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6 ‘Other’ Ways to Entertain Your Wedding Reception Guests

wedding guests in photo booth with silly hats and funny facesEveryone 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.

Table trivia

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.)

Photo booth

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.

Yard games

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.

Coloring station

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.

Caricature artist

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.

15 Wedding Reception Surprises that WOW Your Guests

wedding bride and groom surprising guests with balloonsVery few couples we know try to plan a boring wedding reception; obviously if they come to us, they want to have fun.  One way to up the fun ante at your wedding reception is to surprise your wedding guests by giving them something that makes them say, “WOW”—and keeps them talking about it through many of your anniversaries. Because every couple and wedding is different, there are a lot of surprises that’ll fit with your wedding—and make you happy you kept your secret.

  1. Plan a surprise first dance with your new spouse (coordinate it with your wedding DJ)
  2. Have confetti (or something else, with the hall’s permission) fall from the ceiling while the guests are dancing (ask your wedding DJ for the perfect song that works!)
  3. Make your entrance into the wedding hall fun (i.e. confetti, turn the lights out, DJ plays song that you can dance as you enter, etc.)
  4. Invite a surprise guest: hire an impersonator to stir up celebrity buzz
  5. Set up dance lessons for your guests (ask your DJ for song suggestions)
  6. Surprise photo booth where they can take surprisingly fun photos
  7. Sing to your guests (ask your DJ for the song to sing with)
  8. Three words: wedding flash mob
  9. Hire a magician wow your guests during dinner (it’ll be a magical day!)
  10. Have your favorite mascot join you on the dance floor
  11. Let your guests make their own wedding favors
  12. Surprise your family and friends by planning to have a family member or friend show up that they don’t expect
  13. Plan a surprise and fun late night snack (i.e. food cart, popcorn, etc.)
  14. Hire a face painter for your youngest wedding guests (and for anyone heading into the photo booth!)
  15. Fireworks (if allowed, of course!)

Want more ideas?  Ask your DJ for surprise ideas for your wedding guests.  They can help you coordinate the perfect wedding surprise that’ll leave a very UNIQUE impression at your wedding reception.