all photo booths are created equal. Do you want group shots? Smaller, personalized shots? Old-fashioned printed professional shots? Weigh your options carefully as you decide on the right photo booth rental. For a less-stress option, choose a DJ that offers a photo booth rental as part of a wedding entertainment package.
To get every shot (and the best pics) possible, make sure you have a reliable (and well-built to avoid a photo booth collapse!) photo booth that won’t break down. Unfortunately, a do-it-yourself photo booth is not always the most reliable equipment—and doesn’t come with a back-up when it does shut down. For those reasons, research wedding photo booth rentals carefully; rent a wedding photo booth that comes with a back-up in case of problems and the pros with expertise to get awesome wedding reception shots.
Everyone loves a good wedding dance, but sometimes it takes more than just a rocking wedding reception to keep your guests entertained. Use these ideas to keep everyone enjoying your wedding dance—even the non-dancers.
For those who don’t want to venture out on the dance floor, give them trivia cards customized about the couple or the theme of the reception (i.e. history questions about the 20’s, your city, movies, etc.) Get your DJ in the act with fun trivia music and announcing the winners and their rewards (i.e. the right to head up to the buffet first, door prizes, extra drink, etc.)
Give your guests a chance to have fun AND take home a memento from a great wedding reception. Use these tips for choosing the perfect photo booth, then take your photo booth props to the next level by choosing props that are connected to your wedding reception theme.
If you’re hosting an outdoor wedding, give your guests a good corn hole toss, lawn bowling, ring toss, or ladder ball game to take on. For a wedding reception with a more indoor designation, bring your yard games inside or add fun options like a foosball or pool table.
Your youngest guests are going to love a coloring station meant just for them—and their parents will thank you too. In addition to coloring pages, add a simple craft that won’t cause too much of a mess (to the kids and their clothes).
Interactive food station
An interactive food station has two major benefits: 1) it’s a major draw and 2) it keeps your guests fueled and ready to head out on the dance floor. Choose a food station that’s tied into your location or theme for the ultimate coordinated entertainment addition.
A caricature artist can be a novel addition to any wedding reception line-up. Perfect for an outdoor carnival theme, a caricature artist can be a major draw when your guests need a break from the dance floor.
The days of hiring one wedding entertainer for your wedding is over. Today’s wedding guests can look forward to so much more; you can meet (and exceed!) their expectations by choosing from this list of wedding entertainment options (or ask us for ideas!).
Main stage entertainment
____DJ (find a good DJ with these tips)
____DIY (here are the pros and cons of DIY wedding music)
____Photo booth (tips for finding a quality photo booth here)
____Glow-in-the-dark bowling (in the hallways?)
____Celebrity impersonator or mascot to circulate
____Fireworks (only if allowed)
____Interactive food table
____Foosball or pool table
____Yard games (especially at outdoor wedding)
____Crossword puzzle using clues that tie into your theme
____Coloring pages (especially for young guests)
____Have guests make their own wedding favors
____Advice cards (for guests to give couple tips)
No one wants their wedding to be remembered as the “boring one” with nothing to do—and not all your guests just want to stand around and talk. To ensure that every wedding guest walks away from your event raving about the good time they had at your wedding, use these ideas to keep your guests entertained from dinner until their exit from the wedding reception:
- DJ (use these tips to hire the best!)
- Wedding video
- Coloring books
- Yard games
- Trivia cards (about the couple)
- Photo booth (with these cool photo booth props!)
- Photo stand-ins
- Wedding-libs (Mad-libs that fit your wedding theme)
- Tic tac toe (yard, chalk board, or paper)
- Flash mob dance
- Bowling (indoor or outdoor)
- Sidewalk chalk/chalkboard chalk
- Corn hole
- Ring toss
- Chess (large scale-indoor or outdoor)
- Interactive food/sweets table
- Pool table
- Foosball table
- Advice station (where guests can give you advice on cute little cards)