Wedding receptions: you either love them or you hate them. Many times guests don’t love going to receptions because they’ve seen it all before or they are worried about getting bored. The couple will have a good time no matter what, but how can you up the ante and ensure that your guests have a blast, too? Here are some fun and creative ideas to incorporate into your reception. What’s the best part? Not everyone is doing them!
Since you will most likely have a photographer already at the reception, why not have some fun with it? Many couples want to look back at their wedding and see the romantic, beautiful shots captured, but they also want to see the silly, fun shots. One way to have some fun is to take a “class” photo once the party starts to wind down. Gather a group of people and line them up, tallest in the back and shortest in the front. This can be a funny memory trying to get everyone in their places and can also make for a unique and fun photo from your special day. Most Omaha event halls will have a nice and neutral backdrop to really finish off the photo.
Tarot card reader
Depending on your interests, you could hire some unique entertainment to keep your guests busy. A tarot card reader would be a fun conversation starter between guests and could keep a lot of them busy in between eating, dancing and taking pictures. Plus, it could also make for some awesome stories after the reception.
Games are a fun way to keep your guests entertained and having fun. Whether they are games they can watch, play with friends or do by themselves, providing something fun to do for your guests is a great way to start a conversation, keep people laughing and make sure there isn’t a dull moment. Here are some game ideas to try out!
A crowd pleaser game that most guests enjoy is one that has the couple compete against each other. Typically this game is played by having the couple sit back to back and take a shoe off. Someone will ask questions and if the spouse thinks it relates to them more, they will raise their shoe. The guests tend to get a kick out of seeing the couples try to answer as accurately as possible.
Do you think your wedding guests know you and your spouse pretty well? Test their knowledge on you and your partner by making small trivia cards to place at the tables/ You can design them like a Trivial Pursuit game and see which guest knows you best. This is a fun way to get the tables talking and mingling with each other!
Word search napkins
For some down time or those guests who aren’t as outgoing, a word search puzzle is a unique way to keep guests busy. Printing it on a napkin gives it a dual purpose, which can help cut down on waste!
Many couples choose to have a guestbook at their reception for the party goers to sign, give advice or leave a message in. A unique twist to the guestbook idea is instead to have a piñata. Pick out your favorite and place it at the entrance of your reception instead of a guestbook. Encourage everyone to write down a message, piece of advice or fun memory, sign their name and put it in the pinata. On your first wedding anniversary, you and your partner get to break it open and read what everyone had to say!
Interactive food station
Let’s face it, a lot of us care way too much about what food is being served at receptions. If you’re a foodie, you may have been disappointed at a few, but a great way to keep people happy and engaged is by providing an interactive food station. This means a taco bar, build your own burger, s’mores station or whatever DIY food you can think of. Guests can make their food exactly how they like it and they can have fun while doing it!
If you are really dedicated to having unique entertainment at your reception, acrobatics have begun to make a splash in the wedding industry. If you have a venue that can handle it, some Omaha event halls can and some can’t, and is willing to make it work, hiring an acrobatics team can be a super unique and entertaining way to keep guests entertained and talking about the experience for weeks!
These are just a couple of ideas on making your wedding reception stand out and be an unforgettable event for your guests. If some of these activities sound fun, try them out! Make sure whatever you pick, it feels authentic to you and your partner. Look through the Omaha event halls and find a venue that will accommodate the entertainment you’re looking to provide and go for it!